Burning Circle Episode 91

This week's episode talks about geographical challenges facing the Ohio LoCo as we enter into rebuilding.

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Welcome to The Burning Circle. For release on Monday, November 12th, this is episode 91.

Now is the time to talk about some of the geographical challenges we face as a local community team during this period of Righteous Rebuilding. Ohio is the 34th most expansive state in the Union so we do not have the area issues states like Alaska, Texas, and California might have. We have our own issues, though.

Ohio is estimated as of 2011 as having a population of 11 and a half million people. The United States overall is estimated as having a population of 311 and a half million people. Our city with the heaviest population is Columbus followed in decreasing populations by Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo, Akron, Dayton, Parma, Canton, and Youngstown.

Our user population is also quite dispersed. As of the last map-pinning exercise, one can see that we have population centered in Columbus, some in Mansfield, a cluster in Cleveland, and others scattered throughout the state. Our most populated areas are the Columbus metro and the northeast quadrant of the state.

Travel is a bit of a problem. For the northeast quadrant of the state, that includes users stretching from me in Ashtabula south to users in Youngstown as well as folks in Akron and Cuyahoga Falls as well as along the southern shore of Lake Erie from Cleveland to Conneaut. There are roads but to gather such a group means disproportionate cost just to bring together fellow Ubuntu users within the northeast quadrant. We've got scattered populations that are small enough to lack critical mass and far enough apart that it is costly to bring them all together to do something like a PGP key signing party.

The metropolitan statistical areas of Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, Akron, and Columbus do dominate quite a bit of the state. Ashtabula County floats off on its own as a micropolitan statistical area that is coterminus with the county's boundaries. Taking those metropolitan statistical areas plus Ashtabula micropolitan plus the Chillicothe, Marion, Mount Vernon, and Washington Court House micropolitan statistical areas gives you a humongous chunk of the state's population.

Within the northeast quadrant, most travel is not on interstate routes as it would be say to travel from Ashtabula to Columbus. Back roads and state roads would be key to travel. Mass transit usually works only intra-county and does not cross county boundaries. Train traffic does not exist for passenger travel within the northeast quadrant except for the Capitol Limited Amtrak run making a brief stop outside Canton in Alliance. Within the northeast quadrant there are airports but intra-region air travel is impractical. Flights from Cleveland to Columbus are possible but you do end up being routed through airports like Orlando and Newark compared to a simple yet long drive.

We haven't recently attempted a state-level rally. The last time we did was problematic as it was hard to get attendance from across the state. As we attempted to devolve things to more local groups, we have found groups drifting away. We've also seen how Unity has rocked the Ohio community and how such has had repercussions even now in terms of causing the tone to deteriorate.

This is where we stand. Where are we going? Do you know? I have no clue. At the least this should be discussed within the LoCo as we engage in rebuilding.

Thank you for joining us. From the south shores of Lake Erie in the border port community of Ashtabula Township, this program has been brought to you by Erie Looking Productions. Our owner and engineer is Mike Kellat, our producer is Gloria Kellat, our head writer is me...Stephen Michael Kellat. Special thanks go to the High Council.

Weather permitting, we'll be back in seven days.

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