There is No Lower Arlington

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GoldenBearBuckeye89's picture

Its a good town to be from.  Go Bucks!!

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CarolinaBuck's picture

I'm not from UA, so I had to click.

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SilverBullets4Life's picture

Not from UA originally (my wife is 4th generation), but now that I'm here, I'll never leave. Best place in the world for a buckeye fan to live...once you get acclimated to the housing prices {and taxes}!!

GO BUCKS!!

MACTE VIRTUTE

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NOLABuckeye's picture

Well done Ramzy.

*wipes tear*

Nothing cleanses the soul like a no call pass interference.

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Ohio'sPraise's picture

Could've done without the whole hatred of white people thing. So other than the overt racism, a pretty solid article. 

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BbBnD's picture

Pointing out a lack of diversity and stating facts is "hated of white people?" 

You couldn't be any more sensitive or dramatic if you were a stereotypical 15 year old girl. Suck it up buttercup. 

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DiasporaBuck's picture

Maybe he would have felt less sensitive if Ramzy had said "Melanin'ly-challenged."

OSU Class of 1999

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Ohio'sPraise's picture

Haha I was being mostly facetious but I'm not totally off base here. He essentially used the whiteness and affluence of the city as vehicles for delivering criticism. The article reads as, "the city is great despite the fact that so many rich white people live here."

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Chic'sGhost's picture

You are reading things that are not there. You have though let us all know a great deal about you.

Barney Fife lives, and he lives among us.  

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cronimi's picture

Acknowledging the history of a town -- and the racism that was an inherent part of its creation -- is NOT racism. It is factual, and something Ramzy has clearly come to accept about his beloved hometown. 

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Ohio'sPraise's picture

It is equal parts factual and pointless given the context. Added no value to the article. 

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Chic'sGhost's picture

Not pointless. Descriptive and illustrative. Like said above, suck it up.

Barney Fife lives, and he lives among us.  

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Ohio'sPraise's picture

Uh oh, watch out for the tough guy!

No worries you can have your second-rate blog back. It's now safe to parrot your bullshit back at each other without interruption. 

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CALPOPPY's picture

No worries you can have your second-rate blog back.

You are a bundle of joy. Have a great evening, Ohio'sPraise!

Memento mori

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Etenim's picture

It is equal parts factual and pointless given the context. Added no value to the article

Quite the contrary. It gave depth and reason to the homogeneity of the place, which serves as a baseline for understanding the 'Ohio State through-and-through' thread that runs through the community in the unique sense that RM is appreciating it, among several other threads. It helped explain the self-cycling, self-reinforcing nature of the community as it is now, as well as the artificial means that got the ball rolling in the first place.

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Buckaroo Banzai's picture

No pejoratives nor epithets were used. No aspersions were cast. Facts were reported. Facts are indisputably true statements and are thus neutral or judgment-free. They are what they are.

UA is a) very white

Fact. 2016-2017 statistics indicate a 92% caucasian population.

. . . the demographics were cast at its inception when real estate developer King Thompson bought the land with the intent of creating the consummate Columbus country club neighborhood about 100 years ago. The housing deeds Thompson issued contained restrictive covenants that prevented African-Americans or Jewish people from buying any homes there (those covenants haven't existed for generations, but that's how the die was originally cast).

Fact. In fact, a previously well-reported fact, of some interest to academic researchers. And see, Burgess, Patricia, Planning for the Private Interest, Land Use Controls and & Residential Patterns in Columbus, Ohio, 1900-1970, Ohio State University Press 1994, beginning at page 123; Stach, Patricia Burgess,  Real Estate Development & Urban Form: Roadblocks in the Path to Residential Exclusivity, The Business History Review, Vol. 63, No. 2 (Summer, 1989).

Bobbing for french fries.

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poop's picture

Definition of elephant in the room

:  an obvious major problem or issue that people avoid discussing or acknowledging

From Mirriam-Webster's website.

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kmp10's picture

UA is a) very white

So what? Bexley is very Jewish. Linden is very black. The Short North is very gay. I've got news for you, Buckaroo, every corner of the world has its dirty little secrets (not just the white corners), probably even whatever racially balanced, ethnically diverse, gender impartial utopia in which you reside. King Thompson's century old vision, which is offensive to people in 2017 and understandably so, has nothing to do with Upper Arlington today... certainly not the UA I've experienced. You can say you present facts and nothing more, but to what end? 

When I die, sprinkle my ashes over the 70's 

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Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Did you read Ramzy's piece and the comment to which I responded? The comment to which I was responding essentially accused Ramzy of racism for reporting the facts that I quoted in my comment. The point of MY comment was to posit that it is not racist for Ramzy to report facts. In order to do that I thought it behooved me to show the factual nature of the statements he made in his article. The way we do this in court is to marshal evidence proving or tending to prove the truth of what is being asserted. And THAT is to what end I was striving.

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poop's picture

Before Ramzy stated the fact that UA is white, he referred to it as an elephant in the room. Fact.

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DiasporaBuck's picture

So what? Bexley is very Jewish. Linden is very black. The Short North is very gay.

When those neighborhoods formed, were residents legally prevented from selling to white or straight people?

OSU Class of 1999

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BuckeyeRealist13's picture

Linden is a wonderful place to live (Mod Edit).

2x account suspension survivor 

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bucknut1994's picture

BuckeyeRealist13-----What rhymes with Mod Edit?

#94Ways

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jf36's picture

Calm down kmp before you have a stroke.

Houston we have a problem,

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DiasporaBuck's picture

So to mention that legally enshrined overt racism (restrictive covenants) is one of many parts of the neighborhood's history is itself somehow 'overt racism' or 'hatred of white people'?  That's the funniest thing I've heard in a good while.  Don't mind my laughter while you crawl back into your safe space.

OSU Class of 1999

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Hovenaut's picture

Hindsight is, and in, 2020

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DiasporaBuck's picture

Is your new (to me, anyway) sig a play on the Trainspotting opening?  I've been trying to get Lady DiasporaBuck to watch it, but she hasn't succumbed yet.  (It would probably help if I didn't keep adding things to the queue just as jokes to see her response, like "Sharkansas Women's Prison" and "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.")

OSU Class of 1999

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Hovenaut's picture

It's actually the updated "Choose Life" dialogue from the sequel...highly recommend.

Hindsight is, and in, 2020

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DiasporaBuck's picture

Didn't even realize there was a sequel, but now I can use that to revise the pitch: "We have to watch Trainspotting so that you'll be up to speed when we watch the second one."  (She's biased against movies from the British Isles because o' the accents and the sometimes excessively dry British style.  Maybe if I bill it as "It's like Bridget Jones' Diary... if she was a crackhead.")

