Ohio is celebrating its 212th birthday with special events at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.
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.