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  • in reply to: Easton Town Center future development #1078698
    ColumbusHearsAWho
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    The tenor of commentary regarding Easton on the CU cracks me up. At first, they called it a Town Center, and folks were like, “it’s not a TOWN. It’s a sprawling, soulless mall.” Then they announce a grocery store phase and a new residential phase and folks be like, “well who wants to LIVE there,” and, “where’s the public space?”

    Keeping in mind that 90+% of central Ohioans make at least one trip to Easton every year. A handful of local businesses do well there, and, if you’ve ever worked there, it’s actually filled with smart, friendly, engaging customers. Really! They’re humans!

    Should I mention that Steiner & Associates are now taking over the Campus Gateway? They must know something about development because they continue to grow, expand, and diversify.

    in reply to: Surly Girl Closing This Month #1072541
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    My second post, after reading the CU article posted above: so, the good old Short North was good because outlaws like Liz and Carmen were there to shuttle prostitutes out of the bar?

    Can I wrap my arms around 2015 and give it a big hug?

    in reply to: Surly Girl Closing This Month #1072540
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    Too bad, indeed. What exactly does she mean by, “The buyer of our place is kind of what you’d expect for the area, or what it’s become,”?

    I’ll still see loads of local businesses populating, investing, and thriving in the Short North. Kingmaker’s kicks ass, Pizzuti’s built the hotel and opened a wonderful art gallery, Mitchell’s runs the restaurant space, Mikey’s late nite has made their site really cool and added Oddfellow’s, Homage is on High Street, Donatos is going to grow, so is White Castle. Last I checked, these are all Columbus businesses, right?

    I guess that I’ve just been in earshot of too many conversations lately where, publicly or privately, people act like the Short North, “gosh, just ain’t what it used to be.” I’m sorry, but I’m not going to be the teacher in the lounge, or the old man in the hardware store. It’s a great neighborhood. I don’t live there, and frequently go there to eat, walk, or have fun. I’ve loved it for years and it continues to develop and make Columbus great.

    So what if I now cruise past a Chipotle that is half-full of lunch guests?

    in reply to: Bibibop Asian Grill #1055052
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    Concept developed by Gosh Enterprises…Charleys grilled subs…not related to O Charleys

    That’s the one. Thanks!

    in reply to: Bibibop Asian Grill #1055041
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    +1 on bland. It’s like, I can see all these colors of vegetables, but everything is washed out. Even with their “spicy” sauces it tastes one-dimensional.

    If I remember correctly, it was opened by people with familial connection to….. O’Charley’s….? That may explain the bland, and the fact that they made it to four units in 2.5 years.

    in reply to: Redevelopment at Stonewall Columbus & Mikey's Late Night Slice #1054656
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    This is a tough one. I mean, I love history, and historic buildings in historic neighborhoods. But I hate surface lots. But using Shipping Containers is pretty trendy in “big” cities right now, and I’d like Columbus to be a “big” city. And I love Mikey’s LNS and they seem to know what’s good for their business. The landlord thinks it’s ok. They’re prepared to go to the IVC to get the approval. And pizza shouldn’t be served out of a building that is totally dilapidated. And everyone calls it a shack, but a shack can’t possibly ever be Mixed-Use, so how could they fix it up anyways?

    This is a tough one.

    in reply to: Light Rail in Central Ohio #1054463
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    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>ColumbusHearsAWho wrote:</div>
    I can remember when folks on CU supported a rail running from downtown to Polaris. Great for jobs. People downtown could shop at the Fashion Place. Now we’re convinced that people need to travel from the airport to “downtown.” Anywhere will do. Short North? Brewery District? Discivery District? Broad and High? It doesn’t really matter; we just need to get them to the Core so they have Options from there.

    You’ve proven that people want a comprehensive rail network with lines running to destination points all over the city, regardless of whichever line should be implemented as phase one.

    That is one way to think of my post. What I was trying to articulate is that the enthusiasm is for A Light Rail Line Anywhere — Just Do It, It Will Be Great. I’m pointing out the eagerness to make it any length, any place.

    in reply to: Light Rail in Central Ohio #1054368
    ColumbusHearsAWho
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    Harpers had a great story about Amtrak this past summer that detailed all of the money that was supposed to be sent by Congress, only to be repurposed year after year. The Amtrak budget has continued to decline for two decades. Not sure where government is wising up.

