The Columbus Division of Police has added new duties for three patrol officers. The three have been named Diversity and Inclusion Liaison Officers who will work to build trust between police and the community.
On Thursday, Columbus City council turns its attention to the growing list of abandoned and vacant properties in the city. Because of the housing crisis and the weak economy, some neighborhoods face what one city official calls a ‘vacancy epidemic.’
Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman will deliver his seventh State of the City address this evening. In it, the mayor will propose spending $25 million over the next six years to rehabilitate or remove about 1,000 abandoned houses around the city. Such housing, he says, drags neighborhoods down and serves as a catalyst for crime.