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  • in reply to: 5xNW needs to celebrate #1115112
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    I always liked Greater Grandview or Lower Arlington.

    in reply to: BrewDog US Expansion #1113447
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    I just took a look at that place on the Auditor’s website. Talk about Undervalued Downtown Real Estate!

    in reply to: Light Rail in Central Ohio #1113037
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    Speaking of on-demand driverless cars, there’s this from Tesla CEO Elon Musk:

    A couple months back Uber exec Steve Jurvetson made the offhand comment that if Tesla made 500,000 autonomous cars by 2020, the ride-hailing service would buy every single one. The internet had a laugh and the world moved on.

    During the call, a financial analyst asked if that was something Tesla would consider or “does Tesla just cut out the middle man and sell on-demand electric mobility services directly from the company on its own platform.”

    After an achingly long six seconds, Musk responded, “that’s an insightful question.” Followed by “I don’t think I should answer it.”

    http://jalopnik.com/musk-s-deafening-silence-during-tesla-earnings-call-spe-1722577227

    in reply to: Light Rail in Central Ohio #1113028
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    After a few thousand blue screens of death and the literal deaths that will result from driverless cars crashing into semis and ditches, the resulting lawsuits will make Google, Tesla, etc. back away from them as if they were the plague.

    This sounds like something out of a chain email my Macintosh-fanatic uncle forwarded ca. 1998. Autonomous cars are already here and they’re getting better all the time. The Google driverless test cars are out there today and have logged over a million miles on public roads.

    in reply to: Light Rail in Central Ohio #1112995
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    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>King Gambrinus wrote:</div>
    But what if you have 500 people who all want to go from point A to point B at the same time? Do you put them on one train? Or do you put them into 500 individual self-driving cars? If the latter, you just created a traffic jam that negates the benefits of self-driving vehicles.

    I think its more likely that, even if new autonomous cars add to the total net number of cars on the road, it will make traffic flow better.

    http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/a17718/just-a-handful-of-self-driving-cars-on-the-highway-could-cut-traffic-jams-by-half/

    Also, autonomous cars in the future will be able to operate in a similar manner to trains, so more and more people will be able to use the roads without increased traffic jams:

    http://motherboard.vice.com/read/autonomous-road-trains-are-the-dorkier-driverless-future

    Autonomous cars are coming and will be here (and relatively affordable) before you know it. Tesla’s now have a limited auto-pilot feature. Autonomous features are slowly creeping into mass market cars. Subarus have had features like automatic braking and lane departure warnings for years now. Its not a stretch to believe a fully or semi autonomous and affordable “Model T” will be here in 5-10 years.

    in reply to: Light Rail in Central Ohio #1112400
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    We need to ask everyone in the community: Are you ready to open your pocket…

    Terrible salesmanship. Leading with the sky high cost is not a good way to be persuasive.

    in reply to: Gas Prices – News & Discussion #1110501
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    Gas prices are only going down, at least in the near future.

    “A rapid appreciation of the U.S. dollar may send Brent oil to as low as $20 a barrel, according to Morgan Stanley.”

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-01-11/morgan-stanley-sees-20-a-barrel-oil-on-u-s-dollar-appreciation

    in reply to: Parking Garage Condemned on Long Street #1110286
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    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>_calebross wrote:</div>
    Wait, I’m a communist? Didn’t get the memo.

    On the other hand, stop generalizing a generation when we could all easily generalize yours as the generation who truly ruined America, but we won’t go that far. I don’t own anything because I choose not to, not because I can’t.

    It appears the social justice warriors/bolsheviks came out to play when I was away. Well I can sure tell I am not welcome here. But to clear a couple of things up, I guess I should respond to a couple of threads before heading on out.

    First off, the millennial haven’t ruined America, the Boomers did. Although I am quite sure the damage your generation will cause will be “epic”. The millennials are just reaping the benefits of the heap through welfare, bogus student loans for African American Lesbian Studies with a minor in Art Appreciation degrees.

    We are paying for the boomers to collect social security and medicare<br>
    We are paying for your welfare, bogus student loans, section 8 housing, etc.

