5 Beers 1 Coke: Assignment 3: Planning “Local” Development redo

Axon Views

The Capitol Arch Apartments building downtown is home to a complex program that includes residential, office, and retail front spaces, pulling from the local context and history of Columbus. The material choices are a combination of what it means to be built in Columbus, using steel from Worthington industries and glass from EveryWare Global as well as brick and iron.

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The red brick facade connects it to the Ohio State campus and represents the collegiate side of Columbus, The iron exterior detailing on the windows is in reference to the beloved arches of the short north.

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The strong history of Columbus flows like the raging Scioto River. Traditional historic districts like the German and Italian Villages are reflected in the pitched roofs. A courtyard carves, in reflection of Columbus’ rivers, a way through the center of the building creating green space. A walking path decorated by local artisans incorporates the rejuvenated art scene from places like Franklinton Park and the art billboards in the Short North. Columbus is a big city with a small town feel and the upper lever green space makes the apartments a retreat from the hyper urbanity of the downtown. However, while Columbus is proud of its history and traditions, it has always been and continues to be a forward looking city which is why our building is LEED Platinum Certified.Roof

Because Columbus sis the capitol seat of Ohio we included replicated columns from the statehouse to adorn the gateway to the courtyard. Due to the rapidly changing weather conditions of Ohio we also included a covered pedestrian walkway that would shield shoppers from the rain and snow.


Columbus as a city and the nature of the program are diverse and Capitol Arch Apartments attempts to consolidate these differences into a cohesive whole.


New Kids on the Block – Analyzing Local Neighborhood Food Environments

Food Environment of the Weinland Park Community

New Kids on the Block

crp blog4 The area of the food environment study is the space shown above. Throughout the area, there a couple busy one-way streets, some small roads, and worn-out alley ways. There are adequate bus stops along the main roads, however those living further away from the roads would have to walk a bit to a stop. This could be dangerous at night, as lighting is scattered and only on one side of the busier streets. Alley ways and small roads have no lights at all.


There is only one clear source of food in this range and it is 4th Street Farms. Here families can access healthy foods as they need. This food source alone, is not enough for the people living in this area. There is a Kroger grocery store located a few blocks West, but it is a 10 minute walk, and an even longer bus commute, at 11 minutes. A 10 minute walk may not seem too long, but when you are carrying groceries, it makes it difficult to get all the items you need, especially heavy ones such as milk. These several blocks would qualify as a food desert. Residents have access to a few healthy options, but realistically there is not a food source that can supply an acceptable selection, as well as, efficient means to travel there.

From a planning perspective, in order to improve the foodways of the neighborhood, a small corner store at the South-West corner of North 4th and East 8th avenue would be beneficial because it can supply food basics such as bread, milk, eggs, cheese, etc. This would help because then residents won’t have to go to Kroger just for a couple items, instead they can just quickly drop by and get what they need.   crpblog4

Other options to improve the access to food for residents is the enhancement of existing bus systems, to have more efficient routes to and from the Kroger nearby. This way people pick up all the groceries they’ll need, without worrying about carrying it back home.


The development of a new food source, and transportation to an existing source would improve the lives of residents of the neighborhood and help diminish the food desert.

The Diamond Developers: Assignment 4 – Local Neighborhoods and Food Environment


Sidewalks, lighting, traffic, transportation, and safety:

      We analyzed the portion of Weinland Park bound by E. 11th Ave to the north, N. Grant Ave to the east, E. 8th Ave to the south, and N. 4th Street to the west. This neighborhood is well equipped with sidewalks (although uneven and needing replaced at times) and is in a traditional street grid pattern which makes navigating throughout easy. However, the lighting in the area is not the best with there sometimes being larger than average gaps in the light posts. This can be a serious issue for people at night especially making them feel uneasy about going out to the grocery store or local community garden due to the area’s crime rate which is slightly higher than the average rate for the city as a whole. Feeling safe going to the grocery store or local farmers market is an important part of a neighborhood’s food security so this is something that needs to be addressed. Also, along the lines of safety, this neighborhood’s closest full service grocery store is 6 blocks away at the closest point and 11 blocks away at the farthest point. In between the grocery store (Kroger at High and 7th), are two very wide, busy, and dangerous one ways with few crosswalks available for safe crossings. Not only is 6-11 blocks a far walk especially for the disabled, elderly, and young families with children, but the unsafe conditions make the trip even more so unpleasant and even impossible for some. There is a busline close to this portion of the neighborhood, however, it simply parallels the high street corridor and does not really get residents any closer to the store.


