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Liner Building: The Cap at Union Station, Columbus, Ohio


The Cap was a long time coming, but this project finally connects the Arena District and the Short North in Columbus, Ohio.  The elegantly designed retail buildings line both sides of an overpass over I-670. reminiscent of the Ponte Vecchio in Florence.  I worked in Columbus when crossing over the interstate at this spot was an unfriendly experience, and this is a major improvement.  Now, convention-goers are more likely to walk the short blocks from the convention center to the happening arts district known as the Short North.

These are also great examples of LINER BUILDINGS - long shallow retail spaces oriented parallel to the street which conceal something else, in this case concealing the fact that you're on a bridge.  Judging from the interior of Cup O'Joe, the buildings are only about 30-40' deep.  For more examples of liner buildings, see the first issue of my newsletter: http://www.humanedesign.com/newsletters/newsletter%200505.pdf


The Cap was a 2006 Charter Award recipient from the Congress for the New Urbanism.

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Yay for the Short North! ;)


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January 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterWalker Evans

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