Feature | Great Neighborhoods

I Call Downtown Home

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From the April 2014 edition

Every weekday morning, as most commuters are driving into the city from the suburbs, Ryan Ray is going against traffic. A financial analyst for Bob Evans, Ray lives Downtown and works in New Albany. But you won’t hear him complain about the commute.

“I love it; it’s the best,” he says of Downtown living.

After graduating from Capital University, Ray, who’s originally from Greenwich, Ohio, moved into an apartment at Arena Crossing and then into a house in Gahanna, where he stayed for four years. But he missed living in the city, so he started exploring condo options in and around Downtown and landed at 8 on the Square at Broad and High streets.

When he’s not driving to work, his car doesn’t get much use.

“I think what’s so neat about this area is people don’t realize how walkable everything is. So it’s really easy to be able to go to Cafe Brioso to get coffee in the morning and work your way up to The Hills (Market) and get your groceries, and then I can walk to the Athletic Club and work out.”

The one downside of Downtown living? “Parking’s always going to be an issue anytime you live in an urban space,” he says. “I always feel bad that people have to pay for parking to come see me.”