The grey areas above are some of these "No City" lands. 100,000 people live on or surrounded by these sites, that their leaders ignore. Thousands of people who live on these sites, do not get to vote for which city leader will be ignoring them next.
These dead or dying buildings, and dozens more are within 7 miles of city hall, yet most are not in Columbus, so the huge incentives to bring or keep large employers to Columbus are not offered on most of the large underdeveloped sites inside the outer belt, only on this side of town.
But after 65 years of acting as if the west side is "sold out" of large sites, they did nothing to replace its large employers that 5 recessions killed off.
Large employers are too their area like anchor stores are to shopping malls, their economies collapse after they leave. Until the West-SW area has exclusive representation, this area will never be able to flourish like the rest of Central Ohio.