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    Walker Evans
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    The hater’s guide to Columbus, Ohio (and surrounding areas)

    By Matt Brown on Jan 21, 4:00p

    A few weeks back, former LGHL contributor DJ Byrnes and I were talking on Twitter about the things in Columbus that really irked us. We decided the only way to get the self therapy we so sorely needed was to have an airing of grievances of sorts about the various Columbus suburbs that really got to us.

    The following is a tongue-and-cheek, informal power rankings of sorts, for all the things about the C-bus suburbs that bug us. If you’re extremely thin skinned, lack a sense of humor, or just like to get mad about stuff on the Internet, this probably isn’t for you.

    READ MORE: http://www.landgrantholyland.com/2013/1/21/3900590/the-haters-guide-to-columbus-ohio-and-surrounding-areas

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    They kind of lost me with this:

    Columbus doesn’t really have that. Despite being a fairly big city, an awful lot of Columbus proper is too spread out, or too similar, to have a unique neighborhood pride or feel. What we have instead, are suburbs.

    It sounds like these people have never set foot in urban Columbus beyond OSU.

    Ah well. Their loss I guess…

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    that could have been funny, it had some promise, but it missed.

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    It is weird – because it’s pretty much not about Columbus at all. All cities have suburbs, you just have to get far enough outside of whichever city to find them.

    They might also want to check out http://www.alteatscolumbus.com if they’re going to spend any time in the ‘burbs looking for ethnic food.

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    The whole article was ‘meh’. In the comment section from DJ Byrnes (I think). Not sure if they’re still trying to be funny or just full of themselves.

    There are small, vocal contingencies of people who try to promote the lesser-known but nonetheless cool neighborhoods and events within the actual city of Columbus, but unfortunately most of those who could really put Columbus on the map move to bigger and “better” cities at the first opportunity. (Yes, I realize this is a transparent reference to both Matt and me, who left Columbus in favor of Chicago and Atlanta respectively. And I’d like to think that we’re just the kind of hip youngsters that the die-hard Columbus fans want to keep around.) Thus they leave behind those too poor to go anywhere else as well as those who are content to eat at Applebee’s and return to their Blu-Ray players with Redbox DVDs every Friday night.

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    Yeah, I love a good roast, and they prefaced it as such… but then it wasn’t funny… at all. It’s like they just repeated every last tired stereotype, and not even stereotypes they experienced, but things they once heard about years ago from someone else and are repeating them because they think they’re relevant. Yeah, if this is what Columbus is losing, I’d say that’s a net positive.

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    Limp-wristed roast.

    For their next draft:

    Dublin (Winner): Ben Roethlisberger has pissed in public there.

    Hilliard (Loser): In addition to taking two decades to figure out how to widen just one artery they can’t figure out how to run a roundabout for anything. There’s a family in Dublin that has spent weeks looking for an elderly family member who disappeared while visiting from India, and he’s probably in one of these roundabouts.

    Powell Police (Losers): Two traffic stops have ended in fatalities and multi-million-dollar settlements. Officer who conducted a 20-mile solo chase of a suspected DWI from Powell to downtown (fatal crash at Broad & High) claimed her chase training consisted of watching taped episodes of COPS. The big stuff, like not having two feet of cinder block blasted away in the middle of town overnight to facilitate the theft of thousands of dollars in firearms from a large firearms dealership, continues to elude this police force.

    Upper Arlington (Winners): They re-arrange their chairs into a big, separate circle at science fairs, etc. so the crowd can see all the obscure corporate awards going to their little spot of sunshine. Of course they’re the only school that has applied for the obscure corporate awards.

    Westerville (Winner): Buster Douglas trained there and pulled off the greatest upset in sports history.

    Columbus (Winner): Bad-ass police force: There’s the CPD sniper who shot the pistol out of that guy’s hand while he held the intersection of Bent Tree & Snouffer hostage, and the CPD guy who just walked in the back door alone with a shotgun to take out the gunman at Alrosa Villa. Mayor: Often appears inebriated and has trouble with vocabulary during Glenn Beck interviews, but has managed to improve the city immensely.

    Columbus (Loser): Coolest message board in town, CU, defaults news links using the site window as a target, replacing the coolest message board in town with rantings of two guys who dislike anybody who can afford more than a bicycle and want pundit cred for it.

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    Whitehall Wins!

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    It’s a nice idea, but they did such a terrible job. Inside MOSSL soccer jokes? Ok, like 4 people got that one.

    Don’t understand how Dublin is the poor-man’s UA…at least make your satire/sarcasm make sense.

    I guess they didn’t want to touch Grove City, Worthington, Gahanna, Clintonville, etc. Their beef is with the suburbs though…do they realize those are separate towns/cities? It’s pretty apparent they haven’t been to the suburbs of the cities they praise for having diveristy (New Orleans, Chicago, Washington). There might not be a “China town” but there are the historic italian, victorian, german, etc. villages, short north…I’m wasting my time because the people on this site know what I’m talking about. Then again, they did give the disclaimer not to take it seriously.

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    I laughed out loud at this

    Hilliard (Loser): In addition to taking two decades to figure out how to widen just one artery they can’t figure out how to run a roundabout for anything. There’s a family in Dublin that has spent weeks looking for an elderly family member who disappeared while visiting from India, and he’s probably in one of these roundabouts

    I was in Hillard a few years back for a Craigslist ad and got lost in some home development, stopped to ask for directions and the guy had to pull out a map of the neighborhood to tell me where the street was. Such a surreal experience.

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    I don’t mind people preferring other places, but it’s annoying when people who supposedly grew up “in” Columbus (read, the suburbs), feel free to sound off on the city when it’s painfully clear they never even visited it.

    unfortunately most of those who could really put Columbus on the map move to bigger and “better” cities at the first opportunity. (Yes, I realize this is a transparent reference to both Matt and me

    LOL, this is funnier than the actual article.

    I’d like to think that we’re just the kind of hip youngsters that the die-hard Columbus fans want to keep around.

    Um, yeah, speaking as a known Columbus die-hard, not so much, kids. Enjoy Chicago and Atlanta!

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    LOL Atlanta!

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    Saw in the comment section people complaining about the use of the word “uptown”.

    I’ve lived in Columbus my entire life, and can’t think of a single time I’ve heard someone use that word.

    The Upper Arlington thing was pretty spot on with the athletics though, that made me smile at least.

    BTW, moving from Columbus to Atlanta is at best a lateral move.

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    The article is hilarious because everyone that lives in a suburb is affluent racist scum. Gut-busting.

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    Coremodels said:
    Saw in the comment section people complaining about the use of the word “uptown”.

    I’ve lived in Columbus my entire life, and can’t think of a single time I’ve heard someone use that word.

    The Upper Arlington thing was pretty spot on with the athletics though, that made me smile at least.

    BTW, moving from Columbus to Atlanta is at best a lateral move.

    I grew up in Uptown Westerville, and it is indeed ‘Uptown’ not ‘Downtown’ but who really gives a shit?

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