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  • in reply to: Make Hudson Beautifully Functional #363768

    dirtgirl
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    Hudson Ave (and eventually Mock) is my secret “back way” to get to the Easton area from my South Clintonville home. It’s an interesting drive to say the least. Speaking of a conversion to residential, there is a huge housing development under construction at the corner of Parkwood that went up nearly overnight last fall (final exterior work is underway now). Right across the street from that is a vacant lot with two semi trailers parked in it. According to Google Street View, it looks like the area under construction was already residential to begin with. The sign suggests the housing will be exclusively for seniors.

    in reply to: Clintonville KFC, RIP #355326

    dirtgirl
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    Husband asked me what I’d prefer on that corner – a KFC or an abandoned KFC. hmm, that’s a toughie… hopefully it won’t stay shuttered for long.

    Personally I think it’d make a great location for a Clintonville Graffiti Burger.

    in reply to: New 50s themed bar/club? #327656

    dirtgirl
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    sounds like somewhere my mom would go.

    in reply to: Columbus’ parking meter rates now higher than NYC and Boston! #321545

    dirtgirl
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    Walker wrote >>

    Bear wrote >>
    What I guess I don’t get is why we’re paying Hilton to open a hotel here.

    Personally, I have no problem with the city kicking in $1.4M to fund reserve bonds for the hotel. The city often pays more than that for infrastructure and utilities upgrades to make private development happen. That $1.4M is a drop in the bucket compared to the economic impact that this hotel will have both on Downtown and on the Central Ohio region as a whole through increased convention/visitor traffic.

    I do have to say that if we manage to get the 2012 Democratic National Convention as a result of this fiasco, it will make me feel a tiny bit better.

    in reply to: Columbus’ parking meter rates now higher than NYC and Boston! #321357

    dirtgirl
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    ZHC wrote >>

    Andrew Hall wrote >>
    Another way to vote is with my feet.

    That is my deepest fear.

    The other day I was doing MORPC’s regional plan survey and there was a question about what sets Columbus apart from other cities, and at the time I was totally stumped. Upon reflection, I realized that for me at least, it’s the unique and interesting mix of small businesses and restaurants. What I find so unfortunate about this meter situation is that the City doesn’t seem to place the same value on that uniqueness. I get the sense that they’d rather deal with shopping mall developers and have PF Chang’s and CVS on every block than nurture its homegrown businesses. And that sucks.

    in reply to: Columbus’ parking meter rates now higher than NYC and Boston! #321352

    dirtgirl
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    I paid 8 quarters to park for an hour and 20 minutes on Chestnut and High yesterday (pre-increase rate). And mine was the only car on the block. While I sat in my car finishing off my lunch, I saw two different people drive up, get out to pay the meter, only to get back in their car and leave. If this is their way of increasing parking revenue, I think they’re going to be disappointed. Nobody carries that much change.

    in reply to: City asks Liquor Control to shut down 13 more bars #324915

    dirtgirl
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    Bear wrote >>
    I’m actually kind of serious… the effective date is listed as 2007, so if I’m reading this correctly this is a very recent bit of asshattery, not some archaic blue law. I kind of wonder what’s behind it.

    I looked and it’s bizarre. 2007’s budget bill (HB119) added the following:
    No family household shall purchase more than twenty-four cases of nine-liter bottles of wine in one year.

    Which makes no sense. What is a nine-liter bottle and does it really come in cases of 24?

    They amended it in 2008 (SB150) to read 24 cases of 12 750mL bottles.

    My guess as to why this happened in 2007 is as a response to the recent US Supreme Court decision to allow consumers to purchase directly from out of state wineries. The wholesalers probably wanted to keep you from buying tons of California wines and sharing it with your friends. But it was so badly drafted, it had to be fixed in the 2008 liquor clean-up bill.

    in reply to: Best Thai in Columbus? #155075

    dirtgirl
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    does Pad Thai serve beer? I was disappointed, the last time I checked, the Thai Grocery adjacent to Bangkok doesn’t sell beer, so I couldn’t bring my own.

