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Offline Chris DoorDashian

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Columbus & Pittsburgh, 2008
« on: February 03, 2008, 10:12:43 PM »
2008 ColDay Series:

Part 1: Columbus & Pittsburgh
Part 2: Houston 
Part 3: Philadelphia & Washington DC 
Part 4: Los Angeles
Part 5: Columbus
Part 6: Las Vegas
Part 7: Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York City, Washington DC, & Baltimore
Part 8: Cincinnati & Detroit
Part 9: Dallas-Fort Worth & St. Louis
Part 10: Toronto, Hamilton, & Niagara Falls


Columbus

The (New) Metropolitan down the street from me




LeVeque Tower




COSI Science Center across the river


Looking towards Grandview Heights


North, towards the Convention Center "District"


Nationwide Headquarters and The Ohio State University in the distance


The "Parking Garage" District, holding cars for the Arena District (which is about 70% done)






Looking east


Area in the foreground is a part of the redevelopment of the "Discovery District" with new infill (meaning, parking lots = gone)


You can see some of the work for the rowhouses under construction below:


The Short North Arts District (the linear High Street) and The Ohio State University towards the top




*Cough*


The Daniel Burnham-designed Library


Olde Town East, one of Columbus' finest neighborhoods with the beautiful Franklin Park (the city's "Central Park") seen as the forest in the middle-right section.  You can see the DSCC (Defense Supply Center) in the suburban-looking office complex in the upper-left


Port Columbus International Airport


The Columbus College of Art & Design, which has plans to create a more "urban" campus (dorms and all)


Some of the "finest" public housing highrises in Columbus


The Ohio State University "farm" (which is completely surrounded by city and suburban inner-ring Upper Arlington) which shows the sheer size of OSU.


Middle-left, you can see the rooftops of the new Harrison Park development in the Harrison West neighborhood.


Foreground: German Village; Background: Ohio's only "mountain range," the ancient Shawnee, a geological uplift which also forms the state's official seal in the Chillicothe area.


Looking east on Broad Street (US Route 40)


The very large German Village (the largest privately-funded historic district in the country)






My bank!




Our "runner-up" Ohio Statehouse


Looking south, you can see the new Franklin County Hall of Justice (the hell?) u/c with the dirt lot.


Again, looking at the future "Discovery District" (a residential, retail, and commercial development similar to CityWest in Cincinnati or the Avenue District in Cleveland) where the parking lots are






The beautiful Italian Village (both buildings are infill, fyi)












Dennison Place (neighborhood)














*Hops in car*

*Stops at Tim Horton's*

*Travels I-70 East for about 2 hours*

*Stops at Long John Silver's in Washington, Pennsylvania*

*Takes I-79 North*

*Those Southpointe office parks look unstable*

*Oy, why are there cops all over the road and it's 55 MPH?*

*Is that the USX Tower and Mellon peeping over the horizon past the Allegheny County sign?*

*Parkway Mall is GHETTO!*

*This tunnel is ruining my WAMO 106.7 cruisin'*

*Damn, why isn't MrHerodotus/step2me answering his phone?*

*Finally, this b!tch*



Pittsburgh

Get it, Polish Hill!
















Mt. Oliver, b!tch!






Knoxville, ho!




Carrick, whoadie!

























Good evening, from Pittsburgh

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Re: Columbus & Pittsburgh, 2008
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2008, 10:21:39 PM »
Nice shots!

Pittsburgh makes Columbus look rather sleepy, imo.

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Re: Columbus & Pittsburgh, 2008
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2008, 10:28:41 PM »
Man, I've got to go to Pittsburgh (and Cleveland).I have no excuse. Lovely intermission, btw. Ariel views aren't too kind to our Downtown, what with at least a few lots/garages showing in each. But hey, in the one with the library you can see some topiaries in the Topiary Park, the premiere park Downtown.

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Re: Columbus & Pittsburgh, 2008
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2008, 10:33:35 PM »
You're killing me, edale.

