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Open letter: Ginther asks Precourt to “work exclusively” with Columbus

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Today, Mayor Ginther shared an open letter he and Alex Fischer, President and CEO of the Columbus Partnership, sent to the MLS and owner Anthony Precourt about their efforts to #SaveTheCrew, including the city’s three suggestions for a new stadium.

“Imagine a bustling “stadium central” Downtown, with three professional sports arenas right in the heart of the city,” write Ginther and Fischer. “Or envision a riverfront stadium on the Southwest Side, with ample park land to develop. Or what if we started fresh where the stadium is now, with a new state-of-the-art stadium adjacent to a destination entertainment district?”

Here are the suggestions as they appear in the letter:

  • Berliner Park: more than 200 acres of city-owned property on the Southwest side of Columbus with easy access to I-71. Just 10 minutes from Downtown Columbus, this site is adjacent to German Village, one of the city’s oldest and most prosperous areas. This location has the option for a riverfront location.
  • Dodge Recreation Center: 16 acres of riverfront city-owned property near the major freeway intersections of I-70 and I-71. In addition, this site is near the heart of a neighborhood seeing amazing growth and revitalization, just minutes from the center of Downtown Columbus.
  • Redevelopment of Ohio Expo Center and State Fair: work with the State of Ohio to revitalize the area around the current Crew SC Stadium, build a world-class soccer stadium on the existing site and connect the area to the heart of the Ohio State University campus through improved access connectors.

In addition, the letter including possible buying options. Note: This letter was written under the impression that Precourt will still want partial ownership of the Crew.

  • 50/50 ownership with local investors with commensurate decision-making rights
  • Crowdfunding and shared ownership with local investors in a “Green Bay Packers” model of professional sports
  • Minority investments from strategic partners

In closing, Ginther and Fischer write,

“None of the above is achievable if we continue to be pitted against another city. We ask you to reconsider working exclusively and collaboratively with us to advance our mutual interest. As we have said before, Columbus stands ready, willing and able to make the city a successful venue for the Crew SC.”

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Ohio named one of the dumbest states in recent list

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Safehome.org, a website specializing in "expert research to compare the
best options in security and safety" (per their website) recently published a ranking of the "smartest" states in the US, according to The Dispatch. For Ohio, the news is not good.

Landing at number 43, Ohio ranks among the ten-dumbest states on Safehome.org's ranking. The website looked at information such as bachelor’s degrees and college prep scores while creating their list, which named New Jersey as the "smartest" state and placed Idaho last.

According to Safehome’s research, 17% of adults in Ohio age 25 and older hold a bachelor’s degree. The state's graduation rate is 84%, while the average SAT score was 1,097 in 2018-19.

"While we believe things like having high test scores and earning academic degrees represent one way of understanding and quantifying how smart someone is, we acknowledge that we're not taking into account things like emotional intelligence or common sense," Safehome says in the conclusion of its study.

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Ohio gaining international attention for newest abortion bill

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A proposed abortion bill in Ohio that would require a medical procedure that may not even be possible is gaining international attention.

House Bill 413 would require doctors try to save pregnancies growing outside of the uterus (ectopic pregnancies) by reimplanting the fetus in the uterus, which has never been done before. NBC4i reports OBGYNs are arguing it isn't even medically possible.

TIME went as far as to say, "the bill seems to suggest that doctors could avoid jail time by performing a procedure that does not exist."

Also under the bill, doctors who end pregnancies could be charged with "abortion murder," and face the death penalty unless it is done to save a woman’s life and all possible steps are taken to save the fetus’ life.

Gov. Mike DeWine signed the heartbeat abortion bill into law in April, banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. It has since been temporarily blocked by a federal judge.

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Proposed Brewery District development could change skyline

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The Brewery district could be the site of a massive new construction project according to a report from ABC6.

During a meeting of The Brewery District Commission this week, North Carolina builder Zimmer Development Company and architectural firm NBBJ proposed a 30-story building complex to be developed on a 17-acre plot of land on West Whittier Street. The land is situated near Scioto Audubon Metro Park on the Whittier Peninsula.

According to the plan outlined by the developers, construction of the project would be broken up into three phases to be completed over 10-15 years. When complete, the complex would include over 370 apartments, 79-thousand square feet of office space, retail and restaurant space, outdoor patios, and a nearly 600-car garage.

Aside from the construction process itself, the proposed project will need to overcome a few hurdles in order to move forward. The proposed site of the building is currently owned by the company CSX, and also happens to reside on a flood plain.

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