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  1. Coming up on Sunday! ;) Hope to see some UO'ers there!
  2. <img src="http://www.columbusunderground.com/urbanliving/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/ultour-2015-1024x630.jpg"> Columbus Underground is hosting The Urban Living Tour on Sunday, May 17th from 9am to 3pm in Downtown Columbus and its surrounding neighborhoods. The tour will be a self-guided one with a central check-in location at the King Business Interiors showroom located at 175 South Third Street next to Columbus Commons, where tour attendees can find maps, day-of ticket sales, and additional information. MORE INFO: http://www.columbusunderground.com/urbanliving/urban-living-tour-2015/ GET TICKETS: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/urban-living-tour-2015-tickets-16464540885?aff=urbanohio <img src="http://www.columbusunderground.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/flyer.jpg">
  3. Definitely a goal for next year! Perhaps they'll be doing some of the residential conversions by then? They only have those 2 units at the top of the building and they're kind of hard to get to (take 2 elevators to get there!). Or maybe we can just tour the new hotel inside it? ;) We definitely want some others that are under construction too, like The Atlas, 250 High, Jeffrey Park, The View on High, The View on Fifth, Fireproof, Battery B, Grant Commons and The LC Riversouth. Maybe we could also sneak a peek inside the Columbus Museum of Art expansion? Lots of great ideas for next time!
  4. Hope you had a great time! We had over 450 people take part in the event. Will definitely be doing it again in 2015, probably in the spring. ;) Some photos, here: http://www.columbusunderground.com/photos-urban-living-tour-2014
  5. Sure, I'll hook you up with one by default just since you responded. Shoot me an email (walker@columbusunderground.com) and I'll send you the promo code. See you Sunday! ;)
  6. It seems like they did 70% of it very quickly in a week or two and then…. STAAAAAP!!
  7. I think people (of all demographics) are much more willing to be "pioneers" (not a big fan of that word, but whatever) in moving into a run-down home in a run-down neighborhood and helping to improve things than they are to be a "pioneer" in a poor-performing school. There's a certain amount of appeal to fixing up neighborhoods, but getting involved in a school system that needs help is just a much harder task. No one wants to send their kids to a place where they're not confident they will get a good education. We weren't willing to do this with the neighborhood schools in our own neighborhood as they're some of the worst in the entire district. Instead, we picked a school that has a better place to start from, but still needs help from individuals, families and the community around it. Once that begins to improve, and there's a bit of a system/network of involved parents in place, it gets easier to add more people to the mix. That model seems to have worked well in Clintonville (the "Go Public" group) and a similar group is working in German/Merion Village ("South Side Stay"). We're still early in the process for 5th Avenue / Hubbard / Victorian Village, but I think we'll see rapid success once we start rallying some troops. ;) My wife put together an end-of-the-year party last year to thank all of the teachers, staff and parents and managed to raise over $7000 in cash and supplies from developers in the area and other community members and businesses. All the students and families were invited and everything was free (food, drinks, cotton candy, pony rides, magician, bounce houses, food trucks, Jeni's ice cream, games, prizes, etc). The look on some of the kids' faces when they learned that things were free (keep in mind that there are many from impoverished households) was priceless and amazing. We had around 1000 people attend that day over the course of 5 hours (a few photos, below). Looking forward to doing more of the same for the 2014-2015 year and getting the North Market involved in food education, team members of the Columbus Crew to drop by for gym class, and getting well known entrepreneurs there on career day (working on Cameron Mitchell right now). ;) <img src="https://scontent-b-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/t1.0-9/10268458_10152244233283375_6075012189068184537_n.jpg"> <img src="https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xfp1/v/t1.0-9/1505102_10152244233093375_2065382437116357066_n.jpg?oh=527181b748e4fc11e45a21684df98a0d&oe=54529E72&__gda__=1414205218_b973f106ed4bd19e51039d4f67321185"> <img src="https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/t1.0-9/10365801_10152244233523375_2216181194825827694_n.jpg">
  8. Thanks for cross-posting this here. ;) We're really excited to host this event on Sunday!
  9. Speaking for myself… my wife and I have been a one-car household since we first started dating in 2001. She came to college (OSU) with no car, and I came to Columbus with one, so we immediately became a couple with one car between the two of us. Eventually we got married, bought a house and started having kids (two of em). And we've yet to find a reason to add another car. We've been pretty frequent bus riders for the past 6 or 7 years and often used it as our "secondary vehicle". We kind of gave up the bikes when our kids were born. Just didn't seem practical with a baby or two. When CoGo Bike Share launched last year I picked up a $75 annual membership and began using it. I found it fun to get back on a bike after a hiatus. After 3 months of that I figured it would be worthwhile to have an old bike in my basement tuned up and started riding it again too. And then last fall, car2go launched and we got a membership for that. So… we're not exactly car-free, but I'd say we're pretty "car-light". We only work a little over a mile from home, and most of our day-to-day activities occur within a 1 or 2 mile radius. It's nice to have our own car when we need to make a trip to Lowe's or Target for a bulk-buy, but it's also very easy to leave it parked in the driveway all week without ever needing it, which is often the case. It's definitely gotten easy to do that in recent years.
