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I have fond memories of the Ritzy’s in Cincinnati (Kenwood Rd — I think it’s Honeybaked Ham now?) and would definitely go if they reopened in Columbus.
Grandview/Marble Cliff off Fifth:
Walk Score: 71
Transit Score: 32
I was born and raised in Cincinnati. My dad’s family came from Columbus originally (although he grew up in Washington CH), so we had relatives here and I spent some amount of time here growing up. More than a lot of people in Cincinnati, who by and large don’t seem to know or care much about Columbus, or at least they didn’t when I was growing up.
Went to undergrad in rural Upstate New York, and grad school in Waterloo and Kingston, Ontario. I was away from Ohio on and off for about a decade.
I’ve been a hockey fan most of my life, and when the Blue Jackets came into being, I started coming to Columbus more often to go to games, got to know some people up here through that. I came to recognize Columbus as a pretty decent city with lots of amenities, and maybe a place I would like to live. After returning to Cincinnati while I was finishing my Ph.D., I didn’t really want to move far away again, so I focused my job search on Ohio, and Columbus was probably my first choice (Cincinnati, you’re home, but you’re just TOO conservative for me…). I was lucky enough to be offered a job here right around Christmas 2003, and moved up here the day after New Year’s, 2004. I really like it here. It’s not without its problems, but I think Columbus is generally a great place to live.
I also saw it this weekend and wondered what had happened. I’ll have to remember to check Tri-Village News and Grandview This Week and see if they have anything about it in police reports (although I guess the car was in Columbus, and they only do Grandview police reports…but I’ll take a look anyway just to check)
Pot Roast at Tip Top
Smoked Turkey (w. Bacon) at Northstar
Jalapeno Joe at Spinelli’s
Grass-fed Brisket at Ray-Ray’s Hog Pit
Bacon & Avocado at Cafe Corner
Turkey Philly from Zuppa (are they still open downtown?)
My father’s cousin lives on Sunny Hill, and it really is lovely the way her backyard backs onto the OSU land. Very peaceful, a lot of varied wildlife around. I would be pretty pissed if I lived there and they put a road through that…
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Colonel By Driveway-Ottawa
When I lived in res at Carleton, I had a Colonel By Drive mailing address.
Most of my favorites in town have already been named…Delashmut, Mooberry, the running shoe and cheap wine subdivisions.
There’s a subdivision in Galloway where all the streets are named after lyrics from the national anthem. It’s right across from the stereotypical Irish themed subdivision, which is next to the cowboy themed subdivision.
I have always kind of wanted to live on Mad Anthony St. in Cincinnati.
I spent a week in Alberta in June. Stayed with friends who live in Calgary, although we didn’t stay in the city much. Went to Banff and Yoho National Parks one day, Waterton Park another day, up to Drumheller to see the Alberta Badlands. Had a great time.
Work is pretty busy right now due to it being an election year, so I don’t have any other big trips planned this summer. Took a day trip to Cleveland a few weeks back.
I’m going to NYC next week, but that’s for work, and I have a grad total of about 2 hours of time to do my own thing.
I am taking a couple of days off in October and going to Indianapolis to see Billy Bragg. And I have the whole week scheduled off after the election, although I have yet to decide whether to go somewhere for the week, take a shorter trip or two, or just hang out around Columbus.
I’m impressed at how fast this has gone up, and it’s not a bad looking building. But as a native Cincinnatian, I am a little bit sad that the Carew Tower isn’t going to be the tallest building in town anymore.
However, it would be nice to see a new skyscraper surpass the Rhodes Tower here…
I guess I’ve been lucky, because, although I have been approached by panhandlers many times in the Short North, I’ve never had any act aggressive or threatening there. The only place in Columbus I’ve had a panhandler act in a somewhat threatening manner was by campus.
I used to live in Kingston, Ontario, which is a fraction of the size of Columbus (about 120k), and there were far more panhandlers there than I’ve ever encountered in Columbus. I’d walk down Princess and get hit up at least once a block. One variation we had in Kingston (and also in bigger Canadian cities I’ve spent a lot of time in, mostly Ottawa and Toronto) that I’ve never really encountered in Columbus is the street kids. A very high percentage of the panhandlers I encountered when I lived in Canada were teenagers. I can’t think of a time when I’ve ever been panhandled by a kid in Columbus…
I used Competent Electrical Services to do some work when I first bought my house (switch the chandelier, fix some reverse polarity outlets, fix some wiring issues with the AC). The work was fine…don’t remember off-hand what it cost, but I don’t think it was too bad.
I have family in Carmel, so most of the time I’ve spent in Indianapolis as an adult has been in the ‘burbs. But I went over there for a concert a couple years ago and stayed over and spent some time looking around in the city, and was pleasantly surprised.
Broad Ripple is cool, as noted.
I think the Art Museum there is very nice, although that may not be super fun for the kids. Haven’t been to the Children’s Museum since 1985, but I loved that place when I was young. I also liked the Indy 500 Museum when I was a kid. There is a Museum of Sports Art near downtown that I always want to check out, because the concept intrigues me, but I have never made it there yet.
Massachusetts Ave on the edge of downtown (near the Murat Theater) is sort of a mini-Short North with some shops and galleries. One of my favorite stores in the world, At Home in the City (cool, funky housewares and gifts and miscellaneous stuff), is located there. And they have some cool public art installations scattered about, so it’s fun to just walk around.
If you are a dinosaur like me who still buys CDs, Luna Music is a pretty good indie store. They have a location on Mass Ave, but the one by Broad Ripple is bigger and better.
Wow, I went by there earlier today and was wondering what had happened. I can’t believe one car did all that!
My parents live in Cincinnati, so I tend to go there a lot on weekends.
Pittsburgh is an awesome city and a pretty quick drive. Cleveland is also close and worth visiting.
Not quite as close, but still pretty easy drives to cities I like a lot — St. Louis and Nashville. Louisville is also a great city. Chicago, of course. Indianapolis is not a place I like quite as much as those other cities, but it’s not a bad place for a day trip, or to stop on the way to Chicago or St. Louis.
I haven’t really spent time exploring the Detroit area as much as I should, although Ann Arbor is a pretty cool town (I will now be drummed out of Columbus for saying that).
Last month I did a day trip down to Charleston, WV. It’s admittedly not the most exciting place in the world, but it’s a pretty drive down there.