So, it seems to me that using a tilt-shit lens isn't that great of an idea for night photography. I got some good shots at the fair but trying to take photos of a city (from the ground) isn't ideal. I think the lack of light and environment comparisons prevents the miniaturized effect from being noticeable.
Also, Columbus just isn't as "grand" as Chicago, for example. Columbus isn't that big, you know? Maybe "grand" isn't the right word because I do love this city. I wish I had time to revisit these photos in the day-time to see if my hypothesis about the lack of light and environment comparisons is correct.