    Also a warning that Bangkok uses MSG. I took a friend there and she had a really horrible reaction. We asked the waitress and she apologized and said you can request them not to use it. I love the food, though.

    And I totally disagree with whomever said Bangkok is a “dive”. Maybe it’s not white tablecloth (it has those cute paper zodiac placemats), but it’s a perfectly presentable family restaurant. It may look like a hole in the wall from the outside, but it’s fine inside. I suspect previous poster didn’t bother to go inside.

    in reply to: Kids eat for FREE site #316104

    dirtgirl
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    Dawn, thanks for the site (and thanks for Patient Zero for the link). We have 17-mo old twins and the biggest barrier to us taking them to new places is that we never know who will have 2 high chairs (let alone one, sadly) Unfortunately this includes a lot of CU’s favorite restaurants. Even a very casual place like Pita Hut only has one.

    Glad to see your restaurant reviews indicate whether a place has highchairs and boosters. This will be really valuable info and I hope you continue to expand your listings.

    in reply to: Columbus’ parking meter rates now higher than NYC and Boston! #320982

    dirtgirl
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    The Hegemo wrote >>
    I usually park on Goodale, next to the park, for Blue Jackets games. I usually get there before the meters go off at 6PM

    No offense to you at all (you’re smart!), but this is a good example of why they should extend the short north meters past 6pm. I try to go to dinner at 7pm and all the spaces are full with nobody leaving anytime soon. Expiring meters every 2 hours until 9 pm would at least guarantee some turnover.

    in reply to: Columbus’ parking meter rates now higher than NYC and Boston! #320800

    dirtgirl
    Participant

    There are so many other more sensible ways they could have approached this. Why not increase the rates in areas where $.25 currently gets you 30 minutes and leave the expensive meters (Gay St) alone?

    Why not do what an earlier poster suggested and raise the fees to turn public streets into valet parking?

    Why not add metered spots in up-and-coming shopping/entertainment districts (parts of Clintonville, more of German Village, Grandview, etc), but starting at affordable ($.25 for 30 minute) rates?

    The way this is being done it seems to punish Gay Street and the rest of downtown completely disproportionately when that area is struggling to establish itself as a destination while other areas are still (relative) parking bargains.

    in reply to: What and why do you buy local? #319703

    dirtgirl
    Participant

    for me it’s fruit, vegetable and meats. I’ve found this has forced me to think seasonally and learn to preserve for winter.

    A coworker brought a salad for potluck the other day that had blueberries and strawberries on it, and I momentarily recoiled at the use of non-seasonal fruit. I certainly didn’t mean to become a local/seasonal snob and have to remind myself not everyone thinks that way.

    in reply to: Best chef’s knife? #317056

    dirtgirl
    Participant

    Speaking of Japanese steel, I have the Misono UX10 8″ chefs knife, which was “Highly Recommended” by Chefs Illustrated. It’s great – very solid, slightly curved and lightly dimpled so food doesn’t stick to the blade.

    in reply to: Has your debit card number been stolen recently? #316374

    dirtgirl
    Participant

    JonMyers wrote >>
    When I lived in New York you pretty much never left the house without $100 – $200 bucks cash in your pocket. Lots of bars and restaurants don’t accept credit cards. That’s still the case now. It can be a pain in the ass, but you just dealt with it.

    agreed. cash in New York came in very handy – not all bars would run tabs and it’s essential for taking a cab home.

    Another lesson learned from living in New York (& LA after an earthquake): when a massive blackout/disaster disables all ATMs in half of the country for 1+ days, it’s nice to have some cash in your wallet (and gas in your car).

    in reply to: Has your debit card number been stolen recently? #316371

    dirtgirl
    Participant

    Suppose one could pay for their drinks / food as they order them, but that might be too much of a hassle for some.

    ha ha, I do that. And I buy my sandwiches with cash. I am a luddite.

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