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Op-ed: Amazon HQ2 could be Ama-geddon for Columbus

Mark Elliott

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Good news: Columbus is still on the list to get Amazon HQ2.

Bad News: Columbus is still on the list to get Amazon HQ2. 

There are more people than just the current President who have bad things to say about Amazon. Many residents in Seattle, where Amazon’s first HQ is located, have decided that the company has done more harm than good to their fair city, referring to the company as “Amageddon.”   

What’s their beef?  

First, the fast and huge rise in housing costs has taken a toll on Seattle’s resources.

When everything costs more, the poor lose places to live. In 2010, the city needed about 2,300 beds nightly in homeless shelters. Today, that need has grown to 170,000 according to Mary’s Place a non-profit shelter with 8 locations around Seattle

Second, traffic has become a total nightmare.

The average Seattle commuter is stuck in traffic more than twice as long as the average Columbus commuter based on 2017 data from Inrix.

Thirdly and surprisingly, the Seattle restaurant business has become somewhat of a bust.

You gotta figure, with all those high paid Amazon execs gathering in one place every day, it would be a foodie boom. But research done by the public radio program Marketplace showed that diners aren’t hanging around after hours much anymore but rather heading right home or grabbing quick take out.

Many restaurant owners had high expectations when the Amazon HQ went in nearby but more often than not, those expectations were not met.

One chef even called it a “soul-sucking experience.”

Perhaps San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg had it right when he pulled his city out of the running for the new site.

Anybody think Andy G. should do the same? 

Columbus Native (Lincoln Village) I've spent my entire career in radio with stations across the South and Midwest. But I'm tired of moving around the country (my last employer wanted me in Albuquerque!) So I returned to CBus to be closer to friends and family and am freelancing now, including writing for (and about) 614. Reds, Bengals, Crew fan, and fan of whoever is playing the Cardinals and the Steelers.

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Six Best Tacos: #6 Tasi Cafe

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Set in the heart of Short North, Tasi Cafe is the cute, hidden restaurant that you’ll want to keep a secret all to yourself. With a menu that includes classic deli sandwiches, skillets, and tacos, Tasi Cafe has got your brunch/lunch/linner fantasies covered.

All you need is a nice cold drink in your hand from their ever-changing libations menu, and your meal is set.

 

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Sponsored: Inner Circle, the last dating app you’ll ever have to use

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The Inner Circle is a dating app we covered a while ago, and after such positive feedback from all of you, we thought we’d give it a try for ourselves. The results? It actually works! The Inner Circle is taking the opposite approach to regular dating apps by trying to get you off your phone and IRL as soon as possible. They’ll even offer tips like cool spots to hang out and exclusive singles events.

It is just a good quality app with fewer random people. The Inner Circle employs a screening process that makes sure users maintain a close network of people who are all in the same phase of life. We’re not talking solely about bankers or trust fund babies, we found plenty of cool creative people among a variety of professions like teachers, nurses, students, etc.

The other thing that we liked about it was that The Inner Circle pretty much has all the benefits of other popular dating apps, like swiping around (Tinder), but offers more straightforward connection where you can just write a person a message if you really like them, instead of waiting for a right match after 1000’s of swipes or likes.

Finally, we have to rave about the events. The Inner Circle hosts monthly events ranging from extravagant rooftop parties to after work cocktail hours at fun and quirky venues around the world. And unlike most singles parties, these events aren’t full of desperate lonely cat people. In fact, quite the opposite! We spoke to Nick who has now been to three of their past events: “Imagine a party where everyone is not only hot, but also actually has a passion and excitement for life.” That sounds like a party we want to go to!

So, we get that The Inner Circle is not for everyone (especially the whiny kind), but we guess ultimately that’s the point. If you’re looking to meet other singles who are full of life, then sign up to The Inner Circle and see if it is for you. It’s free to register: Sign up to The Inner Circle.

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Howlin’ cute: Columbus Zoo welcomes newborn wolf pups

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The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has announced the May 6 births of four Mexican gray wolf pups—the first born at the Zoo in 14 years. According to a press release issued by the zoo, the pups’ births mark a significant achievement for the future of the Mexican wolf, which is the rarest subspecies of gray wolf in North America.

The pups sexes of the pups are currently unknown (care to get between a wolf mother and her newborns for a check? Us either). This was the first-ever litter for mother, Winter, and father, Storm.

Both of the wolf-parents are three years old, and arrived at the Columbus Zoo earlier this year. Winter came to the Columbus Zoo on Dec. 17, 2018 from the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, New York, and Storm arrived on Dec. 11, 2018 from the Endangered Wolf Center in Eureka, Missouri. The two were paired at Columbus Zoo through a collaborative effort between the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Mexican Gray Wolf Species Survival Plan® (SSP) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) Wolf Recovery Plan, which works to help reintroduce wolves to the southwestern United States.

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Mama and babies are being monitored by zoo staff via a closed-circuit camera. The team at the zoo reports that Winter, “has provided excellent care to the pups, whose eyes have recently opened, while Storm occasionally peeks in on them during breaks from patrolling the habitat.”

“We are extremely proud to participate in this collaborative program working to protect the future of the this important species that nearly went extinct in the 1970s. The birth of these pups is to be celebrated as this achievement offers additional hope for the Mexican gray wolf,” said Columbus Zoo President and CEO Tom Stalf.

The program has already made some strides in improving the endangered wolf populations, and the Mexican gray wolf population is finally experiencing a small rebirth since human intervention programs started in the late 1990s.

Although the pups are not currently visible to guests, they may begin venturing out of the den with their mother soon. For more information and updates, be sure to follow the Zoo on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or visit the Zoo’s website.

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