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Columbus, OH: The new Midwest

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    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
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    Columbus, OH: The new Midwest
    Ryan Kasley May 28, 2015

    When I was first asked to attend an LGBT media trip in Columbus, OH, I was skeptical that it would be worth my while. When I thought of places to get away from Philadelphia for a long weekend, the Midwest didn’t exactly jump to mind. In fact, I wasn’t even sure where Columbus was, let alone what there was to do there. Did gay people even live there?

    READ MORE: http://www.epgn.com/special-editions/150-summer-guide-2015/8898-columbus-oh-the-new-midwest

    #1081160

    OneBagTravel
    Participant

    Damn, that dude went on a whirlwind tour of Columbus. Awesome itinerary.

    #1081162
    vestanpance
    vestanpance
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    The five closest to downtown, which included Seventh Son, are known as “Brewer’s Row.”

    since when?

    #1081171
    Gus W
    Gus W
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    The five closest to downtown, which included Seventh Son, are known as “Brewer’s Row.”

    since when?

    Not sure, but I like the ring to it.

    #1081173
    paul.szuter
    paul.szuter
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    I love that people are learning that Columbus exists, but I am growing tired of the holier-than-thou attitude most people have towards our city, state, and region. Some people brashly disregard Ohio and most of the Midwest as fly-over territory, regardless of the fact that the majority of them have not even been to the area. I used to catch flak even from Chicagoans for being from Ohio. I can’t Side Eye Chloe hard enough at this. The vast majority of articles written about Columbus begin with the sentiment of being ‘forced’ or ‘hesitant’ to go to Columbus, then discovering that it doesn’t live up to the negative stereotypes. How can Middle America be “cool”? Personally, as I am happy for these people who enjoy their visits to Columbus, I couldn’t care less about whether or not they approve of our city. “Do gay people even live there?” Really? REALLY? I know this is meant to be hyperbolic, but really? I feel though, this is especially the attitude of gays that come here. I admit that as a gay man, I may be more willing to be critical of this article, and this is my personal opinion, not that of everyone in Columbus. The one point in the article with which I can commiserate is the critique of the lack of a pinnacle symbol/monument which defines Columbus and gives it national recognition. Luckily we have all of the hard earned accolades already. Le sigh. Sorry if this sounded pretentious/incohesive… :/

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    paul.szuter
    paul.szuter
    Participant

    Added for good measure.

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    #1081181

    drew
    Participant

    I mostly just get a chuckle out of it – newcomers expect Columbus to be hopelessly passé, and locals find the newcomer’s preconceptions to be hopelessly passé.

    #1081182

    DouginCMH
    Participant

    I’m not a gay male, but also found it ridiculous that Columbus’ national reputation as a gay-friendly city wouldn’t be known by someone writing for a gay publication. For some years now Columbus has earned very high scores in national rankings of gay-friendly cities and of places where a lot of gay people live. Columbus is only below the radar if you never bother looking at the radar. Weird.

    #1081198
    Jesse Bethea
    Jesse Bethea
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    This is nice and all, but articles like this one and the Mother Jones one are starting to sound cliched. The format of “I was going to Columbus -> Columbus is in Ohio -> I associate Ohio with corn -> Columbus must be boring -> Turns out I was wrong!” is only sustainable for so long. I hope national journalists keep writing about Columbus, I just also hope they stop being so lazy about it.

    #1081200

    Aaron Marshall
    Participant

    Quid pro quo journalism at its finest.

    #1081202
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    Quid pro quo journalism at its finest.

    Isn’t all travel writing expenses-paid? The guy said in the very first sentence that he was on a media trip.

    #1081208
    MichaelC
    MichaelC
    Participant

    I’d assume travel writing is paid by the writer’s employer…not clear as to how this played out, unless I missed something.

    #1081209

    Aaron Marshall
    Participant

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>Aaron Marshall wrote:</div>
    Quid pro quo journalism at its finest.

    Isn’t all travel writing expenses-paid? The guy said in the very first sentence that he was on a media trip.

    Steve Stephens doesn’t get anything for his Dispatch travel stories.
    If you have any ethics, you disclose all your financial relationships upfront. This sure reads like it was paid for.

    #1081213

    Anonymous
    Inactive

    The five closest to downtown, which included Seventh Son, are known as “Brewer’s Row.”

    since when?

    http://www.cbusaletrail.com/brewers-row/

    #1081215
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    I’d assume travel writing is paid by the writer’s employer…not clear as to how this played out, unless I missed something.

    It was a media tour hosted by Experience Columbus. I don’t know the full details of this particular event, but when we’ve gotten requests to visit other cities by their visitors’ bureau, it’s generally an all/most expenses-paid offer. And the couple of times we’ve taken up these offers and sent someone, we disclose it in the article. Example (disclosure is at the bottom of the article):

    https://www.columbusunderground.com/travel-5-must-dos-in-myrtle-beach

    Steve Stephens doesn’t get anything for his Dispatch travel stories.

    That will likely change under the new ownership.

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