5. Mixed-use paradise emerges from empty hole

5. Mixed-use paradise emerges from empty hole

Earlier this year, a judge ordered the razing of Clintonville Electric and the historic Clinton Theater, which left a significant gap in a thriving neighborhood. Clintonville deserves a unique addition that will extend its eclectic North High Street strip.

4. City's best sushi bar emerges Downtown

Unique eateries have challenged Subway's Downtown dominance, adding Irish fare, Cuban cuisine and tapas. Still, workers in the central city have no place to grab great raw fish. It'd be nice to see a sushi bar (with a sake-centric happy hour ending at 8 p.m.) within walking distance of Capitol Square.

3. Tidal wave of classic cocktail s washes through Columbus

Throughout 2010, Columbus ate local, cherished scratch-made dishes and learned to savor its food. Many bars and restaurants have extended this slow-food ethos to their drink menus - rediscovering Prohibition-era recipes, creating ingredients by hand and insisting that finesse is fashionable. Cheers to seeing steady progress in the slow-sip movement.

2. Grandview Yard becoming hotbed of local business

The ambitious project from Nationwide Realty Investors already has an Ohio-themed eatery in the Buckeye Hall of Fame Grill. It's also the kind of place set up for chains to take over. The Yard will remain a lot more interesting if it boasts a bit of Columbus character.

1. Div erse programming slate scheduled for Columbus Commons

The gorgeous green lawn of Columbus Commons has emerged in City Center's gaping footprint. The trick in 2011 will be bringing people to it. The Columbus Association for the Performing Arts will throw concerts and other events starting this spring, and ideally the six-acre park will host a range of music, dance and theater performances. Also, Metro Parks, which contributed $2 million to the project, should offer daily nature activities.