For the fifth time over the past two-plus decades, Columbus Monthly has posed a simple question to civic leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians, artists and others: How can the city improve itself?

More than 100 people responded this year, providing us with a fascinating snapshot of the city's challenges, desires and ambitions. Here are the results: the three top concerns (transportation, poverty and education), other major needs and a handful of light-hearted suggestions (a fruit-flinging catapult, a new home for ComFest, fewer cow-tipping T-shirts). Let the ideas—and the watermelons—fly.

Transportation Poverty and inequality Education Other Top Needs Needful Things