OSU Class of 1999

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IGotAWoody's picture

You read that and got hatred of white people from it? SMH...

“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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Ohio'sPraise's picture

I read it and thought, why is the whiteness of the neighborhood being presented as a problem? It's clearly explained that many residents are legacies and that families continually move back into the neighborhood, thus perpetuating the demographic makeup. They do not actively exclude non-whites or engage in any other racist activity so he should be more careful not to indirectly charge the current population with racism, as I feel he has done here. 

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IGotAWoody's picture

Others have already refuted your criticism and inaccuracies sufficiently. Hopefully you learned something.

“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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TMac's picture

Many of us from various towns across Ohio (Elyria) were ALL Buckeye long before we ever enrolled. 

#ItsGreatToBeABUCKEYE

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osusteveb5875's picture

Totally agree. I remember watching OSU basketball(!!!!) and falling in love with OSU right away with Jimmy Jackson, Jent, etc.  I also remembered being wholly crushed when TTUN beat us to go to the final 4.  So I then did what any reasonable young kid would do: my best friend and I "committed" to The Ohio State University in second grade.  

Sure enough, when it came to visiting colleges, my parents were pushing hard for Miami University, but I wasn't having it.  I applied to 1 school, and determined that if I didn't get in, I'd go to community college until they'd have me  (Fortunately I was accepted).  

Things came full circle as that same best friend that "committed" with me, transferred to OSU after his sophomore year, and we even had the good luck to graduate in the same quarter.

I may not understand the UA angle, but I totally agree... you cannot control where you're from, and even if I could, I wouldn't change a damn thing.

How Firm Thy Friendship...

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Mzungu_Buckeye's picture

Siesta Key does have a gorgeous beach. Though the Unconditional Surrender statue nearby is atrocious.

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CWhiteland27's picture

Siesta Key is okay in my opinion.  Destin is a way better beach in my opinion.  If you haven't been i highly recommend it.  There is a lot to do there without all the craziness of big touristy places.  Although recently it feels like more and more people are finding out about this little gem.  Every time we go there we rent a pontoon boat from Luther's and make a day trip of checking out the bay, and having some fun at crab island.  The water there is the best, and i'm talking comparing it to the Caribbean beaches that iv'e been to.  

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Seattle Linga's picture

That's a pretty cool back story on Beverly D'Angelo and her grandfather. I know he's smiling  now at what The Shoe has become.  

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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NOLABuckeye's picture

I don't know if he still is, but, Gene, Beverly's dad, was the head guy at WBNS-TV for a very long time.

Nothing cleanses the soul like a no call pass interference.

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Seattle Linga's picture

Thanks for the update ---------- that's pretty cool

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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Buckaroo Banzai's picture

I don't know if he still is, but, Gene, Beverly's dad, was the head guy at WBNS-TV for a very long time.

Not for some time now. Michael J. Fiorile is Vice Chairman and CEO of the Dispatch Broadcast Group, corporate parent of WBNS-TV, with John Cardenas being the President and General Manager of WBNS since 2013.

I worked with Bev's brother Tim at the Ohio AG in the early eighties. We were in what was then called the Administrative Agencies Section. He is with Viamedia, after stints with WBNS, WSYX and WTTE. Back in the day he was hoot.

Bobbing for french fries.

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73buckeye's picture

I grew up in Logan county, went to OSU, and every time I drove back to campus, I always felt I was there when I got to UA.

ernie

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Ludwig Yards's picture

Good stuff. I lived in UA when I was just a wee lad and then again for several years in the late 90s/early 00s, followed immediately by several years in Grandview. UA and the Grandview are really the only places in the Columbus area I'd consider moving my family to. 

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nickel beer's picture

Excellent read. 

*but should I choose Akron?

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BurningRiverBuckeye's picture

Some of the houses there have annual property taxes that would eat up half of my before tax salary....

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Chic'sGhost's picture

You get what you pay for. Schools are excellent plus plus and services are as good as it gets.  

Barney Fife lives, and he lives among us.  

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BBQ_Fan's picture

services are as good as it gets

You must be reading different Facebook pages than I am

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NapervilleBuck's picture

I live in Illinois (Plainfield and formerly Naperville).  I would take UA's taxes any day of the week and twice on Sunday (and our state is going bankrupt).

See you in Indy! B1G!

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BurningRiverBuckeye's picture

They seem to be pretty comparable. The most expensive house on the market in UA is $2.6M with annual property taxes of $40K and the one in Plainfield is $2.5M with annual taxes of $30K. 

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Buckeyejen's picture

Thanks for the awesome read on my hometown.  It certainly was a great place to grow up! 

Buckeyejen

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DownEastBuck's picture

My neighbors are retirees from Upper Arlington and when they saw the Buckeye Flag on my front porch they came over and introduced themselves. We all talked about going to Ohio State and how many games we were going to attend, they finally asked where I was from in Ohio which is as far away and different as possible from Upper Arlington as possible they politely said ohhh how nice, but whenever they introduce me to family or friends that visit I am always introduced as the neighbor who also graduated from Ohio State, they never seem to mention what town I am from.

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BeatTTUN's picture

Lived on Shrewsbury Road in UA. Spent kindergarten and part of 1st grade in UA. Learned how to swim at Hastings Junior high. One of my fondest childhood memories is walking from Dublin to Hastings with my brother to go swimming. We were 8 and 10 years old.

Nice work Ramzy

Go Buckeyes

I saw Ryan Day hang 62 on Michigan...His hair was perfect.

Go Buckeyes Beat Michigan

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Chic'sGhost's picture

Great article. I grew up on the West Side of Cbus in the 60' and 70's, and UA was the place to be; it is where we all aspired to live.  I took the SAT in UA High School when I was a high school junior and walking in and seeing the stuffed Golden Bear in the lobby and being a Nicklaus mega-fan, it was like walking into some Grand Temple.  

Back then, a membership to Scioto Country club was as difficult to obtain as anything we could imagine. You had to be the right color, the right religion and then maybe, if you plunked down a small fortune as a deposit, you could get on the wait list and get a membership after a 10 year wait.  Now, I hear anyone can walk in and get one today.    

It has to be hard for college students to relate to now, but back then, Columbus like most cities had country clubs for specific religions and races.  Its changing, not completely, but certainly not like it was back then.  

Ramzy, did you have the Upper Arlington hair cut?  Us West Siders could tell that UA hair cut a mile away.  

Barney Fife lives, and he lives among us.  

