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Columbus, OH

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First, big cities don't count which is why I put Chicago in a special category with all the other big cities. Second, depends what you're looking for. I don't care about clubs and botiques. My everyday life revolves around my house, my business, trips to the various big box stores, exercise and the occasional dinner. I think most people's lives are the same.
Aside from the big 5 cities on that list, is there any one of those that head and shoulders better than Columbus? I don't think so. Among its peers (non-big cities), I still think greater Columbus is easily an 8.
Your analogy is a bit off for me. Columbus definitely a big city. Ranked in the top 15, at least in the media world.

Big box stores are part of the issue here for me as well. Nothing but cookie cutter stuff, nothing unusual. Home furnishings from one home to another here look alike to me--nothing individual or unusual. Not that I use the Texas whorehouse look, but I do tend towards less traditional furnishings, more clean lines (think Shaker-type furniture and modern design) and away from neutral blandness (prefer more of the jewel colors and forest colors).

The occasional dinner out here in Columbus often is the same old, same old boringness. Olive Gardens, "big box" chain restaurants. Some individually owned, more creative restaurants do exist here, but they are few and far in between -- Mozarts comes to mind here as does The Olive Tree if Hilliard. Other than a few exceptions, there is no adventure in the cuisine here.

Boutique hotels are very nice, ever stay in one? Service that Marriott and Sheraton forgot about a long time ago.

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You're from the south so you would have an affinity for those places. The Columbus MSA is superior or equal to most of those listed, IMO. Not Columbus the city, but the MSA taken as a whole.
Lexington is hardly the south. But I agree, very nice city. Will admit my partiality to UK and them Cats though (even when they suck like they do this year).

Part of Lexington's charm is the fact the city/county government is merged (as is with Charlotte/Mecklenburg and Miami/Dade). Their local government service in Lexington seems right-sized to me and Lexington in general is a very clean, rather sophisticated city, with a bit of southern charm, not much. Probably in part that there is a large uni there and the horse farms all around it, but you do get a cosmopolitan feel. Very safe city for the most part, too.(Just don't go down there when UK wins an NCAA championship. Long story but suffice it to say it began for me when the kid calls me after one of those wins telling me "mom, it's open container on Euclid Ave...."--they go ballistic in that town after major wins, worse than anything that happens near OSU after a championship win.)
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Your analogy is a bit off for me. Columbus definitely a big city. Ranked in the top 15, at least in the media world.
Big box stores are part of the issue here for me as well. Nothing but cookie cutter stuff, nothing unusual. Home furnishings from one home to another here look alike to me--nothing individual or unusual. Not that I use the Texas whorehouse look, but I do tend towards less traditional furnishings, more clean lines (think Shaker-type furniture and modern design) and away from neutral blandness (prefer more of the jewel colors and forest colors).
The occasional dinner out here in Columbus often is the same old, same old boringness. Olive Gardens, "big box" chain restaurants. Some individually owned, more creative restaurants do exist here, but they are few and far in between -- Mozarts comes to mind here as does The Olive Tree if Hilliard. Other than a few exceptions, there is no adventure in the cuisine here.
Boutique hotels are very nice, ever stay in one? Service that Marriott and Sheraton forgot about a long time ago.
In terms of media, Columbus is considered middle market. And there are TONS of locally owned, really good restaurants here. They're not "few and far between".
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Feb 2, 2013
 
You can start with some of the locally owned restaurants here. I'm Wait what, and I'm a foodie who abhors 90% of chain restaurants.

http://www.dineoriginalscolumbus.com/
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In terms of media, Columbus is considered middle market. And there are TONS of locally owned, really good restaurants here. They're not "few and far between".
Like I said, I look at that list of 366 MSA. Outside maybe San Francisco and San Jose, I can't think of too many places on their I would rather be than where I am right now. That tells me this place stacks up pretty well with the rest, regardless of what all the haters say.

We were at 1.2 million in 1980, we are almost at 2 million today. 800,000 people don't move to a crappy area.
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You can start with some of the locally owned restaurants here. I'm Wait what, and I'm a foodie who abhors 90% of chain restaurants.
http://www.dineoriginalscolumbus.com/
But even if that's your thing, 99% of your life revolves around every day things and not what shops and restaurants and neat little districts a city has. For curb appeal, cleanliness and the general niceness of the city, Columbus has most similar sized cities, and even a lot of the larger ones like Pittsburgh beat at least IMO.

