Columbus This Week | Local news, politics and discussions for central Ohio

#23 Underrepresented Chinese immigrants conquer the world

February 6, 2018

Eric is back again to detail yet another story of the homeless hating him. Why does one man have so many stories about the homeless wanting to knife him? Are they Chinese sleeper agents trying to execute the anti manadrin propgandist? Does he offer to give them money through wechat? To find these answers, and more, tune in to this episode of Columbus this Week!

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~~~~~~~Construction roundup~~~~~~~~~~

Imagine walking or bicycling along an abandoned rail line with a clear view of the Downtown skyline. That’s what’s being planned for Franklinton: a mini-version of Manhattan’s wildly popular High Line trail.

The one in Franklinton would be 1,000 feet long, between the intersection of Lucas and Chapel streets and the Scioto River, and would run along an abandoned railroad viaduct and on bridges over West Town and West Rich streets near the 400 West Rich artist colony.

“It’s just a really cool view of Downtown,” said Brian Hoyt, a spokesman for Columbus Recreation and Parks Department.

The elevated Columbus trail would be part of the Franklinton Loop Trail, a series of on-street and dedicated trails linking areas of Franklinton with the Scioto Trail along the Scioto River.

Short North will be allowing people to paint the construction barriers and whatnot

CoGo will be expanding bikeshare to other neighborhoods like Upper Arlington, Bexley, and Grandview

~~~~~~TWO MINUTES HATE~~~~~~

 Students take over campus building, issue list of 23 demands, including expulsion of right-wing student

"Well, here’s what my new life is like: I don’t wake up with a pit in my stomach every day, dreading what horrors accrued in my phone overnight."

"I don’t get dragged into protracted, bad-faith arguments with teenage boys about whether poor people deserve medical care, or whether putting nice guys in the friend zone is a hate crime."

"I shouldn’t have had to walk away from all that because for Twitter to take a firm stance against neo-Nazism might have cost it some incalculable sliver of profit"
 NYT is now a white supremacist paper. The multiple Nazi puff pieces, constant pro-Trump PR, and praise for Miller on today of all days is not exceptional -- it's the guiding ideology of the paper. I don't think every writer there shares it, but it dominates coverage #Unsubscribe

Students take over campus building, issue list of 23 demands, including expulsion of right-wing student. At Wooster University someone posted a racist meme in some conservative facebook group, and students decide to stage a protest to close down the building. Jesus.

Pretty cool - Pursuit is a suit company here in Columbus and they will be outfitting the USA Men's Curling Team which is pretty cool

The City of Columbus today unveiled a new set of policy guidelines that would change the way tax abatements are awarded for development projects and formalize the system of tax breaks offered for new businesses promising job growth.

In response to a growing chorus of opposition to the existing tax abatement policy – in which any new development in one of 16 designated neighborhoods is eligible for a 15-year, 100 percent property tax abatement – the city commissioned a study last year to examine the issue.

The number of affordable units required would break down like this – 10 percent of units “affordable and rented to” households making up to 80 percent of the average median income (AMI), and another 10 percent of units would go to households making up to 100 percent of the AMI.

Smart Columbus wants proposals to create and build the backbone of an information system to allow all the elements of a “smart city″ to talk to one another.

“This is really the heartbeat of the Smart Columbus” project, said Brandi Braun, deputy innovation officer for the city of Columbus who is working on the project. “All of our projects require data and will give off data.”

Smart Columbus is looking to build a web-based information system that will collect and share all of that data, Braun said. It will include data that allow vehicles, roads and streetlights to communicate.

The data will be open source — available to anyone online to allow entrepreneurs to look at and analyze the information and spark ideas for applications to make transportation more efficient.

SAN FRANCISCO — Gay-rights advocates plan a "No Gay? No Way!" campaign Thursday to pressure Amazon to avoid building its second headquarters in a state that does not protect its residents from discrimination for their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Of the 20 cities on Amazon’s list of finalists, nine are in states with no anti-gay-discrimination laws, according to the campaign. They are Indianapolis; Austin and Dallas; Nashville; Atlanta; Columbus, Ohio; Miami, Raleigh, N.C.; and the D.C. suburbs of northern Virginia.

Over the course of past decade, Columbus has become a “renter-dominated market” along with 21 other major U.S. cities. That means that more than half of the population of the city of Columbus now lives in a rental units rather than an owned unit.

~~~~~~~~~~~Debate and Discussion~~~~~~~~~~~~~
“I’m in favor of anything that helps move the markets a bit, incentivizes competition and puts pressure on the big insurance carriers,” said Ashraf Shehata, a partner in KPMG LLP’s health care and life sciences advisory practice in the U.S.
No one can accuse the Trump administration of being boring, even when it comes to telecom. According to leaked documents, there is a proposal going around the White House to build a federally owned 5G telecommunications system — the next version of a mobile broadband network — or perhaps even to nationalize the 5G networks that private telecom companies are now building. (5G is the “fifth generation” wireless protocol, which promises to be faster and more secure than its predecessor, 4G, but requires new antennas and cell towers.)

The White House proposal, which at the moment is just an idea, appears driven by concerns about security threats related to China’s development of 5G networks. But the strongest case for building a national network is different. Done right, a national 5G network could save a lot of Americans a lot of money and revive competition in what has become an entrenched oligopoly. Done wrong, on the other hand, it could look like something out of Hugo Chávez’s disastrous economic playbook.
WeChat is popular in China - platform for everything, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and others blocked though, also China is implementing a national ID system through WeChat and you can even pay to upgrade to a color version!