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  • in reply to: Columbus City Council Meeting – January 26th, 2015 #1060820
    Heathercat42
    Heathercat42
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    The first sculpture isn’t in the park itself… it’s on the corner of Livingston and Nelson. If you go by there and see a red cut-out streetcar on the corner, that’s it.
    They want to do something similar IN the park for their 2nd project.

    in reply to: Vacant/Abandoned Buildings in Columbus – News & Updates #1034898
    Heathercat42
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    There’s a vacant home near us that looks really interesting and we wanted to know how to get more information about it but can’t figure that out. All we’ve been able to find is that it’s owned by a bank but not for sale. Does anyone know why a bank would hold onto a vacant house and not put it up for sale? I’m just interested in how to find out more about a vacant house, so we could potentially make it not vacant. Thanks!

    It depends on how long it’s been vacant, whether it’s tied up in the courts with a foreclosure, pending auction/sale, or if the city’s amassing violations/fines on it. That’s just a guess though.
    Where have you looked for info so far?

    in reply to: Where Columbus Ranks on Liberal/Conservative Scale #1034192
    Heathercat42
    Heathercat42
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    I think we fall in the right spot. It’s one reason why I moved here from Jax FL.

    I’m kinda shocked that Charlotte wasn’t more to the right… but when your topmost city for comparison is Mesa, AZ… not really. ;) It’s long been a hotbed for immigration politics and religious influx (pun intended, I do believe the heat affects them).

    in reply to: Franklin County Property Value Update 2014 #1034153
    Heathercat42
    Heathercat42
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    6% drop on this end. Fine by me, I bought it lower than it last estimated for anyway.

    in reply to: A good way to wreck a local economy: build casinos #1034035
    Heathercat42
    Heathercat42
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    This article is nothing we don’t already know or suspect. But when they mention Biloxi in particular, I have more insight on that region because of family living nearby. And they’re right in their thinking for why they’re losing a 2nd gambling spot.

    Now for everywhere that isn’t Vegas or the like…
    New customers, myself included, won’t drive anywhere JUST for the casino…heck, that’s the problem they’re facing in Biloxi and Atlantic City – nobody’s coming JUST for the games, they want amenities, food, swimming pools, hotels, a real ‘destination’ for heading out. Yet if the surrounding area is blighted, underdeveloped, or mentioned in the phrase “I don’t want to go all the way over THERE”, business will continue to suffer.

    People on the south side have a 50 year history of going to Scioto Downs. It’s a better location in a sense because of that.

    That makes sense – Scioto Downs was already a destination, historically speaking. Kinda like Grove City might have been a great spot for a casino if they kept the greyhound track.

    My opinion: in our own back yard for perspective, if say Easton broke the mold and actually built a casino in their little ‘burb, would that actually lower property values there?
    Nat’l Assoc. of Realtors might be stating an unproven estimate based on NIMBYism in the higher-valued areas. For the would-be buyers who say “I wouldn’t want to buy a house near a casino, I’ll lose money”…There were likely a number of reasons that people didn’t want to buy in a particular area already, and property values were low or dropping for those reasons.
    Why else would Hollywood choose the west side were it not for cheap real estate? Sure, making positive fiscal impact in the area is a selling point, and while it would have been immediate if other ‘new’ offerings opened nearby at the same time it is helping change the landscape for the better.

    in reply to: What is everyone currently reading? #1033729
    Heathercat42
    Heathercat42
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    Heard good things about that. How do you like it?

    (I have 2 chapters left, it’s hard to put this one down!)
    You know, it’s very well written. There are many elements to the story: the victim, the perp, the witnesses, the press… society as a whole dealing with outrage, urban legends, and the bystander effect.

    He makes what I think is the best effort to introduce you to Ms. Genovese the person, which helps to really empathize with her life & death. He spells out what it was like to be her in that time, what she actually was like according to the person closest to her, what events in that neighborhood and the country in general influenced her life and the lives/actions of her friends/neighbors, and why a number of them were guarded and mistrusting of authorities before this even happened.
    Really, that last part is a big piece that was always missing from previous stories.