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Like I said, I look at that list of 366 MSA. Outside maybe San Francisco and San Jose, I can't think of too many places on their I would rather be than where I am right now. That tells me this place stacks up pretty well with the rest, regardless of what all the haters say.
We were at 1.2 million in 1980, we are almost at 2 million today. 800,000 people don't move to a crappy area.
True. Some are born there (not saying the Columbus area is crappy.)

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You can start with some of the locally owned restaurants here. I'm Wait what, and I'm a foodie who abhors 90% of chain restaurants.
http://www.dineoriginalscolumbus.com/
Thanks. I'm a foodie myself, but not a what I'd consider a permanent resident here, even though I've been here about five years.

I typically prefer to eat at home than eat out because of the chain restaurants.
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Like I said, I look at that list of 366 MSA. Outside maybe San Francisco and San Jose, I can't think of too many places on their I would rather be than where I am right now. That tells me this place stacks up pretty well with the rest, regardless of what all the haters say.
We were at 1.2 million in 1980, we are almost at 2 million today. 800,000 people don't move to a crappy area.
Columbus was one of the few areas that weathered the recession. People came here for jobs and frankly, while I do think Columbus has made some great strides, the flavor of the area has changed. Columbus has more to offer in some ways than before, but in other ways it has less. I miss the nice, midwestern city with the polite, caring people.
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Thanks. I'm a foodie myself, but not a what I'd consider a permanent resident here, even though I've been here about five years.
I typically prefer to eat at home than eat out because of the chain restaurants.
Yes, I caught that when you mentioned that you, like me, grind your beans before each cup.

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Columbus was one of the few areas that weathered the recession. People came here for jobs and frankly, while I do think Columbus has made some great strides, the flavor of the area has changed. Columbus has more to offer in some ways than before, but in other ways it has less. I miss the nice, midwestern city with the polite, caring people.
I've been here just shy of 22 years, and the change you mention is pretty noticeable.
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Columbus was one of the few areas that weathered the recession. People came here for jobs and frankly, while I do think Columbus has made some great strides, the flavor of the area has changed. Columbus has more to offer in some ways than before, but in other ways it has less. I miss the nice, midwestern city with the polite, caring people.
Columbus has all the important elements in place to succeed in the new economy. Columbus is nice and new and is probably going to keep on growing. What's going to be interesting is what this place looks like 30 years from now. Will all the 30 year old housing have worn well, or will this place start looking a little more out worn like Cleveland?

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Columbus was one of the few areas that weathered the recession. People came here for jobs and frankly, while I do think Columbus has made some great strides, the flavor of the area has changed. Columbus has more to offer in some ways than before, but in other ways it has less. I miss the nice, midwestern city with the polite, caring people.
That is the one thing I have to give Columbus (and actually most of Ohio) kudos for is the people who live here. Having lived in several parts of the state, including Toledo, people are generally decent and nice here.

Columbus has been lucky the past 30 or so years in the way it was able to build itself and the economy here. Time was, when I was a kid growing up in Toledo, we thought Columbus was a podunk town. It was smaller and had infinitely less in terms of variety (shopping, food, etc.) than Toledo. But Toledo's problem was, and remains, the fact it remained tied to the hip to Detroit and the auto/glass industries. When those went, there went the city. It just hasn't been able to take the leaps that Pittsburgh took from going to an industrial-based, blue-collar town to a thriving 21st century city. Unfortunate because Toledo has a lot going for it: lakefront, riverfront, very interesting history, wonderful arts/cultural communities (art museum is fantastic, world-renown and shares with places like the Louvre and has fantastic traveling exhibits), great restaurants, great jazz bars, etc.

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Columbus has been lucky to be the seat of state government and the home of TheOSU.
Ever notice how dead it is on federal holidays?