    Which generation is more of a leech? That is up for debate. I personally think the boomers have the edge but not for long. I got a couple of buddies working for SS in DC and the amount of money coming and going back out is nearly incomprehensible. It can’t last indefinitely. So when your EBT reload happens on the first of the month, thank Gen X. We’re covering that for ya.

    Just stop, Robert. You’re embarrassing yourself.

    in reply to: Wexners have major plans for Scioto riverfront #1108427
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    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>Analogue Kid wrote:</div>
    This seems like some kind of fantasy that won’t actually come to fruition for one reason or another. Don’t get me wrong, it’d be great if it actually happens but I have trouble believing it.

    Yeah. I’m leaning towards Columbus getting “Stoned” again.

    No “Wonder” people in this town are so cynical.

    in reply to: Wikitravel Columbus Photo #1105956
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    The wikitravel article for my hometown Springfield is hilariously half-assed and at the same time completely accurate.

    Springfield, oh

    Springfield, OH is a small-medium city in Ohio, USA. It is somewhere between Columbus and Dayton.
    Get in
    I recommend visiting Springfield by taking the exit off I-70 between Columbus and Dayton.
    Stay
    Check out the Hampton Inn, Red Roof Inn or other similar Inns.
    Eat
    McDonalds, Arby’s and some similar local fare are all excellent. Prices are generally low, but if you look hard, I’m sure you can splurge.
    Drink
    There are several gas stations and a Kroger.
    Understand
    Springfield is not well known for its culture, but it does have people. There is also a University. Singer John Legend hales from Springfield.
    Get Out
    See Get In.

    in reply to: Ohio's Zombie Nativity Scene goes Viral #1105884
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    Sure, that was peak-zombie craze.

    in reply to: Ohio's Zombie Nativity Scene goes Viral #1105831
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    The zombie thing jumped the shark about 5 years ago.

    in reply to: Columbus Crew SC – 2015 Season #1105084
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    We have the super bowl for soccer here in Columbus! The city needs to do more to promote and celebrate that!

    I prefer to call it the world series of soccer.

    in reply to: House selling question #1104114
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    What I’ve seen more often is that the seller prices a house too high (often against the agent’s advice) resulting in a negative perception by buyers and agents.

    But agents’ advice is compromised by their own interest and can’t be trusted, as explained above. I used nice round numbers in my post to make the math easy.

    When I’m selling my home, I want it to go for the higher price. Who cares about a quick sale? I can pay a couple extra mortgage payments if it means I sell for $10k, $20k, $30k more.

    And nothing you say explains away the fact that when real estate agents sell their own homes, they are on the market longer and go for higher prices than the homes of their clients.

    in reply to: House selling question #1104060
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    Here is what you need to keep in mind regarding real estate agents. The common notion, fostered by real estate agents themselves, is that they are skilled professionals in the markets who, using any number of sophisticated analytical tools, can determine what your house is worth on the market and what you can get for it. But the fact of the matter is that these real estate agents are simply the equivalent of used car salesmen. That is, they are are in the business of getting someone to buy a property that someone else has owned and used at the best price that they can. Any used car lot manager knows what he has put into the car and what he wants to sell it for to make a profit, and if his salesman says to him that this particular item is worth much less than what the manager wants from it and that he(the salesman) will refuse to ask any where near that, then that salesman will have to find another job. (New build real estate salesmen are, accordingly, the equivalent of new car salesmen.) Yes, carpet in a kitchen may well be a turnoff. But if a salesman cannot overcome that neither you nor I needs to employ him/her.

    Damn straight. Everyone selling a house should read the chapter on real estate agents in the first Freakonomics book. Basically, the interests of the sellers and their so-called agents do not align. Say an agent knows a house could sell almost immediately for $100k or could sell in 1-2 months for $110k. The extra ten grand means a lot to the seller, but at a 5% commission rate, the agent will only get an extra $500 for the higher price. What agent is going to put in all that extra work for a measly $500? The book goes on to explain that real estate agents always sell their own homes for more than their clients.

    So trust your real estate agent about as far as you can throw him.

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