Columbus is welcoming, but has gender pay and rising homeless issues, panelists say

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther (right), speaks with a panel as part of the fourth State of Columbus Neighborhood Conversation on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. The panel from left: Nana Watson, President, NAACP Columbus Chapter; Ariana Ulloa-Olavarrieta, Executive Coach, LIGHTS (Leveraging Innovation Gateways and Hubs Toward Sustainability) at Ohio University; Professor Robert Solomon, Assistant Vice Provost, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, The Ohio State University; Gale King, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Nationwide; Thomas Grote, Entrepreneur and Advocate; and Christie Angel, President and Chief Executive Officer, YWCA Columbus. [Jim Woods/Dispatch]


Columbus is a diverse and accepting community, but a high rate of evictions is creating a growing homelessness problem.

That was the picture presented by panelists at Mayor Andrew J. Ginther’s fourth State of Columbus Neighborhood Conversations on Thursday evening at The Kings Arts Complex on the Near East Side.