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  1. ICYMI: Columbus didn't get Amazon's HQ2 - they ended up splitting it between NYC and DC/Northern Virginia https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2018/11/13/its-official-amazon-splits-hq2-between-northern.html
  2. When we talk about the many projects that Children's Hospital had undertaken over the past decade, we are usually talking about construction projects on the hospital's original campus at the northeast corner of Parsons & Livingston or their campus expansion west along Livingston Avenue. This article at CityLab looks at another type of development that Children's Hospital has been undertaking in the neighborhoods surrounding the hospital. As the CityLab article states it: "About a decade ago, Nationwide Children’s Hospital embarked on a project to transform the adjacent area. The medical institution pumped investments into housing improvements in the surrounding community as part of an audacious effort to create a healthier environment for residents." https://www.citylab.com/equity/2018/09/when-a-hospital-plays-housing-developer/569800/
  3. Columbo

    Columbus Blue Jackets Discussion

    At only 18 games into the 82-game 2018-19 season, a little over 75 percent of the season remains. Typically, not many teams have either pulled away from the pack or played themselves out of playoff contention this early in the season. Most teams still have hopes of a successful season, and this season is no different. But it is interesting that we haven't seen any teams open up super-strong or fall down super-bad in these opening games. Much like the CBJ, most teams have had good and bad stretches in the first quarter of this season. The Jackets have had a mini-run of late - winning 3 of their last 4 - and riding a five-game point streak (3-0-2) after last night's win at Dallas. That has vaulted Columbus into first-place in the Metro Division with a 10-6-2 record: http://www.espn.com/nhl/standings
  4. The Basketball Buckeyes looked even better in their home opener against Purdue Fort Wayne, winning 107-61. CJ Jackson again led all scorers with 25 points. But a trio of freshmen filled out the scoring after that with big forward Jaedon LeDee (who didn't play in the Cincy game) getting 16 points, guard Duane Washington Jr. getting 20 points, and guard Luther Muhammad getting 12 points.
  5. https://www.dispatch.com/news/20181112/first-half-of-high-street-remake-in-short-north-nears-end-more-disruption-ahead The first half of the massive $32.7 million High Street streetscape project in the Short North is finishing up. Most of the work south of 2nd Avenue has been completed, with only a “punch list” of items to be worked on through the winter, according to the above linked article. Work will begin next year on the final two phases of construction between 2nd and 9th avenues. The article says this work will continue into 2020, and also that early in this part of the project, the city will need to tie into a large sewer line under the intersection of High and 5th, which will cause traffic problems.
  6. Columbo