Wonderful set! It is nice to see you taking pictures in Ohio for a change.

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Re: Columbus & Pittsburgh, 2008
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2008, 11:00:03 PM »
You're killing me, edale.

Wonderful set! It is nice to see you taking pictures in Ohio for a change.

Don't get used to it ;).  Keep on your grind, Ink.
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Re: Columbus & Pittsburgh, 2008
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2008, 01:22:41 PM »
Good stuff!

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Re: Columbus & Pittsburgh, 2008
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2008, 01:35:06 PM »
Nice tour... Thanks!

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Re: Columbus & Pittsburgh, 2008
« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2008, 04:44:54 PM »
Pittsburgh makes Columbus look rather sleepy, imo.

Eh, both are quite lively.  Downtown Pittsburgh is certainly more "lively" than the central area of downtown Columbus (duh) but overall, Columbus is just as lively as Pittsburgh.
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Re: Columbus & Pittsburgh, 2008
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2008, 04:57:32 PM »
Some dope pictures of Columbus. LOL @ parking garage district. Man I love Pittsburgh but some of their rowhouses introduce a whole new level of ugly with that cheap stone cladding.

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Re: Columbus & Pittsburgh, 2008
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2008, 05:58:47 PM »
Parkway Square Condos... how long has that been in the running for? I remember that from several years ago just after Interstate 670 was completed.

And where is this beauty....



*Drool*

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Re: Columbus & Pittsburgh, 2008
« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2008, 09:57:12 PM »
hilly cities > flat cities

But after my experience in Pittsburgh recently, this in no way means that I would pick Pittsburgh over Columbus.

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Re: Columbus & Pittsburgh, 2008
« Reply #11 on: February 04, 2008, 10:45:24 PM »
The Metropolitan is on the border of the city of Columbus and Grandview Heights at Northwest Blvd @ 3rd Street.
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Re: Columbus & Pittsburgh, 2008
« Reply #12 on: February 05, 2008, 12:26:34 AM »
Pittsburgh makes Columbus look rather sleepy, imo.

Eh, both are quite lively.  Downtown Pittsburgh is certainly more "lively" than the central area of downtown Columbus (duh) but overall, Columbus is just as lively as Pittsburgh.

Even so, Pittsburgh, like Cincinnati, and Cleveland all seem to have much more in the way of local culture and each have more personality and character than Columbus.  I think when you have these cities with interesting and pervasive local cultures, it makes the city more exciting.  Plus, the topography is much better in those other cities.  All of this is just my opinion though...

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Re: Columbus & Pittsburgh, 2008
« Reply #13 on: February 05, 2008, 12:45:41 AM »
Pittsburgh makes Columbus look rather sleepy, imo.

Eh, both are quite lively.  Downtown Pittsburgh is certainly more "lively" than the central area of downtown Columbus (duh) but overall, Columbus is just as lively as Pittsburgh.

Even so, Pittsburgh, like Cincinnati, and Cleveland all seem to have much more in the way of local culture and each have more personality and character than Columbus.  I think when you have these cities with interesting and pervasive local cultures, it makes the city more exciting.  Plus, the topography is much better in those other cities.  All of this is just my opinion though...

I disagree.  The problem with Columbus is marketing its "local culture."  Columbus is third-string in a state of multiple cities (same boat as Sacramento) yet Columbus has tons of local culture, particularly in the independent arts scene.  But if a visitor spends all their time at Easton or Polaris, perhaps that is the fault of Columbus of marketing those areas moreso than the unique and certainly full of culture German Village, Italian Village, Victorian Village-Short North, or even the African-American contributions of the King-Lincoln and Olde Town East neighborhoods.

It's all, all, all about marketing.  People sell Austin as the "Live Music Capital of the World."  Years ago, Austin was worse than Columbus in national attention.  All of a sudden, it has "character."  Meaning, a national niche.

