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Minimum Grid Project Updates

Minimum Grid, Maximum Impact: A Public Space and Mobility Plan for the Core Community. Click HERE to view the final report.

It’s a Knight Cities Challenge Winner, but what is a Minimum Grid? Click HERE for more.


May 5, 2017, City to test lane closure on 13th Street, Ledger-Enquirer

May 1, 2017, Big Red Arrows lead way to The Village, Uptown or Lakebottom, Ledger-Enquirer

March 9, 2017, Part of Columbus’ 13th Street just changed from 4 lanes to 3, video and article, Ledger-Enquirer

December 28, 2016, Vacant midtown building gets facelift by artists, community volunteers, video, Ledger-Enquirer

February 23, 2016, Interactive sculpture helps “frame” Lakebottom Park, video, Ledger-Enquirer

November 8, 2015, This was the part of Columbus that just resonated with me, (pdf or at Ledger-Enquirer.com)

September 18, 2015, Remaking the City Streets, on ElectricCityLife.com

September 15, 2015, Planners formally present ‘Minimum Grid’  (pdf or at Ledger-Enquirer.com)

September 15, WTVM, “Minimum Grid” plan unveiled to Columbus residents

September 14, 2015, Urban Designers set to unveil ‘Minimum Grid’ draft plan (pdf or at Ledger-Enquirer.com)

September 13, 2015, City has rare alternative transportation opportunity (pdf or at Ledger-Enquirer.com)

Ledger-Enquirer, May 16, 2015, Gehl Studio planners look for midtown, downtown connection solutions

Ledger-Enquirer, April 1, 2015, MidTown grant a quality of life boost for city

Ledger-Enquirer, March 31, 2015 MidTown, Inc. wins $200,000 Knight Challenge grant

Ledger-Enquirer, March 15, 2015, Visiting urban planners seeking help from public


MinGrid, 9-2015


PREVIEW the Draft Network Plan and Focus Areas (9-14-2015)

FIVE POTENTIAL FOCUS AREAS (that invited LOTS of positive public comment at previews and workshops)

VIDEO: PREVIEWING A MINIMUM GRID, Andreas Rohl and Julia Day, September 15, 2015. Production by Steven Thompson.

Part 1: A Minimum Grid Overview (13:55)
Part 2: What We Learned: Favorite Places and Civic Assets (10:59)
Part 3: The Draft Network (13:35)
Part 4: What If…? (6:10)

VIDEO: Connecting the Core Community: Planning a Minimum Grid, May 12-17, 2015. (3:28) Video production by Steven Thompson.

VIDEO: Active Transportation: walking and biking are like brushing your teeth. Tuesday, May 12, 2015. (36:01) A presentation by Andreas Rohl of Gehl Studio to kick off the Minimum Grid study.

VIDEO: Designing our Dream Community, March 16 and 17, 2015  What does it take to design a city for PEOPLE? Matthew Lister and Julia Day from the New York office of Gehl Studio helped us think about the places we love in our city, the qualities that make these places special, and how we can better connect to these places and to each other. They visited Columbus and the Core Community of MidTown and Uptown with Bahia Ramos of the Knight Foundation. Click HERE to learn more about their first visit to Columbus, and to see videos of their presentations and community workshop.

VIDEO: This was the part of Columbus that just resonated with me, (3:21) video produced by Mike Haskey, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, 11-8-2015

Minimum Grid: Maximum Impact Photo Collection

Photos from the March 31, 2015 Knight Cities Challenge Celebration at the Village on 13th.
Photo credit: Deana Graham

Minimum Grid Comments, 9-14-15


Monday, November 16, 6:00 pm at the Columbus Museum. Gehl Studio returns for their final visit to present A Minimum Grid for the Core Community and Design Criteria for a More Livable Place. Join us to see great opportunities for better connection.

September 14 & 15: Unveiling a Minimum Grid for the Core Community. The Gehl Sudio team will present a draft plan for the Minimum Grid, and a selection of potential pilot projects for prioritizing. Details HERE.

Gehl Studio led Public Spaces Public Life Surveys and a Mobility Workshop with MidTown and Uptown volunteers, May 12-16, 2015. Review the schedule HERE.



Tidbits from the Knight Cities Challenge Winners Summit, June 17-19, 2015

What Makes People Happy With Their Communities? from the Knight Foundations Soul of the Community Project

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