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Old 01-08-2013, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Mexico City, formerly Columbus, Ohio
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I know Ohio historically has always been associated with bad economy; however, I see it is not the case anymore. Columbus has a good economic outlook and it is currently growing a little faster than Indianapolis.

Do you think Ohio will continue to have a good long-term economic growth, especially in Columbus? I am seriously thinking about attending the Ohio State University. I hope I will fit in as a friendly and outgoing southerner from Mississippi.
I think "bad economy" for the state was somewhat overblown. The 1970s-1980s were rough, as manufacturing went downhill and that was the economic bread and butter of several metros. The problem wasn't that all industries were in decline, it was just that the overreliance on limited industries left some metros with a lot of problems. While some are still coming out of this somewhat, most have diversified enough that they have far more stable economies now. This helped the state gain the 3rd most jobs the last year and has lowered its unemployment rate faster than the national average. The state is also becoming more business friendly and, overall, the cost of living is pretty inexpensive. So while there are still issues, the state is probably in the best shape in decades economically, and it seems to be gradually improving.

Columbus has been in good shape for the most part. I don't think you'll have any problems there.
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:15 PM
 
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I know Ohio historically has always been associated with bad economy; however, I see it is not the case anymore. Columbus has a good economic outlook and it is currently growing a little faster than Indianapolis.

Do you think Ohio will continue to have a good long-term economic growth, especially in Columbus? I am seriously thinking about attending the Ohio State University. I hope I will fit in as a friendly and outgoing southerner from Mississippi.

Ohio State is a great school. My wife is a professor there. Columbus on the whole is a great city. The university is extremely diverse and you will meet plenty of people from all over the US and the world should you elect to attend. If you don't mind me asking would you be attending for professional school, graduate school, or undergraduate?
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:27 PM
 
Location: livin' the good life
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I know Ohio historically has always been associated with bad economy; however, I see it is not the case anymore. Columbus has a good economic outlook and it is currently growing a little faster than Indianapolis.

Do you think Ohio will continue to have a good long-term economic growth, especially in Columbus? I am seriously thinking about attending the Ohio State University. I hope I will fit in as a friendly and outgoing southerner from Mississippi.
What, not considering Ole Miss? Fantastic school and ultimate college scene. My daughter attends Ole Miss and I envy her. My son is such a Buckeye fan that he would have considered attending there if he could wear shorts year round, but just too cold for him.
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:40 PM
 
Location: The Magnolia State
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What, not considering Ole Miss? Fantastic school and ultimate college scene. My daughter attends Ole Miss and I envy her. My son is such a Buckeye fan that he would have considered attending there if he could wear shorts year round, but just too cold for him.
I want to leave hot, humid Mississippi for a fantastic college in a big city up north. After visiting family in St. Louis during winters for holidays, I actually love the cold.

I grew up 45 minutes away from Ole Miss in Oxford. It's too close for me plus I have been to Ole Miss numerous times.

If I have to stay in the South, I would rather attend the University of Alabama (Mom's Alma Mater).
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:42 PM
 
Location: The Magnolia State
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Ohio State is a great school. My wife is a professor there. Columbus on the whole is a great city. The university is extremely diverse and you will meet plenty of people from all over the US and the world should you elect to attend. If you don't mind me asking would you be attending for professional school, graduate school, or undergraduate?
I would be attending for undergraduate and possibly, graduate school for Masters.
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:07 PM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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I wouldn't really say that Ohio State is "Extremely diverse" (majority are definitely still white Ohioans) but it's definitely a good school. I really had some fantastic professors and there are great opportunities for students- clubs, activism, social life, sports, academics.
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Old 01-11-2013, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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I wouldn't really say that Ohio State is "Extremely diverse" (majority are definitely still white Ohioans) but it's definitely a good school. I really had some fantastic professors and there are great opportunities for students- clubs, activism, social life, sports, academics.
Ohio state has become a very diverse school the last decade. The school wasn't always so much, but now it is. Mostly due to a large increase in foreign students, especially from asia.
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Old 01-11-2013, 05:05 PM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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Ohio state has become a very diverse school the last decade. The school wasn't always so much, but now it is. Mostly due to a large increase in foreign students, especially from asia.
I graduated 2012. I'm not saying there aren't foreign kids- there's a ton of Asian students at most big universities. I'm just saying it's not really any more diverse than the next school. Probably more diverse than Miami OH though.
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:36 PM
 
