Columbus Commons opens as Downtown playground | The Columbus Dispatch

Threatening clouds didn't deter Lavon Marshall, 11, of Columbus, from playing the first game of Wiffle ball at Columbus Commons, which officially opened to the public yesterday. Full Story
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Mad Mike

Springboro, OH

#1 May 27, 2011
Let's take bets on when the first murder, rape or robbery happens there.
starting early

Reynoldsburg, OH

#2 May 27, 2011
Another place to "play" in Columbus?
Be Zee

Reynoldsburg, OH

#4 May 27, 2011
"the heart and soul of columbus" is a park. I seriously think coleman is a moron.
Brent

Westerville, OH

#5 May 27, 2011
This is stupid. Columbus, Tell us the real reason for the park? Oh ya, We're to broke to put anything else there besides grass.

What a joke.
Richard

Lewis Center, OH

#6 May 27, 2011
I wanted to take bets on the over/under for the first shooting Yesterday. I tto the 4th of July. The police will have to patrol the Commons 24/7 and they still won't be able to keep it safe.

There was a womaN INTERVIEWED ON THE TV COVERAGE OF YESTERDAY;S GRAND OPENING WHI SAID THAT SHE HAD WALKED THROUGH THE COMMONS L;AST WEEK AND WAS APPROACHED BY FIVE PANHANDLERS ASJING FOR MONEY. JUST THE IMAGE COLUMBUS NEEDS.
Wilbur

Sunbury, OH

#7 May 27, 2011
Richard wrote:
I wanted to take bets on the over/under for the first shooting Yesterday. I tto the 4th of July. The police will have to patrol the Commons 24/7 and they still won't be able to keep it safe.
There was a womaN INTERVIEWED ON THE TV COVERAGE OF YESTERDAY;S GRAND OPENING WHI SAID THAT SHE HAD WALKED THROUGH THE COMMONS L;AST WEEK AND WAS APPROACHED BY FIVE PANHANDLERS ASJING FOR MONEY. JUST THE IMAGE COLUMBUS NEEDS.
B.S. I've been walking through the park regularly and have yet to be approached by a panhandler. Maybe it was one of those newspaper people who are always peddling their papers downtown on every corner?
Wilbur

Sunbury, OH

#8 May 27, 2011
Be Zee wrote:
"the heart and soul of columbus" is a park. I seriously think coleman is a moron.
He's a mayor of a major city. But your BeZee from Dayton, so obviously your smarter and more talanted then him. Lol.
I sat and watched them

Reynoldsburg, OH

#9 May 27, 2011
Wilbur wrote:
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B.S. I've been walking through the park regularly and have yet to be approached by a panhandler. Maybe it was one of those newspaper people who are always peddling their papers downtown on every corner?
The bums target women. Pure intimidation tactic for pocket change.
Please

Columbus, OH

#10 May 27, 2011
Wilbur wrote:
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He's a mayor of a major city. But your BeZee from Dayton, so obviously your smarter and more talanted then him. Lol.
Hey Wilbur the name of the city under the namer of the commenter has nothing to do with where they are from.
pay attention

Dublin, OH

#11 May 27, 2011
Wilbur wrote:
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B.S. I've been walking through the park regularly and have yet to be approached by a panhandler. Maybe it was one of those newspaper people who are always peddling their papers downtown on every corner?
Those are panhandlers "licensed" by the city to beg. The paper is merely an attempt to legitimize the begging. They are the coalition for the homeless and the salespeople are homeless and the money gos directly into thier pocket....panhandlers!
Rick

Columbus, OH

#13 May 27, 2011
I LOVE THE PARK! Exactly what downtown needed. Thanks Mayor Coleman!
Local Cynic

Pickerington, OH

#14 May 27, 2011
They still call it "Cowtown," and not in a complimentary way.
Edukated Commentator

Columbus, OH

#15 May 27, 2011
Here's a question - it's Friday morning and the temporary stage that was set up for the Grand Opening Weekend is no longer there. It was there at 5 last evening but completely gone Friday morning. What gives with that? Nothing at all about it in the news. This should greatly impact the rest of the weekend's activities.
WHS76

Blacklick, OH

#16 May 27, 2011
Just a waste of taxpayers money.
Also another place for the homeless and vagrants to stay at night.
Any way Michael(the mayor) got what he wanted.
Rick Holmes

Columbus, OH

#17 May 27, 2011
Man, whoever that opening music act was = super sucky.

