Columbus

COMMENTARY

Why aren’t Ohio’s city budgets collapsing under COVID-19?

BY: - October 8, 2020

In March of this year, the Brookings Institution had a blog post that pegged four Ohio cities — Columbus, Cincinnati, Toledo, and Cleveland — in the top five “cities with the most immediate fiscal impacts from COVID-19” in the entire country. Yet this gloom and doom about Ohio fiscal prospects did not materialize. Columbus cut […]

Hey, look, a pandemic positive! Neighborhoods emerge as vital social oases

BY: - September 1, 2020

If one is rooting around for a positive about the ongoing pandemic, anecdotal evidence suggests that neighborhoods may be just what the doctor ordered. Face it. Most of us have only limited time and tolerance for in-person contact with our fellow human beings. Pre-pandemic, what with working all day, visiting friends, going shopping, going out, […]

COMMENTARY

Protests have put the spotlight on community review boards, but is it enough?

BY: - July 29, 2020

The United States has had a rough summer. Ohio has, too. Aside from COVID-19 wreaking havoc on our state, the death of George Floyd has galvanized thousands of people to protest and demand a more egalitarian treatment of citizens concerning policing in our communities. Ohio has not been immune to the now-ubiquitous videos and images […]

Ohio cities desperate for federal funding to save jobs, local economies

BY: - July 20, 2020

City officials from across the state say federal funding is the only way their previously thriving municipalities can survive the pandemic and its accompanying recession. City mayors and city council members are trying to push U.S. Sen. Rob Portman to support funding through the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act (HEROES Act), saying […]

Columbus statues in Columbus: Their legacy and future

BY: - June 23, 2020

Standing in a light rain at City Hall, U.S. Sen. John Bricker marveled at the 20-foot bronze figure unveiled in a city which bears its likeness’ name.  It reminded Bricker of the harbor in New York City. He predicted the new statue of Christopher Columbus would be viewed in Ohio as a “symbol of friendship,” […]

Protesters report adverse effects from tear gas exposure, demand Columbus ban chemical agents entirely

BY: - June 22, 2020

“I feel very violated by the state” Mason Hickman distinctly remembers the burning sensation as he inhaled a waft of tear gas on the Ohio Statehouse lawn when police used the chemical agent to disperse a group of peaceful protesters.  Afterwards, he felt exhausted — likely because of the blistering summer heat, he thought.  That […]

Mayors pledge police reform, racial inequity efforts

BY: - June 19, 2020

Mayors from across Ohio said they are already implementing plans to address racial bias and increase police relations in their cities.  The Ohio Mayors Alliance said a Police Reform Support Network will be formed to take recommendations on changes to police and community efforts, and “focus on turning these ideas into action by supporting policy […]

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Police are hurting protesters with little accountability

BY: - June 4, 2020

Social media is inundated with videos that show police attacking people in broad daylight with apparently little recompense. Videos that once would “go viral” of a police officer unduly macing someone, are now grimly ubiquitous. People protesting the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis live-stream being shot at close range with huge rubber or wooden […]

Demonstrations, marches and clashes in Columbus in photos and video

BY: - June 2, 2020

Ohio Capital Journal staff have been out on the streets of Columbus over the weekend and into Monday, covering the protests and marches in Ohio’s capital city. Demonstrations across Ohio come in response to the death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed during a stop from the Minneapolis police this week. Video […]

DeWine calls in Ohio National Guard to help with protests in Columbus, Cleveland while mayors invoke curfews

BY: - May 30, 2020

After a third day of protests filled the downtown Columbus streets, Gov. Mike DeWine deployed the Ohio National Guard as mayors across Ohio declared curfews Saturday night, with some establishing them for Sunday and Monday as well. DeWine also called in the National Guard for assistance in Cleveland. In a press conference Saturday, DeWine said […]

Protests again turn violent outside Ohio Statehouse

BY: and - May 30, 2020

Protests turned violent Friday night into Saturday morning outside the Ohio Statehouse, with some demonstrators hurling rocks at police and police responding with anti-riot tactics. For the second night in a row, people gathered in downtown Columbus to protest the death of George Floyd. Video emerged this week of a Minneapolis police officer restraining Floyd […]

Four of top five cities with budgets most vulnerable to pandemic located in Ohio

BY: - May 27, 2020

An analysis from the national think tank Brookings shows four out of five cities in the U.S. with the most immediate fiscal impacts from COVID-19 are located in Ohio, including Columbus and Cincinnati and Nos. 1 and 2, and Toledo and Cleveland at Nos. 4 and 5. “To understand when cities can anticipate the brunt […]