  10. Easy contest to win! Anyone on UO in Columbus these days? ;)
  11. My son has attended Fifth Avenue International the past two years (Kindergarten and 1st Grade) and we've had a great experience there. The school was too small for the building because it was a K-8 school, and the relocated grades 7 and 8 to the International High School two years ago, leaving the third floor of the building unused. Go figure. This year it's moving to the Hubbard School building, which is smaller… almost a little too tight. The transition has been a roller coaster, as they've made some good changes (new Master learning program) some bad changes (firing all of the teachers and telling them they can re-apply for new jobs, and then only interviewing 2 of them out of around 40) and some weird changes (attempting to change to a NW region lottery instead of city-wide lottery, thus excluding many students from international backgrounds from applying — but we got them to change it back). My wife and I are getting very heavily involved in this school (she is on the PTA next year) and our daughter will be starting Pre-K there this year in addition to our 2nd grader son. We think it can become a model urban school in the heart of Victorian Village. Hopefully we can rally more support and create a sense of community pride, whereas currently most people in the inner city don't even know this school is an option. It doesn't score the best on standardized test, but we're looking to change that through tutoring assistance. On the flip side, they teach Mandarin Chinese to all grade levels and focus on training students to be good global citizens with a solid understand of all cultures, countries and people.
  12. I'm the main event organizer for the Moonlight Market and I just wanted to say that it's gone really really well this year. We've been fortunate enough to have great weather every second Saturday so far, and the community has turned out in droves to support the sidewalk vendors, the retail trucks, and the brick-and-mortar businesses. Many of the businesses have told us that they're doing record sales days during the Moonlight Market now, and anticipate it as a great business day, just like shops in the Short North look forward to Gallery Hop. Further, we've been able to expand our boundaries a bit to stretch across Third to have vendors by Cafe Rendezvous and Latitude 41, and for July's MM we wrapped around High Street (in front of Cafe Napolitana and Phatt Taco) and into the pedestrian alley in front of the new Oliver's restaurant. Great stuff! Here's a few photo galleries from this year. Come check it out next month (August 9th) or any second Saturday if you haven't been in awhile. ;) http://www.columbusunderground.com/photos-moonlight-market-april-2014 http://www.columbusunderground.com/photos-moonlight-market-may-2014 http://www.columbusunderground.com/photos-moonlight-market-june-2014 <img src="http://www.columbusunderground.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/moonlight-market-april-2014-19.jpg"> <img src="http://www.columbusunderground.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/moonlight-market-april-2014-12.jpg"> <img src="http://www.columbusunderground.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/moonlight-market-april-2014-16.jpg"> <img src="http://www.columbusunderground.com/wp-content/themes/patterns/timthumb.php?src=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.columbusunderground.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2014%2F05%2Fmay-moonlight-market-2014-23.jpg&q=90&w=650&zc=1&"> <img src="http://www.columbusunderground.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/may-moonlight-market-2014-31.jpg"> <img src="http://www.columbusunderground.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/may-moonlight-market-2014-09.jpg"> <img src="http://www.columbusunderground.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/may-moonlight-market-2014-06.jpg"> <img src="http://www.columbusunderground.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/may-moonlight-market-2014-04.jpg"> <img src="http://www.columbusunderground.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/may-moonlight-market-2014-01.jpg"> <img src="http://www.columbusunderground.com/wp-content/themes/patterns/timthumb.php?src=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.columbusunderground.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2014%2F06%2Fmoonlight-market.jpg&q=90&w=650&zc=1&"> <img src="http://www.columbusunderground.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/moonlight-market-04.jpg"> <img src="http://www.columbusunderground.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/moonlight-market-07.jpg"> <img src="http://www.columbusunderground.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/moonlight-market-42.jpg"> <img src="http://www.columbusunderground.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/moonlight-market-23.jpg"> <img src="http://www.columbusunderground.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/moonlight-market-31.jpg">
  13. We did a recent four-part article on locals who go car-free in Columbus to find out how they do it, why they do it, and whether or not they're planning to get a car in the future. Long story short, most people have said that it's gotten much easier to go car-free in Columbus with new services from car2go, CoGo Bike Share, CBUS Circulator, Uber, Lyft, COTA upgrade and cycling infrastructure updates. You can read all four articles, here: Part 1 - Getting Around: http://www.columbusunderground.com/car-free-in-columbus-part-1-getting-started Part 2 - Getting Started: http://www.columbusunderground.com/car-free-in-columbus-part-2-getting-around Part 3 - The Challenges: http://www.columbusunderground.com/car-free-in-columbus-part-3-the-challenges Part 4 - The Long Haul: http://www.columbusunderground.com/car-free-in-columbus-part-4-the-long-haul <img src="http://www.columbusunderground.com/wp-content/themes/patterns/timthumb.php?src=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.columbusunderground.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2014%2F04%2Fcar-free-columbus-01.jpg&q=90&w=650&zc=1&">
  14. I'm a year and a half late… but thanks! ;)
  15. Some new student housing may be on the way soon: Five-Story Warehouse May Become Student Housing Near CSCC: http://www.columbusunderground.com/five-story-warehouse-may-become-student-housing-near-cscc
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