    The author likes to give more details about everyone connected to Kitty’s life, death, and legacy. They’re very important to the whole story when it happened and why it matters still. It’s hard to summarize the impact on me as a reader, not unless I were to write a lengthy blog post or essay. But Yes, I like it very much, glad I picked it up at the library, strongly recommend if you’re interested even a tiny bit.

    in reply to: What is everyone currently reading? #1033697
    Heathercat42
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    In the background I’m re-reading the whole Song of Ice and Fire books…
    but actively, I’m reading “Kitty Genovese: The Murder, The Bystanders, The Crime that Changed America” by Kevin Cook.

    in reply to: Eastland Mall #1033244
    Heathercat42
    Heathercat42
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    ExEastsider, I don’t know exactly what their business might be with one another. I DO know that Corelogic is listed as where the tax bills get sent to for that land parcel.
    It’s public access on the Franklin County Auditor website…which typically updates changes within a month or so after something’s filed.

    in reply to: Eastland Mall #1033155
    Heathercat42
    Heathercat42
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    Some time during the day of Friday, August 1, the Glimcher logo and link were taken off the Eastland Mall website. The mall is also no longer listed among Glimcher’s properties on the Glimcher website.

    So who now owns and manages the mall?

    According to this article in June, if the mortgage company didn’t like the terms/bid by the end of July, Glimcher was off the hook.
    Sounds like that’s what happened, and now Corelogic Commercial / LNR Partners is the owner.

    in reply to: Westland Mall Redevelopment #1032141
    Heathercat42
    Heathercat42
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    Okay, so I’m still new to the area itself so I’m not up to speed on what’s been discussed/covered/historically hypothesized on Westland. But I do know what I’ve seen in other cities with dead malls.
    Some were razed and rebuilt as hybrid indoor/outdoor shopping centers (Pompano Beach, FL is a good example), which works if you have the rest of the intersection/area in on a revitalization effort. Possible, since West Broad is nicely redone and you have the casino right there.
    I witnessed one(the old Grand Boulevard Mall in Jacksonville, FL) that as it was dying was bought by the local college and renovated mostly to offer classes as a satellite campus. Then once the final retail tenants were gone, it was turned into a full dedicated campus.

    Has anyone such as Columbus State looked into that kind of thing?

    in reply to: Tiny Building Next to Char Bar #1026507
    Heathercat42
    Heathercat42
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    No clue… CAN tell you that it’s been owned by the same family for almost 100 years. I find that interesting.

    in reply to: Game of Thrones #1024726
    Heathercat42
    Heathercat42
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    Well true, he DID say he was sorry after strangling her. So I wouldn’t tend to think it was intentional in this case.

    in reply to: Game of Thrones #1024656
    Heathercat42
    Heathercat42
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    For some reason I laughed when Varys got on the boat and sat with his “Dwarf in a box” like some old lady taking her dog on a plane…

    Makes two of us – he heard bells, had the “oh seven hells, what have you done Tyrion?” look, and figured now’s as good a time as any to exit stage left.

    in reply to: Game of Thrones #1024617
    Heathercat42
    Heathercat42
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    I’m a little conflicted by this last ep. I kept watching it thinking “Wait, what are they doing? That’s not how it’s supposed to happen!”
    But still, I can see how they left threads to be tied next season.

    in reply to: Game of Thrones #1023069
    Heathercat42
    Heathercat42
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    So to those show watchers who maybe thought “wow, nothing really goes on at the Wall and the Night’s Watch just sits there”, we finally got to see what they do. They DEFEND, against whatever comes at that wall. And while they’re not a precision-based army, they do whatever’s necessary and fight like they’re no tomorrow because really what else do they have to live for?

    I’ll admit, the whole Night’s Watch story loses me sometimes in show AND in the books. But seeing them in action was pretty bad-ass. And so was the giant chain claw thing.

    Janos Slynt, however… well, place your bets how long he’ll be around.

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