Thursday, August 27, 2009

Restaurant Review: Basi Italia in Victorian Village

I am headed there tomorrow for lunch! Yum!
By swampkitty | August 27, 2009 10:32am
When I ask those in the know where to get good Italian in Columbus, an answer that inevitably comes up time and time again is Basi Italia. Unbelievably though, although it’s been on my radar for ages, I never got around to eating there until a couple of days ago. Part of that is because it’s hidden away in a part of Victorian Village that I don’t normally travel. It’s that sort of blink and you’ll miss it place that you have to know about to notice, and it’s not the type of place you’ll stumble upon going about your day. I can imagine it is wildly popular with neighborhood folks, because it looks right at home among the quaint houses in that area.
Baby Wedge Salad at Basi Italia
Baby Wedge Salad ($5)
Pasta Pomodoro at Basi Italia
Pasta Pomodoro ($9)
Lump Crab and Sweet Corn Risotto at Basi Italia
The lump crab and sweet corn risotto ($12)
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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Downtown Commission OKs razing City Center

Columbus’ Capitol South Community Redevelopment Corp. says the demolition of City Center mall could begin as early as next month after the city’s Downtown Commission gave approval to raze the building at a Tuesday meeting.

Chairman Stephen Wittmann said the commission unanimously approved the demolition of City Center and also reviewed conceptual renderings of the city park that will take its place. The demolition and Columbus Commons park project, estimated to cost between $15 million and $20 million, make up the first phase of plans for the site that include a $145 million office and retail development.

Wittmann said he considered the initial idea of tearing down a building only two decades old “disturbing,” but said the decision stems from a vision of the long-term outcome.

Capitol South has yet to detail how it’s funding the park after plans to seek federal stimulus dollars to fund much of the project fell through.

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Home price index rises in 18 of 20 metro areas

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NEW YORK (AP) — Home prices posted their first quarterly increase in three years in the quarter that ended in June, adding to evidence that the housing slump is easing.
The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller's U.S. National Home Price Index, out Tuesday, was up nearly 3% from the first quarter, though it was still down almost 15% from the second quarter last year.
Home prices are at levels not seen since early 2003. Prices have fallen 30% from the peak in the second quarter 2006.
The monthly index of 20 major cities increased 1.4% from May to June, second straight month the index registered a gain. All but two cities, Las Vegas and Detroit, saw home prices rise in June from May, and Dallas and Denver clocked their fourth-straight monthly increases.
A sold home in Geneva, Ill., in June. Home prices rose in 18 of 20 cities in the S & P/Case-Shiller index in June.

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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Columbus Dispatch: Developments Downtown tout urban convenience, suburban feel

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Developments Downtown tout urban convenience, suburban feel
Rick Basco has gotten used to the looks.
"I can sit on the patio and watch people go by, and so many of them just
stare out the (car) window as if they can't believe this is here," said the North Carolina
The curious looks aren't surprising. Basco's new home, Neighborhood
Launch condominiums, seems as though it might have been plucked out of Chicago or Montreal and
dropped onto Gay Street in Downtown Columbus.
Here's a snapshot of the projects.
• The Annex at River South, developed by Lifestyle Communities, features 134 apartments and 76
condominiums on Front Street. All are being built at once and are expected to open between Oct. 1
and the end of the year.
• Neighborhood Launch, developed by the Edwards Cos., is scheduled to include 300 condominiums
along Gay Street between 4th and 6th streets.
The projects are proceeding despite tepid housing sales and a glut of Downtown condominiums.
<p>This Neighborhood Launch condo gives former Gahanna residents Glenn Pritchard and Michelle Chippas a suburban feel with Downtown amenities.</p>
<p>Some rooftop views at the Annex at River South face Downtown; others look out upon the Scioto Riverfront.</p>
At the Annex at River South, doors open onto the sidewalk - an uncommon sight in Downtown Columbus.
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Columbus Dispatch Highlights the Weinland Park Area of Columbus

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Weinland Park is known for its poverty, violence and drug problems, but some residents see a community with potential
August 23, 2009 3:44 AM

On the front of a worn brick apartment building on N. 4th Street in the Weinland Park
neighborhood, someone scrawled the words "Short North Jungle."
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It's a landmark drivers see as they pass through the neighborhood on their way from Downtown to
Clintonville or the Ohio State University area.
And an unfortunate symbol, some say.
"That's the billboard for our community," said Robert Caldwell, a neighborhood resident and
former president of the Weinland Park Community Civic Association.
But it's not the complete story.
A sign next to a church a few blocks away announces "Fresh bagels in the morning!" as well as
Last weekend, the civic association presented its annual community festival featuring family
events and music.
<p>I'zah Ward, 8, left, plays with 5-year-old Quessence Lyles, top, and Quilaya Lyles, 3, in Weinland Park. Data show that in 2000, six of every 10 children there lived in poverty, but millions have been spent to fix blighted housing.</p>
<p>Archbishop John-Cassian Lewis of Saint Sophia Orthodox Cathedral cooks with junior chefs Tatiana Eagle, 12, left, and Daejana Riggins, 8. As many as 80 people attend the free daily dinner the church offers. It also provides bagels and coffee every morning.</p> 
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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Columbus' German Village Featured on the Today Show

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Travel + Leisure magazine editor Mark Orwoll went on the Today Show to discuss "traveling abroad in your own backyard" and featured Columbus' own German Village as a great alternative to traveling to Germany, citing the historic preservation, great dining and retail and of course the annual Oktoberfest.

