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  1. Yes, but probably many states have a latent Mississippi in them. It's not valid comparison. Choose the ten or twenty poorest counties and then compare; Ohio wouldn't look so bad.
  2. ive never understood why democrats, always opposed to trump's wall, are to blame for continuing to resist it after trump had congress in his hooves the last two years. Isn't it Ryan's or McConnell's fault for not pushing it through? And if not, why not?
  3. Screenshots of the updated plans. This is going to be a significant improvement over the way that land has been used over the last 50 years, and it'll be done soon. Best news i heard is that a bike lane/path will be constructed down Jefferson street to the riverfront, which will make it super easy for me to get from my house near the Toledo Museum of Art to these parks.
  4. they were in DC for the March for Life. No irony. Jammers already doing their good work.
  5. I agree, but I find the white parts of cities like Chicago that are highly segregated by income (and thus race) to be too precious. The northside is nice, but it's filled with restaurants that try too hard. Like they have to have a "story" for every ingredient. "This sandwich is a journey." Ann Arbor is similar to me...people living in a bubble with sticks up their fannies about how great it is. Well, your housing prices are ridiculous and nobody who lives there is really from there. Columbus and Indy are getting there too in their "cool sections" like the Short North and Mass Ave. Nashville is already over the top. Maybe I have similarly ridiculous tastes about what I find to be "cool", but I'd much rather frequent Burmese restaurants in Fort Wayne, or Ram's 24 Hour kitchens in Detroit; In Toledo, Schmucker's greasy spoon on the old western bypass, or Kengo's sushi makes their own soy sauce, or Packo's drive through for Hungarian-American food, or PIzza Cat in the old gas station, or Marco's Pizza in every little neighborhood baking solid pies for the masses, or that amazing from-scratch Pho restaurant on Upton that also serves soul food, or that place in Perrysburg with the amazing central Chinese cuisine that the owner bitches about having to make because its on the special menu and she only has one burner but then loves it when a white dude like me scarfs it down. "You're not supposed to like this!!" Those are places that don't fall over themselves trying to manufacture an ambience or construct some cultural capitalizing narrative, they just make their food and make it well.
  6. Cahokia, 1200s Angkor Wat, 1100s Tenochtitlan, 1400s Athens, 300BC Kyoto, 800s Chaco, 1100s Samarkand, 400s
  7. Toledo doesn't have a lowly Cheesecake Factory...we're clearly better than the rest of America. More to the point, I get tired of people in Toledo, and most Midwestern cities (hell, maybe all of the US), bellyaching about "getting a ____" - I had to search to make sure there's not a Cheesecake Factory out in some exurban shopperia (there isn't), but I came across posts wailing "eeeeh, when are we going to get a Cheesecake Factory??? Eeeh, when are we getting a Shake Shack??" For some reason, people think that getting the same thing as everyone else is validation that a place is worth something. One of the great things about Toledo, IMHO, is that it doesn't have a lot of national chains. Maybe the demographics make some chains avoid the city, but the locals fill in better than chains would. The last time I was in downtown Chicago - the Loop - it was full of chains. It looked like a mall. Boring. I havent been to the Loop in at least five years. No reason; I can go to all the same stores in suburban Toledo, and a lot cheaper.
  8. that's true. about 10 years ago i met an japanese man in his 70s who recalled seeing american bombers over his city near nagoya. he recalled how everyone was relieved that it was the americans dropping bombs, because that signalled they would control the country after the war, not the soviets. they were afraid the country would be divided like korea, or worse, come under complete soviet control. it's likely that the soviet declaration of war on japan hastened its surrender. today, japan and russia have yet to formally sign a treaty ending wwii.
  9. probably a lot of factors. many of these cities arent 'comparable' in the same way. those cities with the highest positives likely mean that the city itself is not an attractive place for employees to live. those with smaller negs/positives suggests a balance; those with high negatives either means that the city is more attractive than the suburbs (chicago), physically very large so that the urban/suburban divide is moot (kc, indy), or high concentrations of poverty (stl, det).
  10. I just checked my retirement account, and I've lost over $30,000 since this tweet.
  11. Hotel Seagate project has new developer JON CHAVEZ, Blade Business Writer, jchavez@theblade.com DEC 6, 2018, 6:45 AM A year into the redevelopment of the downtown Hotel Seagate, the county is switching dance partners. Key Hotel & Property Management LLC, which Lucas County chose in November 2017 to develop the 19-story hotel at 127 N. Summit St., withdrew from the $30 million project six weeks ago. Meanwhile, First Hospitality Group, Inc., which redeveloped the downtown Renaissance Hotel on Summit Street and owns 45 hotels in 10 states, has asked to take over the project. https://www.toledoblade.com/business/real-estate/2018/12/06/downtown-toledo-hotel-seagate-project-new-developer/stories/20181205129
  12. I've heard that with polling switching to cell phones and online surveys, they now underestimate Baby Boomer voters as opposed to older methods that missed young people. So, DeWine's support was underestimated. This also impacted polling leading up to the 2016 election.
  13. I like how New York City is casually comparable to Columbus. Heck, why wouldn't they move to Findlay? We've got an Applebee's too.
  14. This NW Ohioan agrees...this region is all over, just like other parts of Ohio. I'd wager the difference is cosmopolitan versus isolated. Even in rural NW Ohio, there are plenty of cosmopolitan, rural Democrats, and isolated, urban Republicans. Kasich did win big in NW Ohio in the 2016 presidential primaries - but then so did Trump later that year. The western edge of the region is very conservative, a mix of quite traditional Catholics for the social angle, and strong mid-sized businesses for the economic. NW Ohio has the lowest unemployment in the state, and fewer social ills than other regions. Conservatism in this region is about keeping things the same, not turning back the clock, because the clock has yet to be turned forward here. I would guess that NW Ohio has weathered the last 50 years of economic change better than just about any rural region of the Midwest.
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