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  • in reply to: SPARC Columbus #1127099

    GCrites80s
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    I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s more environmental stuff slowing things down.

    in reply to: What video games are you currently playing? #1124910

    GCrites80s
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    ^That’s what I was going to ask. That’s like every 3D PC game I’ve ever played.

    in reply to: Crest on Parsons and Jimmy Luka\'s #1122315

    GCrites80s
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    Maybe Luka is on the second floor…

    ba dum pshhhh!

    in reply to: Ginther administration vacant bandoneded policy: endless vacancy aok #1122168

    GCrites80s
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    Scrap metal prices have totally tanked as compared to 5 years ago.

    in reply to: Columbus $15 Minimum Wage #1122020

    GCrites80s
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    One thing that a lot of people don’t think about when discussing say a $15 minimum wage is its stifling effect on entrepreneurship. Many, many small businesspeople don’t make $15 an hour even after being in business for years. How many of them would close their businesses if they can make more at any entry-level position working for someone else? It sure is less stressful to work at a lot of those jobs, and the ex-entrepreneurs’ work ethic, experience, car that runs every day and polished demeanor will certainly be very popular with management.

    As for budding new entrepreneurs deciding whether to start a business or just go out and get a job, the decision whether to take on all that risk shifts drastically to working for “The Man”. With my business, it took three years before I could hire someone only one day a week at $8 and I had to take a pay cut to do it. Think about how much longer it would take for a business to make enough money to hire someone with a wage nearly double. Why put all those years of additional work into your business for still less than minimum wage?

    Sure, they could make a small-business exception and keep it a $8.10 for them, but what employee would do it? How are you going to get good people when you pay significantly less? Maybe your 14-year-old child would be willing to do it.

    in reply to: Global Mathmatical Infrastructure Infiltrated by Arabic Numerals #1121152

    GCrites80s
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    Of course Super Bowl XL was the largest Super Bowl

    in reply to: Global Mathmatical Infrastructure Infiltrated by Arabic Numerals #1121119

    GCrites80s
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    Ever try to talk Roman numerals with someone under 30? They can’t do it since they stopped teaching them in school. It’s probably for the better. Roman numerals were only useful for deciphering Super Bowls and Wrestlemanias anyway — and they’re not even good for that any more.

    in reply to: The Ghosts of Columbus Past #1120729

    GCrites80s
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    What is the Brice Rd. location now? I hear the phones were a good way to meet girls, but I was young enough when I was in there that the only conversations that I would have had over the phones would have been about the Ninja Turtles.

    in reply to: Cincinnati Development News & Updates #1118534

    GCrites80s
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    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>drew wrote:</div>

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>GCrites80s wrote:</div><br>
    Maybe the Columbus power structure doesn’t want them.

    I wonder that, too, and I wonder if they might have a point if it is true.

    So many of the large buildings downtown that were sorely underutilized in the past always made me wonder why basic market mechanics wouldn’t lower the rental prices to the point that they’d be appealing. The answer I’d get was that they were owned by outsiders who held them as a tiny part of a huge national portfolio, and they didn’t really care if one or two buildings in Columbus were occupied. Occasionally there may even be benefits to businesses who own a building that shows a loss.

    As such, there may be some valid arguments for not ceding swathes of the city to outside developers – if it’s to their benefit to leave a gaping hole of inactivity in the middle of our downtown, they’ll do it. I know that short term flashy development announcements are sexy, but I do think it’s a shame that long term sustainability isn’t more appealing. It’s certainly more important.

    To be fair, though, a lot of the older larger buildings are single-use, specifically office. I would think that a more mixed-use structure would be a lot better in ensuring that it stays at least semi-occupied. This theory also goes against the fact that other cities ARE being considered by national developers, many of which, including Cincinnati, have higher vacancy rates in their downtowns than Columbus does in terms of both office and residential.

    There’s reasons for that Cincinnati DT/OTR/Uptown vacancy though. A lot of the Cincinnati stuff is totally trashed and then the new Great American tower got built on the commercial side. Nobody’s talking all-new 30+ story tower in Columbus, yet Cincy got a new tower despite the amount of already vacant office space there. I feel Columbus is at an advantage since there is plenty of room for less expensive 5-12 story buildings on vacant lots as infill in the core. Companies don’t have to commit to towers.

    in reply to: Cincinnati Development News & Updates #1118480

    GCrites80s
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    I don’t think outside developers are being scared away because they think that a major project downtown would be rejected or reduced. So developers haven’t been pushed to build taller so an outside developer who could is somehow deterred by that? seems pretty ridiculous that someone who may potentially build 20+ stories would be scared away because of the Downtown Commission, let along the IVC, UARB, CAC, and the VVC. I’d think it would be all the more worth it for the outside developer to come in and show up the “small dogs” and set new precedents downtown. It may very well be more political. Why give a parking lot away to an outside developer when you can give it away to your buddy?

    Either way, it’s worth a shot at getting some concrete answers from developers or city leaders as to why we may not be able to attract outsiders.

    I think if so, it’s more likely that the private Columbus power structure is against them than the public one.

    in reply to: Restaurant Impossible Filming at Cray #1118470

    GCrites80s
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    A bakery is not a factory…

    in reply to: Cincinnati Development News & Updates #1118468

    GCrites80s
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    Maybe the Columbus power structure doesn’t want them.

    in reply to: Endless Alcohol in Columbus? #1116976

    GCrites80s
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    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>GCrites80s wrote:</div>
    I liked the $5 all you can drink specials in Huntington when I was attending Marshall.

    The Union?

    Yeah, I probably did a few there. I remember Herb telling me he went to Columbus State. 20th Street Pub across from the stadium had the $5 special a lot.

    in reply to: 5xNW needs to celebrate #1116397

    GCrites80s
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    I want to open a dive bar called The 5xNW Tavern.

    Except have it be located within Grandview Heights, proper.

    Ha, I’ll furnish the NASCAR banners!

    in reply to: 5xNW needs to celebrate #1115669

    GCrites80s
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    Switching to county school systems like other states have from the local school systems that we have in Ohio would drive the real estate people insane. They’d make money but would also have plenty of work to do.

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