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Buy Groceries or Pay the Bills: The Choice Behind Food Insecurity

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Buy Groceries or Pay the Bills: The Choice Behind Food Insecurity

On May 17, the Columbus Foundation held a day of community conversation, dubbed The Big Table. Around the city, hundreds hosted and participated in these conversations, some open-ended, and some targeting specific issues and ideas relevant to community connectivity and growth. At Columbus Underground, we hosted three of our own Big Table discussions, bringing together […]

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Interview: Richard Florida on Columbus and the “New Urban Crisis”

Brent Warren Brent Warren Interview: Richard Florida on Columbus and the “New Urban Crisis”

Richard Florida, the well-known researcher, professor and author of the book “The Rise of the Creative Class,” has been chronicling the return-to-the-city movement since its beginnings in the 1980s. He’s been an advocate for a new type of economic development focused on creativity and innovation, and has spoken approvingly of the impact of the knowledge […]

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Consumers Have Some Choices to Make as the Local Farm Model Goes Corporate

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Consumers Have Some Choices to Make as the Local Farm Model Goes Corporate

People are paying more attention to their food. They look for words like “locally sourced” and “organic” and “sustainable,” and they prioritize restaurants with local authenticity over carbon copy chains. It couldn’t be long, then, before an entrepreneurial spirit would corporatize, scale up and mass produce the local farm model. BrightFarms, a New York-based greenhouse […]

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Women’s Fund Keyholder Event Features Lisa Ling Interview with Billie Jean King

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Women’s Fund Keyholder Event Features Lisa Ling Interview with Billie Jean King

It’s that time of year again, when the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio brings in notable, thought-leading women to address the region’s feminists at their Keyholder event. This year’s guest is former World No. 1 tennis player Billie Jean King, who will be interviewed by Lisa Ling, reporter and host of “This is Life” on […]

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Local Rape Survivor Receives an “Award” for Being Raped

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Local Rape Survivor Receives an “Award” for Being Raped

Two years ago, after Rilla Perkins woke up in Goodale Park, half naked, in shock and confused, she did what most survivors won’t do: reported her rape. The night before, she’d been on the job at a bar in the Arena District. She thinks someone may have drugged her, explaining her memory loss, but just going […]

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Double Comfort Closes This Weekend to Head in Different Direction

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Double Comfort Closes This Weekend to Head in Different Direction

When Double Comfort opened in 2014 — before the idea of “sanctuary” spaces entered people’s consciousness — the restaurant was a simple conduit, exchanging comfort food for money, and channeling their profits to local organizations. While their identity has been equal parts restaurant and social enterprise, that will be changing on Sunday, March 26, when […]

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United Way of Central Ohio Finds New CEO and President

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega United Way of Central Ohio Finds New CEO and President

United Way of Central Ohio is under new leadership. Janet E. Jackson, former CEO and president, announced her decision to retire last April. Her successor is Lisa Courtice, a Ph.D. psychologist who brings CEO and other leadership experience. “Our United Way has never been in a better position to bring our community together to reduce […]

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