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  • in reply to: Columbus $15 Minimum Wage #1123272

    wygand
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    There have been multiple references in the last few posts about how the inflation rate is high(looking at you stechs02). This just isn’t true, the inflation rate is at historic lows, 0.9% as of April 2016.

    You seem to be twisting statistics to fit your argument.

    in reply to: Columbus $15 Minimum Wage #1121858

    wygand
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    I get it, I feel like I could effectively argue either side of this. To me, it boils down to one thing though. Do you believe that margins are that thin in so many businesses? I honestly don’t know, but perhaps if a business can’t figure out how to make a product without relying on the government(taxpayers) to subsidize their work force, they should find a different product to sell. The system is too connected to draw doomsday conclusions based on raising the minimum wage. Sure, some business will be squeezed and go out of business, the walmarts and mcdonalds of the world, but maybe that opens the door for other businesses with different business models to fill in the gaps.

    This question is really about where the government should be applying the pressure. Should it force businesses to pay people a living wage on the front end, or should it subsidize low wage workers income on the back end with various services. I am of the opinion that the former is a more capitalist friendly way to govern.

    in reply to: Columbus $15 Minimum Wage #1121846

    wygand
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    All of the comments I see being made about a $15 minimum wage are concerns about why people should be making so much for flipping burgers(insert other stereotypical low wage job). The issue I see with this question/argument, is that when we pay people less than a living wage, we are actually just forced to subsidize their wages with food stamps and government aid to make $8.10 a living wage. This government aid is then basically just a subsidy for companies to allow them to pay people so little, while at the same time, it represents a huge part of government spending that many of these same people are also against.

    I feel like the minimum wage not keeping pace with inflation over the past several decades has to have had a huge effect on the wage stagnation that so many people are facing at all levels of the income bracket.

    in reply to: Justice Antonin Scalia dies at 79 #1114548

    wygand
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    I think the talk about the Senate blocking the nomination until the next president is a rather short sighted prediction. It seems to imply the republicans are more than 50-50 confident that they will win the white house and retain the Senate. Not to mention, I am not sure a Trump or Cruze nomination would really please republicans all that much more than a moderate Obama nomination.

    I am guessing its a good talking point for republicans right now, but it seems like a dangerous game.


    wygand
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    +1 DouginCMH


    wygand
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    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>DouginCMH wrote:</div>
    Ah, yes, the same old ignorant Clintonville abhors change argument. How refreshing.

    Re: this project, I’d like something a bit more substantive than ‘as far as I know’ statements. As far as I know, it’s not dead, because there’s not been one report from a local news outlet saying so. I do agree that lack of new ownership as shown on the Franklin County Auditor is interesting. But no news is just that. I’d assume that, fairly soon, we’ll hear something from Columbus Business First or the Dispatch on this. Of course, in a Columbus Business First story about this project from last summer, at which it was announced that North Star was under contract to acquire the old Clintonville Electric parcel, the author stated that the Olympic/Deco project had been shelved indefinitely. Hmmmm, not so much.

    A few local residents didn’t raise a stink over this. Quite a few showed up and asked some pretty obvious questions of the developer, who didn’t have very convincing responses ready. The project was never put up for a vote, the CAC didn’t shoot it down. There was a meeting, the developer got some push-back, and that’s where we stand. There are also quite a few local residents on record as supporting this kind of development.

    The Olympic/Deco developer received a lot more push-back than has North Star, and that project is moving ahead. As that Dispatch article points it, there’s lot of other mixed development going on in Clintonville. But, by all means, don’t let that get in the way of your story that Clintonville residents prefer vacant lots and strip malls.

    If the project is still active, it likely won’t be brought back at anywhere near the same scale as it was. And I will continue to push for developers to actually go to neighborhoods that want them. Any of those I mentioned would be absolutely thrilled to have something like this. Clintonville, sorry, has a reputation, and one that is well deserved, like it or not. If projects manage to get built, they are significantly watered down from their original scale, and for every Olympic (or whatever the name is now), there are many more 1-story strip centers and fast food outlets, none of which face near the level of outrage from locals. Basically, N. High through Clintonville, with the exception of its older downtown, looks exactly like people there want it to.

