Shaping the Skyline: Property Taxes and Urban Revitalization

Shaping the Skyline: Property Taxes and Urban Revitalization

April 19, 2016

While residential towers scale the Columbus skyline, they’re clamoring for the bottom in another respect.  Columbus maintains a generous property tax abatement on downtown condominiums and apartments, which reduces the taxes paid on property value for residents in targeted areas.  Designed to rejuvenate the downtown district, these tax breaks canRead More

Shaping the Skyline: Property Taxes and Urban Revitalization

Shaping the Skyline: Property Taxes and Urban Revitalization

April 19, 2016

While residential towers scale the Columbus skyline, they’re clamoring for the bottom in another respect.  Columbus maintains a generous property tax abatement on downtown condominiums and apartments, which reduces the taxes paid on property value for residents in targeted areas.  Designed to rejuvenate the downtown district, these tax breaks canRead More

Black History Month and Selma’s Oscar Snub

Black History Month and Selma’s Oscar Snub

February 22, 2015

When Joseph Califano, President Lyndon B. Johnsons’s top domestic aide, wrote his impassioned op-ed slamming the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic Selma, he was putting the cherry on what has been a strange year for the African American community. White cops killing black men is nothing new, but the reactionRead More

Picture: Jess Seldon/Department for International Development

Moral Marginalism: The Crisis of Foreign Aid

January 4, 2016

Picture: Jess Seldon/Department for International Development There is something about the question of foreign aid that seems to bring out the utilitarian in everyone. These days, “aid” – be it public or private – is almost always discussed in the context of measuring its effectiveness. How many lives in LiberiaRead More