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  1. I've been watching Gotham.  I have enjoyed the show.  What makes it even cooler is that Corey Michael Smith is a graduate of Hilliard Darby High School and pretty much everyone I know from growing up seems to know him... everyone except me that is... one day!  LOL. 

  2. I thought there would be a lot more discussion about this here.  I was really disappointed in the outcome.  I thought Columbus really stood a chance and that Philadelphia would just be to cliche.  I took it as a particular blow because I felt like it was the rest of the country not giving us enough credit.  They don't seem to take us too seriously.  Speculation has been that we did not get it because of logistics and not enough input from area businesses.  Any discussion on what needs to be done to actually land a convention, or is that just too obvious and only beating a dead horse?


  3. Everyone should read this Rolling Stone article on Fox News, the icing on the cake is a few paragraphs about Kasich.......




    But the clearest demonstration of how Ailes has seamlessly merged both money and message lies in the election of John Kasich, a longtime Fox News contributor who eked out a two-point victory over Democrat Ted Strickland last November to become governor of Ohio. While technically a Republican, Kasich might better be understood as the first candidate of the Fox News Party. “The question is no longer whether Fox News is an arm of the GOP,” says Burns, the network’s former media critic, “but whether it’s becoming the torso instead.”


    The host of a weekend show called Heartland, Kasich made 42 appearances as a contributor on Fox after he announced his interest in running, frequently guest-hosting on The O’Reilly Factor. He also appeared 16 times as an active candidate, using the network as a platform to make naked fundraising appeals. Most striking of all, News Corp. itself chipped in $1.26 million to the Republican Governors Association, making it one of the largest single contributors to the club Kasich was seeking to join. Murdoch made no bones about why he made such a generous donation to the GOP cause: It was driven, he said, by “my friendship with John Kasich.” Since becoming governor, Kasich has repealed collective-­bargaining rights for 350,000 state workers and killed a stimulus-­funded project to develop high-speed rail for the state.



    God that was a lengthy read for me but well worth it.  It's very scary how powerful Fox News has become, assuming this article can be trusted.  I wonder what the Governor has to say about this.



  4. Who wants to join my train cult? We'll meet at various former sites of abandoned railroad stations in Ohio on full-moon nights, build a smoky fire with cotton waste soaked with a mixture of diesel fuel and journal oil, and sit around it and recite incantations to the train gods and sing train songs, and then we'll offer up a Republican as a sacrifice by tying him to the tracks just before the Lakeshore comes through, although there's often not much chance of figuring out what time that might be.


    I was infuriated when Kasich used that word to describe us... I almost wrote a letter demanding a personal apology. 

  5. From a Gov. Strickland press release.......


    For Immediate Release: Contact: Amanda Wurst

    Thursday, December 9, 2010 614 644-0957/614 832-7512




    Ohios Rail Funds will be Given to

    California, Florida, Others to Create Jobs


    Columbus, OH Ohio Governor Ted Strickland today expressed his deep disappointment that Ohios rail funds will be given to other states as a result of Governor-elect John Kasichs strong opposition to Ohios passenger rail plan.


    In a phone conversation today, Secretary LaHood informed the governor that, based on his conversations with Kasich, the bulk of Ohios $400 million will be sent to California and Florida. Washington State, Illinois and other states are also expected to benefit.


    Today is one of the saddest days during my four years as governor, Strickland said. Because I see jobs leaving Ohio, I see resources leaving Ohio, I see vital infrastructure leaving Ohio. And I see other states being enriched by resources that would otherwise have created thousands of new jobs, revitalized our cities and helped keep our young people in Ohio. I cant understand the logic of giving up these vital, job-creating resources to California and Florida at a time when so many Ohioans need jobs.


    Ohio competed against other states and won $400 million based on the strength of Ohios plan to restore passenger rail to the most densely populated corridor in the country without passenger rail, the Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati, or 3C-D, corridor. Strickland offered to work closely with the U.S. Department of Transportation to wrap up the current passenger rail study currently underway.


    I fear that history will show that this one, uninformed decision will be looked upon with regret by future generations of Ohioans, Strickland said.




    With all due respect Governor, perhaps if you had fought harder for your initiative BEFORE the election.....


    I would have to agree with this statement.  Strickland should have pressed this issue during the election and done a better job of properly informing the public with the right facts. 

  6. How about one of these along I-71, between downtown Columbus and I-270? But it should say "love, Michigan" instead....




    We should have the same billboard as Illinois made it clear at the Midwest High Speed Rail Association's fall conference that they would apply to receive the $400 million Ohio will give up. 

  7. What kind of propaganda is out there in support of passenger rail in Ohio?  Maybe more people will be in support of passenger rail if they did not equivocate it to Amtrak's service.  How divided are people these days?  Is there as much support for it now as there was a year ago?  I am basing my architectural thesis on passenger rail in Ohio and a lot of people I have spoken to have been in support of passenger rail in Ohio, even those who are not associated with my committee. 


    Also, one of the more recent arciticles, I believe it was in the dispatch yesterday, alluded to the possibility that someone outside of Amtrak could operate it.  Who else would be able to operate it?  France's SNCF or Canada's VIA?  :-P  Just curious to know what the alternatives are because any association with Amtrak may doom this project.


    It completely befuddles my mind how Kasich and other Republican's seem so keen on dismissing this as an ancient and outdated form.  So many other regions in this country and even nations such as China and Brazil are considering not just passenger rail but High Speed Rail.  The following statement I am about to make is one that usually makes me roll my eyes when others say it but now I think I understand.  If Kasich is elected, you can pretty much guarantee that I won't be here in Ohio come this time next year.  Come May, I am done with my Master's and in a position to move elsewhere.  Hopefully that won't be the case.  Anyway, I I may just stick around anyway and fight against the nay sayers anyway.   

  8. Been a long time since I have been on this forum.  Miss it!  I came across an article just a few days ago about Kasich and how he will refuse to let rail happen!  Seriously?  I love how in the article I read he was saying nobody will ride it and it will only go 39mph... it will average 39mph, AT FIRST, then once improvements are made, will speed up.  If he is ignorant of this, then I we have a lot more to worry about than just not getting a rail line.

  9. I don't understand why I find downtown Columbus so uninspiring. I love the neighborhoods of Columbus, and it's apparent that there's history in there, but every time I'm in downtown, or see pictures of downtown, I'm just hoping to see more. Does anybody else feel this way, or does anybody else know why I feel this way?

    ^I agree with you. I attribute the feeling to its topography. The hillier the city, the more I seem to like it. Columbus, Chicago, Indianapolis are too flat for me. Cincinnati, San Fran and Pittsburgh are much more seductive for whatever reason. Maybe hills add more mystery to a city? Not sure. Nothing against Columbus but I think I know what you mean ProkNo5.


    My guess is that you like these cities because they are not a grid.  There is something somewhat unpredictable about a city with winding streets and boulavards.  I also think that Columbus is lacking so much in character is because we tore down so many of our historical buildings because we thought they were considered to be blight in the 1950's.  Also, so many of our buildings were built in the last few decades and seem to lack a lot of character.  Hopefully, this will change soon.

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