Good morning Columbus. What you need to know — Columbus ‘underrated,’ East coach works through grief, East vs. North and what the coaches are saying, next stride for Exhibit Columbus

Greetings Columbus —

First we’re boring. Then we’re cool. Now we’re underrated.

Thrillist, an online media site, on Wednesday named Columbus as the most underrated city in Indiana.

That comes a couple of days after said Columbus was one of the 10 coolest cities to visit in America. Link here to all the details.

And a few months ago Business Insider called us boring. Link here.  Of course, we were having none of that.

What the most recent “coolest” and “underrated” labels partly show is that all the attention in 2017 from Exhibit Columbus and the movie “Columbus” has legs. The Columbus buzz continues.

It’s not surprising that Thrillist mentions our famous architecture, but three area foodie haunts get shoutouts too — Henry Social Club, 450 North Brewing Co. and Zaharakos, which was called a national treasure.

Here’s what Matt Lynch wrote for Thrillist:

Columbus is already something of a known quantity in certain circles, specifically the kinds of circles where names like I.M. Pei, Richard Meier, and Robert Venturi elicit tremendous excitement — architecture circles, i.e.

And while Columbus is best known for a level of architectural interest (mid-century modern, especially) that far outstrips anything one could reasonably expect from a mid-sized city just south of Indianapolis, it’s also come a long way in recent years as a place to eat and drink in between the time you spend admiring all that aesthetic beauty.

Henry’s Social Club has an attention to design befitting its home, and a menu sporting cod beignets and kimchi pork buns befitting a much larger metropolis. 450 North Brewing is a must for fans of beer, pizza, or both.

Of course, they’ve had a national treasure of an ice cream shop and soda fountain in Zaharakos for well over a century, so things have always been pretty damn good.

Here’s the link to the most underrated cities in all 50 states.

Here’s what else you need to know —

Remembering Griffin, and an East student’s mission to honor him.
Sports editor Ted Schultz writes about East’s strength and boys track coach Scott Pherson, whose son died about two hours after he was born. The loss of their little boy “pretty much broke us,” the coach said. Learn how Pherson is working through the grief, and how one student is doing something very special. Story here.

Exhibit Columbus: The next stride.
Most of the installations are gone, but the mission continues. Organizers have announced four days of tours, conversations and programming all around art, architecture and design. Click here for the story.

East vs. North: What the coaches are saying.
The Olympians beat the Bull Dogs 44-37 on Dec. 15. They meet again in Friday’s sectional semifinals. Here’s what the coaches are saying:

East coach Brent Chitty: “We played so long ago, both teams have changed, so we’ve both made lots of adjustments. The thing we always talk about is to try to play four quarters and play as hard as we can and put all four quarters together. Hopefully, we’ll have a good night.”

North coach Paul Ferguson: “East is playing really well.  think one advantage we have is having played Tuesday night and had the chance to get our feet wet in the sectional.”

Weekend plans? We’ve got quite the list of activities for you.
When your kid says they’re bored, here’s your lifeline: Click here for events, exhibits, music and more.

In Friday’s Republic…
BCSC technology director retiring; replacement hired … Columbus North drama department presenting “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” …Heritage Fund donates $40,000 for substance abuse education.

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