Who Cares if It's a Cowtown?

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

It would still be hot when I'd leave work on Capital Square last summer, and the sun would nearly blind me as I found my way from Downtown, around I-270 and out to where West Broad Street gradually transforms into a two-lane asphalt belt through farmland stretching for miles.

Only months ago, I had returned from Chicago to Columbus, where I had lived for . In Chicago, I lived in a neighborhoods that seemed important at the time, and I couldn't even get to the store in 20 minutes.

But that's why people moved there in droves from here: The feeling was, most would say, that things were happening.

I get that retaining the image of a Cowtown can hinder the development of the arts,

I had come back to Ohio, where I've lived nearly all my life, from Chicago, where I lived at Division and Ashland - in one of the neighborhoods that seemed important at the time.

Me, I like cows.

I like seeing them when I'd leave work, speed around I-270 and watch as Twenty minutes it took me to get from capital to pasture, from a thriving urban area to the pristine countryside.

Little Brother's owner Dan Dougan expressed a similar sentiment when we discussed the exorbitant rent increase

Who cares if New Yorkers think the people in Ohio are hicks? Really, are people losing sleep because tastemakers sneer at our art galleries, institutions, bands

There are certain drawbacks to retaining an image of

Trying to change our image will lead to the eventual demise of the institutions that have fostered great things on a grassroots level - exactly at the point where grassroots institutions