    I totally understand frustration with some of the local push back, but there is money to be made in Clintonville. These projects aren’t being proposed randomly, they are being proposed to make money. As long as 2BR rent is going for nearly $1900(above the new bareburger) a month and housing stock and prices are rising, developers are going to be interested. I doubt that can be said for all of these other neighborhoods.

    As far as the pushback, is it any surprise? The other areas of town you mentioned have been in serious blight for the last several decades, while many are coming back, Clintonville never experienced that decay to the same level, so its no surprise some of the residents aren’t chomping at the bit for new neighbors and development.

    On a side note, not all people in Clintonville are into the fast food shops that pop up, however most of the time, these never even see any publicity because the Zoning doesn’t require CAC approval.


    wygand
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    Any updates on this project? Just hoping to see some progress on the giant hole in the ground. I believe it was supposed to start moving in November.

    in reply to: Jeni's recall #1090637

    wygand
    Participant

    During our last visit to the Clintonville location, some of the “Magic” that made jeni’s so great still seemed to be missing. Not sure if it was the very limited flavor options, or something different about the atmosphere of the place. It was the first time I had ever really felt silly paying the premium that you pay for jeni’s. I am usually happy to pay for the experience, but something was missing. I do hope they get it figured out.


    wygand
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    I have been wondering this ever since the Olympic development was torpedoed, what power does the community really have here? These meetings and public outcry on social media and with yard signs have been far from democratic. Opening up for this type of community involvement seems doomed to bring out the most passionate detractors of any project.


    wygand
    Participant

    As of yesterday, there is some construction/Demo fencing around the main structure at the pool. I also noticed some city trucks doing some work earlier in the week. Disconnecting utilities perhaps?


    wygand
    Participant

    +1 Thanks for the logical rundown. Like i said, i am new to the neighborhood, i am glad to hear from someone reasonable.

    in reply to: The Olympic Mixed-Use Apartment Development – Former Olympic Swim Club #1038150

    wygand
    Participant

    I am pretty new to Clintonville, and its history of protesting development. My main question is where is this energy coming from? With the “Save the Pool” protests its very difficult to really tell who is driving this campaign. With comments turned off on the Facebook page and not allowed on the Clintonville community webpage that has been created for the movement, it is very hard for me to tell if this is a widespread movement or just a few people whipping up a frenzy.

    Honestly, it is a bit disconcerting to me when i look at the history of this anti-change movement and the results. I have heard of the Theatre debacle, the widening of North Broadway frenzy and now the Olympic pool and rusty bucket situations. It seems that this protest movement has either had a negative outcome or has whipped up a lot of fear and anger. While in non of these cases has the result of the movement been very effective or positive for the community in any way.

    After multiple examples of the anti development movement making a situation worse or whipping up a useless frenzy, where is the continued energy coming from? From here, how does a community counteract a movement that seems to have endless supplies of negativity? I for one don’t have the energy to go to every community meeting and counter point by point all the “angry people logic”.

    Are there any situations, in Clintonville, where this “pool type” anti-development movement has been ignored because it clearly isn’t a representative majority?

    in reply to: German Village Community Pool #1017979

    wygand
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    Do what the Zoo does, make it public to get tax dollars, and charge an entry fee. In effect keeping out the people that private pool goers would like to keep out.

    Problem solved!

    in reply to: Jaywalkers #1014703

    wygand
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    I realize this may not be popular on this thread, with people venting about their pedestrian frustrations, and how they wouldn’t feel bad hitting a jaywalker. But part of the problem here is the lack of respect pedestrians get even when in crosswalks. When trying to cross third street in german village, by the book loft, only about 1 in 5 cars will even come close to slowing down for someone in the crosswalk, let alone yield. Even better many will just swerve slightly to avoid you while continuing on their way. If crosswalks are not patrolled or respected by motorists, whats the point?

    Has a ticket ever been given for a car failing to yield to a pedestrian in columbus?

    The other classic pedestrian folly would be trusting a motorist to not murder you in at attempt to turn right on a red light downtown.

    Just my 2 cents.

    in reply to: The Walking Dead on AMC #403314

    wygand
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    The show is at its best when it follows the graphic novels. Since the show changed so much of the Rick vs. Governor interactions last season, i have had a hard time with the show. Its like a watered down less dramatic version of the graphic novels. Without going into too much detail on the happenings in the novels, just in case they do use some of it in the future, there is a very large change to the character of Rick that they have just ignored and it really changes the evolution of his character…..

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