How and where families access healthy food?

      Families in this portion of the neighborhood, just like most of Weinland Park, primarily use the Kroger at High St. and 7th Ave. As stated above, there is a bus line in the neighborhood but it does little to get residents closer to the store. Also, this being a lower income area, many people do not have cars, therefore, walking is the main mode of transportation for many.


Would the residents consider the area ‘food insecure’ with lack of large grocery stores? Or is it food secure?

Residents of the area have to walk to their local Krogers to purchase goods to make meals. Krogers sells vast varieties of item to suit the needs of local consumers. While there are also many small ‘mom and pop’ shops, the residents of Weinland Park, and specifically this section, live in a ‘food insecure’ area. The small convenience stores have very small (if any) nutritious food in their stores. The only supplier of nutritious fruit, vegetable, and meat would be Krogers. This is an issue for the residents of Weinland Park. Residents need more food sources to best fit their needs.


Is the neighbourhood a ‘food swamp’ or ‘food desert’?

      This section of Weinland Park is mostly a ‘food desert.’ There are very few restaurants or grocery establishments nearby.  In the vicinity of Weinland park there are not many fresh food options.


What do you think can be done, if anything, to improve the foodways of that neighborhood and why?

The best way to improve the foodways of the neighbourhood would be building new and inspected groceries stores around the area, where those families could have easily access to healthy and secure foods. However, what should be a simple project become a real challenge if we relate it to the system that we live in. Supporting ideas like this is almost an illusion because although it would be beneficial for the society it cannot give as many profits to the private sector, those who control the market, as the current food problems can.

An alternative way to resolve this problem can be local projects of small and local spaces where those local farmers can use to serve healthy food to the neighbourhood. It is true that it cannot be able to serve all the people, but certainly it would be the begging for a new and healthy future for them. Moreover, it can also increase the local economy and maybe even make the private sector re-think their projects and ways of selling foods. As an example, we have a project of an outdoor local market to be located on east of Grant Avenue (in the map), which would be easily accessible by the neighbourhood.


People cannot wait forever for the authorities to resolve a problem, especially social ones. Everyone can start to change the world’s reality. All we need is motivation and hard work. What seems to be a change only to a neighbourhood, soon or later, will be the change of a city.

Assignment 4- Analyzing Local Neighborhood Food Environments – Urban Avengers

Accessing Organic, Healthy Food in Weinland Park

The food environment of Weinland Park is in desperate need of improvement.  This area is a borderline food desert with local access to healthy food being extremely limited.  The saving grace of this unfortunate situation is the neighborhood Kroger on North High Street.  This Kroger is a fabulous and financially successful store, with an abundance of healthy food for purchase.  However, the greatest problem for the Weinland Park community is ease of access.  If every resident in Weinland Park owned a car, then getting to the Kroger would be simple and convenient.  However, many residents do not own vehicles and need to walk.  This can be especially burdensome if the resident is disabled, in poor health, or of significant age.  This also would be problematic in the winter due to the obvious – slippery sidewalks.  There is also the dilemma of transporting the purchased groceries home when on foot.  Even for those residents who can utilize public transportation (such as the COTA bus), there is still an issue of travel distance as the Kroger lies on the most western border of the Weinland Park district boundary.


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The Community Speaks:

The Urban Avengers conducted interviews in the Weinland Park district regarding local food access.

