Why Is It So Hard To Get Ahead?

As part of WOSU’s Chasing The Dream project, we’ve been investigating why it’s so hard to get ahead in Columbus. We’ve reported on issues from transportation to dental care to housing, and looked at the impact where you live has on your access to work, education and more.

Now, we want your follow-up questions about the region’s challenges to help keep our our coverage going.

For example, you might wonder: How did Bexley become so segregated from the neighborhoods around it? What is the city doing to prevent housing prices from skyrocketing in Clintonville? How is Lancaster trying to stop jobs from leaving?

Based on what you’ve seen or experienced, what do you wonder about class differences in our region’s towns, schools, and workplaces? Your questions might lead to a story in our Chasing the Dream series. Ask them below.

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Comments (2)

  1. Kimberly Castaneda November 16, 2017 at 1:23 am


    I have worked as a classified employee over 25 years, for one of the biggest employers in Columbus, but they only gave employees a 1% cost of living raise and 1.5% raise next year. Starting pay is only around $13, but the housing cost in Columbus sets the average worker up for poverty. Downtown condos and apartments are priced for someone earning $60,000.00 or more per year. The majority of the working class in this city don’t make a third of that amount; especially since a large number of those in question are on a single head of household barely making ends meet income.

    I live in an apartment with cheap upgrades and it is overpriced to over $1,000.00 per month, because it is in close proximity to There should be a law, that landlords can only base rent on the populations median income (it is not $60,0000). Rent should only be about $650.00 per month, but it seems as though this city likes keeping the working class in poverty!

    Governor Kasich could have made life easier for the middle class with mass transit, but he did not. Driving to work is stressful and adds another layer of burden to an already stretched very thin wallet.

    This city is segregated and getting worst with every overpriced luxury new development, condo or apartment shutting out the middle class for a have and have not society. Progress is great, but all need to advance in order to create a desired society.

    Oh, lets not forget college students graduating on time, but can’t find a job, so their debt keeps growing with no way to ever pay it back.


  2. Joe Russell November 16, 2017 at 10:26 am

    What are the key components to gentrification done right?

    Also, what are the barriers to working?

    The building blocks of a proper education and training are stable access to housing, healthcare, and food. What is being done to ensure this foundation is sufficient for everyone.

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