I think we would probably live very near campus. Don't know yet if that's IN the city or not. (Still investigating.)
Bite your tongue girl. I wouldn't live within three miles of that campus with the proverbial gun to my head.
Columbus, with a population of more than 670,000 is the largest city in Ohio (Although Cleveland, with the inclusion of its metro area, is the most heavily populated area). It occupies most of Franklin County, and the countryside quickly gets rural and agrarian as you leave the city. The Sciota (pronounced by the locals as "Seye-oh-tuh") river passes through the center of the city--this river drains almost all of Ohio into the river of the same name. A smaller river, the Olentangy (Oh-lin-tange-ee), runs into the Sciota, as does Alum Creek. The zoo is truly excellent, and if you've ever seen Jack Hanna on the Tonight Show, showing off his animals, you've seen the heart and soul of the Columbus Zoo. On the west bank of the Sciota (the flooding from which has wreaked havoc on the city on many occassions), the old Central High School building has been taken over by COSI (central ohio museum of science and industry--maybe, i ain't sure), which the sozlet would just love. Lots of exhibits for kids, and cool stuff to do.
The center of the city is at Broad Street and High Street, on the rising ground just east of the river. City Hall stands on Broad Street at the river's edge. To the south east of that intersection is the state Capitol building, and just north of that block is the Rhodes office tower (named for former Governor Jim Rhodes, the sonovabitch who sent the national guard to Kent State--had his eyes on the white house, and thought he was gonna drum up some good publicity for his hard-nosed stand). To the west of Capitol square is another state tower, named for the long-time speaker of the state house--and i think he's still in that position, was when i came here, anyway. It has a first class restaurant on the top floor, and there are theater productions there regularly--can't remember the name of the damned place.
South of the downtown area is German village--founded in the early 1800's, it was then out of the city limits, which attracted the German artisans who came there because the properties were considerably less expensive. Sleeping in shabby gentile retirement in the 1980's, the area was invaded by gay men and yuppies with children; a neighborhood association with a planning board was established. Property values skyrocketed, and they pushed through a measure whereby the city agreed not to pave any streets which had not already been paved. The rest of the streets in German village are red brick. Many homeowners have replaced their sidewalks with red brick to conform, and by ordinance (thanks to that planning commission) if you remodel, you have to follow guidelines, and you cannot repair a sidewalk, you must replace it with red brick. Schmidt's sausage house there is as sleepy as all the village used to be, but the sausages are locally famous, and sell very well. Schiller Park is a "dog park," and quite a lovely place. Beth's diminutive four-legged friend, Mr. Bailey, took exception to Schiller, and barked at him furiously. We had not hitherto known of his bent for literary criticism.
West of downtown is the area known as The Bottoms, which has suffered from flood more than any other part of the town. In the late 1980's, it was the crack capital of the world--so much so, that the New York Times put Columbus on the front page in a series they did on crack and its profoumd social effects. Most folks in Columbus would likely prefer that the constant flood control projects directed water onto the bottoms to wash it away, but it's not as bad it once was--sad more than bad. This was the site of the first settlement in the area, Franklinton, which was founded in 1797. To the west of the bottoms area, is The Hilltop. This is a vast area of closely packed houses on long, narrow streets--the population is predominantly working class.
Broad Street divides the city north and south, and High Street divides it east and west. To the north of Broad Street, beginning more than a mile to the north, are the numbered avenues, running east and west. Wets of High Street are the remnants of First and Second Streets--numbered streets run north and south. To the east of High Street is Third Street, and with many interruptions, the numbered streets march off to the east, to about 30th Street (I think, can't remember sure). After 6th Street is Grant Avenue. South on Grant Avenue--opposite Grant Medical Center, on the site of the first major hospital in town--is the Columbus Metropolitan Library. The facade is a Carnegie Library, beautifully ornate; however, the heart of this central library of a vast and well organized library system in the county, is a three storey extension wing running east from the old Carnegie library (which portion has been taken over by administration). Its a great resource, a fun place, and has children's hours and a good deal of cheerful staff to help out in the children's section. Behind that is the old Library Park, with some interesting topiary. The neighborhood east of that is known as Old Town East, and is mostly a nice neighborhood, althoug it runs with some of the poorest neighborhoods in town, which are predominantly black. The nicer parts of Old Town East are being gradually spiffed up, much like German village, but at a more sedate pace. Expensive in the nicer parts, but beautiful in many places. There is a botanical garden on the north side of the Old Town East neighborhood.