  • Ervin, a 54-year old male who lives in Weinland Park (but did not disclose his address) was observed walking to the Kroger with the aid of a walker. Ervin visits Kroger at least 3 times per week (always by walking).  He makes numerous trips because he purchases small amounts of groceries per visit due to the issue of carrying them home while using his walker.  He does feel the effects of limited access.
  • Eighty-year old “Bliss”, a male residing alone on 9th Avenue, near Grant Ave. does all of his own food shopping at the Kroger on High Street.  He drives himself to the Kroger and feels satisfied with the access at this time.  He noted to us that of course, should he become unable to drive himself, access will become a problem.

Local Markets In Place in Weinland Park:

The Urban Avengers conducted a location research survey in the Weinland Park area and located six local convenience type stores.

  • Natalia’s on Summit Street at E. 6th – this corner store is not an option for healthy food access.  Natalia’s has a very large selection of beer, cigarettes, candy and snack foods (chips, cookies, etc.)  There was one small freezer near the cash register containing a hodgepodge of frozen foods which were a variety known to be sold at Aldi grocery stores.  It seemed obvious that the owner had purchased these frozen foods at Aldi and was reselling them at a mark-up.
  • East Village on Chittenden near 4th Street – this store is fairly new and seems to cater largely to the OSU campus crowd.  The focus of this store is beer and snack type foods.
  • North 4th Fish n Chips and Carry Out (at 4th and 11th).  This store was not entered by anyone in the group but an assumption is made that they do in fact, make and sell fried fish and French fries.  The additional assumption is that there would also be the sale of beer, cigarettes and junk food.
  • Star Carry Out at 1565 North  4th Street near Chittenden.  This store did not appear to be open on Sunday, the day of our neighborhood survey.

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Additionally, there are two Marathon gas station/convenience stores located within one block of each other on Summit Street (one at the corner of Summit and Chittenden and the other at the corner of Summit and 11th Avenue).  Both are owned by the same Sudanese family.  One of the owners spoke to us stating that the logic of owning two locations so close in proximity is that you “hit traffic going in both directions, due to the one way streets.”  When asked if they carried, in either location, any healthy food, the owner laughed and asked “Where in America do you see healthy food??  You must grow healthy food from the ground up.”  Indeed, kind Sir, indeed.


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In addition to the lack of healthy food alternatives, the basic fundamentals of the environment also contribute to the access problems.  This area is known to be high crime and the carry out/markets throughout the district are protected with massive steel bars which demonstrates the lack of safety and trust felt by the storeowners.  This invokes fear in the residents (and visitors) to even step inside – not exactly the place for women or children to feel secure stopping in for a gallon of milk.  The traffic is extremely busy on the main thoroughfares – Summit Street, 4th Street,  11th Avenue and 5th Avenue.  The traffic issue also plays a role in access to the 4th Street Farm due to the volume and high speed of vehicles on 4th Street – the danger in crossing the street is not conducive to the children and families living on the opposite side of 4th Street.  Pedestrian safety is of great concern in these high volume traffic areas.


How Does Your Garden Grow?. . .

The beginning of our journey began at the 4th Street Farm, which according to its founder, Woody, was started approximately 4 years ago.  The concept is a great one, and Woody’s passion is evident.  It is uncertain as to the actual involvement of the community as the organic food growing areas did seem a bit neglected.  And if the people aren’t coming in, then the produce is likely not going out, therefore unfortunately, the fresh produce is being wasted.

That same concern is felt for the other two community gardens we located –  Indianola Community Garden on Indianola at Euclid Avenue and also the Arawak Community Garden located just a block or two from the 4th Street Farm, also on 4th Street.  Both of these gardens also appeared neglected and therefore, not truly benefiting community members with FREE healthy eating options.

Neither of the two gentleman interviewed (remember Bliss and Ervin?) even knew about the community gardens, or that they are welcome to enjoy the fruit and produce as a community member!

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Where Do We Go From Here?

