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Help Needed - What would make Ohio/Columbus Cool?

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    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
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    I’m going to be on All Sides with Ann Fisher tomorrow at 10am to talk about Governor Kasich’s quest to make Ohio cool.

    So my question to everyone is simple… what would make Ohio cool? ;) If you have good suggestions, we may talk about them on the air. Tune in at 89.7fm or online at http://wosu.org/allsides/.

    #441352

    JonMyers
    Participant

    LULZ… @ Kasich on a cool quest.

    #441353

    2thDoc
    Participant

    Loaded question. The answers can range from less red tape to sunglasses for all Ohioans. My vote is to improve everything. Not everything is broken, but if he could make everything better, that would be cool.

    #441354

    swan
    Participant

    a light rail!

    #441355

    Wickham
    Member

    More financial support for the development of the major urban centers in Ohio along with better public transportation options to reach those destinations.

    #441356

    anillo
    Participant

    TRAAAAAAAAIN

    #441357

    thecandlelab
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    More development (economic and structural) at the heart of Ohio’s communities, and less sterile disconnected malls. In other words, more Short North and Grandview Avenue and less Easton/Polaris/Mill Run/Crosswoods/City Center.

    How cool would it be if the places we ate and shopped were connected to the places where people lived and gathered, rather than assembled around an unacceptable food court?

    #441358

    anillo
    Participant

    And more candles.

    #441359

    Andrew Hall
    Member

    I have an answer for you to use which is political, but not particular to any leaning :

    Cool is being proactive, having a plan, an idea of what makes you and what to do about it. Kasich and his administration are not ‘cool’ and will never be ‘cool’ because everything they have done so far is reactive. Every thought they have is purely in reaction or opposition to something else. Even worse, it is routinely derisive without ever proposing an alternative.

    It is isn’t that trains are ‘cool.’ It is that thinking about the problems – like decaying infrastructure, rising fuel costs and ultimately how to keep the people of Ohio (urban/suburban/ex-urban/rural) with the lifestyles they want – is cool.

    A.

    #441360

    colrex7
    Member

    Focusing our economic growth on emerging industries (such as high-tech industries). And not forgetting local businesses, farmers, smaller companies; because these sectors attract unique local environments and enhance cultural experiences. Which make a place desirable.

    Investing in progressive infrastructure. By spending more emphasis on biking, walkways, train services, green infrastructure and other alternative ways to get around. This will bring Ohio up to par with perceived “cool” places.

    Honestly, I think cool-ness will come to Ohio when people believe it themselves. Embracing Ohio’s strengths and building off those strengths are crucial if Ohio will appear cool to outsiders.

    #441361

    colrex7 wrote >>
    Focusing our economic growth on emerging industries (such as high-tech industries).

    [i]Friends suggest that Columbus is at the forefront of social media marketing. Cool fashion design permeates the city flowing from the[/i] larger fashion market here.

    colrex7 wrote >>
    Investing in progressive infrastructure. By spending more emphasis on biking.

    [i]Better East/West bike corridors, fo’ sho'[/i]

    colrex7 wrote >>
    Honestly, I think cool-ness will come to Ohio when people believe it themselves.

    [i]Well said…[/i]

    #441362

    Andrew Hall wrote >>
    Every thought they have is purely in reaction or opposition to something else. Even worse, it is routinely derisive without ever proposing an alternative.
    It is isn’t that trains are ‘cool.’ It is that thinking about the problems – like decaying infrastructure, rising fuel costs and ultimately how to keep the people of Ohio (urban/suburban/ex-urban/rural) with the lifestyles they want – is cool.
    A.

    YES

    #441363

    tree_sketcher
    Participant

    Fun thread. I agree people in Ohio need to be more proud of Ohio and stop treating it as a punchline. IMO, The coolest part of Ohio is that opportunity abounds for young people. ‘Owning’ something tangible (small business, real estate, education, etc.) is much more readily attainable here than in other big cities.

    Otherwise:

    1. Obviously high speed rail would be awesome for Ohio. If a true HSR system is built from NY/DC through Ohio to Chicago; Columbus/Cleveland could be a 2-3 hour train ride to Chicago/NY/DC/Philly/pittsburgh etc. What a huge growth asset for Ohio cities.
    2. Celebrate creativity: art/architecture/science/tech/etc.
    3. Make ‘sustainable’ efforts more visible
    4. Create distinctive parks and public environments.
    5. A few more wacky new buildings mixed with our awesome historic architecture
    6. Play up our many, many outdoor recreational opportunities (biking, camping, kayaking/boating, hunting/fishing, golf, etc.)
    7. Local Food
    8. Industrial heritage is cool looking
    9. Ohio has ‘REAL’ and rich history.

    #441364

    joev
    Participant

    Yep. Coolness comes from pride. Ohioans need to realize the great things we have here, and stop being ashamed to live here. Problem is, John Kasich is doing almost everything he can (and some things he may not have the authority to) do to destroy the state. John Kasich makes the state uncool.

    #441365

    What would make Ohio “cool”?

    Making our apparently unwittingly uncool governor do a perp walk for his uncoolness.

    Creating organic, vibrant communities in cities and towns throughout the state and connecting them by rail and streetcars.

    More parks and greenspace; Clean waterways and lakes.

    Affordable quality townhomes and similar living options that aren’t priced only for people with an M.D. or J.D. after their name.

    Portland-style growth/land use boundaries that preserve green space and limit suburban sprawl.

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