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Keyser Soze's picture

I moved out of state in 98 but as far as I know you pretty much have to inherit a membership at SCC. I desperately wanted to play there but had no friends with a membership at 21 so I worked as a bartender so I could play for a while, totally worth it.

Ramzy, we vacationed to Siesta Key and always stayed at the Palm Bay Club in the 80's while I was living in Southern Ohio. My Nana and Papa were from Upper Arlington so it must have trickled down from there

That's how winners play. We convince the other guy he's making all the right moves.

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Chic'sGhost's picture

" . .  as far as I know you pretty much have to inherit a membership at SCC."  Not anymore. They are readily available.  

Barney Fife lives, and he lives among us.  

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810Buck's picture

Yeah not so true. They find ways to get in who they want, but they aren't giving away memberships if you walked up with bag of cash either.  

Scioto and The Golf Club are the only two left in Columbus that money doesn't guarantee you membership.  

We're not talking about Scioto Reserve here...

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okiebuck's picture

I believe that holds true for Double Eagle as well; the late great John H. McConnell's club.

The only hard day was yesterday

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Chic'sGhost's picture

I have two friends, working class type, who just bought golf memberships. Easy to get.

Barney Fife lives, and he lives among us.  

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BurningRiverBuckeye's picture

Working class type? Wait, is there another way to make money in this world? Because if there is I have been missing out this whole time. 

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Chic'sGhost's picture

Sure, like some UA residents, their parents die.  

Barney Fife lives, and he lives among us.  

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moose182's picture

I believe it's still $60k to join for golf so I wouldn't characterize it as easy....

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gumtape's picture

It's not a golden bear, it's a grizzly bear that was shot by Jimmy Crum, a long time local NBC sportscaster.

I took the SAT in UA High School when I was a high school junior and walking in and seeing the stuffed Golden Bear in the lobby and being a Nicklaus mega-fan, it was like walking into some Grand Temple.  

I am from UA, which means I am kind of an asshole. It's in our blood.

High and tight boo boo

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Chic'sGhost's picture

Well, golden bears are extinct, so duh.  The school mascot is the golden bear and the plaque says golden bear, so not sure who decides that its not a golden bear.  

Barney Fife lives, and he lives among us.  

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Davep160's picture

I confirm the assholedness of people from UA.  

The lord of brevity.

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tcm1968's picture

Great piece.... Deserves a Buckeye Leaf!

Grew up in UA and I suppose like anyone anywhere else in the world it's just home and what you grew up knowing. Wasn't until I left the city and lived different places that I reflected back on how my normal wasn't everyones normal. Never one day I didn't feel safe growing up in UA. Not everyone gets that growing up and I will be forever thankful to my parents for how hard they worked to give me that life growing up.

Go Bucks!

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Scooter's picture

Lived here for 32 years. Great family community with great traditions. And just a short walk to the Shoe!

Scooter

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Toilrt Paper's picture

Today, there's "new" Upper Arlington and "old" Upper Arlington. 

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WC Buckeye's picture

I think locals say "north of Lane and south of Lane", right?

Life is full of choices. Make good ones.

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ToledoMan's picture

I've lived there for the last 15 years.  It's home.

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THE's picture

An you're also from the other greatest town in Ohio...have a +1.

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kmp10's picture

Good read...

It's been good to me and mine... I love UA 

When I die, sprinkle my ashes over the 70's 

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bucknut1994's picture

What city is Upper Arlington going to go up against in the next "Better City" poll

#94Ways

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Earle's picture

Heaven, apparently.

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KennyRdBuckeye's picture

Just ask anyone that lives there, actually no need to ask they'll just tell you unsolicited.

If you will it dude, it is no dream 

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Dweinz's picture

Powell. And Powell >>>>>>>> UA

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J.Mo's picture

You gotta be kidding me? I have a very basic house with nothing fancy about in UA that is ridiculously expensive. For the same price, I could get a fancy home in Powell. However I rather be 10 mins away from downtown and 5 mins away from campus.

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bucknut1994's picture

Basic defense > Basic house

#94Ways

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BuckeyeRealist13's picture

You get better schools in Powell

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BuckeyeRealist13's picture

Graduated from a fierce rival from all things Olentangy, but the academics of Liberty>>>>UA. Historic Powell >>> downtown UA

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Chic'sGhost's picture

A bit sensitive about it? When Olentangy > UA, pigs will fly.

Barney Fife lives, and he lives among us.  

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Buckeye_Doug's picture

I live and teach in UA.  I taught the previous 3 years in Olentangy.  Saying one is better than the other doesn't seem fair in my opinion.  Both are amazing school districts and communities.

That said, being able to walk/bike anywhere in UA (including OSU games) and way less traffic give it the slight edge in my opinion.  

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BuckeyeRealist13's picture

Chic - I despise all things Powell. However, Powell > UA. The only thing UA had is that it's closer to somewhere cool that isn't UA

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NavyBuckeye91's picture

So funny to read these comments. My family moved from Grandview in 1976 to East Orange Rd. in Delaware Co (essentially Powell).  It might as well have have been East Bumble F$&@. Nearest neighbor was a quarter mile away, and everyone either belonged to 4H, FFA/FHA or both. Olentangy was a single school, K-12, in one building on Shanahan Rd.  Powell consisted of a couple of antique stores, a pizza place that used an ambulance as a delivery vehicle (lights came on at the house), a general store and one stoplight in the middle of town. To call it a one-horse town would've been generous. 

If you had told me that in forty years people would be arguing about Powell vs. UA, I would have laughed in your face.  

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VintonCountyBuck's picture

When I was in high-school, our Spanish class (along with several other schools) took a field trip to Upper Arlington high-school for a program they were putting on as part of our studies on Spanish culture.

We were lumped together with a group of kids from UA and Dublin-Scioto during the show.  I remember all of us making several friends that day and even a few pen pals we would write to in Spanish over the next couple of school years.  They were amazed at some of the stories us hillbillies had to tell.  So much so, that the very next year, when they had upgraded their schools computer inventory, they donated them to our schools.  For the majority of our students, it was our first exposure to a computer.  Now they are common place, leading to us now finally having the internet and being able to log in and read great sites such as this.  You can all blame UA for donating the vehicle to my addiction to 11W..  Thank you.  Haha.

“Right now, Michigan is not at the pinnacle of college football, and that’s all Urban Meyer cares about...He’s been there and knows what it takes to get there.” 

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SoulPatrol32's picture

She went to UAHS, got famous and then had twins with Al Pacino.

Just posting and hoping my comment isn’t deleted. 

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VintonCountyBuck's picture

“Right now, Michigan is not at the pinnacle of college football, and that’s all Urban Meyer cares about...He’s been there and knows what it takes to get there.” 