The Urban Avengers feel that the Weinland Park Community Civic Association is definitely on the right track with not only the implementation of the local community gardens, but also the structure already in place with several civic committees to assist in addressing these issues.  Resident-led committees such as the Food and Wellness Committee, the Land Use and Business Development Committee, as well as the Safety and Mobility Committee.  Kudos to the WPCCA for caring about its residents and taking strides to improve their quality of life!

The Urban Avengers, in that same framework of community importance, would like to make the following recommendations to the WPCCA for a healthier community:

Grab the attention of your district’s youth and make it fun for them to be involved in the community gardens!  Statistics show that if a child actually grows a food themselves, they are more likely to enjoy eating it.


One way to gain involvement would be to invite the “Sol Food Mobile Farm” to Weinland Park.  On the PBS television show, “Growing a Greener Garden”, Episode 325 featured the “Sol Food Mobile Farm.”  Four young professionals  who grew up together in Durham, North Carolina began the Sol Food Mobile Farm in 2012 and are traveling across the United States (in an old school bus transformed into a mobile, self-sufficient farm where they also sleep and eat) to visit community farms, educate and inform the community (focusing on children) on the benefits of having a community garden.  Please visit the provided link to learn more about Sol Food and how to request a visit:  http://www.growingagreenerworld.com/episode325/

Another recommendation is to place an alternate grocery store on the “other side” of Weinland Park.  Our idea specifically calls for placement of an Aldi Grocery Store on either the northwest corner of 5th Avenue and Summit Street or 5th Avenue and 4th Street.  There are currently abandoned buildings and/or vacant lots at both locations that could become part of a gentrification project to further revitalize the Weinland Park area.  Either site could be demolished and turned into a successful, easily accessible, affordable grocery alternative.  Aldi Stores are extremely affordable and are known for their affordable and desirable produce sections.  While there is currently an Aldi Grocery approximately three miles away at Silver Driver and I-71 – that location largely serves the Linden area, and is still not easily accessible to the Weinland Park residents.


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Corner of 5th Avenue and 4th Street

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Corner of 5th and Summit

Corner of 5th and Summit St

The Weinland Park community is full of life-long residents as well as new families and young professionals.  The area has seen tremendous growth in the past few years and the outlook for continued growth is most certain.  In the essence of continuing to serve your community with healthier alternatives, please consider the recommendations given by the Urban Avengers.  We thank you for allowing us to explore your neighborhood!

Designing/Planning a Local Concept by Urban Avengers

While Columbus, Ohio has long been admired for its sense of community, distinct outer suburbs and downtown districts, we are particularly proud to unveil “On the Bricks” which is literally in the heart of downtown at High and Gay Streets.  High Street is currently and largely known for the Short North District which showcases block after block of fine eateries, popular pub houses and renowned art galleries and retail shops.  On the Bricks is just a few blocks away from the Short North and will focus largely on unique retail shops like those found in Chicago, New York City and other popular USA cities.



On the Bricks is inspired by the cobblestone streets of downtown Columbus and aspires to preserve the original, short brick cobblestone path that currently exists dividing the lots on High Street between Gay and Long Streets, the site of this new multi-living structure.



Columbus is well known for their historic cobblestone streets still in place today, and the design concept presented by Urban Avengers captures and honors that important part of local history and design.

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Our design of a beautiful and unique, primarily brick 6-story structure housing some of the most hip and successful Urbanites in the country will maintain or, at the very least, incorporate the original bricks already in place on the Gay and High property.  Urban Avengers’ vision includes the current “bricks” being the central focus of a covered ground-level courtyard.

