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  • in reply to: The Art of Butchery; Bluescreek Farm Meats Cutting Class & Cooking Class #428330

    Parker
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    Any chance this will be more than a one time class? I can’t make it March 6 but am still very interested in the class. I assume the class starts with meat at the carcass stage and not live on the hoof.

    in reply to: Is Columbus a liberal city? #430382

    Parker
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    I agree. Many suburbs and exurbs are finding that subsidies are needed because residential taxes just don’t pay the bills for the services needed to make them exist. On top of it, the tax incentives that bring in big box stores become a drain on the tax base because they don’t pay in and sometimes their “shelf life” doesn’t go much beyond the tax breaks. Sawmill is a good example: I lived off of Hard Rd. when Sawmill was being developed for strip malls and shopping plazas in the 90s. A drive through the shopping second-tier shopping centers today (just off Sawmill) shows a wasteland of developed retail space that is vacant. Yet, the same development continues to occur north, to Powell and beyond.

    in reply to: Boats on Columbus Rivers? #430883

    Parker
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    Several years ago when Columbus dredged the river and built the walls along downtown, this was done with the intent to foster river recreation such as boating and other activities. It wasn’t recognized at the time that the low-head dams near campus and south of downtown would inhibit this development because of limited travel.

    These two dams will eventually be removed (the proposal has already been made), which will allow navigation of a much larger section of the river. The downside is that removal will narrow the river by nearly half and decrease its depth so the types of water craft will be limited. On the upside, a riparian park could be developed on both sides of the river. This was discussed in another CU topic thread.

    in reply to: Cincinnati-Great Food? #430307

    Parker
    Participant

    Iron Skillet in Newtown – has great Eastern European and a variety of schnitzel and hot slaw

    Nicholson’s Scottish on Elm

    of course there is always the chili… Acropolis on campus is probably the best (disclosure: been a while since I’ve been there)

    in reply to: Grocery Shopping for Downtown residents #430664

    Parker
    Participant

    futureman wrote >>
    I believe the old Wendy’s was at 21 E State St?

    I think it’s owned by the Catholic church now.

    in reply to: Grocery Shopping for Downtown residents #430662

    Parker
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    cc wrote >>

    Parker wrote >>
    Buses might be fine as long as the travel time is short. I know it’s a problem in Franklinton – some routes take too long to get frozen foods back home.

    Speaking of which, Aldi’s near Cooper stadium is a hidden gem for inexpensive, good quality groceries and is not far from downtown.
    http://www.aldifoods.com/index_ENU_HTML.htm

    I’m not an Aldi’s frequenter (yet), but I went there for the first time two weeks ago out of necessity and was surprised they had “local” apples (Michigan… local relative to WA, Chile, or New Zealand) and their brand of cheese was pretty good – at least better than Kroger, Giant Eagle and Kraft (I know that’s not very tough competition but who spend $14 a pound to shred on their pizza?)

    in reply to: Is Columbus a liberal city? #430380

    Parker
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    Andrew Hall wrote >>

    @gramarye
    I know we are in the same chapter if not on the same page for most of this.
    I think by their very nature cities are going to be more regulated and planned. And living in them is a consensual act based on the payoff being higher than the costs in liberties forgone. If one doesn’t want to pay that cost, one doesn’t have to live in the city. What I object to is that much of that choice has been artificially weighted against the city and the cities even pay for that. Not just gas tax allocation but the true cost of water/sewer (like runoff), emergency services and other subsidies. The anti-urbanites live in an illusory world which is willfully oblvious to how much their choices have been subsidized all the while wailing about it when it might go the other way. It is exactly entitlement mentality.
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    Andrew – I think your above comment makes a lot of sense. Coleman stated in his State of the City that one of the reasons Columbus is “able to pay its bills” is the process of growth it follows in which the city basically says “you want sewer and water, you join us”, unlike many cities that run pipe and end up subsidizing the suburbs. By the way, that’s old school conservatism for anyone keeping track of our Democratic liberals at City Hall.

