So in a nutshell, good from far but far from good?
So in a nutshell, good from far but far from good?
My unbiased opinion: it sucks.
I've done a ton of traveling, been to Cbus several times and I've lived in several cities (PDX, Seattle, Denver, Boulder, DC). There is nothing in Cbus that would make we want to visit for pleasure oand I wouldn't move there for a higher paying job. On a scale of 1-10 (Gary, Ind - Kauai) I'd give it 5.
I loved Kauai ever since I was there cleaning up after Iniki, but you can only rank it that high if you're really into island life. Its pretty sparse on culture unless you're really into the "cultural center" stuff and chickens. I like urban centers and diversity, and by diversity I don't mean American, German and Japanese tourists, and by urban centers I don't mean tourist traps and ABC stores.
I visited my sister there in the Spring of 2011 for my first time. I would have to say I enjoyed my time there. However, it did help that I A) Didn't wear anything Michigan (wasn't in the mood to get harassed) and B) Wasn't football season obviously. If this was the case, what I am writing below I probably wouldn't be saying.
Anyways, I stayed in the area between the actual campus and downtown Columbus, where a lot of the really old houses/duplexes are (forgot the name of the district). It was a real nice, clean, and quiet area. I bought a one day pass to the campus work-out place and it was pretty sweet. They had a track on the top floor that I ran around and you could see inside the football stadium from there. Also played tennis on the courts right next to the stadium (hit a ball as hard as I could that went into the stadium lol). The library there was really cool...and ginormous. Sat in my sister's grad class in the College of Health building (?)...real old but interesting building. The AAA baseball team they have has a cool stadium, right next to a cool food market.
Never really talked to anyone on campus besides my sister and brother-in-law so hard to say if the people were nice or not (outside of football talk).
Honestly? From visits, and from people I know who live there....seems like a fine place to raise a family. I say this on the assumption that the worst, most hateful, crazy-ass Buckeye fans live in smalltown Ohio and not in Columbus itself. I imagine game weekends are dreadful, but I'll bet when its not football season it's a very liveable place.
Ann Arbor is still eleventy billion times better, obviously.
The only data point I'm going to add is that my brother spent a summer in Columbus and came back with scabies.
Is this an indictment against Columbus, or your brother?
Columbus Brewing makes a pretty darn good IPA.
I went there for a ufc fight in 2007, not a bad town plus they have a Gordon Biersch!
for the Ohio campus that is lame and the terrible, classless fanbase. Columbus, the city, is nice.
Columbus is named for a guy who drew an inaccurate map, got lost in the middle of the ocean, then got false credit for discovering America.
Now, it's full of false braggarts and conniving liars.
It's a fine little town. Had a friend who lives there years ago, and the downtown is fine. The buckeye-ness of the campus kind of ruins the city on gameday, but it is fine. They had really good ice cream in that little center market area.
You're thinking of Jeni's ice cream. She's expanded in the last ten years and has 7 or 8 shops around Cbus now, and distributes to stores as far away as NYC and DC.
after the last round of the Memorial. It was better than beer.
Columbus is a good city.
The dickhead osu fans are much more than 2% unfortunately. I regularly get serious negative comments about being from Michigan. Some people are better when they learn I went to U of M. Some get worse.
But the city itself is nice. They spend all kinds of money on parks and activities for the city. And the fact it's a state capital means it gets all kinds of extra cash that should go to the rest of the state. The population is slanted to young professionals and there's always something to do. Just don't talk football and expect anyone to know anything other than that they root for osu.
I liked cinci better. Columbus feels like a much smaller town. Cinci is very metropolitan, and much more southern. It doesn't feel like part of Ohio.
But, from my memories, AA was better.
She was from Atlanta when we met, and always said she wanted to get back there... but after a few years she said she just wanted to be able to visit Atlanta now and then...
20 years together now in Dublin, just outside Columbus. Great city, great community and excellent schools.
I grew up in Cadillac and went to UM from '86 - '90 and have lived down here ever since. The Buckeye fans get obnoxious in numbers, but are generally good Americans...
Jody's house is in my neighborhood and he and his wife are very nice. Hard to believe he was the enforcer for the blue jackets, he seems so cool and relaxed.
I'm on Higgins Lake this week, and Ohio does not have anything like it, that is for sure... Probably what I miss most about Michigan are the lakes and rivers...
As for the enforcer part, I agree wholeheartedly. He was never a fighter growing up and never had the personality of one. We played hockey together from the time we were 10 and were both considered skill players, not the grinder, fighter types. Even in Jody's last year in the Q he had a pretty good offensive year, but he Knew the only way he would get into the league was to fight. Interestingly that was my only ticket as well but I elected to go to University instead. There have been many times I look back on that decision and wish I made the other choice.
Columbus called the inhabitants of the lands he visited Indians, as if he had actually reached the goal of his trip to the East Indies. He continued to deny that he had instead reached a different continent.
Now, after naming Columbus, Ohio after one of the biggest deniers in history, the city is full of people who deny their home school’s lying and cheating ways.
That is all.
If you like endless strip malls, tracts of bland suburban houses and eating at chains like Applebees, you'll love it. Not much character in a city where cornfields run up to the city limits, but hey they are trying.
Do NOT go during football season. And make sure you check out Thurman's Cafe for a huge burger. I did go wearing a Michigan T-shirt and although I got some mean looks, the people were generally nice. No one, to my knowledge, spit in my food. But there was a girl behind the bar who was a Michigan fan, so I had SOME protection. Cool place. But its JUST far enough outside the area where the university is to be out of the line of fire.
It's better than Cleveland and Toledo, but it's still in ohio.
I think it smells like armpit on a 100 degree day.
One compound word......SHITHOLE! I am sorry to say it but my entire family lives in Columbus and the outskirts. It really is not that bad as much as the people in it.(like previously stated) I think all the people living in that town with a buckeye sized brain are the real problem not the actual appearance of the city. Like I said my whole family lives there and I enjoy it as long as I do not have to interact with idiot ass ohio fans. I can not tell you how many times I have just been in ohio and I have got flicked off by A BUNCH of trash bag ohio fans. So to me it is a place where rednecks go that could not quite make it to the south. GO BLUE! CLASS ABOVE TRASH
After reading and thinking about all of my experiences in Columbus and Cincy I can pretty much draw the conclusion that I hate the state and every Suckeye fan in it. I wear my Michigan shirts and hats to famil reunions just to stir them up and they sure enough wear scarlet and gray just out of instict. Ohio is the most REDNECK and TRASHY state occupant wise besides Alabama. Alabama #1 and Ohio #2. It is so much different in AA when you see an ohio fan, it is just a joke and we laugh it off, in ohio they see a Michigan fan and they eye ball you, cuss you, try to fight, and flick you off. I have had maybe 2 people besides my family in that state not do any of the above. The eye ball is ok but that was EVERYWHERE and happens even with my family. Point being, its TRASHY.