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Tony Collins Takes Over as Columbus Parks Director

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Tony Collins Takes Over as Columbus Parks Director

After serving 11 years as Gahanna’s Director of Recreation and Parks, Tony Collins has been chosen to lead Columbus’ parks department as current Director Alan McKnight retires. The Recreation and Parks Commission appointed Collins to the position on Tuesday with Mayor Michael Coleman calling him, “a strong leader with an extensive background in recreation and […]

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Director Andrew Niccol Talks with CU about New Film Good Kill

Hope Madden Hope Madden Director Andrew Niccol Talks with CU about New Film Good Kill

Writer/director Andrew Niccol’s provocative look at the life of a drone pilot, Good Kill, opens in Columbus this weekend. The film considers modern warfare in a new light, and the director took a few minutes to talk to Columbus Underground about the effort. Columbus Underground: You’ve examined the alienating power of surveillance and technology in […]

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The Big Give: Empowering Everyone to be a Philanthropist

Walker Evans Walker Evans The Big Give: Empowering Everyone to be a Philanthropist

Nancy Kramer has played an active role at The Columbus Foundation with The Big Give campaign in the past, but this year she’s taking it to the next level. The founder of Resource Interactive (now Resource Ammirati) is serving on the Governing Committee at The Columbus Foundation, which means that her work on The Big […]

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Local Storytellers Launch New Columbus-Centric Podcast

Walker Evans Walker Evans Local Storytellers Launch New Columbus-Centric Podcast

Want to learn more about the City of Columbus in an easy-to-consume audio format that you can implement into your workout, your daily commute, or any similar type of activity requiring a stimulus boost? Well, you can look no further than 614Cast, a podcast launched this week by Tim Fulton, Amy Schmittauer and Eric Zimmer. […]

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Interview: Jeffrey Tumlin on the Future of Transportation in Columbus

Brent Warren Brent Warren Interview: Jeffrey Tumlin on the Future of Transportation in Columbus

Columbus Underground readers have likely noticed the name Nelson Nygaard popping up with some regularity in recent months. The transportation planning firm recently worked on the Short North Parking Study, and is currently taking the lead on two major transportation initiatives in Columbus – the city’s multimodal thoroughfare plan (Connect Columbus), and COTA’s upcoming NextGen […]

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Interview: Ted Allen Discusses AIDS Walk Ohio, Dining in Columbus

Rebecca Wagner Rebecca Wagner Interview: Ted Allen Discusses AIDS Walk Ohio, Dining in Columbus

Among the list of notable culinarians that hail from Columbus, Ted Allen might brandish the most imposing resume. Allen is most well-known as longstanding host of Chopped, the Food Network series that pits chefs against each other to create a three-course meal out of a basket of mystery ingredients. He’s also a contributing editor for Esquire, […]

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Interview: James Ragland, Candidate for Mayor

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Interview: James Ragland, Candidate for Mayor

Earlier this month, mayoral candidate James Ragland was almost kicked off the ballot by the Franklin County Board of Elections after questions emerged over whether one of his five-member nominating committee lived in Columbus. Those concerns were quickly dismissed and Ragland is now firmly on the ballot for the nonpartisan primary in May. Ragland agreed […]

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