Last fall, Columbus sent out patrols to monitor the number of rats taking up residence near Campus. And it looks like those numbers are pretty low: evidence of rats was found at just six of the 773 homes in the area. Which is good news for Columbus, as that means rodent numbers are down from previous years.
The rat patrol is part of a pilot program that started in 2008, which looked into the number of rats in Campus, the Short North, and Downtown. And since the Campus statistics are looking good, they’ll move onto the next neighborhood (Franklinton) in a couple weeks. (deb)
In 2008, a pilot program ended that kept an eye on rats near Campus, the Short North, and Downtown. In an attempt to remain proactive about the situation, the city has amped up its coverage of the campus area and are patrolling for rats (an eight-inch rat has already been found!). Health departments workers are keeping a keen eye on any evidence of the creatures and if they see any, will leave information with surrounding residents on how to keep the rodents at bay.
Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein and a few Columbus community leaders gathered at the Michael B. Coleman Government Center for a press conference addressing plans to “reform the culture of justice in Columbus.”
Klein, who has been urged to improve the systematic problems with policing, acknowledged during the press conference that “there’s systematic racism in every step of government.”
Asking the rhetorical question, What are we going to do about it?, Klein followed with, “The time for action is now.”
Those who spoke at the press conference also included:
Elder Larry Price, chairman of the Criminal and Justice Committee and Columbus chapter of the NAACP
Stephanie Hightower, president of CEO of the Columbus Urban League
Pastor Frederick LaMarr, president of the Baptist Pastor’s Conference of Columbus
LaMarr led off the discussion, delivering a message to “set aside differences to bring about real reform.”
Klein then made a few brief comments before giving Hightower and Price a chance to speak.
“Racism should’ve never been a part of the American epic,” Hightower said.
Price, who will also be speaking on behalf of the NAACP on Friday at 12 p.m., asking for a citizen review board in Columbus.
“The oldest, boldest, baddest organization on the earth now says, It is time. Enough is enough,” Price said.
Klein outlined the immediate actions that the Columbus government is going to take to reform systematic racism in the police department.
They are outlined as follows:
Appoint special counsel from outside of the city to investigate the ongoing protests in Columbus, something that was also done in Charlottesville
Conduct a review of the Columbus Police Department’s procedures of clearing the streets of peaceful protests
Change the Columbus Division of Police’s use of chemical agents against nonviolent protesters
Submitted evidence to the Columbus Division of Police Internal Affairs Bureau of uses of chemical agents and encourage Columbus citizens
Create a citizen review board
Move charging decisions for alleged misdemeanor criminal offenses to inside the Columbus city attorney’s office for review before they are filed
Conduct a review of the Columbus City Code
Achieve police-community reform
Klein then took time after outlining the city's plan to answer questions from the media. A topic addressed in those questions included mention of the treatment of reporters in Columbus, specifically from The Lantern.
Those in the music festival community have continued to rally their broken spirits behind live streams and classic archival sets in lieu of the live event industry being put on indefinite hold.
With each passing day, though, hopes for any large concert gathering happening in 2020 seem incredibly bleak and unrealistic.
News from Midwest college market concert and music festival promoter Prime Social Group on Thursday further confirmed the modern hippie’s greatest fear: a summer void of camping out in otherworldy open fields and following their favorite musicians across the country.
PSG operates a network of festivals under the Breakaway Music handle that take place annually in Columbus; Charlotte, North Carolina; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Washington D.C.; Nashville; and San Diego. The promotion company made the difficult decision to cancel all six of its 2020 editions of the EDM and pop-focused Breakaway Music Festival with a fully-committed plan to return in 2021. The decision was made due to health and safety concerns stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.
Tickets to the event can be carried over for the 2021 edition of BMF. For those who choose this option, you’ll receive an extra ticket and merch bundle. PSG will also provide refunds if transferring tickets for 2021 is not an option.
Columbus has been making its claim as a music festival destination over the past few years. Breakaway, along with events like Sonic Temple, Wonderbus, and Buckeye Country Superfest, has been bringing quality acts to Columbus consistently. The festival’s presence will be greatly missed this upcoming August.
“Now more than ever, we could use that special sense of unity achieved through live events and music festivals,” said Prime Social managing partner Zach Ruben. “We cannot wait to Leave it All Behind and make memories with all of you again. Until then, stay safe, stay healthy, and be kind to one another.”
In the meantime, Breakaway plans to release exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from past editions, new digital content, and various live streams. Visit breakawaymusicfestival.com to keep up to date with what PSG has in store.