    Columbus Crew Discussion

    MLS PLAYOFFS: EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMI-FINAL - LEG 2: https://matchcenter.mlssoccer.com/matchcenter/2018-11-11-new-york-red-bulls-vs-columbus-crew-sc/recap https://www.massivereport.com/2018/11/11/18086098/columbuscrew-scs-season-ends-in-shutout-fashion-to-new-york-red-bull-mls-cup-playoffs-2018 The Crew had an advantage going into this second leg of this playoff series - up one goal in the aggregrate and held NYRB scoreless in their road game. Because of this, if the Crew could manage a road goal at Red Bull Arena, they would force NYRB to score three goals for them to advance. So the gameplan for both teams was to score. The Red Bulls were better at this strategy to start the game. They put pressure of the Crew and eventually scored in the 17th minute off a well-executed free-kick that also got a fortunate bounce for NYRB. After that equalizing goal, the Crew settled down for the rest of the first half. For much of the beginning of the second half, it looked like the Crew might get that one road goal they needed. But instead it was the Red Bulls that got a pair of decisive goals during a three minute stretch later in the second half. NYRB midfielder Daniel Royer scored two goals at the 73rd and 76th minutes to clinch their playoff advancement. Credit the Red Bulls - they were the best team in the regular season - and this win helps erase some of their past playoff failures against the Crew. Now they face the second-best team in MLS (Atlanta) for the Eastern Conference championship. Credit #SaveTheCrew - without their tireless effort, this could have been the final Crew game ever, instead of just the final game of 2018.
  7. ^ Hey, you know all those school closing recommendations that a task force worked six months on? Well, forget about them. The school board just over-ruled them, again. So no schools will be closed: Columbus school board again votes against closing any schools After a citizens’ task force worked six months on a plan to close under-enrolled schools, the Columbus Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday evening to ignore the group’s recommendations to close Linden-McKinley High School and shutter four other buildings. It marks the second time in just over two years that the board has simply ignored key recommendations from a task force that it appointed to study how to better use its aging buildings. Under intense pressure from parents, students, teachers and neighborhood backers, the board instead offered up a surprise resolution accepting some minimal boundary changes to a few schools, closing some administrative sites, and studying such things as selling a North Side bus compound and finding a better facility for its academic flagship Columbus Alternative High School. MORE: https://www.dispatch.com/news/20181107/columbus-school-board-again-votes-against-closing-any-schools
  8. GAME #10: OHIO STATE 26 - MICHIGAN STATE 6 http://www.espn.com/college-football/boxscore?gameId=401012886 This was some vintage cold weather Big Ten football in East Lansing. The OSU MVP was probably the punter. He had six punts that pinned MSU inside their 10-yard line, and two punts that pinned the Spartans at their 1! One of those MSU drives that started at their 1 netted zero yards and led MSU Coach Dantonio to snap the ball out of the end zone rather than punt it! That safety gave OSU a 9-6 lead in the third quarter and it was all OSU after that. The Buckeye defense came up strong against a weak MSU offense. And though Haskins had another good game, it was the running game that salted the win away in the fourth quarter. Weber had 104 yards with 1 TD - and Tate Martell reappeared to give the running attack another option.
  9. The reconstruction of the Buckeye Lake dam - which was finished for $107 million - was dedicated yesterday: https://www.dispatch.com/news/20181108/officials-cut-ribbon-on-restored-buckeye-lake-dam
  10. Some articles from earlier this year about communities surrounding Buckeye Lake looking to leverage a rebuilt dam: The Village of Millersport, a municipality of 1,040 located on the southwest side of the Buckeye Lake, is building new single-family houses as a way to attract new residents and update its housing stock: https://www.dispatch.com/news/20180527/millersport-village-plans-to-build-new-homes-to-attract-families Meanwhile the villages of Buckeye Lake and Thornport, located on the northern and eastern shores of Buckeye Lake, are seeing their housing market stabilize as construction of the new dam reaches completion: https://www.dispatch.com/entertainmentlife/20180729/buckeye-lakes-housing-market-stabilizes-as-dam-nears-completion This article looks at the general Buckeye Lake region, which takes in parts of Fairfield, Licking and Perry counties about 25 miles east of Columbus, and the anticipation that the area will attract new residential and commercial development now that the dam project is being completed. https://www.dispatch.com/news/20180912/buckeye-lake-ready-for-rebirth
  11. https://www.columbusnavigator.com/wahlburgers-food-truck-columbus/ On Tuesday, November 13, Wahlburgers will be making its capital city debut, sort of. From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., a Wahlburgers food truck will be giving away free food at Mark Wahlberg Chevrolet on the city’s west side located at 3900 W. Broad Street.
  12. Columbo

    Columbus Crew Discussion

    Another well-deserved MLS award for a Crew player. This time to Gyasi Zardes for MLS Comeback Player of the Year. The Crew traded Ola Kamara to the LA Galaxy for Zardes back in January. Zardes had a career-low two goals for LA in 2017. He had a career-high 19 goals for Columbus in 2018: https://www.massivereport.com/2018/11/7/18073056/gyasi-zardes-named-mls-comeback-player-of-the-year-columbus-crew-sc-2018
  13. Pretty strong opening game at Cincinnati for the Basketball Buckeyes: http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/boxscore?gameId=401082547 Balanced scoring led OSU to the win. Two leading scorers from last season led the way - Kaleb Wesson with 15 and CJ Jackson with 13. Two new players provided secondary scoring - freshman Luther Muhammad had 11 points and sophomore Kyle Young (who was little used last season) had 10 points and 8 rebounds. A good win in a hostile road environment, but hard to say if this is a harbinger of a good season - OSU was helped by UC only shooting 27%.
  14. Columbo

    Columbus Crew Discussion

    A well-deserved honor for 23-year-old Crew goalkeeper Zach Steffen: https://www.massivereport.com/2018/11/6/18069632/columbus-crew-sc-zack-steffen-wins-mls-goalkeeper-of-the-year-2018
  15. But how good are the 2018-19 Basketball Buckeyes? Much like Holtmann's first season last year - the answer is a mystery. The team last season wildly exceeded expectations going 25–9 (15–3 Big Ten). But they lost two of the top three scorers in Keita Bates-Diop (who is now in the NBA) and Jae'Sean Tate (who is now in Europe). They also lost grad transfer guard Andrew Dakich (who turned out to be a key bench player) and junior center Micah Potter announced he was transferring from the program earlier this week. Sophomore center Kaleb Wesson and senior point guard C. J. Jackson are the leading returning scorers. Sophomore forward Musa Jallow needs to play to bigger role this season. As does Kaleb's older brother Andre. But the season might rise or fall on how good the four incoming freshmen and one graduate transfer play. Incoming freshman C/F Jaedon LeDee will immediately see more playing time with the departure of Potter and Wake Forest grad transfer guard Keyshawn Woods will slot into the starting lineup.