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As a long-term Short North/VV resident and homeowner, all I can say is, this is supremely irritating. Our property taxes are now up to $7,000 a year with no end in sight. If the area really needs tax abatements, perhaps we should be in line for one as well.
The Columbus Art Museum’s sculpture garden is a nice, low-key place to go. You can get something at the restaurant, and sit outside with the baby. It’s a comfy place to meet up with friends with their own kids in tow.
Years ago when I worked for the City of Columbus, we used this garage for our city cars and joked about its falling down all the time. The structure has been in terrible shape for over 20 years.
Neighborhoods are always changing back and forth. I prefer a balanced mix of income levels, but market forces work against this. It’s a bit ironic, all things considered. The area’s charm is partly due to the architectural memory of a time when the castes lived in closer proximity to one another.
When we bought our house in Victorian Village in 1984, the property taxes were 300 dollars a year. They are now close to 7,000. Nearly all of our original black homeowner neighbors have sold off their houses and moved away. The area is now a mix of young folk stuffed into ill kept investor property or people who are capable of buying a condo for half a million dollars. Both groups are nearly all white. As a person of adequate but comparatively modest means, I am now what passes for local color.
I once bought a pristine suitcase portable bar from the 1960’s at the place on Indianola for $2.00. Their prices on clothing are all over the map but nice suits are almost always available for under $10.00. I’m an artist and often shop thrift stores and yard sales for frames, but prices are unreasonably high on Indianola so don’t bother. There must be people who are willing to lay out $25.00 for a crappy old print of flowers in a watering can, but I’m not one of them. For frames, I’ve had good luck at Habitat for Humanity, which also sometimes carries furniture and housewares. For better brands of clothing I’ve had the best luck at “Out of the Closet” at Fifth and High: lots of nice cocktail outfits and classy name brand suits. But…some of my best scores have been from the alley: clothing, furniture, frames, housewares, house plants, you name it. One time I even scored a huge, unopened bag of rice (yes, we ate it). I often wash alley finds and donate to Goodwill along with old art I want to get rid of. Never know what you’re going to find.
Trump’s support makes me think people don’t really like democracy all that much. A strong man “gets things done” because, well, he’s the strong man. Give us back the king!
We installed a gas tankless water heater in our 3-floor Victorian house 20 years ago. There are pros and cons. On the plus side, our gas bill went down and there’s now a limitless supply of hot water. On the down side, you DO have to run the water for a bit before hot water reaches the faucet/shower head, depending on where it’s located. The closer the fixture is to the heat source, the less wait time. In the basement, where the heater is located, the water is hot immediately. In the 1st floor kitchen, it’s pretty much the same. In the 2nd floor shower, it starts to get inconsistent: sometimes it’s right away, sometimes not. On the third floor, you definitely have to wait. Some commercial establishments install heaters right next to each bathroom. Our old-style water heaters used to blow out every 10-12 years, so I think it’s worth it.
Not safe for bikes because the lane narrows beneath the bridge and there’s no berm. Not safe for pedestrians because there are no sidewalks and no berm, which means walking on the road while dodging cars and bikes. One can navigate the sloping pile of rocks which line both sides of Third Ave but, sorry to say, this is best reserved for the young & sprightly. Completely inaccessible to the disabled and those pushing strollers.
I’m not sure anyone on foot is meant to get there. The site is a castle and everything around it is the moat.
There is no safe way to get to Grandview Yard via foot or bicycle from the East. Considering the ga-billions which have already gone into the project, one can’t help but wonder why this situation continues. Grandview Yard is walkable once you’re in it, but the scale is for cars. It’s like Easton, only without a Pottery Barn. Whether one thinks this is a good or a bad thing depends on one’s reaction to the marketing materials (“suburban living with urban style!”).
There’s an interesting article in the current issue of the Short North Gazette which talks about the “Where’s Our Sidewalk Signs.” There seems to be a groundswell of interest in the subject of walkability in Grandview Yard which has resulted in, uh, pretty much nothing.
As a local musician, I can say that gig prices paid to the band have remained roughly the same for over 30 years. Go figure.
I think the boundaries are already marked by the “Where’s Our Sidewalk?” signs.February 4, 2016 4:20 pm at 4:20 pm in reply to: New Northside Columbus Metropolitan Library Branch #1113494
I often walk to this library and many others do the same. I’m looking forward to a space designed to handle the increased density of the neighborhood. As it is now, there’s often no place to sit down inside, even when the parking lot is half empty.