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The concept of local design in Columbus, Ohio is as versatile as the city itself.  Columbus is the nucleus of several suburban neighborhoods that, while independent, still associate themselves with being from Columbus.  The city of Columbus has a reputation for diversity, friendliness, safety, cleanliness, and creating entrepreneurs.  Columbus is a hot spot where highly successful businesses have been born such as:

The Limited Brands (think Victoria’s Secret)          Wendy’s Restaurants

Jeni’s Ice Cream                                                             Cameron Mitchell Restaurants

Worthingon Industries                                                 Donato’s Pizza

White Castle Hamburgers                                            Max & Erma’s Restaurants

The citizens of Columbus have a great love for nature as is evident in the numerous metro parks throughout the city, and a rapidly growing trend of neighborhood community gardens to implement healthier food access to all generations and income levels.  Columbus has very distinct and diverse neighborhoods (such as Italian Village, the Short North District, German Village, Olde Towne East, Victorian Village, Franklinton, Bexley, Minerva Park, etc.) and is continually moving towards revitalization and improvements of these areas and more.

On the Bricks is a creation that combines all of these qualities of Columbus city-living, greenspace, urban shops and eateries and incorporates them into one legendary, mini-city location in the heart of downtown for a perfect balance of life, health, work and play.


The courtyard will feature beautiful hanging garden plants to capture our local agricultural essence and staying in spirit with the rooftop residential community garden and green space, giving the residents a communal feel of ownership and personalization.  We envision the first floor courtyard also featuring a breathtaking fountain and local artistic talents with sprawling seating for visitors and residents to leisurely enjoy this covered outdoor setting.  Each residence will include a private balcony for residents to enjoy the outdoors and scenic view of downtown Columbus.

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Due to its soaring employment opportunities and successful creation of numerous entrepreneurs, Columbus is drawing national and international professionals to work, live and play here.  Columbus is a magnet for new talent as showcased by just being voted the “2015 Intelligent Community of the Year” by the Intelligent Community Forum, based on our relentless embrace and pursuit of new ideas.  As professionals from all over the world land in Columbus, they will want to live, eat and play in the heart of the excitement that Columbus brings to life and that means living in the heart of downtown!  Living in downtown Columbus has also become a bucket list item for many Columbus natives.  The central location and convenient access to all freeways makes it a hot home spot no matter where your office environment may be located.  Use of bicycling and public transportation in Columbus is on the rise and with the recent addition of the FREE “C-bus” throughout the downtown, Columbus is highly comparative to other large USA cities in this regard.

On the Bricks brings to life the desire of many Columbus natives who crave the excitement and energy that accompanies shopping in the downtown atmosphere.  The mix of retail storefronts at On the Bricks will showcase both vintage favorites as well as new blends of shopping flavors.  As Columbus continues to soar as an urban stand-out known for our ever-growing variety of exquisite eateries and popular taverns and nightclubs, On the Bricks will feature an iconic rooftop bar which will be the new favorite spot to hit any night of the week.  On our proposed rendering “On the Bricks” is let out from the building overlapping the upper third floor and the rooftop green space so the name greets everyone and people know exactly what you mean when you say I live “On the Bricks!

Designing & Planning Local Development: “The Elm Plaza on High”

High St. view & key of The Elm

High St. view & key of The Elm

Gay St. View and sight of mural for The Elm

Gay St. View and sight of mural for The Elm

Elm Plaza

The Elm Plaza on High is located on the southwest corner of E. Gay Street and High Street as well as the southwest corner of E. Long Street and High Street.

Along the first floor of the building where the retail stores are located, we would like to incorporate retractable, glass panels as frequently seen in the Short North District. These panels give shoppers in the retail space a more modern shopping experience. The brick used to construct The Elm will be a red similar to that used on new buildings on Ohio State’s campus (think Ohio Union, or Park Stradley), the purpose of this is to pay homage to Ohio State, which not only represents Columbus, but also the state of Ohio as a whole. The residential area will be on the floors above the plaza and the retail area.