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The 2000s through 2010-2011 featured all of CMH's busiest passenger years, even though the recession produced a drop. It's not just locals, as more than half of the traffic travels from 60 miles or further out. And I'm not really convinced that they need a hub to get another terminal, as hubs can ultimately lead to big problems down the line, as exemplified in Cincinnati and Cleveland.
First of all, like I stated earlier, CMH with 6 million passengers/year doesn't generate enough traffic to fill up its' 44-gate terminal. For example, Chicago's Midway airport has 43 gates with very short runways, but it has 19 million passengers/year. This is why it will be a long time before CMH adds another gate!!!

Second of all, there are many major cities (including Columbus) that would love to have the hub that Cincinnati had because it's obviously good for the local economy. And while CVG has turned into a ghost town (CMH is now busier than CVG), Delta's major presence, with all of the overseas flights, was good while it lasted. Cleveland still has its' hub, but it was never as big as CVG's hub and therefore didn't have that big of a decline.
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Old 01-12-2013, 05:03 PM
 
Location: MPLS
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This is very interesting. It sounds like, despite the enormous growth of the city, you still don't expect to see a major "urbanization" of Columbus any time soon. Columbus desperately needs rail, considering that it is becoming the norm for cities its size throughout America. It would also be interesting to see rail in a city in Ohio other than Cleveland.
At this point I'm against a streetcar on N High: if it was going to happen it should already have been done. That and the prolonged road construction on N High in Old North resulted in shuttered businesses and businesses suffering overall even in a densely populated neighborhood. What Columbus should do, but likely won't is construct a (likely to include Easton)Airport-Downtown/Arena District light-rail line. As a bonus it could open up the possibility for revitalization of long-forgotten areas: TOD around LRT stations in Krumm Park and Shepard and Milo-Grogan where virtually no improvements have occurred to date would spark new interest in these "undiscovered" lands, suddenly making them viable parts of the city's urban fabric and once again giving them new-found relevance. LRT from the airport to Downtown would make some of the best urban assets easily accessible to visitors without having to worry about renting a car.

What is truly needed for a streetcar is a line down a depressed commercial district near Downtown. W Broad now has a casino on one end of two dense and empty business districts with Downtown on the opposite end. Parsons is another top candidate since the north end is revitalized while down south German Village and Merion Village are right next door to bolster improvements on Parsons that otherwise just aren't happening. This way you aren't driving healthy desirable businesses out (I could imagine opposition from High St businesses stalling a High St streetcar even further into the future) and instead are adding good businesses where there are few/none and it makes the shabby buildings more attractive to be fixed up and rented out. Too bad I'm the only one even talking about this and I don't even live there.

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Columbus may not need a lot of high-rises any time soon. It will probably look a lot more like DC, which is saturated with mid-rises because of height limits, than Chicago. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as it does not take high-rises to define the urban look and feel of a city. The high-rises will probably come when there is no more room to grow with the current mid-rises, or you might see high-rises in other parts of the city, other than downtown.
I agree that high-rises are not at all necessary, but Mpls doesn't need high-rises either, judging by the remaining surface lots Downtown near the Metrodome and in North Loop. Yet two new ones are underway (one 20+ the other 30+) to join several others (that's just in a 1/2 sq mi sub-neighborhood of Downtown btw) that are at least a dozen stories tall. I thought exactly what you said until I was blown away by what I saw here.

Hopefully in the absence of high-rises we'll see aggressive infill on Long and Spring and the SE quadrant of Downtown which is overrun by parking lots. The city of Columbus still hasn't figured out how to make the nice little neighborhood around the Topiary Park along with the park itself grow into a small Loring Park equivalent. Why I don't know; maybe jbcmh81 has some excu...err, "reasons" for why that can't/hasn't happened.
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