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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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Opinion: Transit Columbus Supports COTA System Overhaul

Josh Lapp Josh Lapp Opinion: Transit Columbus Supports COTA System Overhaul

Transit Columbus strongly supports the transit system review (TSR) redesign process being developed by the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) that will streamline and improve service. These changes will provide the best coverage for the largest amount of Central Ohioans possible. COTA has the ability to vastly improve access, reliability, frequency, and ridership by revamping […]

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Opinion: Columbus Needs to Aspire to Move Our People Better

Stu Nicholson Stu Nicholson Opinion: Columbus Needs to Aspire to Move Our People Better

It’s unfair to compare two cities like Chicago and Columbus: vastly different in size, population and other ways. But there are things I found in a recent visit to Chicago that Columbus (in its own context) should aspire to, not the least of which is to create a public transportation infrastructure that connects our city […]

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Opinion: There Are No Short North Parking Problems

Jason Powell Jason Powell Opinion: There Are No Short North Parking Problems

As a Short North resident of six years and a visitor for over ten, I can conclude that there is not much of a parking issue – it is more of a perceived issue. I can go out on a Gallery Hop night at 8pm and find a spot pretty easily up on the north […]

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