Moving up to the 4th story, two residential buildings will be separated by a plaza on Elm Street that will run from High Street to the back of the complex. Our team wants this plaza to be the main focus for our design, as it will reflect all the qualities that define “local” in the city of Columbus context. For example, since the plaza will have access from High Street, the area will be open to all people, not just patrons of “The Elm Plaza on High.” The citizens of Columbus are very friendly people who are extremely engaging, so it is only appropriate that our plaza is accessible for everyone. Also located in this plaza will be local, such as Jeni’s Ice Cream or even extensions to well rooted Columbus restaurants such as Thurman’s

or The Ohio Deli. Also, we’d like to incorporate newer restaurants founded here so that along with well established restaurants, new restaurants can have an opportunity to establish themselves in Columbus. Retail stores run throughout the bottom floor of the plaza, these stores will be Ohio based boutiques such as Sole Classics, Kingsrowe, and Homage; as well as local athletic merchandise retailers (i.e. Columbus Crew, Blue Jackets, Clippers, and Buckeyes). By having retail spaces mixed in with residential areas, our team feels like the plaza comes off as fashionable AND progressive. Over the last few years, Columbus has emerged as a national fashion hub, hence why the plaza features a great deal of retail space.

We would like to invite local artists such as Columbus’ very own Giovanni Santiago to design and create murals across the Long St. and Gay. St sides of the building. If you take a walk along High Street through the Short North District, you will immediately notice how artsy Columbus is. The Elm Plaza on High will be a testament to this creative aspect of Columbus.

5 Beers And A Coke, Local Neighborhood Food Environments

4thThe Weinland Park community is home to a highly crowded grid of housing. Fourth Street Farms offers the most green space in the area. Located between Summit and Fourth Street, it hosts a high density of traffic, and large housing options making it a large population. The lighting seems sporadic, and the sidewalks are square against the road with no real set back or quality width. Secured parking appears widely unavailable, resulting with people relying on walking and public transportation like COTA.


A trip to the nearest grocery store requires heading to 7th and High to stop at the Kroger on the corner. Between there lies numerous small corner stores, as well as numerous previously closed stores. 4th Street Farms finds itself the healthiest option in numerous directions for quality food. This is an alarming problem, seeing as this community is very high density, including numerous families that deserve a quality sustenance.

The number of local stores within walking distance gives a false promise of food security. Unfortunately, a rather large community has a lack of quality grocery stores that offer numerous foods for the area. This area appears to be a food swamp due to its high amount of convenience stores and plethora of fast food options provided to the west on high street. The one Kroger to the south is not adequate for the Weinland Park community compared to the other options offered to them.

The Beer Barn on 5th Ave is an example of wasted space that could be replaced with healthy option groceries.

The Beer Barn on 5th Ave is an example of wasted space that could be replaced with healthy option groceries.

Due to its high density area and lack of green space to work with and expand in, the best idea for the Weinland Park community is to work with what they are already given. As previously noted, numerous corner stores are home to nothing, just empty buildings taking up space. Renovating these buildings up to code and moving small, local groceries stores into these complexes holds numerous benefits. It stimulates the areas economy, offers numerous jobs to local residents in that area, and provide closer, quality groceries to this food swamp. The introduction of deli’s and fresh vegetables, like ones such as provided by Fourth Street Farms, makes strides in the right directions for providing a healthier standard of living for Weinland Park. As a community that has already taken good steps in the right direction in the last few years, an introduction of small local business to the area is the step in the right direction, for private sector and families alike.


Quick stores like these highlight numerous corners in the area


Above is the community farm of 4th Street Farms, and just a portion of the work being done there


The Chaire of Pierre : Resubmission Activity 3 Designing/Planning “Local Development”

Uptown Gardens


Our sign is made of Limestone with the lettering and designs chiseled in. The designs represent Uptown Garden’s core values which are to be clean, sustainable, and to honor Ohio’s history.
Our sign is made of Limestone with the lettering and designs chiseled in. The designs represent Uptown Garden’s core values which are to be clean, sustainable, and to honor Ohio’s history.

