It's a fun week to be gay in Columbus, as Vice President Pence is protested during a serendipitous visit, drama brews over private security changes for the pride festival, and the festival itself finds protestors of the event arrested. If you are homeless however, it's not your week: as not only is Dublin going after you, but Columbus City has also introduced some rather aggressive anti-panhandling legislation, as well as plans for signage. In other news, the Columbus Police make the news once more for all the wrong reasons, the S in OSU stands for 'sue, and we talk about the political game behind voter registration and turnout.
Lots of worlds colliding in the Captial of Ohio this week. We have sagara making national news, Com Fest only supplying Columbus local brews, and Canadian tariffs that will hurt the economy of one midwestern state more than the other 49. Which state could it be? Find out, on Columbus This Week!
Is maintaining employment a struggle for you? If so, statistically you don't live in Columbus. Join us this week as we chat about all the new shops opening, UPS hiring 600 new workers, and Columbus 2020 hitting their city wide jobs goal of +150,000 two years ahead of schedule.
In other news, nationawide children's hospital is now 3D printing organs, drawing on a dog with parmanent marker leads to a happy ending, and a background check CEO tells us why #MeToo means you should contract out your job candidate research.
While Columbus may not have a reputation for tourism, it looks like we may soon the the elusive bar baby demographic, as multiple breweries and bars open their doors to the little folks who can't open the door themselves. If that's not enough to draw the tourists in, we also have sharpie dogs, #chipotleHQ2, and a lack of out of school suspensions. If you are a touring bum though, you may look to avoid Dublin, as the city aims to hunt down your kind and shame you with signage.
The gubernatorial race is heating up, as the most pressing issue of our time is on the table: Should we A) legalize sports gambling and give the money to specific groups in Ohio, or B) legalize sports gambling and give the money to the state of Ohio general fund; truly a moral black and white question. In addition, Columbus's housing market continues to rise unfettered, even despite the best attempts of local pink bombers and suicide squirrel saboteurs.
As for the feature, we attempt to convince your impressionable teen not to go to college. Eric wants them to go sit out in the desert for two years. Trevor would rather they go to trade school unless they have a (real) major in mind.
In central Ohio news, we have more gun control press sparring, this time from the Buckeye Firearms Association and Ohioans for gun safety. More smart city initatives are also moving forward, and Eric finds misinformation published by the New York times in real time.
This week we visit a city council meeting in Worthington to watch the sparks fly as second amendment drama is on the agenda. In one corner we have three overly meta teens, a handful of thirtysomething suburbanite moms, and a guy who swears he knows how guns work. In the other, we have boomers in "AMERICA NEEDS GUNS" shirts, newsletter soldiers, and 1,500 different statistics. In other news, the gubernatorial primaries are over, and we run through the policy background (or lackthereof) of each frontrunner. Cardinal health is also attempting to bleed heat from accusations in congress of purposely flooding West Virginia with opioids.
CORRECTION: I referenced a letter written by a Worthington city council member named Scott Myers. In doing so I incorrectly referred to him as the mayor. I am an idiot, please ignore me.
It's bicycle safety month in the US, so strap on your helmets kids. A new shared bike startup comes to Columbus, with an interesting business model: You can leave your bikes anywhere when you are done with them, no dock needed! I'm sure this can't have any unintended consequences. In local news, Worthington heard quite an interesting letter proposal regarding gun control that one councilman would send to send to his state representitives, Columbus is looking to detect gunfire automatically, and the state of Ohio finds the letters AF very offensive for some reason.
Tax season may be over, but the state and city are still looking for money where ever it can be found. ECOT's money? Ohio's money now. Extra revenue from John Glenn? Extra revenue for the city you mean. Luckily, with great budgets, come great libraries, free buses to downtown, and presumably less taxes needed next year.
In larger news, the moderates are polling well, given that their competition seems very intent on throwing their own primary away.
For those of you following the housing market, it seems the trend of people from New York coming to Columbus and gushing about the same four New Yorker owned businesses has no end in sight, so a house is basically an investment if you think about it.
As OSU football fans mourn the loss of Earle Bruce, fans of a different type of sports are cheering the announcments from a different Ohio university. Tens of thousands of dollars in scholarship money will go to people good at certain video games. In addition we talk about problems keeping your neighborhood nice in Hilltop, the Cleveland greyhound that got lost on it's way to NYC and ended up in western Ohio, and much more.
Eric's sworn enemy, the homeless masses, have had enough with his yuppie kind, and stabbed one. In addition, the Crew move to Austin is on its way to being a giant legal drama, the kind that becomes a low budget cash grab film ten years after the fact. The city also may be getting a shake shack, and legalizing dogs in resturants and bars, although that seems like it'll happen over Eric's stabbed and bitten body.