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Comedy Sandwich

 Zack Baird Comedy Sandwich

“In two years, if there isn’t a solid improvement in attendance and overall response from the media and the public, then everyone is just going to leave.  And that’ll be it.  That’ll be the end of everything we’ve worked to build and create.  That’ll be the end of our comedy sandwich.” That’s Columbus comedian Justin […]

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Franklin County Property Reappraisal Begins Next Week

 Clarence Mingo Franklin County Property Reappraisal Begins Next Week

Property owners in Franklin County will receive a letter from me during the week of August 21 informing them of the 2011 Reappraisal “tentative value” for their property. The word “tentative” above is important to note. Property values will not be finalized until later this fall. During September, each property owner in Franklin County will […]

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ReMarks for Columbus

 Beth Blostein ReMarks for Columbus

I recently visited Black Mountain, North Carolina: a laid back, artsy, dog-friendly city near the ”Paris of the South”, Asheville. Black Mountain has an interesting history as home to the Black Mountain College, which through a bizarre set of converging circumstance was rather hastily founded in 1934. The school became a refuge to some of […]

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It is what it is

 Jim Coe It is what it is

What does IT IS WHAT IT IS say about our attitude? Are you hearing this phrase, “It is what it is,” (IIWII) more frequently? There’s evidence that not only has the parlance become a cliché, its ubiquity has become irritating. Although IIWII has proven to be flexibly versatile in a wide range of conversational usage, […]

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Mile by Mile: The Future of Urban Design in Downtown Columbus

  Mile by Mile: The Future of Urban Design in Downtown Columbus

Seeking inspired recreation, Columbus residents and visitors are reconnecting to the downtown. From the Scioto Mile to the Mile on High, urban redevelopment is in demand. While critics believe there is no reason to go downtown, a culturally diverse audience arrived by foot (from as far as Franklinton), bike, and even classic car to check […]

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New Development Creates a Better Place to Live, Work & Play in Columbus

 Michael B. Coleman New Development Creates a Better Place to Live, Work & Play in Columbus

The beginning of summer is always exciting, but this year we have the added joy of seeing many of our Downtown investments bear fruit. Columbus Commons is now open to the public and is now home to many musical, cultural and family activities. The Scioto Mile as well as an improved Bicentennial Park will open […]

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A Response to Gay Rights Letter in The Dispatch

  A Response to Gay Rights Letter in The Dispatch

So, the Dispatch put up a Letter to the Editor yesterday titled “Gay rights aren’t same as those of blacks“. Can I just get on my soap box for a second and respond?

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URBAN LIVING TOUR 2020

This year’s Urban Living Tour event has been postponed due to COVID-19, but will be returning later this summer!

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