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Old Posted Mar 12, 2019, 9:29 PM
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Old Posted Mar 13, 2019, 5:48 PM
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Great photos! Your commentary about the blandness of Columbus is something that people from Cleveland and Cincinnati have been saying for years. Cbus has made GREAT strides in recent years, and the High Street corridor from Downtown to Ohio State's campus (roughly 3 miles) is probably the most vibrant continuous stretch of urbanity in the entire midwest outside of Chicago. German Village is sleepy but cute, and there are some great residential neighborhoods in the city and nearby suburbs like Bexley and Upper Arlington.

That said, Columbus still feels like a very generic, soulless city to me. Part of this might be because it's become a city of transplants, mostly from little melted down towns from across Ohio. I also think the unrelenting flatness of Columbus contributes to the feeling you've described. It's flat as a pancake and doesn't have a large body of water to orient around, unlike the other 2 C's in Ohio. The city also revolves around OSU a surprising amount for the size of the city, and sometimes feels like a college town that accidentally became a big city. It lacks much of the traditional culture and legacy institutions that one can find in Cleveland and Cincinnati, though that is improving a bit with the expansion of their small art museum, new veterans museum, COSI, great zoo, etc. It's also interesting to see no pictures of the capitol building in this thread...it's quite ugly as far as capitol buildings go. Having a grand capitol building ala Madison or Austin would be cool and would help the imageability of Cbus, but that is what it is. Columbus is young and the population is pretty open minded and liberal for the most part. They have a large gay population (one of the biggest Pride parades in the country), a large Somali population (second behind Minneapolis, I think), growing Hispanic and Asian communities, and the fact that it's kind of a blank slate is appealing to a lot of people. Cincinnati has character in spades, but can be insular and hard to break in, as locals can be kind of stand-offish and skeptical of outsiders. Columbus doesn't have any of that baggage, and that's a good thing. I think Cbus will develop more of its own vibe and culture in coming years, as its urban neighborhoods have a chance to get more established and lived in. The futre is bright for Columbus, I think! Thanks for sharing your photos!
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Columbus reminds me a bit of Austin here and there with its landscape.

This, for example, reminds me a lot of Hamilton Pool west of Austin. What a beautiful place.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4899/...81bba969_b.jpg
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Enjoyable post. Good work!
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Interesting thread!
I'm from Columbus and lived there most of my childhood. I moved out to Chicago because Columbus just got tired and much too bland, generic and small town living for me. It made me hate the idea of suburban living.
But I absolutely love coming back to visit. It for sure has a charm about it and it looks like it's developing into something new that I wouldn't know nothing about, not living there for the past 10 years. However I am very happy I upgraded to Chicago.
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Columbus reminds me a bit of Austin here and there with its landscape.

This, for example, reminds me a lot of Hamilton Pool west of Austin. What a beautiful place.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4899/...81bba969_b.jpg
Those nature pics are from Hocking Hills State Park, which is about an hour southeast of Columbus. While Cbus itself is extremely flat, if you drive just a little east or south, you run into the Appalachian foothills. Hocking Hills is a truly beautiful landscape.
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Those nature pics are from Hocking Hills State Park, which is about an hour southeast of Columbus. While Cbus itself is extremely flat, if you drive just a little east or south, you run into the Appalachian foothills. Hocking Hills is a truly beautiful landscape.
I didn't visit Hocking Hills until right before I moved away from Columbus. I wish I had visited sooner. Hocking Hills is absolutely beautiful, and if you live near Columbus, please do yourself a favor and check it out!
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Nice looking city!
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Were some of those shots from the Rhodes Tower observation deck? I thought that closed?

Columbus is being the best Columbus it can be. Really enjoyed the tour
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Those older neighborhoods look great to me. Doesn't look like anything to complain about IMO.
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