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Community hearing for Short North public art plan tonight

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Recently, we published a three part op-ed series about the climate of the Short North Arts District. The author, a Short North arts gallery owner forced to close up shop largely due to lack of support from developers, expressed her concerns about where the district is headed and how the new public arts project called Art on High could be a huge detriment to the philosophy of the Short North.
Each part of the series garnered numerous comments and many reads. Whether or not you agree with the author, it’s clear that you, the residents of Columbus, care a great deal about the fate of the Arts District. Tonight is your opportunity to give your thoughts some airtime.
A public meeting is being held regarding the Art on High at 5:30-7pm at the Columbus Metro Library Northside Branch, Meeting Room 1. The meeting will be led Designing Local, the company in charge of the public art plan, and also include an educational lecture by public art curator, Mark Pally.
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Update: Tree bar to reopen following “emergency,” renovations

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UPDATE: Given the numerous unsubstantiated stories circulating around the unexpected closure of local venue Tree bar last weekend, we’d like to take this opportunity to share an update posted today on the bar’s Facebook page:

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In spite of rumors to the contrary, we’re glad to see that Tree Bar will continue on in a new and improved form. Here’s to many more years of fun in this much-loved venue.

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OP: Columbus is better than Boston, change my mind

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I’m no hockey expert, but then again, I’m not ignorant to the sport. I’m aware of what boarding is, I know when an icing call should be made, and I can see a high stick from a mile away. C’mon, give me some credit, I’m a mid-20s-year-old boy who owns an X-Box—I’ve played NHL a time or two. I say all that to say this: Columbus is so much better than Boston.

Don’t misconstrue my vast hockey knowledge with my bold statement. I’m not saying Columbus is better than Boston in the sense of athletes on the ice (although my 2013 franchise mode on NHL says Columbus is the best damn hockey team six years running), I’m saying our city is better. Our fans are better. Our beer is better. Have you ever actually enjoyed a Sam Adams lager? Hell no.

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I understand I can’t make these claims without backing them up, so I did some unbiased research and my results were incredible. If you aren’t sitting down, you might want to now.

And as if that database of information wasn’t persuasive enough, here’s an entire press conference of unbiased sports experts carefully explaining their case.

It’s compelling, I know.

The facts go even deeper. Have you ever seen a Bostonian on the moon? Or orbit the planet? Point one for John Glenn and Columbus. Neil Armstrong isn’t from Columbus, but he’s a tried and true Ohioan and that counts in our books. Half point to Columbus? We’ll take it. All the numbers are adding up and it’s clear as day: Columbus is better than Boston.

The Columbus Blue Jackets take on the Boston Bruins on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Boston. The game will be aired on NBCS.

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Butts banned! No smoking in UA, Delaware parks

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If you’re planning a trip to one of the many fine public parks in Upper Arlington or Delaware, you’ll have to leave the cancer sticks at home.

City Councils for both municipalities passed bans on smoking in city parks on Monday. Both bans apply to the use of e-cigarettes as well as traditional tobacco products.

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Under the new laws, smoking on public land would be considered criminal trespassing.

Are these new smoking bans a breath of fresh air, or are you wondering what legislators were smoking when they came up with these laws? Share your opinion in our poll:

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