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  • in reply to: Columbus once again in the New York Times #392448

    ja
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    Let’s face it. Columbus is very suburban in nature. That’s not meant to be negative, but it is what it is. Many people like the suburban attributes of wide streets and space between buildings and properties, cleanliness, ample and convenient parking, and general safe and secure neighborhoods. Because of these wonderful attributes, it goes largely unnoticed as do most suburbs around the nation that generally blend into one another. It is still a great place to raise a family without the hassles of big city problems.

    in reply to: Redesign of Downtown Mall in Cleveland #393789

    ja
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    anillo wrote >>
    I guess, IMO if the buildings near it are interesting enough you don’t need to help them get noticed by making something next to it boring. They’ll stand out on themselves.

    Cleveland’s downtown mall with its neoclassical civic and government buildings that flank it is very similar in design to the mall in Washington D.C. with its civic and government buildings flanking it. A similar concept was designed for Columbus, but was never realized.

    in reply to: Parking Meters – News & Updates #389750

    ja
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    Sallycbus wrote >>
    The parking meters are starting to confuse me. Seems like every time I put in money, it does not go very far. And since I don’t often carry $40 in quarters in my car, the parking is a hassle where I sometimes just avoid SN businesses. It’s a shame I sometimes can’t get out and park my car so I can go spend money at Haiku, Betty’s or Bernards Tavern at night.

    where are you from? and where do you go in large metropolitan cities for free/cheap parking?

    in reply to: Parking Meters – News & Updates #389749

    ja
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    where are you from?

    in reply to: Main Street Bridge Opening #391457

    ja
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    Walker wrote >>

    cc wrote >>
    It wasn’t a usual Sunday due to the big downtown bike race…
    I believe it was part of the Bike Columbus festival.

    We saw that earlier on, but after it was over there were still a lot of people out and about. Moreso than usual.

    which would be not many as someone who lives and works downtown.

    in reply to: Columbus once again in the New York Times #392347

    ja
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    My previous post before the one you refer to gives the per capita rankings for the largest cities.

    According to the following, Columbus ranks approximately 12th in the nation per capita.

    http://fabulouslyinthecity.blogspot.com/2008/08/gay-america-metropolitans.html

    in reply to: Columbus once again in the New York Times #392345

    ja
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    Core_Models wrote >>
    On a per-capita basis, Columbus ranks third in gay population nationally behind San Francisco and Atlanta, according to Michael Daniels, editor of the Columbus gay newspaper Outlook Weekly.
    From a TOP article a couple years back, I’ve heard the 2nd number several times as well.

    These charts show a list of the top 10 US metropolitan areas with the highest LGB population in terms of numbers of total gay, lesbian and bisexual residents.[25]
    Rank City Percentage
    of City
    Population GLB Population
    population rank
    1 San Francisco 15.4% 94,234 4
    2 Seattle 12.9% 57,993 9
    3 Atlanta 12.8% 39,805 12
    4 Minneapolis 12.5% 34,295 16
    5 Boston 12.3% 50,540 10
    6 Sacramento 9.8% 32,108 20
    7 Portland 8.8% 35,413 14
    8 Denver 8.2% 33,698 17
    9 Washington 8.1% 32,599 18
    10 Orlando 7.7% 12,508 36

    This survey seems to dispute the Columbus editor’s claim.

    in reply to: Columbus once again in the New York Times #392326

    ja
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    drew wrote >>

    ja wrote >>
    I think her point is that diversity is not a differentiator for Columbus, compared to any other large city.
    According to the 2006-2008 American Community Survey, the racial composition of Columbus was as follows:
    White: 65.4% (Non-Hispanic Whites: 62.7%)
    Black or African American: 26.4%
    Native American: 0.2%
    Asian: 4.1%
    Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: <0.1%
    Some other race: 1.4%
    Two or more races: 2.4%
    Hispanic or Latino (of any race): 4.5%

    I’m almost certain that those numbers are bullshit… not because of any malfeasance on the part of the surveyors, but because participation is highly unlikely to be consistent across groups. I’d guess that the 2010 census will paint a different picture, and while it may be closer it’ll also be off by some nontrivial margin.

    According to the U.S. Census 2000 whites comprised 67.9% and blacks, 24.5% in Columbus. Therefore, the numbers above already reflect an increase in other ethnic groups during this decade, and are not likely to change significantly upon the completion of the U.S. Census 2010.

    in reply to: Columbus once again in the New York Times #392321

    ja
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    Core_Models wrote >>
    If you’ve got the second largest gay population combined with the second largest Somali population, I’d say that right there pretty much ends the “conservative white guys” stereotype.
    ETA: Then throw in the second largest college by enrollment…of course, we could just have a giant number of gay Somali college students.