Columbus has been spearheading its downtown urban development with a theme of preserving the historic buildings that are in existence and merging the surrounding buildings with progressive green innovations. The town has enormous pride in itself and the new development around High, Gay, and Long Street are reflective of this due to the quality of thought that has gone into the area. We believe that the buildings should display Columbus’s desire for a more sustainable and green model of design of buildings by having efficient passive and active HVAC systems, using sustainable and long lasting building materials, and having a green space and solar panels on the roof. Our Uptown Gardens multi – use building will attempt to cover all three of these desires in a pleasing way that fits in the existing area and also encourages similar development in the future.

The arches on the front façade of the building facing east serve two purposes. First is for the aesthetic property of Columbus being the ‘City of Arches’. We like keeping this theme going along because it makes Columbus stand out from other cities and even if it is not anything astounding, it is still something Columbus can call its own. The arched windows are also grouped in three to represent Long, Gay, And High Street. The second purpose is that the windows will be set back in the arches at a scientifically determined depth so that it provides optimal shading from the sun at the peak hours of the late morning in the summer reducing the energy needed to cool the building, while also allowing some light in for the winter to help heat the windows.

The materials we are planning to use are brick, limestone, and energy efficient glass. The brick ties the building to the road that will be going underneath the building and connecting the access roads to the parking garage. It is symbolic of how this building will try to tie the existing area into the new building. The use of limestone in the arches and columns will show how this building will be built to last a long time and exemplify the solidarity of the structure. The two large columns bordering the side extremes of the front façade will be symbolic of supporting the green space on the terrace and the solar panels on the roof that will reduce the carbon footprint of the building over a long time. The main goal of Uptown Gardens is to create a long lasting structure the will tie into the existing area while creating the least amount of disturbance on the environment as possible.

Front View: High Street


The front side of Uptown Gardens will face High Street. With multiple stories used for retail, the bottom portion of the building will be made with brick along with glass doors and windows. The upper half of the retail section will be used for apartments also being made out of brick. We have created tall pillars made out of limestone to separate the retail sections. The center of the first floor will have a tunnel entrance to the underground parking area.

North Side: Long Street


South Side: Gay Street


The north and south view facing Long and Gay Street will give the tenants’ and the people of Columbus additional access to enter our Uptown Gardens. We wanted to reassure the tenants that no matter how busy the retail stores became, they should not have any issues entering their apartments; also creating a better flow for the retail stores and eliminating a clutter of people entering and exiting the stores. We really focused on creating a symmetrical perspective for each side of the building. We strategically placed our variety of windows all around so all the occupants could gaze at downtown Columbus at any given time.

Top View


For the rooftop of Uptown Gardens, we first and foremost wanted to make sure we could supply our apartments and retail stores with renewable and clean energy. To achieve this, we covered the roofs of the apartments with solar panels, and decided upon this so they can be on the highest point of our complex to capture the most direct sunlight. For the balcony experience, we wanted to try and capture a sense of community for our tenants, and did so by creating a community garden, as well as an individual garden square per apartment, and a greenhouse to access year-round. As well as the gardens, we have created a washing station for the tenants to have easy access to wash their fresh food without having to worry about making a mess in their own kitchen. Lastly for recreation, we made an outdoor kitchen space, infinity pool to overlook scenic downtown Columbus, as well as a park for kids and families to enjoy.

The Chaire of Pierre : Assignment 4 Local Neighborhoods and Food Environment

Fourth Street in the Weinland Park area is extremely busy, and there are very limited cross walks. Most food in the area is on the west side of Fourth Street and the closest grocery store is as well. There are many abandoned stores, and most of the housing is on the east side of Fourth Street. The closest grocery store is Kroger on High Street which is a decent walk away. A lot of people in the area walk or use COTA so this is an issue. The 4Th Street Garden is a nice option for close, healthy food, but there is limited space to grow food. It is helping the problem, but it would have a larger impact if there was a larger quantity of produce. There are a couple of other similar gardens so there has been some progress. The most convenient places to get food are corner stores which lack healthy options, and carry out food places which are tasty, but not nutritional.