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SilverHaven's picture

I thought Ramzy handled that very discretely and tastefully.  Just think of how he might have expressed the "messy" details about her.

Ua Mau ke Ea o ka 'Aina I ka Pono. The life of the land is preserved in righteousness. (Hawai'i state motto) Aloha nui kakou.

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SoulPatrol32's picture

I pretty much dominated in 8th grade when we played at Jones Middle School in basketball.  I fouled out before the end of the 1st quarter...

Just posting and hoping my comment isn’t deleted. 

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810Buck's picture

Grew up in that state up North.  Went to OSU in 2003.  Bought our first home in UA 2013.  Had kid in 2016.  Can't imagine ever leaving.  

It's an odd place, but it's a great place to live.  No better reminder of that than yesterday.  

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NOLABuckeye's picture

How was the parade 810?

Nothing cleanses the soul like a no call pass interference.

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810Buck's picture

Like an episode of the Wonder Years.  Could not be more enjoyable. 

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NOLABuckeye's picture

A bit different from the ones I see these days.  I still look for the red, white, and blue stars in the street whenever I'm back.

Nothing cleanses the soul like a no call pass interference.

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smith5568's picture

I spent a portion of my childhood in UA and I attended St. Agatha. We lived on the corner of Coventry and Lane Avenue. I played pee-wee football at Northam Park and made frequent visits to the Chef-o-Nette. We had to move for family reasons, but I grew to be a buckeye fan there and can say that it played a role in my eventual decision to attend Ohio State. Now, my wife and I hope to eventually move into the neighborhood. Lather, rinse, repeat, indeed.  

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BBQ_Fan's picture

Just sold my house to one of those. Same neighborhood too!

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ScarletGray43157's picture

Some things always give me a smile inside.

Watching Ted Ginn Jr. run, for example.

Reading something written by Ramzy Nasrallah, for another example. 

In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...

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WC Buckeye's picture

Who the hell DV's THAT?!? +1 to counteract!!

Life is full of choices. Make good ones.

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hetuck's picture

As much as UA loves OSU, Woody wouldn't recruit players from there because he didn't want the pressure of having to play them. 

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

Vince Lombardi

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Horvath22's picture

Woody did recruit Doug Goodsell from Upper Arlington. A great high school running back. Scored 6 TD's in one game in high school, a record that still stands at UA.

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Jelligrim's picture

That's 2 more than Al Bundy scored as a fullback at Polk High!

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WC Buckeye's picture

Al Bundy, aka Ed O'Neill, is yet another native son of our great state. Actually quite a story, too, in that he was a pretty good HS athlete and one of the very early students of what we know today as MMA. 

Life is full of choices. Make good ones.

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Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Ahh, but there is an Arlington, Ohio, in Hancock County. SR 68 runs right through the heart of it.

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VintonCountyBuck's picture

Sheldon Cooper's dream come true.  He could have lots of fun with flags there..

“Right now, Michigan is not at the pinnacle of college football, and that’s all Urban Meyer cares about...He’s been there and knows what it takes to get there.” 

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Firedup's picture

Hey man thanks for posting about my hometown. You beat me to it.  Red Devils love flying Old Glory all around town! 

"Making the Great State of Ohio Proud!" UFM

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I_Run_The_Dave's picture

As opposed to Findlay, also in Hancock county, which is Flag City, USA?

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Findlay419Buckeye's picture

Flag City USA...REPRESENT!!!

Findlay by birth, Buckeye by the grace of God.

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Dillon G's picture

Imagine if Jack Nicklaus hadn't gone to Ohio State.

No thanks. I'll pass. 

#walkaway

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Icouldnotgofor3's picture

"As anyone from Bo Schembechler to the average Arlingtonian would tell you, when you were one-on-one with him Woody made you feel like the only person on earth - a great, empathetic, selfless and engaging old man -"

That was his true strength. His concern for others.

Saban on a cart eating cold pizza

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Buckeye Chuck's picture

Sure, there always seems to be one petulant Brady Hoke-type just becausetraitor in each grade who unwittingly unifies Arlington Buckeyes around her or him, but UA is still closer to a consensus than any town in Ohio.

I used to drive through Old Arlington on a regular basis, and right after you turned from Cambridge onto Arlington Avenue, there was a car parked at the curb all the time with a UM bumper sticker. It was there for years and impossible to miss. Guy liked living dangerously, I guess. 

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

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Daniel's picture

Is Woody's house still standing on Cardiff Road?  If so, sounds like a pilgrimage I need to make. 

Va Buck

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J.Mo's picture

Yep. I've only been an Arlington resident for 4 years but have driven down Cardiff several times and just Googled the address after reading the article.... it and it's still there and I've passed it numerous times without ever knowing it.

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jpfbucks01's picture

Upper Arlington is a great neighborhood but that history of racism lasted much longer than you insinuate from your article.

After 1948, when such deed restrictions were no longer legally enforceable, the Thompson's went about circumventing that law by mandating membership in a community or association as a condition of purchase of sale. Potential house buyers had to gain approval of membership by the association in order to purchase the property. In addition, the association retained first right of purchase on all lots or homes offered for sale. The Thompson's did this by setting up the NWAA (Northwest Arlington Association).

In 1970, Think about that now, 1970 or over 2 decades after the covenants were declared illegal, the Ashley's an African-American family from New Jersey wanted to buy a house in Upper Arlington. The NWAA, referencing the restrictive deed covenant, bought the house instead, using their right of first purchase to nullifying the sale with the Ashley's.

Soon afterward, the Ashley's and 2 white family's from the area had to file a lawsuit hoping to end this racist practice. The 2 white family's had their addresses published in the paper and received racist phone calls harassing them while the case was going on. They finally won the case in 1971 I believe. 

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Davep160's picture

Stellar write up.   Thank you.

The lord of brevity.

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THE's picture

Did you see the Tri-Villages (UA, Grandview, Marble Cliff) episode of Columbus neighborhoods on PBS?  Pretty good look into this in defining the area - and diversifying other parts of town as an unintended consequence.

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Barnsey69's picture

I saw all of those, and yes, very interesting series.

Thank the Maker that I was born in Ohio, cradle of coaches, US Presidents, confederate-stomping Generals, the Uncomparable  Joe Burrow, and home of The Ohio State University Buckeyes- 2014 UNDISPUTED National Champions!

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JLBNYC's picture

Nice write-up  Jfpbucks01.  Unfortunately, those restrictive covenants existed in many affluent communities all over the country and the formation of "community associations" to circumvent the law was all-too common.