Imagine Columbus without either of these attributes.
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That is the one thing I have to give Columbus (and actually most of Ohio) kudos for is the people who live here. Having lived in several parts of the state, including Toledo, people are generally decent and nice here.
Columbus has been lucky the past 30 or so years in the way it was able to build itself and the economy here. Time was, when I was a kid growing up in Toledo, we thought Columbus was a podunk town. It was smaller and had infinitely less in terms of variety (shopping, food, etc.) than Toledo. But Toledo's problem was, and remains, the fact it remained tied to the hip to Detroit and the auto/glass industries. When those went, there went the city. It just hasn't been able to take the leaps that Pittsburgh took from going to an industrial-based, blue-collar town to a thriving 21st century city. Unfortunate because Toledo has a lot going for it: lakefront, riverfront, very interesting history, wonderful arts/cultural communities (art museum is fantastic, world-renown and shares with places like the Louvre and has fantastic traveling exhibits), great restaurants, great jazz bars, etc.
Columbus has always had the same economy: Banking, Insurance, Health Care, Government, Retail, Agriculture and Engineering/Research with a little manufacturing. The reason Columbus has grown is because our companies have been very successful at these endeavors and the economy has changed to being more information based.

In fact, we have always been at the forefront of IT Technology at least as far as the back office goes. That, in turn, spawned Battelle, Limited, Bank One, Cardinal and others. It also spawned our distribution industry.

Reasearch has always been big around here with Battelle and Ohio State. More money being thrown at health care will make this area thrive even more.

Government is also big business, as we all know. Bottom line is that this area has been doing a lot of things correctly to get to where we are today.

Having one of the nation's best and the largest public universities (along with Battelle) doesn't hurt, either.

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Columbus has been lucky to be the seat of state government and the home of TheOSU.
Ever notice how dead it is on federal holidays?
Imagine Columbus without either of these attributes.
You could cut the population in half...easily. Possibly more.

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Columbus has been lucky to be the seat of state government and the home of TheOSU.
Ever notice how dead it is on federal holidays?
Imagine Columbus without either of these attributes.
Indianapolis is much the same way.
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Columbus has been lucky to be the seat of state government and the home of TheOSU.
Ever notice how dead it is on federal holidays?
Imagine Columbus without either of these attributes.
Okay then, had Chillicothe or Zanesville had the state capital, then the same thing would have happened there.

And you could say the same thing for most of the South. It's only because of all the money people made in the north and took down there with them that the south is even in the conversation.

Stop being such a hater.
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Enzyte Bob wrote:
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Columbus has all the important elements in place to succeed in the new economy. Columbus is nice and new and is probably going to keep on growing. What's going to be interesting is what this place looks like 30 years from now. Will all the 30 year old housing have worn well, or will this place start looking a little more out worn like Cleveland?
The key to a successful restaurant is having a limited, but well-done, menu. As suburbs like Dublin poo-poo that sort of a theory and clamor for the almighty dollar by insisting on building retail that will not be able to survive poor economic footing, I suspect the answer to be "like Cleveland". Look at how Sawmill Road has changed, not for the better, the more it has grown. Rather than a bunch of generic suburbs, I would have loved to see the arts and shopping built up downtown (not the current symphony between buildings ruining acoustics and not just for sporting events) and MORPC allowing light rail transit to get there. Maybe that will happen someday.

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That is the one thing I have to give Columbus (and actually most of Ohio) kudos for is the people who live here. Having lived in several parts of the state, including Toledo, people are generally decent and nice here.
Columbus has been lucky the past 30 or so years in the way it was able to build itself and the economy here. Time was, when I was a kid growing up in Toledo, we thought Columbus was a podunk town. It was smaller and had infinitely less in terms of variety (shopping, food, etc.) than Toledo. But Toledo's problem was, and remains, the fact it remained tied to the hip to Detroit and the auto/glass industries. When those went, there went the city. It just hasn't been able to take the leaps that Pittsburgh took from going to an industrial-based, blue-collar town to a thriving 21st century city. Unfortunate because Toledo has a lot going for it: lakefront, riverfront, very interesting history, wonderful arts/cultural communities (art museum is fantastic, world-renown and shares with places like the Louvre and has fantastic traveling exhibits), great restaurants, great jazz bars, etc.
Toledo has "the smell", that's a major strike against it

Pittsburgh lost half of the population it had at its peak, I still would not call it recovery, but it did replace what left.

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