Authentic culture is lacking in Columbus, Woods writes

For Columbus to continue growing as a city and not a commodity aquarium, it requires an identity with which to entice new residents. To acquire identity with lasting impact, it needs culture. Identity you can fake, and we’re pretty good at that shell game now. Culture, however, is a thing you must possess. Not borrow or purchase, but reflect.

I’m not talking about mainstream cultural staples here. With all due respect, nobody is moving here specifically for the symphony or ballet. People do, however, use markers like orchestras and ballets to determine if we are a city worth moving to — a place that values culture — the thinking being that if you’re a real city you have to have certain cultural prerequisites. If you wish to invest in people as city fuel, you need culture in the sell.

Read the rest of Scott Woods' “The Other Columbus” column on the Alive website.