Notice the white areas.
1. We have never heard an elected Columbus official mention that the 10s of thousands of people who live in those white areas have no vote on any city officials or laws. They are not considered Columbus citizens. This is a twist on gerrymandering, which should be illegal because it massively and unfairly reduces the area's political voice. Columbus surrounds these people, yet they have no say in it.
2. Because Columbus does not officially consider those white areas part of it when offering major tax breaks and other incentives for major upscale developments; these lands are not included.
Have you ever wondered why the Westland Mall and Cooper Stadium have stood in ruins for decades? Well, they are in the white areas, so Columbus does not incentivize (or even mention) them to potential developers.
The only reason the casino came here was that local officials were going to keep its owners tied up in court until they agreed to build on the old GM site, which is in Columbus. They did not want a casino on their side of the Scioto River. In addition, the casino owners already owned prime land downtown, which they finally gave up on.
3. Virtually no elected Columbus officials live in Upper Columbus, so this area is not represented by truly local politicians; even voters in the yellow lands (Columbus) have no truly local people on their ballots. SW Columbus may be the highest populated region in the USA without any truly local politicians.
These not really local politicians recommend SW Columbus for junkyards, recycling centers, jails, and everything else they don't want on their side of the river.
The last time we checked, no one on the board of Columbus's Chamber of Commerce lives in Upper Columbus either.
4. The last four Columbus mayors promoted "affordable-low cost) housing for their SW side. This may sound nice, but it means selling people homes who really cannot afford them. This harms the area's economy because it anchors poverty.
This area needs leaders that bring in upscale developments, so housing will take care of itself and do so without spending taxpayer's money to lock in poverty.
5. From around 1860 to the mid-1920s, the Federal government quietly worked through the city, county, and state governments to scare developers and citizens away from what we call the Hilltop today. This was because (before aviation) this was the nations' center of transportation (RR).
They needed Sullivant's Hill because it was the most secluded area in the center of the nation's railroad network from 1850-1920. In addition, the lowland in between the hill and Columbus (Franklinton) often flooded, which kept the rapidly growing Columbus expanding in every other direction besides west.
An evidence-supported legend claims that right after the Civil War, a row of luxurious homes were erected along the eastern ridge of Sullivant's Hill to overlook Columbus. These were a threat to the hill's seclusion. Supposedly in 1869, the government used Emanant Domain to overpay these people for their homes, which were rapidly demolished.
Just weeks later, this ridge was annexed into Columbus, and construction began on two frightening asylums with over a square mile of lawn, taking up every inch of that ridge overlooking the city. These frightening monstrosities scared everything unrelated to them away from the hill.
Supposedly? Two years after the Lunatic Asylum opened, on Saturday, Feb 1, 1879, someone entered the locked Franklin County Courthouse and its vault. They soaked those land records of Sullivant's hill and all maps of it in coal oil and incinerated them, so the records of those homes overlooking the city and far more were erased from history. Here is the Columbus Dispatch article from that day, titled "Burning the Records."
This article does not mention which records were burned up; however, every land transaction record and detailed map of Sullivant's Hill (after 1853) vanished.
These two asylums spread across the horizon west of Columbus. They are both gone now. However, unfortunately, the frightening reputation they officially gave the SW side for over a century is still in place, still scaring average-income people and upscale developments away because these monstrosities left the area highly impoverished.
By sharing Columbus's top-secret history, as fun action-packed entertainment, the Upper Columbus Project will attract the world to West Columbus, to over-compensate for all the local people still avoiding it.
This image below was the horizon looking west from Columbus in 1877.
How would you and your family like to hang around this official house of horror?
FYI: In the 1800s, this Hilltop Lunatic Asylum looked immensely larger to everyone than it would appear today. This is because it was built from brick, stone, mortar, and concrete before steel framing cut the cost of massive buildings to pennies on the dollar.
However, the main reason it was the largest building on earth (in square footage) is that it was one of the first buildings that had (Otis Safety) elevators. Previously, enormous buildings were mostly one or two levels because primitive elevators were far too dangerous to be incorporated by architects. This official house of horror was at least seven levels, likely more, when including its multiple basements.