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Opinion: The “American Dream” is changing — It’s time to wake up to that

Neil Button Neil Button Opinion: The “American Dream” is changing — It’s time to wake up to that

With the end of 2014 in sight, Columbus remains the largest city in the United States without any form of rail transit. We’re also in 45th place out of America’s 52 largest cities in terms of per capita spending on bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure, according to the Alliance for Biking & Walking. In the face […]

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Opinion: Open Letter to The Dispatch on Karageorge Article

James Ragland James Ragland Opinion: Open Letter to The Dispatch on Karageorge Article

Dear Dispatch Editor, This letter is in response to the article entitled, “Woman who found Karageorge’s body ‘can’t forget his face’.” The tragic death of one of our beloved Buckeyes also exposes the brutal reality of those that live in many of Columbus most vulnerable communities. While the headline articulates that the woman found the […]

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Opinion: What Do You Consider Local Food?

 Shawn Fiegelist Opinion: What Do You Consider Local Food?

How do you define local food? How far can it travel before it isn’t considered local? Is it grown in your home state? Is it organic? What is a fair price? These questions are packed with food for thought. I don’t bother much defining local food. I think about it being organic. I like it […]

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Opinion: Not Debating Fitzgerald Could Haunt Kasich

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Opinion: Not Debating Fitzgerald Could Haunt Kasich

Governor John Kasich will not debate Ed Fitzgerald, marking the first time in 36 years that two candidates for the Ohio governorship have not faced each other on the issues. Both campaigns have largely blamed the other for the lapse in democratic tradition, but it’s clear that Fitzgerald stands to lose more than Kasich. The […]

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An Open Letter to the National Media that is Clueless About Columbus

 Dan Longerbone An Open Letter to the National Media that is Clueless About Columbus

Dear National Media, Recently it has come to your attention that Columbus, Georgia was in the running for the 2016 Democratic National Convention. No wait, not that Columbus, the one in South Carolina. Oh, that’s Columbia? Must be that one in Ohio then. Yes, Columbus, Ohio. You know, the state capital. OK, Columbia is a […]

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Opinion: Level Playing Field Crucial for Columbus Retailers

Jayson Waits Jayson Waits Opinion: Level Playing Field Crucial for Columbus Retailers

Readers of Columbus Underground are well aware of all the fantastic development occurring across the city. It is an exciting time to be a resident and a business owner. That said, an unfair government policy is holding back local retailers from growing and jeopardizes future development in the city. As a small business owner myself […]

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Opinion: Convention Center Hotel Cancellation Worst Downtown News of 2014

Walker Evans Walker Evans Opinion: Convention Center Hotel Cancellation Worst Downtown News of 2014

We’re not quite half way through 2014, but I’m going to go ahead and call it. The decision made last week by the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority (FCCFA) to abandon a massive private development expansion is going to be the biggest blow to Downtown Columbus in 2014. It’s also the biggest Downtown letdown since Governor Kasich […]

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