I have lived in Columbus ALL MY LIFE. I have found it a decent place to live. The Short North, and around Campus is where it's very lively, and filled with people during day and night. Downtown is very much awesome to go out, walk around go to club, and restaurants. The "bad parts" of Columbus are like don't start nothing, nothing won't happen. I currently live on the West Side of Columbus and things are getting a little on edge, so anywhere PAST the Bottoms down I would stay clear of, East Side is also iffy, stay clear of James Rd, and Livingston AT THE NIGHT, and places on the North Side like 18th Ave. If you do not have family members living in those areas, or your just a tourist there isn't really a need for you out there.
My son was robbed at gun point between 8th and 11th aves. and campus area especially south campus, I've heard a lot of
crime happens there. There is a huge drug area there. Be careful especially at night.
It is a good idea not to stray too far (if any) from the Downtown, Short North and University Heights neighborhoods since crime is an issue. Best to ask a local. I did not see many police in uniform so let's hope the rest of the force is undercover and on the job.
Columbus is not like these people are saying. Crime can happen anywhere, and sure at night you might want to watch where you go. But on campus its usually lit up and people walking all over the place... plus police aren't at every stop light waiting on you to break the law, dumbass. If you are driving down high st you will see that people are walking everywhere and crossing in the middle of the road. Yes you can get a 500 dollar fine for littering, but if you're dumb enough to litter, and in front of a cop, you probably shouldn't come to columbus. Don't leave *** in your car and park anywhere on high street or one of its side street expecting it to be there when you come back... you just have to be smart, don't be a dumbass. Streets aren't that confusing just BE SMART!
- A little trivia: candy buckeyes are delicious--I especially recommend the ones from Anthony Thomas--but the real ones are very poisonous.
- The Ohio State University campus is very safe and well-lit, but the surrounding areas are a little sketchy after dark.
- If you are unfamiliar with the area, do not attempt to survive rush hour on the freeways--we have a lot of treacherous cross-lane traffic (where an exit ramp immediately follows an entrance ramp in the same lane, and everyone is rushing to get in or out of that lane at once).
Pack sunscreen, winterwear, raingear and shorts for the same trip, because Ohio weather is very "indecisive."
Columbus is a great city, but there is that little ZOMBIE problem. Every year in late May the undead take to the streets in search for human flesh, or stories of how their bodies are rotting, or nerdy companionship in the annual Zombie Walk. This is actually alot of fun, as the zombies stroll up and down High St, usually to some kind of party destination. People really get into this, and their are usually several hundred of these ghouls that participate.
Columbus has lots of crime. Be very careful where you go. At least one person is killed (on average) in Columbus every week. Columbus has a very strong urban presence (if you know what I mean). So be very careful if you go out after dark.
It seems the crime all most always falls on the east side of US 23 (High st) inside the I-270 belt way.
The west side of US 23 is relatively clear of hazzards.
If you stay away from the high crime zones on the east side, you will have a very positive impression on Columbus.
Columbus is very strict when comes to littering and jaywalking
Columbus police and the public safety department are set on keeping the city clean and safe and they do this by:
Littering: 1000 dollar fine if the police come by and see you litter (the police have video monitering on the sides of every police and public works vehicle). They enforce this one big time and depend on it for revenue.
Speeding: one mile over the limit and you get a big fine, especially in New Rome
Dumping: Columbus police and city attorneys office love to give massive fines for this one
Jaywalking: Cross the street at the wrong time or even when the light blinks red and you get a 100 dollar ticket, the city of Columbus has police at most downtown intersections enforcing this during business hours
You can get the point, law and order are the rules of the game in Columbus
Despite the extreme clealiness and politeness of Columbus,Ohio residents there a few bad areas in the columbus metropolitan area which include....
East Side- the area bordered from Livingston Ave on the south, to Morse on the north and from Childrens hospital on the west and Nelson on the east
West Side- sections near the projects on Mound street are kinda bad at night
South Side- Some areas of South Parsons are a bit iffy after dark
All and all Columbus, Ohio is a safe city which averages about 60 murders a year which is much lower than most cities of half the size.
Columbus residents has some driving issues, mostly centering around turns. Be prepared for left turns from the right lane, right from the left, striaghts from a turn only lane, etc. They also tend to follow what they quaintly refer to as the 'seven second rule,' which allows anyone turning left at a light seven seconds after the light has turned red to make their turn.
Terrorist Alert for Ohio...
The FBI issued a warning in today's Millersburg, Ohio newspaper that a terrorist suspect may be hiding in the Amish community. This photo was the first clue, which triggered the investigation:
Please be careful of the area just west of the Scioto River from Downtown Columbus. I noticed broken glass all over West Broad Street & the surrounding side streets, along with many street people consuming alcohol at 11:30 AM on a Saturday.