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  • in reply to: Living near campus! #447613

    sirlancelot
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    What is your limit on rental pricing? Will you need public transport? You should check the off-campus housing office at OSU for info on what is available and advice. They also help with housing complaints and which landlords to avoid. Generally, the further away from OSU, the easier (and perhaps cheaper) to find an apartment. I would avoid German or Victorian Villages because they are overpriced, crowded, limited parking and too noisy. If you don’t mind older (with some quirks) buildings, consider the Discovery District (downtown). The area is relatively safe, walkable, near several colleges and has COTA. The rents range from about $400 and up for a studio; $500 and up for a one bedroom. Parking is sometimes iffy. There is a mix of college students, downtown workers, retired folks and lots of gay people (conservatives might want to try Worthington or Upper Arlington). Good luck.

    in reply to: Living near campus! #447612

    sirlancelot
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    What is your limit on rental pricing? Will you need public transport? You should check the off-campus housing office at OSU for info on what is available and advice. They also help with housing complaints and which landlords to avoid. Generally, the further away from OSU, the easier (and perhaps cheaper) to find an apartment. I would avoid German or Victorian Villages because they are overpriced, crowded, limited parking and too noisy. If you don’t mind older (with some quirks) buildings, consider the Discovery District (downtown). The area is relatively safe, walkable, near several colleges and has COTA. The rents range from about $400 and up for a studio; $500 and up for a one bedroom. Parking is sometimes iffy. There is a mix of college students, downtown workers, retired folks and lots of gay people (conservatives might want to try Worthington or Upper Arlington). Good luck.

    in reply to: Grocery Shopping for Downtown residents #430835

    sirlancelot
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    I find the downtown Giant Eagle and Kroger supermarkets more than adequate. The major problem is traffic congestion at rush hour and, sometimes, parking. While specialty markets (i.e. organic or ethnic) are nice, we are not New York. We are lucky to have the North Market!

    in reply to: Grocery Shopping for Downtown residents #430833

    sirlancelot
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    I find the downtown Giant Eagle and Kroger supermarkets more than adequate. The major problem is traffic congestion at rush hour and, sometimes, parking. While specialty markets (i.e. organic or ethnic) are nice, we are not New York. We are lucky to have the North Market!

    in reply to: Grocery Shopping for Downtown residents #430832

    sirlancelot
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    I find the downtown Giant Eagle and Kroger supermarkets more than adequate. The major problem is traffic congestion at rush hour and, sometimes, parking. While specialty markets (i.e. organic or ethnic) are nice, we are not New York. We are lucky to have the North Market!

    in reply to: Future High Rises #442514

    sirlancelot
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    As others have said, we are not likely to see more high-rise buildings (or skyscrapers) in downtown Columbus. However, a very tall (1,000 ft. or more)observation tower/restaurant would be good for downtown. It might be similar to the Seattle Space Needle or the Las Vegas Stratosphere. Seeing all of Columbus, while dining at night, would be a very positive experience.

    in reply to: Legislatures to Consider “Ag-Gag” Laws #444051

    sirlancelot
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    Anyone hear of freedom of the press? The AG GAG laws would likely be struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court. There are moral issues such as prevention of animal cruelty, a duty to provide safe working conditions and a healthy food supply that such laws fail to address. Any rational person would want assurance that his food and water is safe, by law, because we cannot rely on economic self-regulation alone. Would people want a return to the unregulated 19th century? I don’t think so.

    in reply to: Legislatures to Consider “Ag-Gag” Laws #444050

    sirlancelot
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    Anyone hear of freedom of the press? The AG GAG laws would likely be struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court. There are moral issues such as prevention of animal cruelty, a duty to provide safe working conditions and a healthy food supply that such laws fail to address. Any rational person would want assurance that his food and water is safe, by law, because we cannot rely on economic self-regulation alone. Would people want a return to the unregulated 19th century? I don’t think so.

    in reply to: Westboro Baptist Coming to Picket Hilliard Dary H.S. #442608

    sirlancelot
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    There are people I know who survived the Holocaust. Ask them about how to respond to groups like Westboro. One thing is NOT to ignore it. One thing my parents taught me is that actions are often the consequence of speech, and, often unintended.

    Frankly, the Westboro protestors’ views are no different than what is said on some local radio religious talk shows.

    in reply to: Does Ohio Have the Best Year-Round Weather in the US? #441173

    sirlancelot
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    Who are we kidding? Obviously, there are places with better or worse weather (try “summer” at the South Pole) but no matter what the weather, Columbus is allergy central.

    in reply to: Columbus Hollywood Casino – News & Updates #370003

    sirlancelot
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    Here we go again Columbus. I find it telling that city and county officials did not attend the casino groundbreaking ceremony. Another example of an opportunity, another back stab. As with the late Columbus City Center, whose death was certain when the city let developers add more unneeded malls, it’s all about money. Penn National would have been wiser to stay out of Columbus. Indeed, Penn could have saved money and been better appreciated in Ross or Scioto Counties. If we are to allow gambling, at least make the best of it.

    in reply to: Columbus Hollywood Casino – News & Updates #370002

    sirlancelot
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    Here we go again Columbus. I find it telling that city and county officials did not attend the casino groundbreaking ceremony. Another example of an opportunity, another back stab. As with the late Columbus City Center, whose death was certain when the city let developers add more unneeded malls, it’s all about money. Penn National would have been wiser to stay out of Columbus. Indeed, Penn could have saved money and been better appreciated in Ross or Scioto Counties. If we are to allow gambling, at least make the best of it.

    in reply to: Ohio Abortion Bill #431583

    sirlancelot
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    One could argue that the “Heartbeat” and similar anti-abortion bills violate freedom of religion because different religons have their own doctrines on when human life begins, or when the unborn have a soul. We can agree that once born, we are all human beings with defined rights. I am amazed that the pro-choice movement does not argue the religious freedom aspect more forcefully.

    in reply to: The Kasich Governorship – News & Updates #413493

    sirlancelot
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    Today’s Dispatch also includes a news story about restrictions put on local governments ability to raise local sales taxes. Kasich is right that local governments can save money on shared services, such as trash collection or law enforcement, but long term, local governments will have to seek additional funds through taxes. Ditto public education.

    Income tax cuts are nice, but are unrealistic and, by 2015, inflation and other factors will force governments to increase property taxes, sales taxes and fees. Kasich could at least let voters decide on what to fund, and how much to pay. Unfortunately, he appears too beholden to the more extreme Republican ideologues. Much of Ohio’s money problems are due to forces beyond our control. The Feds determine the money supply, interest rates and bank regulation, minimum wages, labor relations, pollution control, and other things.

    No one should be surprised therefore if, as a result of massive budget cuts (state and federal), there is a social explosion between the haves and have-nots. Do we want urban riots that exceeds those of 1967/68? This time, no Martin Luther King exists, we are more socially and ideologically divided, and the public more heavily armed.

    Republicans want revolution but they will not like the form it takes.

    in reply to: Shrinking Cities, Smart Decline, and Urban Population Loss #438255

    sirlancelot
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    Someone should point out that cities change and undergo cycles of growth and decline. The classic example is ancient Rome.

    Today, I suspect energy and housing costs will play a major factor in urban revival. Unless oil prices go down or a low cost alternative appears, most people will be forced to live in older, established urban areas with existing mass transit. Businesses will follow. Continued expansion of the suburbs is unsustainable. I think it is possible that Cleveland and Detroit might, one day, recover themselves, recycle their building stock, and be livable again.

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