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jpfbucks01's picture

You are so right unfortunately, Starting with Jim Crow Laws after the civil war it lasted for decades

The FHA's practice of redlining in which they refused to grant loans to people in "certain" neighborhoods, which lasted until it was exposed in 1968 and at least somewhat alleviated by the Fair Housing Act that year.

There were also informal things like like racial steering where realtors would try to steer minorities away from white neighborhoods or would act like there were no houses available in those areas when minorities would inquire, this kind of more subtle stuff still goes on as a HUD study back in 2000 showed. And more recently we have started seeing more of it impacting LBGT folks

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Etenim's picture

Upper Arlington is a great neighborhood but that history of racism lasted much longer than you insinuate from your article.

After 1948, when such deed restrictions were no longer legally enforceable, the Thompson's went about circumventing that law by mandating membership in a community or association as a condition of purchase of sale. Potential house buyers had to gain approval of membership by the association in order to purchase the property. In addition, the association retained first right of purchase on all lots or homes offered for sale. The Thompson's did this by setting up the NWAA (Northwest Arlington Association).

Thank you for posting this recent history of that institutionalized behavior (which was very much alive and active in my lifetime). It always pains me whenever anyone points to any law/act/action which is intended to end a racist practice, and then says - "see, racism no longer existed as of that moment". It's like Bruce Hornsby sang:

"Well, they passed a law in '64
To give those who ain't got a little more
But it only goes so far
'Cause the law don't change another's mind..."

What especially fascinates me about the neighborhood's history is all the OSU greats of color over the decades who could never have bought a home there. The great Jesse Owens, fresh off the humiliation of Adolph Hitler, would have been greeted by a racist covenant in trying to buy a home next to the university he elevated in the annals of sports history.

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NJPam's picture

Jesse Owens couldn't even live in a dorm at our beloved Ohio State. He lived in a private residence off campus. 

Buckeye born and bred, Buckeye till I'm dead

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NavyBuckeye91's picture

I can remember when Lane Ave. Shopping Center and Kingsdale tried to prevent the city from putting COTA bus stops at their locations. That was as recent as the mid-1980's. 

"You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, & in the manner in which you live.
So, live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you. "
- Stuart Scott

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Thurdsty's picture

Proud Worthington Cardinal here. Growing up, we hated everything UA. I guess I can give you a pass though, Ramzy. You write good and stuff, so you ain't all bad. :-P

Behold the chunky whoop ass.

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CowCat's picture

I attended UA. I remember the fences put between sides at UA/Worthington football games, and the fights that would break out at the White Castle on Henderson road. LOL.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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Buckeye Chuck's picture

That rivalry never was the same after Worthington got the second high school. 

UA's image in the region has evolved too. 30-40 years ago, it was the epitome of the snooty suburb, but it's definitely been surpassed by New Albany and (thanks to Muirfield) Dublin. Even the best homes in UA are on lots smaller than the ones you'll find out in Muirfield, and that's what today's millionaires tend to want. Homeowners in Arlington nowadays are much more likely to be academics (like Simon Fraser's family was), or in two-career marriages where both husband and wife have good but not spectacular jobs. Not to get too far into the banned subject of politics, but you can trace this evolution in the way Arlingtonians used to vote in the 1960s and '70s and how they vote today.

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NOLABuckeye's picture

My parents still live on 2.5 acres as do a number of their neighbors. The developers destroy those lots when people like them move.

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Barnsey69's picture

Not from either place, but had a lot of Worthington buddies. Friday night fights at the Continent between UA & Worthington we a must see in the late 80's!

Thank the Maker that I was born in Ohio, cradle of coaches, US Presidents, confederate-stomping Generals, the Uncomparable  Joe Burrow, and home of The Ohio State University Buckeyes- 2014 UNDISPUTED National Champions!

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Defiance's picture

GR8 piece Ramzy, you never fail to disappoint!!

I currently reside in Arlington Heights, IL and while it may sound similar, I'll never be fortunate enough to be from The UA but I'm still from The Greatest State in The Land and I'll always wear that one loud & proud!!

"Defiance in Silence" 

Shhhh

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Homey1970's picture

 I believe Orville's passion is the reason Huffman Prarie (and now Wright-Patt's main runway) point towards C-town and the reason Charlie Kettering made that starter thingy...to quickly get to OSU games.

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NavyBuckeye91's picture

Spoken like a true Daytonian. 

And, why John Patterson invented the cash register...so the university could make all that money off football.

"You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, & in the manner in which you live.
So, live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you. "
- Stuart Scott

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Respectthebox's picture

Great ode to UA. Thanks Ramzy. I'm not from here but got here a quickly as I could. Moved in shortly after I graduated from OSU. That was more than twen.... a long time ago. 

Its awesome living so close to The Shoe. I've actually walked to games. 

The only downside I've discovered so far to the proximity is that my eldest, about to graduate from UA in '18, though a HUGE Buckeye fan for all the reasons you mention, doesn't necessarily want to go to OSU because it is "too close."

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JLBNYC's picture

Great write up Ramzy. I enjoyed it, notwithstanding the fact that I grew up on the North end of Columbus in the '70s and, suffice to say, we had a bit if a different opinion of UA!  
 

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aeronaut's picture

I'd never heard of UA until I started at Ohio State, but everyone from the westside of Cincinnati knows Siesta Key has the best beaches in Florida

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NavyBuckeye91's picture

To this day I've never heard anyone who wasn't from Upper Arlington ever mention Siesta Key. It's basically UA's southern cottage island.

I chuckled at that, too. I grew up in the north end of Columbus, but had never heard of Siesta Key until we moved moved to Oakwood, OH: UA's analog in Dayton. About half the families in Oakwood go to Siesta Key every year for Spring Break...together. Strangest ritual I've ever seen.  

"You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, & in the manner in which you live.
So, live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you. "
- Stuart Scott

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rand443's picture

the GOLDEN GHETTO 

rand dittmar

 

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okiebuck's picture

I'm also a Worthington Cardinal and yes, we indeed hated the Golden Bears. We beat them when I was junior, for the first time in years. As a left handed hitter I did love the UA baseball field with the short right field fence that backed up to the tennis courts; homered twice there.

Good read Ramzy.

The only hard day was yesterday

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40 Degrees North's picture

Except for my 4 years in the High Street campus area, I have always lived in the City of Columbus areas around UA. Still do to this day to the east of the Osu golf course. I attended St. Andrew in Upper Arlington and Bishop Watterson. There are many friends of mine who grew up in UA. A few still live in UA and others remain in the Columbus area. 