To the immediate north of downtown, in the area between the railroad and King Avenue ( = 7th Avenue), is the area known as The Short North. It is comprised of Italian Village (no longer very Italian) a commercial strip along High Street, Goodale Park in the center, in what used to be known as Irishtown, and Railroadtown, is an area which is moving up scale rapidly, largely from a migration in of a lot of gays, who have driven up property values, and insisted on good accomdation and a police presence. In the 1980's, before that occured, it was the easiest place in town to find a whore, and crack only made that more true. Those days are gone, however. To the west in the Short North is Victorian Village. A great many lovely old Victorian housese survive, with many nice quality "Depression era" houses filling the spaces which i imagine were once the broad lawns between the Victorian "mansions." Gay couples, but more especially, young middle class couples with children, have really fixed up the neighborhood, and property values have taken off with a bullet.
That neighborhood ends at 9th Avenue, with the southern limit of the OSU campus. The Ohio State University Medical Center stands on the southwest corner of the campus there, and the original hospital, a modest affair now known as Starling-Loving Hall, sits within the now sprawling complex. (Dr. Loving had helped to found Grant Hosptial, which is now equally as sprawling just east of downtown. Colonel Starling was a member of the Secret Service, who assured himself a footnote in history when he calmly took a pistol from his coat, and shot dead an assassin who tried to climb into a carriage in which he was riding with Woodrow Wilson and Georges Clemenceau in Paris in 1919--did it without rising from his seat, for which Clemenceau greatly admired him his cool demeanor.) The campus of the Ohio State University then runs from there north to Lane Avenue (at about where 18th Avenue would be, if the University didn't own about everything there not already in the hands of the student slum Lords). On the east, it is bounded by Third Street, and to the west by the Olentangy river.
To the west of campus is Grandview Heights, generally just known as Grandview. It is an independent municipality, one of many now marooned within the voracious habit of annexation by the city of Columbus. It is a curious mixture of upper middle class and working class--typical of a small town, but badly out of balance because it is surrounded by Columbus. North of Grandview is Upper Arlington, resolutely middle class, and a by word for bland suburban values. To the west of Grandview is Marble Cliff, a little enclave of Upper middle class homes. Eat of all of this, on either side of High Street and north of the campus, is Clintonville, very trendy, very middle to working class, and largely liberal.
The surrounding towns vary: Worthington is very upper middle class, to the north of Columbus, and just southeast of Dublin, which wishes it were Worthington, and pretends it doesn't. Dublin has the Muirfield Golf course, and the Memorial Tournament, and therefore has no problem keeping it's collective nose resolutely in the air. It's a nice town, kinda pricey. To the southwest of Dublin is Hilliard, which is where i live. It has exploded in population. I live on the Rome-Hilliard road (as everyone calls it--officially its the Hilliard-Rome Road, as the old Hilliard people call it, but they're the only ones). When i first came here in 1988, there were probably not 50 people living on the Rome-Hilliard road between New Rome (a pimple on the western buttocks of Columbus) and Hilliard--now there are about 5,000. Columbus is creeping out here to engulf this city as well. (There is sufficient confusion that when you go to vote, you get to vote for Columbus and Hilliard officials and initiatives--neither side is willing to check too closely, for fear they'll screw their claims.)
New Rome has one of the most famous speed traps in the country. It's so bad there, that the Mayor and his cronies are trying to find a way to sue council, who are trying to comply with an order from the Ohio Supreme Court to enact drastic reform, or dissolve the corporation. Nobody there is really too happy about things, but the population has shown a hardy resiliance in ignoring the officials, all of whom they have elected, all to their regret.
To the north of Columbus is Powell, near which is the Zoo, and Wyandot Lake (which is not a lake) Water Park. Powell sleepy and quiet, altogether bucolic. East of Powell is New Albany, created by and with the wealth of Les Wexner, the founder and owner of The Limited, Victoria's Secret, etc. To the east of Worthington is the town of Westerville, very large, but almost engulfed now by Columbus. All around the city, both within it and one the periphery, are metro parks. Many are quite large and rural, and a lot of fun. Darby Creek Park to the west of New Rome, has a working farm set up with the intention of showing urban kids what a farm is and how it works. The Park has many areas meandering along the course of Darby Creek--eBeth and I took Mr. Bailey there for a romp in their dog section. To the southwest, near Lithopolis is Slate Run Metro Park, which is usually quiet in the daytime--and a make-out spot for desparate farm kids at night. It's quite a lovely park. Alum Creek State Park to the north is quite nice--eBeth and I got a "rustic cabin" there for a long weekend once, and thoroughly enjoyed it.
If i can think of anything else depressing or silly, i'll stop by and drop it off.
In all seriousness, this is a great town for kids.