National surveys show consumers’ mood is brightening, and it’s not just holiday cheer. The more positive outlook has a lot to do with the steep drop in gasoline prices since last summer. 2015 holds the promise of more price relief not only at the gas pump but also at grocery stores.
Thirty years ago, some of the most bustling places in the state were shopping malls. These enclosed commercial districts were â€œpeople magnetsâ€, but, online shopping and a bad economy have hit the industry hard. Many Ohio communities are now struggling with redeveloping the abandoned properties.
The area near State Route 161 in North Columbus is undergoing a change. Faced with competition to the north and south, many businesses have closed. Residents and business owners are looking for a rebound. The recently renovated Morse Road offers them hope.
A group of residents from Columbus’ Northland neighborhood will meet to plead with city officials. Leaders of the local civic association say heroin trafficking is dragging down the neighborhood.