Into the 1990's, before Dublin really matured to what it is today and Powell and New Albany became more than just small villages, Upper Arlington was, by far, the place to live in Columbus. It was not an argument. Even with the growth of those new suburbs, Upper Arlington still remains a popular place to live. The growing suburbs have a few things better than UA, but UA has a true sense of community and tradition. I don't think a Powell or Dublin can match that.

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CowCat's picture

My Dad is an OSU professor. We moved to UA in 1986 because we didn't make the lottery for Columbus Alternative HS.

UAHS was very socially cliquish, but I got a great education. In my senior year of HS I actually took a math class at OSU before officially enrolling after graduation.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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TheSweaterVest's picture

Coop and Tress also lived in UA; not as modestly as Coach Hayes.  So did Buckeye Olympic gold medalist Bill Hosket.  Maybe Troy Smith too.

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NOLABuckeye's picture

Hoskett lives near us and was a nice guy as was was his son Brett.

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Lincoln Linworth's picture

My wife and I are moving our family to Upper Arlington on Friday. Cardiff Road to be exact. (Not Woody's old house though.) Due to that serendipitous timing this might be my favorite article I've ever read on 11W. Thank you, Ramzy.

I'll need a new username.

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SilverHaven's picture

Thanx, Ramzy, once again; a very well composed and endearing nostalgia article.  I'm not sure what it says, but it was tearfully sweet.

I lived for a time, in The Knolls on the eastern side of the "mesopotamia" between the two rivers Olentangy and Scioto, and went to high school at Whetstone right on the banks of the Olentangy, just 4 miles up-river from Ohio Stadium at Ohio State Univ. (Back then the stadium was not called the Shoe and the university was not The.)  As a naive boy I was always wondering when I could catch a glimpse of the "submarine races" in the Olentangy River by the Lane Avenue bridge.

And thanx for filling me in, Ramzy, I always wondered: where is Lower Arlington? Back then UA was a wealthier part of town with high property taxes that could not fund fixing their notoriously awful infrastructure-- dilapidated narrow streets without sidewalks. Still is.  Somethings don't change.  I have noticed, however, that the mailing address for old friends in UA has changed to Columbus.

And lastly, while living in northern California, I was piqued when the local sports newscast about Jack Nicklaus mentioned that the "golden bear" of golf had graduated from UC-Berkeley-- the golden bears.  Yes, there was fake news even back then.

Ua Mau ke Ea o ka 'Aina I ka Pono. The life of the land is preserved in righteousness. (Hawai'i state motto) Aloha nui kakou.

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JDupler's picture

Born in UA (golden ghetto), went to OSU, came back and started a family a few blocks from where I grew up.  Howard Dwight Smith was (is?) my great grandfather and I currently have a daughter starting 1st grade as a 5th generation in the fall.  Great place to live if you can get in, however the other suburbs (mainly dublin and olentangy) have either caught up or passed UA in education and are all cheaper to live generally, but the high school is getting completely torn down and rebuilt in the next few years, and the middle and elementary schools in the next 10 years due to the child population rising yearly.

The only thing that compares to the Buckeye love in Upper Arlington is youth sports and the Fourth of July.   Great shoutout to our hometown Ramz. 

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NOLABuckeye's picture

I had a friend in grade school who always said his grandfather designed the Shoe and his Dad coached linebackers for UA. In the weight room he used to tell them pump till you puke and then pump one more.

Nothing cleanses the soul like a no call pass interference.

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NOLABuckeye's picture

Benetton?

Nothing cleanses the soul like a no call pass interference.

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Prickly_Pete's picture

I love UA. I lived there for 3 years while attending OSU. First and last time I've paid city taxes. Other than the taxes, it was great.

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james allen's picture

He got it as a teenager.  He really gets it now.  When I taught Ramzy  as a UA student, like his sister, he looked more ethnic than what you normally saw in the hallways.  But he, like his sister once again, was smart, a good writer, and had the values, all of which has made this site appealing and such a big hit with Buckeye fans.  UA is cultish for a reason.  You live life here as America promises you can.  And it is a good launching pad for your kids.  When I read the names of those transforming Columbus at the moment, I always see familiar names from classrooms in my UA past.  Ramzy is one of those names.  And Ohio State football has always been the entry point for the communication which keeps UA, well UA, and Columbus on the fast track for national prominence.

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DenvBuck's picture

Grew up in UA directly across from what was then just known as Parkway Park.  Given the number of hours I logged there as a kid, I was extremely disappointed to learn last summer that they had renamed it after some golfer, and not me.  

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MY POP OSU Band Member 1940's's picture

Like others, I read this story after seeing the headline.   I never lived in UA.  I was a Worthington Cardinal all the way.  You see, back in the late 60s - early 70s UA was our biggest and most hated rival in football.  Unfortunately, if I remember correctly, UA use to beat the crap out of my Cardinals on a yearly basis.  That was truly hard to swallow.  No one want to lose to a bunch of spoiled rich kids, especially the spoiled rich kids from Worthington! I guess the rivalry was as intense as Ohio State’s rivalry with TTUN.  So much fun in the years gone by.

Despite being away from central Ohio for 40 some years, Ohio State has always been dear to my heart.  Though I did not go to OSU, my family has 29 graduates dating back to the 1890s.  Besides my father, I had two, maybe three uncles who played in the marching band.  We have always been Buckeyes!

GO BUCKS!

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cdub4's picture

Ironic that Dane Goodwin, a UA student, is now going to ND. UA is a nice area. Columbus has some nice suburbs. Big fan of Bexley too.

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BuckeyeMike74's picture

I agree.  The timing to this article plus his announcement is quite the irony. Evidently someone forgot "it's right over there"...

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PhillyBuckeye27's picture

Great place to grow up.  While I haven't lived there in over 20 years (or Ohio for that matter) it's still home and always will be!  Proximity to downtown will only make living in UA more desirable - especially if traffic in CBUS is as bad as my old man says!  

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osu992's picture

You guys have any wide receivers to spare?

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QuercusAlba's picture

I live nearby and work in Uppity Arlington. Still, there are lots of good people and good Buckeyes there. Interesting read as always, and thank you for it.

"I say let us give them all they want; not a word of argument, not a sign of let up, no cave in till we are whipped or they are."
-William Tecumseh Sherman

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lectricbuck's picture

Born at Ohio State Hospital and grew up across the street from Scioto Country Club, two stone walls and Lane Avenue have forever separated me from a golf club I was meant to join but never did. My Grandfather and Father were OSU Alums. My father in his love for the University donated 37 years teaching students all that he knew about Radiology while earning his living at Children's Hospital. He was a great and giving man. He built our home in 1954 and I was born 4 years later. I knew nothing. I assumed everyone had a maids quarters in the basement with full shower and toilets which we could never enter. Those facilities were only to be used by Elizabeth and then Irene.