    Just curious where you came up with Columbus having the second largest gay population?

    Top LGBT populations in U.S. cities and states
    The U.S. city with the highest gay population is New York with an estimated 272,493 gay residents.[8] Los Angeles is second with 154,270, followed by Chicago with 114,449 and San Francisco with 94,234. It is much more likely to encounter gay residents in San Francisco, Seattle, Atlanta, and Boston as a higher percentage of those cities’ residents are gay.
    The U.S. metropolitain areas with the largest gay residents are New York–Northern New Jersey–Long Island, with an estimated 568,903 gay residents, followed by Los Angeles–Long Beach–Santa Ana with 442,211, and Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, Illinois-Indiana-Wisconsin with 288,748.[9]
    The following charts show a list of the top U.S. cities, states, and metro areas with: 1) the highest population of gay residents, and 2) the highest percentage of gay residents within city limits. (GLB population as a percentage of total residents).[8] The numbers given are estimates based on American Community Survey data.[10]
    Rank City Percentage
    of City
    Population GLB Population
    population rank
    1 New York City 4.5% 272,493 1
    2 Los Angeles 5.6% 154,270 2
    3 Chicago 5.7% 114,449 3
    4 San Francisco 15.4% 94,234 4
    5 Phoenix 6.4% 63,222 5
    6 Houston 4.4% 61,976 6
    7 San Diego 6.8% 61,945 7
    8 Dallas 7.0% 58,473 8
    9 Seattle 12.9% 57,993 9
    10 Boston 12.3% 50,540 10
    11 Philadelphia 4.2% 43,320 11
    12 Atlanta 12.8% 39,085 12
    13 San Jose 5.8% 37,260 13

    in reply to: Columbus once again in the New York Times #392320

    ja
    Member

    I think her point is that diversity is not a differentiator for Columbus, compared to any other large city.

    According to the 2006-2008 American Community Survey, the racial composition of Columbus was as follows:
    White: 65.4% (Non-Hispanic Whites: 62.7%)
    Black or African American: 26.4%
    Native American: 0.2%
    Asian: 4.1%
    Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: <0.1%
    Some other race: 1.4%
    Two or more races: 2.4%
    Hispanic or Latino (of any race): 4.5%

    in reply to: Columbus once again in the New York Times #392318

    ja
    Member

    Core_Models wrote >>
    If you’ve got the second largest gay population combined with the second largest Somali population, I’d say that right there pretty much ends the “conservative white guys” stereotype.

    The “conservative white guys” still run the city – don’t fool yourself. Have you checked the make-up of the Columbus Partnership lately?

    in reply to: Columbus once again in the New York Times #392315

    ja
    Member

    I’ve always described Columbus as one big suburb – mostly white with mostly white-collar jobs; socially tolerant, but fiscally conservative.


    ja
    Member

    Walker wrote >>
    Superintendent: COTA passes were pulled for misbehavior
    Friday, July 30, 2010
    BY BILL BUSH
    The Columbus Dispatch
    Saying Superintendent Gene Harris has done “a disservice to our students,” the vice president of the Columbus Board of Education will urge her colleagues Tuesday to order Harris to reinstate COTA bus passes for high-school students.
    Harris, speaking publicly for the first time since passes were abruptly pulled last weekend, changed the district’s official stance on why they were pulled, saying today that student “misbehavior” on buses was behind it.
    READ MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2010/07/30/Superintendent-say-COTA-passes-pulled-for-bad-behavior.html?sid=101

    Why is it that our public officials feel the need to outright lie to the public as to the real reasons for making a decision? Shame on you Gene Harris. You should know better.

    in reply to: Columbus once again in the New York Times #392281

    ja
    Member

    It probably would be easier to rename the city. Columbus is a rather generic name, requiring specification of Ohio in the same breath. I agree with the previous poster that focusing and obsessing on Columbus’ identity does come across as a bit desperate and insecure.

    in reply to: Columbus once again in the New York Times #392272

    ja
    Member

    I think part of the identity problem is that Columbus is largely a transient city – a place holder for many people. They tend to identify with other cities from which they come and have less incentive to buy into Columbus. It would be interesting to know what percentage of CU posters are actually from Columbus?

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