And also, the "topography" thing I find a little "cop-out" as there are plenty of major cities flatter than Columbus with the "character" you describe (for good or bad) such as Chicago, Detroit, Miami, Houston, Minneapolis, and Dallas.
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Re: Columbus & Pittsburgh, 2008
« Reply #14 on: February 05, 2008, 03:12:41 AM »
IMO, the development of the riverfront is a big part of a city's character. Columbus is really far behind many other cities in this area, even though there have been a few good attempts (North Bank Park).
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Re: Columbus & Pittsburgh, 2008
« Reply #15 on: February 05, 2008, 05:07:02 PM »
Well, to be honest, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and Cleveland (the other cities mentioned) are ALSO far behind in riverfront development as well (just as much as Columbus' creek...er...river, Scioto).  Pittsburgh is doing wonderfully with the new North Shore developments and biketrail; Cincinnati may put up the Banks, may not; and Cleveland still has the lakefront development plan but Columbus ALSO has plans as well and they are generally working out (Whittier; North Bank; Genoa; etc).
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Re: Columbus & Pittsburgh, 2008
« Reply #16 on: February 05, 2008, 08:41:34 PM »
Is it just me or does that picture of the graveyard appear to be in Pittsburgh, even though you were still "supposedly" in Columbus?

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Re: Columbus & Pittsburgh, 2008
« Reply #17 on: February 05, 2008, 08:57:07 PM »
It was Columbus all right - it just started snowing and got very hilly when he took that shot  :lol:
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« Reply #18 on: February 05, 2008, 09:01:09 PM »
*cough*
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Re: Columbus & Pittsburgh, 2008
« Reply #19 on: February 05, 2008, 09:20:58 PM »
Oh, I see it now...I thought that was the US Steel building in the background, but it must've been the curve of the hill that created sort of a desert oasis effect.

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« Reply #20 on: February 05, 2008, 09:22:08 PM »
It's the Empire State Building!
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Re: Columbus & Pittsburgh, 2008
« Reply #21 on: February 07, 2008, 04:20:42 PM »
Well, to be honest, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and Cleveland (the other cities mentioned) are ALSO far behind in riverfront development as well (just as much as Columbus' creek...er...river, Scioto).  Pittsburgh is doing wonderfully with the new North Shore developments and biketrail; Cincinnati may put up the Banks, may not; and Cleveland still has the lakefront development plan but Columbus ALSO has plans as well and they are generally working out (Whittier; North Bank; Genoa; etc).

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Re: Columbus & Pittsburgh, 2008
« Reply #22 on: February 07, 2008, 04:55:59 PM »
hilly cities > flat cities

But after my experience in Pittsburgh recently, this in no way means that I would pick Pittsburgh over Columbus.

oh no... monte had a "bad experience"...

nice pics... never saw some of those areas in pittsburgh before

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« Reply #23 on: February 07, 2008, 04:59:16 PM »
Some dope pictures of Columbus. LOL @ parking garage district. Man I love Pittsburgh but some of their rowhouses introduce a whole new level of ugly with that cheap stone cladding.

That cheap stone cladding is much more common in Baltimore... which has fully embraced the style.

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« Reply #24 on: February 08, 2008, 10:05:14 AM »
Awesome... though Columbus looks like it would like its leaves back. 
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Re: Columbus & Pittsburgh, 2008
« Reply #25 on: February 08, 2008, 11:18:13 AM »
Man I love Pittsburgh but some of their rowhouses introduce a whole new level of ugly with that cheap stone cladding.

And those freaking metal awnings. Tastefully done Pittsburgh!

But really, the city looks killer. Is it just those pictures or is it way hillier than Cincy?

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« Reply #26 on: February 08, 2008, 05:30:01 PM »
Pittsburgh is definately more "rigid" than Cincinnati.
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Re: Columbus & Pittsburgh, 2008
« Reply #27 on: February 08, 2008, 06:55:29 PM »
I agree the hills are more "rigid" and "steep."