Our friends and neighbors had last names that sounded just like those on TV shows in the 60s like Stevens, Cartwright, Reed,or Martin.Oh and a golfer named Nicklaus. I remember seeing his new home built and later helped my brother deliver newspapers to his door. I was the last of 5 kids. I walked home from Kindergarten at 5 yrs old and was almost never home until the dinner bell rang. My parents had bought a second lot adjacent to our house and that was the center of our play world when were not sneaking on to the golf course at night. I always wondered why we never joined Scioto it seemed all my friends were going there. My Dad would always say Golf is a rich man's game so we don't belong. I wondered a bit about that as I spent my summers at our cottage in Northern Michigan.

As the years flipped a new TV Family arrived with the last name of Bunker. A new restaurant came to Columbus called the Place Upstairs in German Village that my father loved and became a Saturday night ritual after the famous 30 mass at St. Patricks. Through Archie blatant hate, I asked my father and mother about our heritage, It seems I was half breed of German and English on both sides. I remember my father greeting Earl Bradley the owner of the Place Upstairs warmly each Saturday evening. The thought that he happened to be black seemed cool to me. I wondered why our school was all white for the first time.

It was not until my parents decided to sell our home in 1974 that I saw the inconvenient truth. My father showed me the deed restriction he signed twice and forever regretted. Before placing the home on the market he had the restriction removed which said clearly no sale to those of color until 1999. I also remember 1974 as our last big Memorial Day Party my parents held every year. It was the last time Woody Hayes ever visited our home. Like all things to unknowing me it was just the way it was.

He could have put his toe in the Shrine of Minerva

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smk6086's picture

Great article!

I also grew up there.  My family (aside from maybe a few months) had at least one member of the family enrolled in UA schools for over 50 years.  I did not have a great time when I was growing up there but I would move back there in a heartbeat if given the opportunity.  I love driving through and seeing the old places when I visit Columbus.  Its weird to me not having any family there anymore as 42 years of my 45 year old life, someone lived there.  Its also weird going back and seeing change.  Kingsdale changing overnight.  Lane Avenue going from outdoor shopping - to indoor mall - back to outdoor shopping.  Fiesta Lanes - Gone :( (Neon still alive though)    

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Barnsey69's picture

I grew up in Linden, and my mom still lives there. But after my parents divorced, my dad settled in UA, because that is where all OSU faculty are required to live, right?? Anyway, still attend the UA 4th of July parade most years, including two days ago. I think if you have a pretty-much full-sized, OSU alumni marching band as the parade anchor, you can go ahead and call your community the most Buckeye place of Earth. Thanks for the perspective Ramzy...and the classic pic of my girl Bev D'Angelo! 

Thank the Maker that I was born in Ohio, cradle of coaches, US Presidents, confederate-stomping Generals, the Uncomparable  Joe Burrow, and home of The Ohio State University Buckeyes- 2014 UNDISPUTED National Champions!

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Kshed's picture

Great article on growing up in UA. There is one slight correction. When Jack went to High School, Jones (now middle school) was actually the high school. The current high school had not been built yet. So the high school he graduated from was slightly south of Nicklaus park. 

Thanks for sharing the good and bad. It's something that we can all learn from. 

Nice marmot.

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Respectthebox's picture

Actually, the current high school was completed in 1956. Nicklaus was in the first class to graduate from the new high school in 1957.

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NJPam's picture

I grew up on the far West Side (1961-1976). You know where the Hollywood Casino is? Well, that used to be a GM plant and nearly 75% of the folks living in Lincoln Village worked there. The rest were school teachers or worked at Nationwide, like my dad. It was 100% white. I didn't even know a single Jewish person let alone a black person. During Senior Week (Westland HS, home of the Cougars class of '71), we had a fully sanctioned "Slave Day" where seniors were purchased by underclassman.There are pics in our yearbook including one of me wearing a ball and chain.  A house was up for sale across the street (around '64-64). A black family attempted to buy, but as has been pointed out, there was a deed restriction and they were bought out. In moved the Banker family. Hazel, Big Don, Little Don and Jimmy. Hazel spent her days on the front stoop drinking Blast and smoking Pall Mall non-filters and cursing at cars going by. Big Don worked second trick at GM. Every night he would get home around 12:00 am drunk as a skunk after drinking with his buddies at the Old Trail Inn. This would piss off Hazel and she would lock him out of the house. I first heard the name "shit ass" from the two of them. One night, not to be dettered, Big Don opened the window to Little Don's room. As he pulled himself up on the window sill, Little Don slammed the window down on his hands. This caused a front lawn brawl and the cops were called. We were all up and observing from my parents bedroom window when my Dad lamented "And to think we could have had a nice Negro family living there" Yep, pure white trash was considered a better choice than nice Negro's. I think of that whenever I hear the 50's-60's referred to as the "good ole days" 

Buckeye born and bred, Buckeye till I'm dead

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nickel beer's picture

I was a greenskeeper at Scioto--never played golf, still haven't unless I'm putting through a castle or something like that.  Just thought I'd slip that in while I have a chance.

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doodah_man's picture

In the town called Whitehall, totally surrounded by the City of Columbus and on the East side, to us, UA was like grandma's vagina...everybody knew it was there and no one cared". Otherwise, great article Ramsey.....

Jim "DooDah" Day

"If I were giving a young man advice as to how he might succeed in life, I would say to him, pick out a good father and mother, and begin life in Ohio.” --Wilbur Wright, 1910

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NJPam's picture

Grandpa cared

Buckeye born and bred, Buckeye till I'm dead

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Respectthebox's picture

Comment of the day candidate, NJPam. Perfect. 

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NJPam's picture

Thank you for the nomination. 

Buckeye born and bred, Buckeye till I'm dead

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Etenim's picture

So, seriously - no one is going to point to the apt irony of your handle, so 'colloquially'  descriptive of grandpa's concern for grandma's ...'box'?

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Buckaroo Banzai's picture

I respect this comment. As I do grandma's box.

Bobbing for french fries.

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doodah_man's picture

Upvoted .... for response and grandpa...

Jim "DooDah" Day

"If I were giving a young man advice as to how he might succeed in life, I would say to him, pick out a good father and mother, and begin life in Ohio.” --Wilbur Wright, 1910

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Big Papa's picture

My parents moved from Dayton  to UA the summer after I graduated from High School (1987). I was a freshman in Morrill Tower which was about five minutes from the house. They used to show up unannounced to make sure I was going to class. The people that worked in the front lobby knew they were my parents and they used to call me to tell me they were on their way up. This was after my folks had caught me skipping class and drinking beer at noon on Fridays.