Any "band" that does sound checks for an hour and then still sounds like crap sucks.
Joel

Columbus, OH

#18 May 27, 2011
The parks great, maybe instead of whining, complaining and being upset and miserable about everything you should enjoy life a bit.

Lighten up, it's a park. At what point did our world become so cynical and serious that we can't all enjoy a park...
Civics101

Columbus, OH

#19 May 27, 2011
Brent wrote:
This is stupid. Columbus, Tell us the real reason for the park? Oh ya, We're to broke to put anything else there besides grass.
What a joke.
City Center was destroyed before it could become a casino. If downtown park was so essential, how about all that land on the other side by COSI that is City/county owned and just parking lots or vacant?
Joel

Columbus, OH

#20 May 27, 2011
Richard wrote:
I wanted to take bets on the over/under for the first shooting Yesterday. I tto the 4th of July. The police will have to patrol the Commons 24/7 and they still won't be able to keep it safe.
There was a womaN INTERVIEWED ON THE TV COVERAGE OF YESTERDAY;S GRAND OPENING WHI SAID THAT SHE HAD WALKED THROUGH THE COMMONS L;AST WEEK AND WAS APPROACHED BY FIVE PANHANDLERS ASJING FOR MONEY. JUST THE IMAGE COLUMBUS NEEDS.
Have you stopped and thought about what your saying? You honestly believe this park is a 24/7 warzone, so bad that even with 24/7 police patrols it will still be unsafe. Wake up, this is Columbus, OH, not the Middle East.

OMG panhandlers! Oh no! So scary, he looks so dirty and doesn't have a nice polo on! Can anyone name a city that doesn't have panhandlers? Nope.

The image Columbus needs is exactly what you are complaining about. In fact, you and your comments are the exact image Columbus does not need, you are just spreading an image based on scare tactics and your predetermined opinion of the park and downtown.
Joel

Columbus, OH

#21 May 27, 2011
WHS76 wrote:
Just a waste of taxpayers money.
I beg to differ.

These types of amenities attract young creative people to the city. Those people fill or create good high paying jobs, which then lead to increased tax revenues for the city and local governments. These projects are exactly why I decided to buy a home in Columbus and not look at other forward thinking cities like Austin or Portland, which also have good tech sectors.

There are many indirect benefits to this type of thing, and you need to think at a higher level to make the connections. You can't just say, park cost 2 million, admission to park free, so waste of money. Let's move beyond 2nd grade analysis and try to understand the bigger picture.
Stop exaggerating

Columbus, OH

#23 May 27, 2011
WHS76 wrote:
Just a waste of taxpayers money.
Also another place for the homeless and vagrants to stay at night.
Any way Michael(the mayor) got what he wanted.
I have worked downtown for 20 years, and frequent the area on weekends as well. I have to say that all the talk about the area being a magnet for criminals and vagrants is vastly over-stated. Sure, you've always had a few homeless/vagrants hanging out, but not as many as I have seen in other, comparable-sized cities. The few I have encountered over the years have been very polite and low-key. I'm a small, slightly-built female and I have never felt intimidated walking around downtown. As for crime, I can only remember a handful of serious (i.e. violent) crimes that have occured during daylight hours downtown. The one that stands out was the shooting at the City Center Mall which occured a few years ago towards the end of its downtown tenure as a full-service shopping mall. The incident stands out, because that level of violence in the area was so rare. I think some people feel threantened by people who are unlike them in regards to race, class etc., and that fear leads to an exaggerated perception of danger where little really exists. You probably have as high or greater chance of being robbed in a WalMart parking lot located in a suburban strip mall as you do downtown. I know I have run into more scarier characters in these places than in downtown.

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