I think a lot of people who live here don’t realize how interesting this city is. We take people on tours. We get tourists and visitors, but we get a lot of people who live here, and they’re constantly surprised by places that we take them to. They don’t realize the actual diversity of Columbus: they don’t realize the food truck scene or the micro brewing scene or some of the things that are kind of hidden away in different neighborhoods. It’s so easy for people to get in a rut of their day to day routine, and they go to the same places and are busy working and with their commitments, that often they just don’t have any opportunity to get out and explore.
The first thing that comes to mind, in part maybe because its Saturday, is going to farmers markets any buying food from people that grow it and people that make it, and buying something that’s local and seasonal, and going one week and they have amazing grapes and going two weeks later and the grapes are done for the season. That being in touch with the place and the seasons and the people, that’s something that’s really meaningful for me.
There are definitely are a lot of cities that have that. It’s interesting, I actually just met a couple that moved here today from Atlanta. They’ve moved back and forth between Columbus and Atlanta like three times, and they said nowhere compares to Columbus. Atlanta’s a big city and its more diverse, but I think Columbus has a sense of community and collaboration. It’s hard to articulate, but there’s something about the people in Columbus and the atmosphere and the ability to get involved and the way people do things extracurricularly. It’s very rare that I meet people in Columbus who just do their job and nothing else. I feel like there’s so many other people that run theatre companies, or are comedians, or write comic books, or have another job, or run a nonprofit. One of my theories is because in Columbus we generally don’t have those big commute times, especially if you live in Clintonville. or Grandview, or in the urban core, you have a couple of extra hours a day that people who live in really big cities don’t have. There’s just so many other things that people do in addition to what pays the bills.