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I would think your best bet would be to take a look at what is growing in the older gardens in Columbus as well as looking at what your state's agricultural college recommends. So many people plant trees based on fast growth and don't realize that fast growth often equals brittle wood.
Here's a fact sheet: http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/1000/1082.html
We actually didn't select the Bradfords. They were part of an entire landscaping project covering two acres that generally ended up extremely well. This was before we knew very much about gardening. I recall the designer saying he envisioned a French "allée."
What's the story on some of the newer pear cultivars such as the Cleveland Select although they may just be too big for the location? We have a number of Serviceberries and those are relatively easy to shape and control without the disadvantage of really dense shade.