I know. The Uptown Columbus folks want us to call it that, but I lived at 1109 1/2 Fifth Avenue in downtown Columbus from 1940 (I was nine years old) to 1947, so the area is still downtown Columbus to me. When I am speaking of the downtown promotional consortium, I’ll call it Uptown Columbus. Geographically it remains, to me and a lot of veteran Columbusites, downtown Columbus.
Anyway, as I sipped my delicious caramel smoothie at Iron Bank Coffee yesterday, I reflected on how the area has come alive again, and, to me, it is a more beautiful and vibrant area than it has ever been. For that, we can thank Columbus State University and Columbus philanthropists who kicked in millions to help pay for moving the College of the Arts from the main campus to downtown Columbus.
In a thank-you letter I got for a small contribution to the Patrons of Music in support of the Schwob School of Music, Dean Richard Baxter told me that the College of the Arts, which has more than 800 majors, “contributes more than $10.7 million to the Uptown Columbus economy each year. Our 300 majors living on theRiverPark Campus foster a vibrant community of gifted, creative talent positively impacting the quality of life in Columbus for all of us.”