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Dan Longerbone addresses the national media:

We don’t have anything distinctive like the Empire State Building or Independence Hall. No Gateway Arch, no Sears Tower (sorry, Willis Tower), a serious lack of beach and certainly no mountains. It’s easy to understand that someone who’s never been here might be at a loss to picture the place; rust belt, corn, something something football. That’s because people who come here aren’t after photographic memories and never have been. No, a lot of people who visit end up staying here because of quite another type of memory.

Sounds like something we’d say in the OKC, doesn’t it? (Except maybe for that stuff about corn.) Actually, it’s about Columbus, Ohio, a place with maybe a smidgen more of a national image, but which is earning respect.

And stop me if you’ve heard this one:

The public-private partnership is such that the rather conservative editorial page of our daily paper backed an income tax increase on people working in the city; that half-percent increase was approved by voters during the recent economic downturn.

The three and a half stages of MAPS were sales-tax increases — the city doesn’t have an income tax — but the rather conservative editorial page of The Oklahoman has been very supportive of MAPS over the past two decades.

And there’s this:

The construction of the interstate highway signaled the arrival of rapid suburb development in central Ohio. In order to protect the city’s tax base from this suburbanization, Columbus adopted a policy of linking sewer and water hookups to annexation to the city. By the early 1990s, Columbus had grown to become Ohio’s largest city in both land area and in population.

And now, it’s the 15th largest city in the nation. (We’re 27th, though we have almost triple the space.) They must be doing something right.

2 comments

  1. McGehee »

    20 August 2014 · 7:28 am

    The part about no distinctive landmarks seems inapt to OKC. Even leaving aside oil derricks on the Capitol grounds and a certain solemn memorial, y’all have the Drill-Bit Tower.

    I think of Sacramento’s skyline as of the mid-’90s and remember the Mighty Wurlitzer Building (more respectfully known as Emerald City, or the Captiol Bank of Commerce) and the Darth Vader Building (never did learn its proper name) in addition to, of course, the Capitol itself.

    Here in Newnan, now… well, we do still have our old courthouse…

  2. jsallison »

    22 August 2014 · 11:05 pm

    Also the mini Empire State Building, complete with dirigible docking tower just up the street from said Drill Bit Bldg. Which contains on it’s first floor a Chinese restaurant where one can consume a sausage/egg/cheese bagel whilst listening to country music. One can also hear random bagpipers on certain significant dates disturbing the peace at 7:30 am on the street.

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