    One clarification – By “antiurbanite” do you refer to suburban and exurban as well as rural, or one of the above?

    in reply to: Grocery Shopping for Downtown residents #430653

    Parker
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    Buses might be fine as long as the travel time is short. I know it’s a problem in Franklinton – some routes take too long to get frozen foods back home.

    in reply to: Grocery Shopping for Downtown residents #430649

    Parker
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    Walker wrote >>

    Antonio wrote >>
    What I’m getting at is maybe…the city of Columbus could offer incentives to Kroger or another chain to operate a small scale store for area residents and others downtown. Obviously, based on the size selections would be limited, would not carry everything.

    You want the city to provide financial incentives to a private developer to open a grocery store downtown, but you’re opposed to any financing directed at a Streetcar line that could help shuttle Downtown residents north and south to Giant Eagle and Kroger?

    Thanks for calling it out Walker. +1

    in reply to: The Kasich Governorship – News & Updates #413186

    Parker
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    gramarye wrote >>
    I can’t watch video here, but … Kasich hating on Cincinnati? Seriously? Where does he think the strongest large conservative bastion of support in state elections is? In very general terms, state politics in Ohio are a standoff between the red southwest around Cincinnati and the blue northeast around Cleveland, with Columbus as something of a fault line.

    Kasich can still depend on the Dayton area. I’d say the western part of the state is pretty conservative (until you hit Toledo) as is a lot of the southeast on social issues. While the southwest is pretty red (outside of Cinci proper), the blue northeast is more of a purple mix given the contrast between liberal/conservative social and economic issues. The northeast blue areas are part of the rust belt corridor of city districts that follow the interstate/turnpike from Pittsburgh to Detroit. Overall, Ohio is still a pretty conservative state.

    in reply to: Is Columbus a liberal city? #430354

    Parker
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    rus wrote >>

    Antonio wrote >>

    colrex7 wrote >>
    A lot of people use the phrase “liberal city” or “conservative city” as a way to describe a place. I’m wondering, what makes a place “liberal” or “conservative”?
    Is it based on if the majority of the people who live there are democrat or republican? Is it based on the general region or just the central city?
    It seems like liberal and conservative cities are relative based on what you compare them too. But, Im just wondering what everyone considers a liberal city, and a conservative one.
    Finally, what is Columbus? More liberal or conservative?

    It leans more towards the liberal side.
    The party make up on city council and the mayors office reflects that.

    +1

    +1 more… unless you compare to Portland, OR.

    in reply to: Portlandia #422730

    Parker
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    great show. It’s “about” Portland, but I sure see a lot of it everywhere. In fact, “Did You Read?” describes a lot of people you run into at coffee shops, and on some online discussion threads. Of course, “Did you Read?” is better than the alternative… not reading ;)

    in reply to: Kasich & the Ohio Turnpike #427352

    Parker
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    Antonio wrote >>
    Aldi employees are more than just cashiers.
    http://aldifloridajobs.com/?page_id=11

    Some on this thread have an obvious disdain for working class and others who aspire to join the middle class. They think that since taxes pay for public salaries then they are in the drivers seat and can extract as much from “their” workers for as little as possible.

    Yes, toll both workers get paid decently. Shouldn’t they? How much should they get paid? What is a fair wage? (I know I used a heretical word – fair!) If their managers didn’t allow them to get so much overtime then more would have to be employed… and there are budget cuts so it’s cheaper to pay the overtime than hire another person. Most toll workers I have encountered like their jobs and are happy to help. I doubt that would be the case if they got paid the same as the fry guy at some fast food joint. Besides, if we had malcontents at the booth, it would be one more thing for some to complain about.

    in reply to: Master’s Degree in the Dumpster #238897

    Parker
    Participant

    Lots of divers in FTON. I now make a habit of leaving certain items next to the bin in the alley until nightfall. Then it goes in because cats and raccoons will drag it all over the place. That goes for metal waste too.

    in reply to: Are Ohio Public Employees Over-compensated? #427789

    Parker
    Participant

    televisionset wrote >>

    ehill27 wrote >>
    Is the American middle class no longer worthy of a living wage, good benefits, and a retirement?

    I fully respect your moral view that some people (“American middle class”) are “worthy of a living wage, good benefits, and a retirement.” I don’t believe that some people should have the ability to threaten or use violence to take money from others to pay for “public” sector workers. Will you not use violence against me?

    Violence? Who is advocating violence? I hope no one on this thread at least.

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