We would call the Weinland park area food insecure. There are good things happening with the arrival of these urban gardens, but we still believe there is a lot of work to be done because there is no variety of food options. The neighborhood can’t be called a food desert by definition because the Kroger on High Street is technically in the Weinland Park district, but it is in the least accessible place and far away from most of the residents in need. There are also not enough fast food places to call it a food swamp.


What Weinland Park needs is a grocery store with food options, but that is not a reality in the world we live in. A company would look at the area and see no potential for profit. In a completely economic analysis of building a store in the area there would be every sign to stay out you can think of. Until this fact changes some better temporary options would be to get some smaller produce markets to move in to some of the abandoned stores, or set up a system of food truck style produce trucks. The urban gardens are great, but they can definitely be improved.

Planned Neighborhood: Assignment 4 Local Neighborhoods and Food Environments


Weinland Park, a neighborhood directly north of downtown Columbus and east of the Ohio State University campus area, stretches from 5th Avenue to 11th Avenue, south to north, and from High Street to 5th Street, east to west, and has 35,771 residents. The neighborhood is characterized by poverty, the median household income coming to around $23,394, half that of the median income of the city of Columbus. The population of Weinland park is predominantly Black, with 36.1% of the population being single-mothers. Simply put, the neighborhood has room for improvement.

The neighborhood is cut by two 3-lane, one-way streets, Summit and Fourth Streets. There are no bike lanes, the sidewalks show signs of low maintenance, there are a few spread out light posts, and crosswalks are few and far between. There are two Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) routes that pass through the area, but the stops are spread out, and do not connect the neighborhood with amenities of the surrounding areas. Unless you own a car, transportation in, out, and through the neighborhood is limited to pedestrian and bike traffic.

There is one accessible grocery store in the area, a Kroger on High Street and King Avenue. The Kroger gives the residents of Weinland park access to fresh fruits, meats, and produce, as well as conventional grocery store needs. Kroger is accessible by car or by non-motorized transport, albeit a far walk. Besides the grocery store, Weinland park doesn’t have very many locations to access healthy foods. There are gas stations and carry-outs sprinkled throughout the area, but the selection of food stuffs that they offer is lacking in nutritional value. This would make the area relatively food insecure, because of the limited availability of locations to purchase food and the size of the population. The Kroger on King Ave is great for residents who live within a four block radius, but without convenient public transportation routes or a vehicle, it becomes difficult to trek ten blocks there and back in the middle of December. Weinland Park, therefore, could be categorized as a “food swamp,” where there is food available to residents, but because of location and the socioeconomic  standings of the residents, the available food is limited in nutritional value.

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There are efforts, though, to change this neighborhood for the better. Zoom in to 1379-1381 North 4th Street, or, as it is known by members of the community, Fourth Street Farms. Started by Jai Woody Drake and his life partner, the couple purchased an empty lot from a neighborhood cooperative and began, slowly, to improve the food system of Weinland Park. Fourth Street Farms grows locally obtained and organically feed fruits, vegetables, and herbs on a volunteer-basis, and makes its food available to the community. The farm prides itself on being open to anyone on the street. “There are no fences,” states farm founder Drake. The farm gives fresh produce to the immediate community, improving the food system of Weinland Park. Fourth Street Farm runs on the motto “food eaten is not wasted,” and has become a community defining location within the neighborhood.

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There are more and more gardens and community farms popping up around the area, including one on Euclid Avenue and one on 6th Avenue. In the future, these farms can form a coalition and set up bi-monthly farmers’ market in a central place in the community, like the park or in a “block party” setting. These farms, though revolutionary and incredibly important to the community, are ineffective in that they shut down four months out of the year. Therefore, other proposed ideas include building another grocery store in the area, one that is especially compatible with WIC and EBT programs to provide for the needs of the community, to increase bus stops to and from available grocery stores, and starting a “Produce Food Truck” which takes a loop through the neighborhood selling fresh fruits and vegetables, obtained either from community farms and/or the Kroger, to residents.


Current Set-up of Weinland Park


Proposals for the Weinland Park area


Produce Food Truck