If ever a story were quintessentially Clintonville, it would be the faux furor that followed the removal of a tongue-in-cheek kangaroo-crossing sign in March -- but that wasn't the only big story of the year. Here's a short look back at the top five stories of the year in Clintonville:
Rooing the day -- The marsupial-warning sign on Clinton Heights Avenue made headlines for weeks on end, starting with its March 12 removal by a city crew and carrying through its reinstallation May 31 at Clinton Elementary School. "I think it's the epitome of Clintonville and its citizens," said former resident Ann Miller-Tobin, whose query to WOSU-FM led to the sign's removal.
Quaint misbehavin’: ‘Illegal’ kangaroo-crossing sign gone (for now)
Roo-haha over Clintonville sign’s removal far from over
Jumping to conclusions: Kangaroo sign returns
Fries frenzy -- The oft-delayed return of Ritzy's, a once-popular chain of eateries that locally had gone the way of the dodo, finally occurred Sept. 6 after being announced more than a year earlier. Folks waited in line at 4615 N. High St. that morning to revisit the burgers, fries and ice cream they had remembered from bygone days.
G.D. Ritzy’s comeback trail starts in Clintonville
Ritzy’s gets CAC’s emphatic OK
Ritzy’s revival delayed by roadwork
CAC questions Ritzy’s roadblock
Blazing a trail -- At the first Clintonville Area Commission session of 2018, District 1 representative David Vottero convinced his colleagues to approve a letter taking advantage of what he had termed a "once-in-a-generation opportunity" by urging that an extension of the Olentangy Trail be included in the public-private partnership for the new OhioHealth headquarters project. The extension would close the infamous gap between Northmoor and Clinton-Como parks in Clintonville that forces cyclists, runners and walkers to share surface streets with vehicles for several blocks. MORPC officials announced a proposed $3,458,321 for the project Dec. 18, with a public comment period open through Jan. 18, 2019.
CAC wants bike trail’s gap filled in
Mind the gap, trail users tell Columbus leaders
CAC’s push to plug gap in bike trail intensifies
Enough -- Whetstone High School students joined their counterparts from across the country March 14 by participating in a 17-minute walkout marking a month since the Parkland, Florida, shooting that claimed 17 lives. Afterward, Sierra Bell, one of the organizers of the walkout, spoke of a conversation among students regarding which teachers they thought might risk their lives if a shooter were to invade the building. "We shouldn't have to have that conservation," she said.
Whetstone high schoolers join national walkout movement
Gateway project -- Construction got underway as the year drew to a close for a gateway project between Clintonville and the University District that first had been considered in January. Borror on Aug. 2 received the CAC's blessing for variances at 2725 N. High St., the former Patrick J's and White Castle site, for what over the months had evolved into a 3-story structure with retail, restaurant and outdoor dining space, along with 29 apartments.
Apartments, more in works for split lot
Development of Patrick J’s site: CAC mulls plans after postponed presentation
CAC approves variance for its sliver of project