Craig and Koritha
We made a big loop around the city looking for neighborhoods to live in and we created something called the "negro friendliness index.” We'd go to random parts of the city and go into a CVS or McDonald's or Panera and walk in and we'd pay attention to the non-verbals of people when we walked in.
The truth is this city spoils you. Once you get used to not having traffic, how do you readjust going back to traffic? When you get used to going in and out of the airport with no effort or stress, how do you readjust to needing to go through effort and stress to go to an airport? When you get used to this cost-of-living?
In 2011 I created the Columbus chapter of Black Girls Run. (http://blackgirlsrun.com) It feels really good to me that I was able to create something that changed the way people respond. Because when you see black girls run at the city half marathon at the Columbus half marathon or whatever and people are like “oh my God we love the energy of Black Girls Run” that is a whole different thing. You don't know what it was like when everyone was like “there's that one black, crazy woman who runs.” It’s a whole different reality for them and I love that their idea of Columbus includes active, black women. Columbus is so easy to like and it feels really good to have added something that makes it an even better place to live.