Cool Link of the Day: Black-Owned Businesses

With the economic collapse, pandemic and racial strife, Columbus’ minority-owned businesses need and deserve your support more than ever!


40 businesses are listed here, but there are far more within the city, and even more in the suburbs and other Ohio cities. Follow the links within the site to check out businesses throughout the region.

Stay safe out there!

Uncool Links of the Day: Coronavirus Information

In this rapidly escalating global crisis, there’s a ton of sites out there to monitor the situation. Here are some of the ones I think are most useful. I will be adding more links over time.

The Ohio Department of Health counts for Ohioans tested and those that have come back negative and positive. It is only updated once a day at 2pm, however.

The Reddit r/Coronavirus is a constant source of new information, not only in the US, but globally.

This is the best global case counter I know of. John Hopkins has a site as well with a map, but it has, ironically, been a recent target of hackers and so I’m not including it here. The World Meters site is seemingly updated live, and has a running total of every single confirmed case by nation and territory, as well as the numbers of recovered, active cases and deaths. All the numbers are sourced at the bottom of the page.

Here’s a link the CDC, which does a daily update on the situation.

This is another map site, with information on testing numbers and positives near a given location.!/

Here is a link to employment information related to the virus’ effects.

Cool Links of the Day: Housing and Carbon Footprints

First up is a link to a story on the growing housing crisis across Ohio, with a focus on the Columbus area.

The article uses an interesting metric to quantify just how bad the housing shortage is in counties across the state- the number of jobs versus the number of available housing units. In Columbus, there is only about 0.7 units per 1 job, leading to a Central Ohio shortage of more than 200,000 units!

Second, here is a link that gives the average annual carbon footprint of all US zip codes. In general, it seems that the most urban zip codes have the lowest footprints, along with far rural areas. The highest footprints seem to be in suburban and exurban areas. In the Columbus area, the zip code with the highest carbon footprint is 43021, which contains much of Westerville. Second highest is 43054, which contains New Albany. Take a look at the interactive maps here: