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  • in reply to: Mound Street Connector Project – I-70/71 Split Fix #539728

    dirtgirl
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    Eliminating the 4th street exit (which you can’t even use if you were previously traveling S/B on 71) will be a welcome change. The merge from 71S onto the 3rd St exit of 670W is perilous and you can’t turn from Broad Street in a lot of places, so getting downtown, at least from the North, is kind of a cluster today.

    in reply to: Media Matters asks if the Dispatch is in the tank for Kasich #546123

    dirtgirl
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    You could distinguish between the reporting and the editorial page. Reporters have done a good job of covering the controversies around JobsOhio, including Joe Vardon uncovering secret grant funds transferred from the Development Department to the nonprofit, which ultimately led to the fight over records with the state auditor.

    But the editorial page has failed to say anything about the secrecy of how the agency is spending what amounts to $125 million in taxpayer money every year without oversight. Every other paper in the state has said that should be considered public money and its use subject to investigation by the State Auditor.

    What I found the height of hilariousness was how the paper was fully behind the SB5 anti-union efforts in 2011 when Kasich was on board, but this year when GOP legislators introduced right to work bills, they opined that now was not the right time to push the measures because they would — I’m not lying — distract from Kasich’s other successes. It just seems the editorial page’s bottom line is getting Kasich reelected, consistent ideology be damned.


    dirtgirl
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    My garage probably backs up to Pablo’s, as we’re on the east side of Glenmawr – basically one block west of the tracks. Inside the house with the windows closed, you’ll usually fail to notice the train at all, outside of some gentle vibrations and maybe the sound of the whistle as they approach Weber to our north. On the porch it’s louder, but honestly, not much more than the planes going overhead as they depart CMH. If I lived on N. 4th with trains literally in my back yard, I’d have a different view.

    For the record, houses on Glenmawr and Summit have been selling really quickly, so if there is any effect of the trains on resale, it’s likely limited exclusively to the houses right on the tracks.

    That said, we are down near Arcadia. I have to imagine it’s worse up near Weber with the grade-level crossing.

    in reply to: Si Senor, Sandwiches and more #514255

    dirtgirl
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    From Facebook:

    Finally all inspections are done and approved. Thank you for being patient with us. It took us a long time but we are ready to open now.
    Sí Señor will be re-opening its doors for business on Monday, May 20th 2013.The Summer hours are: Mon to Fri 11 to 6pm and Sat 12 to 4pm.
    We are so exited to see everyone again.
    Thanks

    I know what I’m eating on Monday.

    in reply to: What do you pay for child care? #369559

    dirtgirl
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    BTW it’s heartbreaking to learn of the CSCC daycare closing (upthread). That’s another 80 families who are all scrambling to find another option for their kid by this time next month. More employers should be offering on-site childcare, not fewer.

    in reply to: The ridiculous Dispatch headline thread #463609

    dirtgirl
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    in reply to: What do you pay for child care? #369557

    dirtgirl
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    Hijacking a bit to shift the conversation to availability from cost…

    I read today in the mayor’s education commission report that there are just 15K spots in licensed childcare in Columbus, compared to 100K kids age 5 or under. If we want to keep families in the city, this needs to be less difficult.

    When we had our 3rd, we decided to shift from a nanny to daycare, but the only facility in our neighborhood that offers all-day care from birth to pre-K had a long waiting list. It took 11 months to get the twins in & another 5 months for our youngest. For a while we had her in a private, unlicensed home daycare while her sisters were at NBCC. They’re all there now but it costs us $2500/month (AKA a full-time salary).

    And just this week, people camped out to get on the waiting list for spots in the latchkey program at Clinton Elementary. There are so few available childcare spots in Clintonville, it’s ridiculous. All three facilities I know of (North Broadway CC, CRC Kids Club and Latchkey) have lengthy waiting lists (30+).

    Apparently this happens every year. Lack of available (and affordable) childcare is a real issue in Columbus. I’m glad the Commission recognizes it and hope they make real progress, but with state funding for education lagging, it’s hard to imagine this becoming a real priority for investment.

    in reply to: Si Senor, Sandwiches and more #514253

    dirtgirl
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    I have breaking Si Senor news! Just noticed the new sign is up so I took a walk down Lynn Alley to check it out. I peeped in the windows — furnishings are in (the place looks great!) — and out walks one of the guys who works there. I asked if they were open and he said no, that inspections are underway right now and if they go well, they are opening this Friday.

    Crossing my fingers they pass inspection. The City does not seem to make it easy to open a restaurant quickly, that’s for sure.

    in reply to: Question about Weinland Park/University District… #491064

    dirtgirl
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    mrpoppinzs said:
    Columbus allows for boarding houses but charges something like a $175 a year fee. Nobody pays that since most college students are signing a single lease – no variance, no ‘boarding house’ permit, because it is almost impossible to ascertain who in fact is living there.

