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  • in reply to: Balboa — New restaurant in former Shoku space #1127132
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    Have not been, not planning to most likely. I cant make it to all the awesome places as it is. Sort of like the Knotty Pine brewpub, have not been, probably wont. Enough of my friends have given it two thumbs down. I have not talked to a Grandview resident that prefers it over Local Cantina or even Rancho honestly. It is a pretty hot spot at the moment for its target crowd tho.

    Not really sure Grandview is a Margs at 1:30am kind of place. That said the patio is full most decent nights, but it was full early in Shoku’s career as well. One thing that will drive you off Grandview Ave is bad overpriced food. Cant swing a stick without hitting a nice place to eat in a 500yard radius. I think it is eating into the Winking Lizard crowd a bit. Press Grill opened as well. Grandview Cafe soon to open. Studio 35 Grandview(which I like) open now. Going to be a lot of competition for the drinking crowd.

    in reply to: Any Hops enthusiasts? Hops day in Athens #1126612
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    Back up to the top for this. Only a few more days to register. Weather forecast as of today is 70’s and Sunny!!

    in reply to: Baby friendly places in town? #1126600
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    Everything is open with a baby. I would not take the tyke to M on a saturday at 8pm but otherwise, they do where you go.

    Festival season coming up. I found that while the stroller brings all your stuff great, it is tough to drive with all the people. Set up a blanket on the grass and listen to music. A rainy day is a good day to hit Tuttle or Polaris, don’t laugh, then you can bring a stroller and look at pretty lights.

    The time you need recs is about a year or two away when they are active.

    North Bank park fountains are quieter and just as cool

    Grandview Library has a great kids area plus programming

    The zoo has a playground that is fun plus indoor spots when needed. We went a ton in winter and hung out with the manatees and snakes when nobody else went. You can bring your own food and picnic at teh spot with the metal dinosaur near N. America

    Wyman Woods in Grandview is a gem, same with McKinley. Miller park in U/A is great for kids. Tour the Capitol building for free. The Conservatory is a great cheap membership, put down about eight kids names and bring friends, they dont care.

    You can tour the whistle factory, just make sure to lose it shortly after arriving home. Same with the candy factory.

    Cosi was not a bad membership if you have the budget for it. Best swim lessons were Dublin rec as they have zero entry.

    in reply to: Apartments/retail at Grandview Giant Eagle? #1126055
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    Broadview is already full at 5pm on thursday through sunday. It is the only non-permit block west with any parking that is easier. Next two blocks west are school blocks. The east side streets are permit only. A garage would be great if they would build it but I am not thinking that will get done. No space in Grandview for it, only space possible is the GE lot.

    in reply to: Good/cheap place to buy flowers/outdoor plants #1124951
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    Best inexpensive place is Sutherlands on the west side.

    in reply to: Restaurant Impossible Filming at Cray #1124513
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    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>patient_zero wrote:</div>
    Airing 10pm tonight (Wed, April 27) on Food Network is “Ambush: Cray, Cray”.

    The one thing I miss most about getting rid of cable are the cooking shows. I could watch Bobby Flay BBQ in his backyard all day.

    Netflix and Amazon Prime have all the cooking shows all seasons. If you dont have them google Great Chefs on Youtube

    in reply to: Balboa — New restaurant in former Shoku space #1122627
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    So the question is what is going to happen with parking?

    When Studio 35 opens, plus Big Mamma, plus the two new places across the street in the old GC and Shoku? Studio 35 will have a 75 seat bar, patio, movie theater and has four parking spaces given to that building. The spots behind the Bank Block are Wagenbrenner property spots and none of them are for the theater. GC has no spots given it. You cannot street park around the corner. Shoku has about 6 spots in its front. Two to three hundred new people each weekend for ten parking spots. Wagenbrenner I have heard will post a guard behind the bank block to prevent theater parking. It will not be good parking wise.

    in reply to: Columbus $15 Minimum Wage #1122208
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    That could very well be true wage wise. Right now you make say 16k at 8 bucks per hour. If you went on Disability for what ever ailment real or imagined you get 13k plus all U can eat Medicare. Most folks stay home in their PJ’s for that loss of 12 bucks every two weeks. The people on disability are also not counted towards the unemployment rate, which may change as a result. Good point by you Mike.