"To be the man you've gotta beat the man and just when you think you have all the answers, I change the question." The Nature Boy, Ric Flair

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Buckaroo Banzai's picture

. . .  I was a freshman in Morrill Tower . . .

Ah yes. Gamorrah's Tower. So many mammaries. Er, memories.

Bobbing for french fries.

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Big Papa's picture

Oh yeah.... and I lived in the top floor.

"To be the man you've gotta beat the man and just when you think you have all the answers, I change the question." The Nature Boy, Ric Flair

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ScarletNGrey01's picture

United Appeal as we Worthington (worth-a-ton) folks would say.  ;~}

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

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Buckeyebison's picture

We moved to UA from Houston. We just missed Woody Hayes era. We came in just when Earle Bruce started his first season.  Few years later, I went to Hastings Junior High. Back then, it was grades 7, 8, 9 at that jr high then 10-12 at UAHS. It changed to middle school just when I entered 9th grade at UAHS in 1984. I then transferred to boarding HS in Washington, DC.  My family still lived in UA.  My sister and brother-in-law graduated from OSU. BTW, my parents were the OSU professors for 21 years before retiring back to CA. Living in UA brought many great memories.  Had the teammates who later would be NCAA champions or on NCAA championship team.  Mind ya, UA is third all-time in most state championship produced.  So, the sports didn't suffer much there. 

I now live in Reynoldsburg due to the job nearby.  If I had a job near UA.  I probably would have lived there. 

Great memories.  Many neighbors still lives there after 40 years, though. 

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Indian1961's picture

Enjoyed reading the article, except for one line. "My hometown isn't one of those vomit-inducing towns with split-loyalty that dot the entire Northwest corner of the state."  On occasion I will make the trip to the Columbus area and enjoy all things "Buckeye."  The rest of the days I will spend here in Northwest OhiO wearing the Scarlett and Gray and protecting the northern border as best I can.  I can imagine in UA celebrating a Buckeye win over ttnu is a great feeling, but somehow I think it feels better when you have a few *ichigan fans around.

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Bratwurstcapitalbuckeye's picture

Interesting to read about this revered town. My parents always talked about it a lot when I was growing up. They made it seem like such a great important place. Coming from a middle class small town family they described it like a place only the elite of the elite could live. Even in my later years I guess I feel the same way about it. I don't have a bad thing or a good thing to say about Upper Arlington.it just seems unattainable for an average person like myself.  I guess I am happy in my small town with the mostly good, hard working Buckeye neighbors that I reside with. I would like to say that one does not to have to be a graduate to love Ohio State. Some of my best memories are watching the Bucks with my WWII veteran grandpa. This great man never cussed, except during The Game. He loved Woody! 

Go Bucks!

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depbuck's picture

The first black family I remembered moving in was in the early to mid 70's. The dad was a prof at OSU and the son was an excellent soccer player. I believe the family was the Smallwood's. Some asshole drove by their house and sent a shotgun blast through their front window. My uncle was on the UA city council at the time and was appalled. The city council offered a $5,000 reward for the capture of the jerkoff who fired the blast but I don't believe anyone was ever apprehended. When I was a senior, there were two black girls I remember as sophomores and a nice family moved 3-4 house down from us. Kids were good athletes

We lived on the 4th of July parade route and always had huge parties. Great memories  

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Winston Churchill's picture

Barf. I lived there for 10 years. I liked it but I did get sick of the fake-ness. Seems like everyone there has an ultimate goal of moving into a house south of lane so they can tell their friends they live south of lane. I do still go to the parade. But not sure UA folks need another ego boost

Cardale Jones, Cardale Jones, Cardale Jones!

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osu992's picture

Welcome to 11W.

New Day for OSU. Same noon for TTUN.

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UAGoldenbear84's picture

I am a proud UA Golden Bear!  Born in Cbus (Riverside) went to Cranbrook back in the 70s, moved to NH after 6th grade.  Moved back to UA for high school and had the opportunity of a lifetime to attend UAHS (Class of '84).  One of the first things I noticed not having gone to Hastings or Jones was that I felt like a bit of an outsider, but that quickly faded because the kids were very welcoming.  I did have several classmate that I had gone to elementary school with that were also at UA, so it felt like home.  UA like EVERY other high school had it's cliques for sure which made high school....well...high school.  One of the things that struck me early on was the respect students had for one another, faculty, and staff.  Dave Shelby was the principal at the time and he was the most down to earth, approachable man.  I'm pretty sure he knew every student by name.  I had every opportunity at UA, of course I didn't take advantage of them....smart move.  I played hockey, back then just a club sport with a great bunch of guys and an amazing coach (Les Swearingen).  We had to travel all over northern Ohio for games and tournaments and even to Detroit to play Coach Swearingen's brother's team....River Rouge, certainly eye-opening for high school kids.  The education is top shelf, I think we had 13 valedictorians of which one of them is a team doctor for our Buckeyes.  UA is a great place, with every opportunity...if you live there or are moving there...take advantage of it all.

We Are UA!

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osu992's picture

Where the heck have you been? I've been bewildered these comments have been devoid of your input until now.

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UAGoldenbear84's picture

Well thank you.  Another cool 11w guy.

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osu992's picture

Gotta tell you...I'm leaning toward that being sarcasm.

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UAGoldenbear84's picture

I'm pretty sure you have two PhDs one in coolness, the other in sarcasm.  You sir are AWESOME.

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osu992's picture

This seems like confirmation of sarcasm as a response to my pleasantries. I shall turn the other cheek, sir.

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UAGoldenbear84's picture

As will I.  Your pleasantries were met with more of the same. 

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osu992's picture

Mine were sincere. I even tried looking you up since I didn't see you and wondered if you weren't around as often any more. But I couldn't remember the number after 'bear'...or was it 'bears???' and got nowhere.

New Day for OSU. Same noon for TTUN.

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UAGoldenbear84's picture

I apologize.  There seems to be a lot of "cool" people trolling about....see below.  BuckNugget.

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osu992's picture

BuckNuggest

Is that like one of these?

...a young buck?

New Day for OSU. Same noon for TTUN.

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osu992's picture

Don't take teasing so personally.

New Day for OSU. Same noon for TTUN.

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UAGoldenbear84's picture

aaaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnnd there he is.....

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bucknut1994's picture

Can't wait to watch WR Michael Smith from UA suit up for the Scarlet and Gray this fall. Could be the next Odell Beckham Jr!!!

Go Bucks!!! Go Bears!!!!

#94Ways

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Mosely's picture

94 u crack me up man. UAs the worst lol

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