    An illegal boarding house was brought to the attention of the UAC at their last meeting by a vigilant neighbor. Its rental listing advertises its 8 bedrooms (it used to be 3): http://www.peakpropertygroup.com/114-E-Patterson-a240761.html But you’re probably right that in most cases the neighbors don’t know or care to report a violation and the city never gets around to inspect/enforce. I know if this monstrosity popped up next to me, I’d be working the phones all day.

    in reply to: North Campus Dorm Redevelopment Project – News & Updates #458732

    dirtgirl
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    Setting aside issues of what this does to the neighborhood, the dorms cost more than off-campus housing and come with a steep price tag for the mandatory meal plan. With tuition rising, this will hit families already struggling to pay for college, or saddle students with yet more student loan debt.

    And, call me crazy, but with the move to privatize campus parking lots, are dorms far behind? Investing $350 million in buildings and requiring twice as many students to live in them could command a steep lump sum for the franchise if leased for decades to a private operator.

    in reply to: Question about Weinland Park/University District… #491062

    dirtgirl
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    rory said:
    We believe that moving sophomores onto campus will help reduce the conversion of historic homes into what are essentially boarding houses and reduce the displacement of some long-time residents in Weinland Park. In addition, a large, primarily student population overextends city resources such as trash collection and the police. Frankly, concentrations of transient students reduce the quality of neighborhood life.

    This is interesting, I’m glad I asked. UAC President Golding in a recent Dispatch article argued that the loss of sophomores from the housing market would lead to lower quality of life because of increased vacancies or landlords lowering standards for tenants in order to keep units occupied.

    Your view assumes the landlords will make investments to attract tenants, Golding’s assumes they will let their units fall into disrepeair or rent to undesirables. Two very different views; interestingly his is apparently aligned with the landlords themselves.

    mrpoppinzs said:
    Hopefully Gee’s plan will curb the gowing house packing problem in WP.

    You know another thing that could curb the house packing problem in WP? The UAC. They have no power to affect Gee’s sophomore plan, but they could reject variances that lead to house packing.

    in reply to: Infographic: Burbs Going Bust #495460

    dirtgirl
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    James said:
    I don’t know much about the good schools in columbus versus the bad, but I imagine I was typical in that I viewed the suburban (non-columbus) schools as a safer bet when looking for houses.

    So true. When we moved to Columbus, it was just my husband and I and we bought a “starter home” in Clintonville to be close to downtown and urban amenities. Now that we have three young kids, I discovered that our local school (Clinton Elementary) is one of the best in the state and ranks higher than any other elementary school in all of Franklin County. All along we’d assumed (or been told by older, “wiser” folks) that we had to move to Worthington or Bexley to find good schools, but I’m glad we didn’t.

    in reply to: North Campus Dorm Redevelopment Project – News & Updates #458727

    dirtgirl
    Participant

    Looks like the bill for dorm expansion is up to $350 million. Local landlords and the University Area Commission President are voicing opposition.

    Plain Dealer, May 12, 2012: OSU considering move to shift all second-year students into campus housing, but critics abound

    in reply to: Question about Weinland Park/University District… #491058

    dirtgirl
    Participant

    The Plain Dealer has a story about this sophomores-to-dorms move today.

    OSU considering move to shift all second-year students into campus housing, but critics aboundhttp://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2012/05/osu_considering_move_to_shift.html

    It notes that a new group has formed to oppose the plan (“Citizens for the Protection of the University Neighborhoods”) but despite the grassroots-sounding name, it appears to be a group of landlords not interested in attracting local residents to the cause, at least judging by their total lack of an online presence. Does anyone know anything about them?

    UAC chair Seth Golding is quoted in the article as strongly against the plan. But given its limited powers, what can the UAC do to stop it? Perhaps they can mitigate some of the damage by using their zoning and code enforcement powers. One example would be to try to prevent rapid expansion of residential units in advance of the move to dorms by cracking down on conversions of one-family homes to what amount to boarding houses (the example of an illegal conversion of a 2-bedroom to an 8-bedroom on Patterson was raised at the last UAC meeting; at that meeting, commissioners also rejected a zoning request to make townhouses at High and Chittenden residential on the first floor because of the lack of parking and the vast expansion of # of total bedrooms).

    Full disclosure: I’m running for a seat on UAC this June, so I’m also trying to get a sense of people’s opinions on this dorm move, its impact on the UD and the proper role of the Commission in responding to it.

    in reply to: Los Potosinos in the KLD #495098

    dirtgirl
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    lilbit said:
    You can also walk up to Mayme Moore park next to the King Arts Complex – it’s only a block away.

    Thanks for the tip – a nearby park is ideal. My kids love eating at food trucks, but 3 year-olds aren’t especially good at eating standing up, nor at eating quickly, so making a picnic out of it is perfect.

    Twixlen said:
    Today’s special (btw) is Ribs in Salsa Verde w potatoes & cactus, rice & beans, and tortillas; eggs w salsa de guajillo (red, lots of various smoked chilis) w rice/beans & tortillas… open 11-7pm!! GO HAVE LUNCH!

    Wait, is that two specials or one? Because it all sounds amazing, especially the eggs.

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