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col-SciotoGreenway_FeaturedImage (2) Columbus now has parkland and recreational space on its riverfront, making the urban core more appealing to the younger tech workforce.

COLUMBUS—This city is just one of several in the US that in the past few years has attempted to revive its downtown by creating green space and cleaning its waterways. And after several years of effort, the work is beginning to pay off in a big way.

In 2014, the city removed the Main Street Dam, which stopped the Scioto River from flowing freely through the city center, opening up a vast amount of new land as the river narrowed. The city then transformed it into a 33-acre park called Scioto Greenways, and joined it to another 145 acres along the river called the Scioto Mile.

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Brian J. Rogal

Brian J. Rogal is a Chicago-based freelance writer with years of experience as an investigative reporter and editor, most notably at The Chicago Reporter, where he concentrated on housing issues. He also has written extensively on alternative energy and the payments card industry for national trade publications.

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