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Events, history and issues specific to the Columbus suburb of Upper Arlington.

High-quality town center or McKingsdale?

Figure 1: 70 ft of big-box retail store side wall. Regency has proposed a 360 ft side wall of Target facing Northwest Blvd.

Kingsdale represents one of the largest commercial sites in Upper Arlington - 38 acres close to the geographic center of the City --- and accounts for over 10% of all commerial real estate in UA.

Responsible economic development is the key to enabling Upper Arlington to maintain its high standards of service and keeping our community a wonderful place to live. But UA faces some challenges common to other “First Ring” suburbs:

  • Built out – no room to grow
  • Aging infrastructure
  • Limited commercial base
  • Declining federal & state support

Especially acute among these is UA's very limited commercial base (see Figure 2). With fewer UA-based businesses and fewer workers paying income taxes, UA relies more heavily on property taxes, than surrounding suburbs (see Figure 4).

So how commercial properties such as Kingsdale get redeveloped is critical to economic development.

Kingsdale: Thinking Outside the Big Box

Progressive viewpoint:

To better the quality of life for Upper Arlington residents, the city must carefully guide the development of commercial and industrial property. Progressives want to increase revenue from commercial property, to keep property taxes down. The way to reach the goal is through careful planning and implementation, as well as actively seeking innovative partnerships with the private sector. It will not be achieved by passively waiting for new, unwise development to enrich the city.

City Council Series: Leslie Heath in Support of Library Censorship?

Issue Background

UAPA agrees with the UA Public Library’s philosophy that “…everyone matters and is respected.“ And we support its goal, which is “…to have an unbiased collection representing many points of view…”

However, in Upper Arlington, there is a growing intolerance of others’ views by a small, vocal minority influenced by outgoing Council member Tim Rankin. One of the most egregious examples is the 2005 dispute about the distribution of gay publications at the Upper Arlington Public Library. A group of conservatives tried to sway the Library Board with the claim they were protecting children.

Leslie Heath's Court Date with the Tax Man

BuckeyeState blog recently posted an entry regarding Leslie Heath's run in the UA City Council race. The Ohio Dept of Taxation seems to think that Leslie Heath and her husband owe over $11,000 in Ohio taxes. To see the court record, search on the Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas web site for the name 'Leslie Heath' or look at this screen shot.

Based on the feedback from our membership survey, nearly all of our 118 survey respondents indicated that unpaid personal income taxes or business bankruptcy would effect their vote.

Update: AsOhioGoes has also picked up the story and added to it.

Update2: Heath, accountant explain tax snafu

 

 

From the UA News, October 24, 2007:

Heath, accountant explain tax snafu

As Election Day approaches, public records concerning Upper Arlington City Council candidate Leslie Heath have become fodder for anonymous e-mail messages and Internet bloggers.

While public records indicate Mrs. Heath and her husband owe more than $11,000 in state income taxes for 2001, she said the whole thing is an unfortunate misunderstanding.

Iraq Summer In Ohio

We're heading into a watershed moment on Iraq. This September, General Petraeus will give his long-anticipated status report on the escalation and Congress will hold a huge vote on whether to set timelines to end the war. If there was ever a time to step up the pressure, this is it. So, we're making August one of the biggest-ever months of local action to end the war.

February 4, 2007 Newsletter

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February 4, 2007

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