    Listing a handful of U.S. cities with Light rail is not terribly compelling. Cities are dynamic places with unique needs. Detroit is currently razing city blocks. Miami is dealing with flooded storm sewers thanks to rising tides. And who is embracing it? Riders? The poor? Business Leaders? City Council? The Feds? Commuters?

    I can remember when folks on CU supported a rail running from downtown to Polaris. Great for jobs. People downtown could shop at the Fashion Place. Now we’re convinced that people need to travel from the airport to “downtown.” Anywhere will do. Short North? Brewery District? Discivery District? Broad and High? It doesn’t really matter; we just need to get them to the Core so they have Options from there.

    in reply to: Light Rail in Central Ohio #1054332
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    Had to go looking for everyone’s favorite GIF again.

    Three things one can count on in this (Columbus) life: Death, Taxes, and Streetcar-Talk on Columbus Underground.

    I really don’t understand the appeal, and I’m skeptical that there are enough municipal, state, federal, and business resources to get it done.

    I get that we need a mix of transportation options. But the Streetcar doesn’t really need to be one of them, does it?

    When it comes to great private transportation ideas of the 21st century you have Netjets, Uber/Lyft, and Space Tourism. Short of Elon Musk’s crazy warp-speed rail system in California there are no new ideas. Just people studying City and Regional planning at college and making endless proposals about theoretical benefits without any of their own investors to make it a reality.

    And thinking that one could persuade Congress or the State Legislature to shift money from highways to streetcars….. Congress barely funded the Trust for Highways last year!

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    in reply to: Clintonville Community Market (Co-op) — News & Updates #1053402
    ColumbusHearsAWho
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    Since it’s a Co-Op, their minutes are public and can usually be found on their website.

    Reading back to the month that Lucky’s opened, their sales fell off by half. Hard to imagine how they can make up for that decrease in volume.

    in reply to: Mayor Coleman Will Not Seek a Fifth Term #1053401
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    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>howatzer wrote:</div>
    Yup. If anything, I’d want a mayor that’s somewhat antagonistic towards, or at least skeptical of, city council.

    What would antagonism bring to the table?

    Columbus as a whole seems to be faring pretty well with a long-term cooperative relationship between Council and the Mayor’s Office, right?

    Columbus as a whole may seem to be fairing well, but that may not be caused by the current relationship between Council and the Mayor’s Office. If one agrees that our success stems from Coleman’s leadership and vision then one must ask if the next mayor can possess those same strengths, and if those strengths are great enough to outweigh the weaknesses of council.

    I think that the critiques of Ginther in this thread are very, very fair. And I think that it is very healthy to have some measure of check and balance between the city council and the mayor’s office. It’s clear that the School Board under Ginther’s leadership quickly became a place where dissent was unwelcome, oversight lax, and the results are clear.

    in reply to: The Jury Room #1052522
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    Am I the first to note the irony here between the name of the restaurant at issue and this forum/thread? This is a jury room too. I would say it seems to be a 6-2 verdict in favor of a verdict of liability. But all that aside, the restaurant and bar biz is brutal. You can be popular for a couple of years and then see business plummet for no perceptible reason.

    I disagree. There are many perceptible reasons in the bar restaurant biz. (None of this list directed at Jury Room). Start by lowering your standards when hiring people. Skip reinvesting in maintenance / repair / decor. Buy lower-quality ingredients. Fail to build relationships with regular guests. Choose to not conduct inventory. Remain oblivious to changing tastes or appetites and let your offerings stagnate.

    People are quick to say the restaurant business is hard, but food is a basic human need. You’re not selling hot tubs. It’s food. Yes, the hours are greater than many people are willing to work, but there are few great things that come out of a 40 hr. work week. Pay attention to your guests and you can prosper.

    in reply to: Mayor Coleman Will Not Seek a Fifth Term #1052234
    ColumbusHearsAWho
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    I agree that he has shown great leadership. I am uncomfortable about how much time and energy people in Columbus spend getting themselves “on the map.” National identity and attention is less important to me than having a functioning, fair, safe, enjoyable place to live. Our constant struggle for people to notice or pay attention to what makes us great feels so desperate.

    in reply to: Mayor Coleman Will Not Seek a Fifth Term #1052153
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    Things are going to get tricky…….

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    in reply to: The Jury Room #1052009
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    It’s not unusual for these sales to take some time, and for news to be a slow trickle while they do. If there was someone lined up to buy the space, it would make sense to give them time for due diligence. If I’m not mistaken, Liz said she bought the place because it was struggling. It’s not in a great neighborhood downtown and it must be hard to turn a buck there.

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