Ledger Inquirer: Broadway's bad bricks need repairs

Even in its smoothest spots, the lower end of Broadway, from its origin to Ninth Street, will rattle the fillings out of your teeth. But that's part of its charm, they say (unless they're riding a bicycle).

That said, there's one rarely traveled spot that makes the rest of the street seem positively paved. It's just a little turnaround in the median between Eighth and Ninth streets, across from the service entrance for the Hilton, reported to us by a Concerned Cyclist. Some bricks are missing and those that are left are so furrowed that small animals could nest in them.

Besides looking like crap, it presents a problem for bicycles, and could probably even do your car's alignment some damage.

Granted, this is the kind of thing a good friend who is a missionary in Tanzania likes to call a "First World problem," often while rolling her eyes. But because the vast majority of Columbus is a First World kind of place, that's the kind of problems we have.

So I called Pat Biegler, director of public works for the city, and asked if she knew anything about the situation. She's a hands-on kind of director, so she went down and checked it out herself.

"It is rough, and it does need attention," Biegler said later, but noted that the city doesn't employ people with the particular expertise to do that kind of repair.

You would just pull up the bricks and lay down some blacktop. (Quick, open your window and listen carefully. You can probably hear the wailing of the Historic District's daunting defenders of antiquity.) Of course I'm kidding about paving over it. But it is fun to occasionally poke those folks.

Anyway, Biegler said she would see about contracting the work out to a specialist, although I'm not sure where you would begin to look for such a person. The Masonic lodge, maybe?


Remember the old burned out house on Macon Road, across from Park Hill Cemetery. It sat there all burned to hell for a looooong time, but no one seemed to care. Well, we were in the process of getting the city to condemn the property and tear it down when Curtis Duke, an elder at nearby Edgewood Church of Christ called to say they'd like to buy the property, clear it and use it for the church.

They'd been having trouble getting the owner to return their calls (what kind of person doesn't return a Church of Christ elder's calls?) until the property appeared in the paper.

The elder called to report that they were about to close on the property a few weeks back.

Well, they must have closed, because I rode by there Thursday and sure enough, the house was knocked down and hauled away.

­­­­--Seen anything that needs attention? Contact me at mowen@ledger-enquirer.com or 706-571-8570. And have a Merry Christmas.