Linden, a neighborhood in northeastern Columbus, is about six square miles and bounded on three sides by railroad tracks. About 30,000 residents live in about 13,000 homes, according to recent census data.

"Columbus overall is doing well...but Linden is one our biggest challenges," Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said in an interview.  While the city is growing quickly and has an AAA bond rating with the lowest unemployment rate in 25 years, Linden has high infant mortality, high unemployment and a low high school graduation rate.

But help is on the WAY!  The City of Columbus, Ohio recently snagged a $40 million prize from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for a series of proposals to use data and technology to reshape the city's transportation system.

The city of 850,000 beat out six other finalists in the DOT's Smart City Challenge; the money will be matched by $10 million from Paul Allen's Vulcan Inc. and $90 million the city raised from private partners. In all, 78 cities applied for the grant, including nearly all of the nation's mid-sized cities.

Columbus latched onto that focus to help underserved neighborhoods and named its older Linden neighborhood as a prime recipient. The city and its partners plan to pilot smart transportation tech, including autonomous shuttles. They would be used to help working Linden residents reach city buses from their homes and then from the bus stops to their jobs.

While the City of Columbus and its partners are figuring out all of the Logistics for the SmartCity Grant, Pyramid CDC will positon itself as a leader in assisting Residents to prepare for the new Technology.

How do we plan to assist Linden with Economic Development and build Ladders of Opportunities for residents? We plan to utilize Technology to assist Linden with developing new methods of eliminating barriers that lead to Poverty. 

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With the Smart City Challenge Grant announcement, to select the City of Columbus as the recipient, and the Linden Community named as the underserved neighborhood to become a beneficiary of these newly designed Technologies, Pyramid Community Development Corporation (CDC) recognized the importance for the Linden Community to take ownership of redeveloping its neighborhood.

For the Linden Community, the City of Columbus would be able to assist with various programming, such as: 

  • Reducing the Infant Mortality Rate by 40%, in which Linden has the highest rate in the United States.
  • Adding Smart Transportation with WIFI capability to transport Linden Residents to higher paying jobs;
  • Providing WIFI access in various locations throughout the community.

Granting access to the Internet to the Linden Community would increase the Economic Development largely in the Community.  Currently, many of the families do not have access to computers or Internet within their homes.  Providing access to these resources could change individuals and families tremendously.

Pyramid CDC recognizes the burden for these families and this is why providing Ladders of Opportunities with the use of Technology has become our mission.

Members of Pyramid Community Development Corporation have a connection with the Linden Community of Columbus, Ohio, that stems back more than 55 years. 

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Can Technology End Poverty?  Pyramid CDC plans to develop Technology programming that emphasizes the importance of WiFi access to the global market and how it could be beneficial to their day-to-day lifestyle.

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Pyramid CDC

(614) 259-7993

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Contact Us:
Pyramid Community Development Corporation, (614) 259-7993

​​OUR MISSION: Assist in the long-term development and stabilization of the Linden Community, of Columbus, Ohio by coordinating and mobilizing Ladders of Opportunities.

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