It is definitely a good thing that there's more acceptance, but at the same time, it sometimes feels there's a price for that acceptance. That price being assimilation into the larger mainstream community. For some that's a great thing, for others it might not be. Of course this is just my opinion.
So you want to have your cake and eat it too? ;)
Really, I think the positive aspect of acceptance far outweighs a few bars closing. I think "assimilation" is a stretch. All types of culture changes, mutates and evolves all the time. I totally understand a longing for "the good old days" however those are defined, but there's really no reason that the future shouldn't always be better than the past, and that's where this type of thing is leading... for a better future for the next generation.
I guess I've just always loved the idea of a Castro/ Boyztown type of area in Columbus. The kind of area that would be just as friendly to straight people as the "gay friendly" bars are to the gay community. The kind of area that would make people want to visit here any time of the year, not just during pride weekend. I had the pleasure of being able to visit the Castro about 6 years ago, and I must say, it was one of the most profound experiences of my life getting off of the train and going up to street level and the first thing you see is that massive rainbow flag flying in the air. I'll never forget that.
We made a trip to The Castro during a San Francisco trip 5 years ago, and were impressed with the neighborhood as well. Similarly, Chinatown in San Francisco is a cool area, but it was similarly settled as such because of a lack of acceptance in other areas. So to see rainbow flags scattered throughout Columbus, and acceptance that goes beyond the borders of one smaller district is a much better thing in my book.
Just my 2 cents, but I'd rather live in a city that is entirely gay friendly rather than a city that has just has one uber-gay neighborhood. ;)