    http://apps.npr.org/unfit-for-work/

    in reply to: White City:The new urban blight is rich people #1121384
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    in reply to: 5xNW needs to celebrate #1116394
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    You are, after all, the one who took very personal exception within this thread to the mere suggestion of a merger between Grandview Heights and Columbus, both the municipal entities as well as the school districts. Whether it ever happens or not is no skin off my back. I’m a resident of the area and I probably know more than most care to about the ins and outs of education and government policy in general, but that’s aside from the point. CU is a casual arena, not a formal one. I suspect though that you’re not so much interested in a debate per se, but rather defending your emotional and perhaps material investments in the status quo as it were. If that is indeed the case, then by all means, have at it. Just don’t expect me to play the straight man in order for you to reaffirm in your own mind, your apparently brittle sensitivities.

    So that would be “no” on kids and “no” on location and “no” on schools and “no” on volunteering to help other peoples kids, schools and neighborhoods. I am not denigrating your opinion. And I am quite sure that you think you know a ton on the subject. You have stated how much you know as “fact” in many posts.

    I am not brittle, or emotional, or all the stuff you fabricate and attribute to me. But you have no skin in the game. It is quite fun to pontificate about all the knowledge and experience you have with schools and policy and government but lets be real honest here. You have book knowledge. You regurgitate facts you read about per pupil costs you read on the internet. It is different when the rubber meets the road. Have some kids, buy a house, build a neighborhood, invest yourself in something that your life actually depends on. If that is the case and I misjudged you then I apologize, but I dont think that is the case here. You are trolling. Do something real. Then post.

    in reply to: 5xNW needs to celebrate #1116391
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    You know, I’m just wondering when public education became something to be so jealously guarded, as if the very core of one’s essence and well-being not only depends on getting a good quality public education, but also being able to be petty and condescending in elevating onesself in relationship to one school, at the expense of other people and other schools.

    You have every reason to be proud of what Grandview’s schools have accomplished. But your behavior and attitude here almost seems to suggest that Grandview Schools cannot be successful without Columbus’ public schools having to be and remain some kind of maligned and feared “other.”

    Maybe you need to ask yourself why this is, and how it constrains you and the schools you so cherish from being even better.

    I have said no such thing. Each new post from you contains some new straw man that you are outraged against. You construct an argument in your mind that you attribute to me then you get mad at me for it.

    Makes it hard to debate. I have no fear, or paranoia, or whatever you have fabricated to attribute to me. My experiences are my own and actually happened, and still happen. I have experience here: school, city, neighborhood, community. I am not making up anything.

    Do you actually live in 5th by NW? Do you have kids in the CofC schools? I do not live in 5th by NW anymore, but used to for 5 years. I do not have kids in CofC but have volunteered on their behalf for many years. Purely based on altruism. I want them to succeed as I call the Columbus area my home, and I am pro-kid.

    What is your basis for debate and argument here. Post up some experiences.

    in reply to: SN's Bollinger Tower being bought, possibly converted to hotel #1116383
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    This is a Short North wide effect.

    The NNEMAP food pantry just north of Bodega recently lost its lease as the property was deemed too valuable for this use. The silver lining is that they found a much nicer/larger/better parking(looking at all the Lexus driving Yoga people who went to Yoga on High) to serve the neighbors on 11th about 5-10 minutes away. Now however, they have triple the parking, a better walk through shopping experience, and a lesser rent so that they can provide a better service.

    in reply to: 5xNW needs to celebrate #1116381
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    Your concerns are not only unsupported, they are comically steeped in absurdities and paranoia.

    The fact is, derm, Grandview owes what it has to its proximity to a economically thriving, socially vibrant Columbus. Even if metropolitan consolidation never happens–and it doesn’t by any account seem to be on anyone’s agenda in Central Ohio right now–you need to grasp that what you have in Grandview Heights does not exist in a vacuum that somehow magically begins and ends at an invisible municipal line.

    Wondering when we would get to the insult part of the argument on your part.

    What fact are you citing in your argument?

    I just realized you are correct however. Duh, me. Grandview does owe its existence to City of Columbus. We are what we are(for 100 plus years) because of our schools. People left City of Columbus for our schools. We actually owe everything to the City of Columbus. If their schools were not the way they are, we would be a much different community.

