The Gay Street area is a smaller sub-neighborhood located centrally in Downtown Columbus. Gay Street has emerged as a known hotspot over the past 15 years, home to popular restaurants, residents and retailers. Gay Street is seen as a crossroads home to many types of people, from CCAD students to government workers to bike messengers to lawyers and everyone in between. Despite the current successes, the area still has several retail vacancies in prominent locations, and the full potential of a critical mass of retailers and foot traffic has not yet been reached.
Downtown Columbus is home to nearly 8,000 residents, 32,000 college students and over 84,000 office workers. There are an additional 45,000 residents in adjacent neighborhoods (including The Short North and German Village) and a total of 9.2 million visitors Downtown each year to institutions that include the Columbus Museum of Art, the Ohio Theatre, Palace Theatre and many other cultural centers. Downtown Columbus continues to see a massive wave of new growth with many new apartments, condos, offices, parking garages, retail spaces and new infrastructure currently under construction and proposed for construction the near future.