Bike between Short North Shops for FREE

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By Denise Yost
Managing Editor,
Published: August 18, 2009

COLUMBUS, Ohio—There’s a new way to get around the Short North. It’s free and parking is easy.

Residents and visitors don’t need their own bicycles to take part in Everyone Bikes in the Short North, NBC 4‘s Mikaela Hunt reported. You just must be willing to borrow one.

“It seems like a no-brainer approach. It makes your neighborhood more approachable and discoverable,“ said Josh Quinn, a store owner and Everyone Bikes organizer.

Dave Hunegnaw tried a bike share for people at his business earlier this summer.

“It went over so well that we said, ‘Why don’t we do this all over the Short North?‘“ Hunegnaw said.

You can now quickly get to all the stores on the Short North corridor that you always wanted to discover, but never had the time.

To participate in the program, just check in with the nearly ten businesses already housing some bicycles.

They need to see a credit card and driver’s license, but borrowing a bicycle is free.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Noise Study Completed for Downtown Area Racetrack Complex

If you are concerned about this issue, please educate yourself and get involved.
ROAR Columbus, the group of local businesses and residents founded to research the proposed Cooper Stadium Racetrack Complex has just posted up the executive summary of their noise impact study. As expected, their findings reveal that the noise generated would cause substantial disruption to thousands of residents and businesses in neighborhoods and areas including Franklinton, Downtown, German Village, Brewery District, the Whittier Peninsula and Scioto Mile. The full executive summary can be read here.
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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Zeno's on 3rd Ave in Harrison West being sued by the State over Smoking Ban

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August 15, 2009 3:03 AM

The state is suing two bars -- one in Columbus and one in Cincinnati -- for violating the state's 2-year-old smoking ban.
The bars -- Zeno's Victorian Village in Columbus and O'Neal's Tavern in Cincinnati -- are the targets of the first lawsuits filed by the attorney general's office. They were filed on behalf of the Ohio Department of Health.
Local officials have cited Zeno's for nine violations and fined the bar more than $28,000. O'Neal's has been cited 12 times and fined more than $21,000.
The state filed suit against Zeno's yesterday in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.
"Sometimes that wakes them up right away and helps us resolve the matter," Attorney General Richard Cordray said.
Columbus Public Health first sent a warning letter to Zeno's in July 2007. The latest complaint was sent three weeks ago.
Zeno's appealed the city's fines last year but lost.
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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Merion Village: Neighborhood association president talks about this great neighborhood.

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The Merion Village neighborhood was officially established as such nearly 25 years ago, and has seen huge changes since then. Bob Leighty first moved to the neighborhood in 1988 and currently serves as President of the Merion Village Association Board. We recently sat down with Bob to discuss the history of the neighborhood (which can be explored more deeply this Saturday with the Columbus Landmarks walking tour), some of the ongoing development projects along the Parsons Avenue corridor, and some of the other social events that the MVA hosts to keep life enjoyable on the south side of Columbus.

WE: When did the name Merion Village come along?

BL: Well, actually, the name was already in existence. It was registered with the city and the neighborhood association already existed. We are actually 25 years old next year. 1985 is when it was founded, and we are going to have a party of some sort… we just haven’t planned it yet.

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Comfest Death Update: LSD was found in the brain of the 18 year old man.

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By Denise Yost
Managing Editor,
Published: August 6, 2009

COLUMBUS, Ohio—Toxicology results show that LSD was found in the brain of an 18-year-old man who died at Comfest in June.

Police were called to Comfest on June 27 and found Bryan Barbin, who had four to five stab wounds.

Barbin died from his injuries at Grant Medical Center.

In late June, officials announced that his death was ruled accidental, not criminal.

According to the Franklin County coroner’s office, toxicology exams found LSD in the victim’s brain and that his blood tested positive for marijuana.

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Sunday, August 2, 2009

The Simpsons: No Loan Again, Naturally

If you are homeowner, Realtor, or loan officer, you will love this!

After too many years of financing Homer’s annual Mardi Gras party on home equity loans, Homer and Marge’s adjustable-rate mortgage skyrockets.

If you only have a few minutes, watch this one: