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NEXT: Jack-of-All-Trades, Bachelor of Polymathy

David Staley David Staley NEXT: Jack-of-All-Trades, Bachelor of Polymathy

For the last two weeks, I’ve been an avid participant at the (virtual) Polymath Festival, organized by the Da Vinci Network, and specifically by Waqas Ahmed, author of The Polymath. It has been a pleasure meeting like-minded practitioners because, I fear, there are very few such venues or opportunities to do so. A polymath is […]

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Is the City’s Tax Abatement Policy Meeting Affordable Housing Need?

Brent Warren Brent Warren Is the City’s Tax Abatement Policy Meeting Affordable Housing Need?

In the summer of 2018, the Columbus City Council passed legislation that would change the way the city used tax abatements to incentivize development projects moving forward. At the time, council members and city officials described the new policy as a way to both encourage the building of more affordable housing and to target the […]

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Columbus Ranks 8th Worst Large City For Minority Homeownership Rates

Walker Evans Walker Evans Columbus Ranks 8th Worst Large City For Minority Homeownership Rates

A new study on home equity ranked the largest US cities by minority homeownership rates, and Columbus placed toward the bottom of the list. With a minority homeownership rate of just 32.3 percent, Columbus scored 8th worst on that list. “Despite some improvement, low rates of homeownership among minority households is both a result of and […]

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Redesign of Short North Building Moving Forward

Brent Warren Brent Warren Redesign of Short North Building Moving Forward

A familiar building in the heart of the Short North will be getting a complete redesign. Much of the existing roof and large portions of two exterior walls will be removed as part of the project, which will transform the look of 700 N. High St., at the south corner of E. Lincoln St. The […]

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How ODH Undershot the COVID-19 Death Toll by 4,000 Cases

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal How ODH Undershot the COVID-19 Death Toll by 4,000 Cases

By Jake Zuckerman Human error, bureaucracy, and an abrupt crush of COVID-19 deaths this fall all factored into a critical accounting mistake obscuring Ohio’s full pandemic death toll, officials said Thursday. Ohio Department of Health Director Stephanie McCloud said the blunder traces back to a single employee who was tasked with resolving differences in death tolls […]

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Hundreds of New Units Approved at Busy Commission Meeting

Brent Warren Brent Warren Hundreds of New Units Approved at Busy Commission Meeting

The Pizzuti Companies’ proposal for the Schumacher Place Giant Eagle site wasn’t the only significant project approved by the Development Commission earlier this week. During a five-hour virtual meeting on February 11, the commission signed off on several high-profile developments, sending them on to City Council for final approval. Although the actual start of construction […]

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Whittier Street Proposal Moving on to Council

Brent Warren Brent Warren Whittier Street Proposal Moving on to Council

The Pizzuti Companies’ proposal to redevelop the former Whittier Street Giant Eagle will be heading to City Council after receiving a vote of approval from the Development Commission last night. The 3-2 vote from the commission came a month after the same board voted to table the project, and after many months of contentious neighborhood […]

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