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Opinion: Changes to North Market Hours are a Positive Step

Stan Riley Stan Riley Opinion: Changes to North Market Hours are a Positive Step

Finally! As a tenant at the North Market, the new hours have been a long time coming and a step in the right direction. The City of Columbus has done an incredible job of surrounding the North Market with unlimited business opportunities while subsidizing us with low rent and improvement dollars. It is our responsibility […]

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Opinion: Bring it, Columbus

Elissa Schneider Elissa Schneider Opinion: Bring it, Columbus

Columbus lost the bid for the Democratic National Convention, but we gained so much more. We better know who we are. We put ourselves out there, with the big boys and girls, to be judged. For, maybe the first time, as a city, we said “Hi, World. Pick us, choose us, and love us.” We […]

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Opinion: The Promise of the Two-Generation Approach to Poverty

Stephanie Mitchell Hughes Stephanie Mitchell Hughes Opinion: The Promise of the Two-Generation Approach to Poverty

As part of his War on Poverty, President Johnson established critical federal and state initiatives such as Head Start, nutrition assistance, Medicare and Medicaid that continue today. Despite some important gains over the last fifty-one years, high levels of poverty continue to exist across the United States. Changing economic, job, and family demographics, tumultuous housing […]

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Next: Drone Retail Will Render Big Box Shopping Obsolete

David Staley David Staley Next: Drone Retail Will Render Big Box Shopping Obsolete

Amazon has recently secured a patent for “anticipatory package shipping.” Using similar algorithms to those that determine “Featured Recommendations,” Amazon’s system will predict what we are likely to purchase — based on an analysis of our buying habits — and then send those products to nearby fulfillment centers, in anticipation of our placing an order. […]

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Opinion: Lyft’s Parting Complaints Smell Fishy

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Opinion: Lyft’s Parting Complaints Smell Fishy

On January 19, the car-staches will be gone. Lyft, the ridesharing startup, has announced that it will “pause” its Columbus operations for the time being, offering its local drivers an opportunity to work in Cincinnati instead. The reason for the “pause” as stated in Lyft’s email to its drivers is that “as the Lyft community […]

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Opinion: New Vets Memorial is No Sanctuary

 Bernard Pontones Opinion: New Vets Memorial is No Sanctuary

The curious description of the Ohio Veterans Memorial included in the December 30, 2014 article in Columbus Underground (“New Renderings Released for Ohio Veterans Memorial“) relied on theatrical and religious themes: “The Ohio Veterans Memorial and Museum is conceived as an architecture of two acts. The first is an act of landscape, where the surrounding […]

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Opinion: Accomplishments and Recognition for Marriage Equality, Yet More Work to Do

Michael Premo Michael Premo Opinion: Accomplishments and Recognition for Marriage Equality, Yet More Work to Do

On December 15, Columbus City Council unanimously passed an historic resolution in support of marriage equality. The resolution also honored the work of Why Marriage Matters Ohio and our volunteers across the state for our work in increasing support for the freedom to marry. Why is this a big deal? Because it is the first […]

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