The Urbanophile Blog recently wrote an article, Columbus: The New Midwestern Star, discussing the ins and outs of Columbus. It does an excellent job of examining the strengths and the weaknesses of the city as well as providing suggestions for future improvement. As the author puts it "On the whole, I think Columbus is rocking and rolling. Because of its weak name recognition and the fact that it is in Ohio, I think it flies almost completely under the radar. But this an impressive city and one that is arguably the best positioned of any Midwestern metro to really prosper in the 21st century economy. For those of you who haven't been to Columbus, I strongly suggest a visit. This is not a Cincinnati or Chicago like place where you will be immediately wowed by the coolness of the built environment. But I think it will surprise you nevertheless."
Although Columbus has managed to escape many fo the effects of the economic downturn, it is important to remember that other cities throughout Ohio, which also contribute to the success of the state, have not been as fortunate. These cities will need to take lessons from Columbus as well as develop local area agendas that align with the state reform agenda to target their assets and grow sustainably.