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Columbus Alive

Back Beat - June 7

Chris DeVille and I sat down yesteday for one of our Lunch Break Conversations, though we're not chewing anything into the microphone.

We discuss new music from Paul McCartney, Marilyn Manson, Land of Talk and Necropolis. We talk about some upcoming shows and give updated info about the Alive! Local Music Comp that will be formally released with a party Friday, June 13, at Little Brother's.

Also, there's a hilarious mixup involving a raunchy new video, Paul and Marilyn.

[Check it]

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Three new houses to be built in Franklinton

Paraphrasing an update on new housing in Franklinton from Mayor Coleman's office:

"Three new houses are currently under construction on a street in Franklinton that has not seen new housing construction in decades and today city and U.S. officials kicked off National Homeownership Month. The house, located at 199 Guilford Avenue, is one of four houses that Habitat will build on the street this year. Habitat plans to build at least six new homes in Franklinton in 2007.

“These new houses symbolize the rebirth of Franklinton and will add to the revitalization efforts that are currently underway," Coleman said.

Coleman kicked off the city’s “Home Again” program last year in Franklinton, which is a five-point plan of action to eradicate vacant and abandoned properties in Columbus’ neighborhoods: Prevention, Enforcement, Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Demolition. The Mayor has committed $25 million over the next five years to attack vacant and abandoned houses Columbus."

New developments in the plan to reroute the I-70/I-71 split

The Dispatch ran a great story about the new plans to overhaul one of the most convoluted highway patterns in Ohio. Apparently, you'll be spending more time on the city's streets and less on the speedier paths.

Construction is to start in 2011.

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