2016 has been a tumultuous year in the United States, and Clintonville didn't escape unscathed -- though there was plenty of good news to go around.

2016 has been a tumultuous year in the United States, and Clintonville didn't escape unscathed -- though there was plenty of good news to go around.

Here's a quick look back at five of the top stories this year from Clintonville.

Apartments galore

In March, some residents were alarmed when three large-scale apartment projects were announced almost simultaneously -- two off Indianola Avenue and a third within the Graceland Shopping Center.

While it was initially thought that sewer-capacity issues might block one or all of the projects, a city official quashed the rumor in October.

The building proposed for Indianola at Cooke Road has been canceled, but 300 units on the former Dixie International Trucking site on Indianola and six three-story buildings at Graceland remain in the works.

Officer down

Steven M. Smith, 54, a member of the Columbus Division of Police SWAT unit, was shot and killed April 10 while he and others attempted to serve a warrant at a West California Avenue apartment. The suspect allegedly set fire to the building as well.

In response, the owner and employees of nearby Nancy's Home Cooking, which served as a staging point during the standoff with the suspect, raised money to help those left homeless in the wake of the blaze.

'Road diet' rage

Indianola Avenue again was in the spotlight in August when plans for a "road diet" came to light.

Columbus next year plans to reduce the thoroughfare to one lane each way, with bike lanes and a center turn lane, from Morse Road to near North Broadway. The idea was met with outrage from some drivers who predicted traffic nightmares, but cyclists and Clintonville Area Commission members were behind the long-in-the-works plan.

New places to go

Several new businesses came to Clintonville this year, while a few, notably Patrick J's, shut their doors.

Among the new arrivals was Eat Purr Love Cat Cafe, a combination coffee house and feline adoption operation on Indianola. Other arrivals included Whit's Frozen Custard, Fusian, Bareburger, Pat and Gracie's and Tabletop Game Cafe.

Testing ground

Clintonville this year became the focal point for efforts by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Committee to make the city a better place for older residents. MORPC's Age-Friendly Columbus project held its first focus group Oct. 11 for people 55 and older in the Beechwold neighborhood.

The neighborhood also is part of the Blueprint Columbus pilot project that uses a variety of techniques to prevent sanitary-sewer overflows.