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He spends a lot of effort on the Uncool Crescent, the area stretching from the West Side through the South Side then curving back up through the East Side up then to Linden and 161. This is a massive swath of the city that nobody wants to deal with. Unfortunately, that's given him an excuse to ignore the areas that are "doing fine" even though they are still missing walkabilty in many cases and of course NO RAIL TRANSIT. NO RAIL TRANSIT until the Uncool Crescent is all cleaned up. Which means NO RAIL TRANSIT EVER since many parts of the Uncool Crescent are talentless such as the Southwest, South, Southeast Sides, Morse and 161 that are post-war, unwalkable forever and poor. They are never going to be nice again since they are old sprawl that was left to die.

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He spends a lot of effort on the Uncool Crescent, the area stretching from the West Side through the South Side then curving back up through the East Side up then to Linden and 161.

 

The Uncool Crescent:  Sounds like a marketing plan to attract anti-hipsters!

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http://www.dispatch.com/news/20180111/mayor-ginther-splits-state-of-the-city-speech-into-five-conversations

 

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther is skipping the traditional state-of-the-city speech this year in favor of five “neighborhood conversations” around the city starting January 31.  Each of those events will include Mayor Ginther with a panel of speakers and address specific topics.  The mayor’s office has scheduled these events and topics:

 

‒ Jan. 31 at Reeb Avenue Center, 280 Reeb Avenue:  Neighborhoods and Public Safety

 

‒ Feb. 13 at J. Ashburn, Jr. Boys & Girls Club, 85 Clarendon Avenue:  CelebrateOne, Public Health and Opioid Addiction

 

‒ Feb. 21 at Linden Recreation Center, 1254 Briarwood Avenue:  Recreation & Parks and Pre-K Education

 

‒ Feb. 22 at The King Arts Complex, Nicholson Auditorium, 867 Mt. Vernon Avenue:  Diversity & Inclusion and Columbus Women’s Commission

 

‒ March 6 at Milo-Grogan Recreation Center, 862 E. 2nd Avenue:  Shared Prosperity and Mobility

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https://www.dispatch.com/news/20190131/affordable-housing-internet-access-and-planning-apps-on-ginthers-2019-agenda

 

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/02/01/mayor-ginther-in-state-of-the-city-commits-to-land.html

 

A couple of articles about Mayor Ginther's 2019 State of the City address - given last week on 1/31/19.  And from CU, a full transcript of his State of the City address for all you policy wonks / gluttons-for-punishment:  https://www.columbusunderground.com/read-mayor-andrew-ginthers-full-state-of-the-city-address

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5 minutes ago, Columbo said:

Why is Mayor Ginther smiling?  Because he will running unopposed for his election to a second term as mayor in November:

 

https://www.columbusunderground.com/mayor-andrew-ginther-running-for-re-election-ls1

 

https://www.dispatch.com/news/20190206/mayor-ginther-unopposed-city-school-board-chief-longtime-member-wont-run-again

 

 

I've only been around Columbus long enough to catch the tail end of Coleman, with that little experience I can confidently say Ginther was an absolute downgrade. 

 

My guess is he's smiling because he pulled off a 4 year stunt as mayor having achieved/improved/fixed nothing and not being seen while simultaneously managing to help secure a sweet little land deal for Ohio Health, which weirdly enough happens to be the company his wife is a director within.

 

Dude absolutely should not run, let alone unopposed. 

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Unopposed!? Damn, Columbus politics is boring*! Especially compared to the shit show in Cincinnati, and the 'dynasty' of Mayor Jackson in Cleveland.

 

*probably a good thing

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Same problem in Dayton. Nan ran unopposed and while I probably would have voted for her anyway if she had a competitor, you don't want to see stagnation in your local politics. Elections are a good opportunity to force politicians to defend their positions (or hell, even publicize their positions), and you can't do that when everyone is just sort of given their seats. 


“To an Ohio resident - wherever he lives - some other part of his state seems unreal.”

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5 hours ago, DevolsDance said:

 

I've only been around Columbus long enough to catch the tail end of Coleman, with that little experience I can confidently say Ginther was an absolute downgrade. 

 

My guess is he's smiling because he pulled off a 4 year stunt as mayor having achieved/improved/fixed nothing and not being seen while simultaneously managing to help secure a sweet little land deal for Ohio Health, which weirdly enough happens to be the company his wife is a director within.

 

Dude absolutely should not run, let alone unopposed. 

As a resident of Central Ohio for many years, you would be correct in your conclusion about the current mayor.

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1 hour ago, edale said:

@ColDayMan should run for mayor of Columbus!

 

If that ever happened, blackface would be the least of your worries.

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He's like the oldest young person, like, ever.


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Columbus hits $80M goal for rainy day fund a year early, Ginther ups goal to $90M by 2024

 

From 2003 through the thick of the recession in 2009, the city of Columbus tapped $91 million from its rainy day fund and still had to make budget cuts.

 

When voters approved raising the city income tax to 2.5% from 2% in 2009, then-Mayor Michael Coleman pledged part of the proceeds would refill that emergency funds reservoir to shore up basic services like police, paving and public health. He wanted $50 million by 2014 and $75 million by 2018.

 

At the end of this year, the rainy day fund will hit $80.6 million, one year early to hit the latest $80 million goal set by Mayor Andrew Ginther. Now Ginther is raising the target again to $90 million by 2024, and expects to deposit $2.5 million next year.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/11/12/columbus-hits-80m-goal-for-rainy-day-fund-a-year.html


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Affordable housing gets boost in Mayor Ginther's proposed 2020 Columbus budget

 

Affordable housing and investment in struggling neighborhoods get a boost in Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther's proposed $965 million city operating budget for 2020 – including doubling the housing staff in the Department of Development to 18.

 

The Departments of Development and Neighborhoods are in line for some of the widest increases in the general fund proposal, overall up 5.6%, largely due to greater than expected income tax collections this year.

 

Ginther's priorities for increased safety and reduced blight, such as more funding to combat illegal dumping, are key to making Columbus more attractive for employers to bring good jobs, the mayor said.

 

“It’s about having outstanding city services, outstanding public employees providing those services to neighborhoods … and helping protect our opportunity and advantage for job creation and economic development," Ginther said.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2019/11/13/affordable-housing-gets-boost-in-mayor-ginthers.html

 

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Ginther State of the City: 2020 is 'year of action' on affordable housing

 

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther plans to pledge Thursday to use $50 million in voter-approved bond funds to more than double the number of affordable housing units the city helps finance to 5,000 over then next five years.

 

And for the first time, the Columbus Downtown Development Corp. will commit to building 100 affordable units downtown, Ginther is set to announce in the annual State of the City address.

 

This year, the city Department of Development will hire a housing executive charged with finding creative ways to increase inventory.

 

“2020 is going to be the the year of action, of initiation, leading into ... a very consequential decade ahead of us," Ginther said in an interview in City Hall.

 

"We have a looming crisis. But we know great American cities around the country are in the midst of full-blown crises (on affordable housing)," he said. "If we move with a sense of urgency – in a regional way – focused on mixed-income neighborhoods and housing that's affordable for people from all walks of life in every neighborhood throughout the region, we can see the dynamic, dramatic growth, but have it be inclusive as well."

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2020/02/13/ginther-state-of-the-city-2020-is-year-of-action.html


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