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Old 03-24-2012, 11:40 AM
Location: toledo ohio
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Hi, everyone! I am a southern bell from Huntsville, Alabama who currently lives in Toledo, Ohio. I do not like it and I am taking a leap of faith and moving to Columbus, Ohio by June 1st. I am 40 years old, single, no kids, no pets, and I am going for it. I do not know anyone there, but I have heard nothing but good things about Columbus. I am really excited and I am just looking to meet new people who can tell me more about the city and point me in the right direction.
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Old 03-24-2012, 02:04 PM
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sorry to hear that. we lived there for about a year. worst place i ever lived and i've been around. Folks are just generally a little more rude. good luck.
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Old 03-25-2012, 12:54 PM
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I love Columbus!! Compared to Toledo, its night and day. Great parks, good schools, several options for dining and shopping (both local and chains). Columbus gets better everyday.
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Old 03-25-2012, 01:19 PM
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I agree, Columbus and Toledo are two very different places. I think you'll find Columbus much cleaner, friendlier, and more inviting. Ive lived here for 15 years and was kind of uncertain about the move at first, but as soon as I got to know Columbus, I was set. Good luck!
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Old 03-26-2012, 09:24 AM
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Old 03-26-2012, 11:24 AM
Location: 500 miles from home
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I grew up in Alabama myself. You are not going to find that level of friendliness to strangers that you find in Alabama. It's just not here. Not that people are rude - but there's southern charm and there's midwestern charm!

Myself - I much prefer living here to AL.

Best of Luck.
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Old 03-30-2012, 04:19 PM
Location: NKY's Campbell Co.
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One note on Columbus. IMO, it is really one of the few rust belt region cities that has a new feeling to it. While parts are still old (pre-WWII and even WWI) and have that character you normally cannot find in places like Charlotte or Houston, most of Columbus grew up from the 1980's onwards, especially the suburbs.

When I was in Charlotte a few weeks ago, it certainly felt similar to Columbus minus BOA being the major employer!

As far as friendliness, Columbus should be better than Toledo because it is largely transplants. Still, it probably does not have the southern hospitality that the south has. Either way, best of luck in your move!
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Old 03-30-2012, 05:46 PM
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"Southern hospitality", imo, is very overrated. Strangers are initially welcomed, but it quickly turns into a very cliquish mentality where if you don't go to the right church or participate in the right events, you're just not part of the community. The hospitality is very shallow in nature. Maybe not so much in the larger cities where there are more people from other places and more progressive atttitudes, but outside of there, there's definitely still a very narrow and closed-minded social scene that sets in after the initial courtesy. That is definitely not true in much of the Midwest. It may take a bit longer for people to warm up, but once they do, you have friends for life if you want them.
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