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Opinion: Who Cares About an Illegal Person?

Java Kitrick Java Kitrick Opinion: Who Cares About an Illegal Person?

Editor’s Note: The following email was sent to Columbus Underground in response to ongoing coverage of the story of Edith Espinal and the Sanctuary movement in Central Ohio. With 21% of American children living below poverty With 15M American children facing food insecurity every day going to school hungry unable to concentrate without  protein and  […]

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Opinion: Home-Sharing Regulations Could Restrict Neighborhood Revitalization

Zach James Zach James Opinion: Home-Sharing Regulations Could Restrict Neighborhood Revitalization

America’s best kept secret is out, and the world has taken notice. Each year, millions of people learn what locals have always known: Columbus is a premier destination for whatever reason your occupation, culture, or passion brings you here. While Columbus continually experiences record tourism years, our Downtown central business district — home to nearly […]

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Opinion: CoverMyMeds Should Cover Their Taxes

Anne Evans Anne Evans Opinion: CoverMyMeds Should Cover Their Taxes

At the Columbus City Schools Board of Education meeting last night, board members were presented with yet another tax abatement request. This one involves a $100M corporate campus environment for one of Columbus’ top startup success stories, CoverMyMeds. Currently, CoverMyMeds resides in 132,000 square feet of the Miranova building in Downtown Columbus. The company was acquired […]

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Opinion: Columbus Beats Indy in Size, Still Behind in Bike-Friendly Infrastructure

Justin Goodwin Justin Goodwin Opinion: Columbus Beats Indy in Size, Still Behind in Bike-Friendly Infrastructure

Last month, the US Census Bureau released new population estimates showing Columbus edging out Indianapolis to become the 14th largest city in the US and the second largest in the Midwest, just behind Chicago. We have seen continued growth and investment in Downtown, the Short North and surrounding neighborhoods. With new apartments and condos, more […]

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Opinion: car2go’s Exit Removes Critical Element of Transit

Brooke Wojdynski Brooke Wojdynski Opinion: car2go’s Exit Removes Critical Element of Transit

Car2go, the premiere ride-sharing service in our city, announced on May 24 that they are shutting down Columbus operations today. With 32,000 subscribers utilizing the service, some making it their primary mode of transportation — such as myself — this came unexpectedly to many in our city. Car2go continued to expand coverage and upgraded its […]

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Opinion: car2go’s Departure Should Refocus Investment Toward Public Transit

Ilke Akcasoy Ilke Akcasoy Opinion: car2go’s Departure Should Refocus Investment Toward Public Transit

In the past few years, Columbus has embarked on a collective journey to enhance mobility in our community. The recent announcement of car2go’s decision to discontinue services in Columbus has come as a blow to all of us whose excitement has grown around the recent energy and investments into Columbus’ transportation system. In this moment, […]

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Opinion: The Destruction of Public Spaces

John Sunami John Sunami Opinion: The Destruction of Public Spaces

A good public space is interesting, inviting, and accessible. Good urban public spaces create the character of a city and are a factor that people consider in choosing where they will live. Good public spaces are hard to create and easy to destroy. Columbus has recently lost one of its best. Columbus has been fortunate […]

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