Arch City

Norman Whiteside’s big break

After 31 years in prison, the Grammy-nominated inmate finally receives parole.

Scott VanDerKarr’s new job

The pioneering drug court judge is applying what he learned on the bench to a new kind of legal practice.

Q&A: Larry Smith's Six in the City turns one

With just six words, Larry Smith believes he can change a city. His latest creative brainchild is Six in the City, which marks its one-year anniversary May 19.

A police reporter's eulogy for Car 329

A Columbus Dispatch police reporter says goodbye to his loyal four-wheeled friend.

The quest for the ideal Columbus escape room

The escape-room craze is missing something in Central Ohio: challenges that tap into our Buckeye sensibilities.
More Arch City

Norman Whiteside’s big break

After 31 years in prison, the Grammy-nominated inmate finally receives parole.

Jazz pianist Aaron Diehl comes home

The rising jazz pianist returns to his native Columbus to celebrate the youth orchestra that gave him his start.

A Sign of the Times: Erasing the Coleman era

Former Columbus Mayor Mike Coleman left his mark on the city—and now it’s time to remove it.
City Quotient

City Quotient: Water Towers That Look Like Giant Tube Socks

Those twin water towers on the north side of I-270—why are there two, and why are they painted to look like a pair of mismatched socks? And is there any truth to stories about utility tunnels running under Downtown Columbus?

City Quotient: German Village Castle’s History as Odd as its Appearance

That house with the big tower near Third and Livingston in German Village doesn’t look like anything else around it. It must have a story behind it.

City Quotient: Blame the Greeks for our domeless Statehouse

Why the Ohio Statehouse doesn't have a dome and the story behind the Whittier Peninsula’s stone pillars