The Big project is the new Ohio Union, the main student union at The Ohio State University. The old one was a sprawling hulk of a building that was a main reminder that OSU was big even in the pre-Baby Boomer 1950's. The future Ohio Union is another sprawling hulk of a building that seems to remind us that the Urban Infill style is alive and well. It looks like the Easton version of the Ohio Union. A new parking garage (right next to another parking garage) is included in the scheme. The above picture is of the back side facing the South Oval.The High Street facade has many looks the insides look like it has some fun aspects. There are towers and look-outs, picture windows and brick. The main front door is not easy to find, but lets wait until the construction crew cleans up.
The above picture is just an exaple of the interesting renovations of some of the old classroom buildings with the juxtaposition of old and angled post-modern elements.
Yet, the big news is the end of Larry's Bar at the corner of Woodruff and High Street. Larry's Bar lasted over 80 years owned by three generations of one family. Of course, it wasn't a bar at first because that would put it in the middle of Prohibition. It became a bar in 1934 and had been a bohemian outpost until the end of 2008. Always an intellectual bar, they worked hard to keep the jocks out of the place. But alas, the jocks have taken over and made it into a generic sports bar with picture windows.