Originally Posted by west336
I lived 5 years in Columbus. I visited Richmond only once for a job interview with their major employer, Capital One. All I saw of RIchmond was the drive in and out, and it looked very "woodsy" and a little too "rural", and yet closer to the core of the city it was very dense, gritty and frankly, ghetto. The downtown looked nice, but I have NO IDEA what I would do in Richmond. The bottom line for me is that:
I have no family in Richmond OR the surrounding 500 mile area (unless Cleveland is w/in 500 mi.)
I have no friends in the area
I know nothing of the public schools, but I assume not so good? (have a child)
It's smaller than the smallest city size I'd be willing to live in (2 million-ish, by FAR the smallest, 3 million or more preferable for a metro area)
Weather is much too warm/hot (Yes, there is such a thing as "too hot"), and there is no real winter the way I define winter
I don't know about the economy or most of its employers
These things Columbus has in excess of Richmond, so I chose C-bus. I'd be willing to listen more about Richmond and why it may be better!
I felt the same about the woodsy comment. Not much could be seen from the area interstates without looking to closely. The Richmond Metro is only slightly smaller from what I have read. I did see some of ghetto, but I didn't feel as out of place as I would if I were on E main in CBUS. CBUS also seems a lot more cookie cutter, and you can see a lot of that from all of our highways. It was pretty hot down there, but I'd like to hope that it translates into a less gloomy winter than we have in central OH.