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Jung Kim

Jung Kim

And a lot of friends in the end were shocked that I chose not to go to Portland.
I almost forget this now, but one of the adjusting things at the time was that I was also interviewing for a job in Portland, Oregon. Careerwise and still being closer to family and friends in New York and the Midwest, Columbus made more sense. But, everyone knows about Portland, everyone knows about that reputation. And a lot of friends in the end were shocked that I chose not to go to Portland. But I think it was the right move.

At first when we moved here, I was trying to meet people and doing so much, so I was really getting out, at least around Franklin County – or even to Polaris and in the immediate suburbs. Over time as I've gotten settled in and built up my friendships and other connections like that, I feel like I have gotten a little bit lazier.

If you live in a place like New York, you're competing for housing with Russian billionaires, and South American trust fund kids, and Chinese entrepreneurs. You're competing with the whole world for housing, for theater tickets, to go to this venue or that restaurant. And you don't have that kind of competition in Columbus. The vast majority of stuff like good restaurants, good coffee – that's available in a lot of places now, including here.

It’s a lot more social to walk than to drive.
The thing about walking is that you can let your mind wander and just observe, and you're not… you start the workday when you get into the office. But when you're driving feels like the workday starts as soon as you get in your car. With walking and bicycling as well, it's a different mentality. You're just a little bit more relaxed and you have time and space to think a little bit. You see everything going on. You see some of the development things happening, you see the for sale signs, you see people on the street. There have been times that I've been a little bit late to work because I run into people I know, and then you stop and chat, and then you run into someone else again. It's a lot more social to walk than to drive in, where you’re just in your little bubble. 
Columbus Now & Then @ CMA

Columbus Now & Then @ CMA

Local history at the Main Library

Local history at the Main Library