    Why did you not state that right off the bat?

    PS: Grandview does actually begin and end at a magical municipal line. Just ask anyone who is not a Grandview resident who has been stopped by one of our wonderful peace officers ;)

    in reply to: 5xNW needs to celebrate #1116184
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    derm, you erroneously seem to have come to the conclusion that the greater the volume of a response, the more it equals a successful argument defense.

    Why write a novel when a few succinctly composed words will suffice?

    Your claim was that smaller, fragmented municipal goverments were free of corruption, so therefore we should never consider metro/regional consolidations of said governmentshe and service districts. New Rome is a particularly glaring example of the gaping hole in your logic here, but it is far from the only example of this, even just here in Central Ohio, as anyone who has unwittingly encountered a similar small town speed trap and found their wallet commandeered by the keystone cops to serve as an ATM for that town’s government officials can attest.

    Grandview Heights might very well be the outlier itself in terms of things working relatively free of corruption within a small government. That does not indicate that it has always been this way, or ensure that such will always be so, nor does it even suggest that there is no corruption at all. If you think your elected and appointed officials are all angels, you are foolishly naive. Politics by its very nature is a dirty sport, no matter on what level or scale it is being played. Sometimes though, you can be so close to something (or someone) that you simply can’t see everything they are doing, for better or for worse.

    My claim was not that. My claim was that folding Grandview into City of Columbus would eliminate Grandview as it is known, ruin the schools, drive property values down by a ton in both Grandview and the 5th by NW area and basically have no discernable benefits whatsoever to the City of either Columbus or Grandview.

    in reply to: 5xNW needs to celebrate #1116150
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    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>derm wrote:</div>
    Common sense dictates the opposite.

    The complete lack of common sense dictates that every pupil gets the exact same amount of money.

    As I said in an ideal world, impoverished schools would get more public help than rich ones. however we don’t live in an ideal world, so equal is the best we can demand in the short-run.

    Do you have kids in a school system? Have you spent time as a parent volunteer in one or more school systems?

    I say this as there is so much more than goes into a school system than cost per pupil. The teachers, honestly, are equal regardless of school system. Busing, facilities, food service, etc. are important in some regard, but honestly in my 15 years as a parent in Grandview and longer than that as a volunteer in Columbus City, the cost per pupil is a number that has little meaning in terms of success. Grandview has facilities that are near decrepit. Our schools are ancient and need constant cash flow to keep them functioning. Our cafeteria food is substandard, we have miserable food service choices. When we vote a levy in Grandview, it is to keep the lights on, not to have some sort of serious academic benefit. We have old buildings. Period. If our kids play a sport we pay extra and it is a lot of money, if our kids are in AP classes, that costs extra too.

    I guess we both agree that schools are funded poorly, but I dont personally thing more money per pupil fixes a darn thing. That is based on first hand experience in multiple central Ohio school districts.

    I have been in Ohio schools, especially in the country that are amazing facilities, that rival a college campus. Does not have a bearing on success. The teachers are the same.

    School success is determined period, Amen, by the parents of the children of the school system and how much time they volunteer towards the success of their kids in academics, athletics, fund raising, extra-curricular activities and tutoring.

    Good schools have a large volume of active parents, poor functioning schools do not, funding is a small variable.

    We pay extra in Grandview to keep extremely old, falling apart 100 year old buildings alive because we have no land to build a new facility on. No other reason. We dont have better food, smarter teachers, easier to read books, or comfy desks.

    Grandview succeeds because starting in kindergarten, every single teacher can count on a dozen parents showing up to help tutor kids so that they dont have to wrestle six groups of four kids, they get to wrestle three, because three other parents are helping groups of four kids learn how to read and write. Out in the hallway because our rooms are small and old and we dont have extra space.

    Been there, done that, saw it does not happen in the City Schools. When I would go to tutor at Windsor(where the teachers were absolutely awesome), I was the only parent there and my kid was 10 miles away. They had a 90% kid turnover. One teacher with 24 kids does is not as effective as one teacher and four parent helpers with 24 kids.

    That is the unfortunate reality of public education in Ohio, and it has zero to do with funding.

    The people who harp about money, like you are, like as not, have no kids and have not spent five minutes of their FREE time in a school volunteering. It aint the money that is the problem

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