Weekly Digest: America Discovers Columbus
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America Discovers Columbus
As many of you know, a lot of my historic work as been on cities and urban policy. I’ve mostly shut that down but still write a column on the topic. My latest for Governing magazine is on how America is discovering Columbus, Ohio. It’s about whether or not Columbus can become the first city in the Midwest to become not just a regional but national destination. Here’s an excerpt:
Columbus was in the news recently for landing a $20 billion Intel chip factory that will employ 3,000 people at an average wage of $135,000. This is very big news, not just for Columbus, but for the entire Midwest….Columbus long operated in the shadows of Cleveland and Cincinnati, both cities of national importance. Columbus was smaller, had no major league sports teams, no signature industry and little in the way of high culture. It was – and probably still is – the largest city in America in which you have to give the state for people to know where you are talking about: Columbus, Ohio. The Wikipedia entry for “Columbus” is a disambiguation page.
As deindustrialization took its toll on Midwestern cities and states in the 1970s and '80s, success seemed to concentrate in a limited number of successful places, often state capitals or college towns. In Ohio, that place has been Columbus. Its growth rate has far outstripped the rest of the state. During the 2010s, metro Columbus accounted for 84 percent of the state’s total population growth.
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More Content and Media Mentions
Kevin DeYoung and the crew at the Life, Books, and Everything podcast gave a shoutout to my podcast. Their episode is worth listening to. Particularly the last segment on elites and institutions has a lot of good discussion.
I had two great interviews this week. The first was with Julius Krein, editor of the policy journal American Affairs, where we talk about the problems with the bi-partisan consensus and where we need to go from here. (Subscribers can read the transcript).
Next week I’ll be interviewing David and Jason Benham - the Benham Brothers - about their experience getting cancelled by HGTV, and their faith and entrepreneurship book Expert Ownership. It will be Tuesday the 22nd at 1:30pm ET and you can watch live or on replay at Youtube.
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