Short North: My Favorite Columbus Neighborhood
An Inner-City Neighborhood that “Works”
“Columbus has become the Heartbeat of Ohio” Downtown Columbus resident, Dennis Sanders
Short North/Victorian Village
• New discovery
• Mixture of ethnicity and subcultures
• People come in from out of town for Gallery Hop
• Cruising your car up and down High Street
What is the mix of commercial and residential housing?
• Street level is commercial, above is residential
What is the racial breakdown of residents? Age breakdown?
• Mostly Caucasian
• Under 40ish, YPs
What is the average income in the neighborhood?
• Varies with mix of housing, but definitely increasing; possibly $100,000 annual household income?
What do most of the people who live there do for a living?
• Pretty diverse: artists, college students, entrepreneurs
What are the schools like?
• Few elementary, all Columbus City Public and a Montessori School; not necessarily family-friendly, not a lot of kids, but some young families.
• Private school options close in proximity
What urban amenities exist there?
• Dry Cleaners, Parks, ATM’s, restaurants, Urban Garden Place, Bike Path, Bicycle Racks, Pet Stores, Retail Stores, Wine Places, Boutiques, Art Galleries, Art Supply Stores, Yoga place, Gym, Patios, Churches
What unique culture can be found there? For what is this neighborhood knows?
• Very LGBT friendly
• Recent college graduates
• Career Minded Entrepreneurs
• Environmental Friendly
• Empty Nesters
• Asian, African American, lots of different cultures
• Different Residential styles, rental, condos
Does anyone know anything about the history of the neighborhood?
• It used to be “the hood” over 25 years ago and the residents themselves turned the neighborhood around.
• Beautiful old Victorian homes
Is there any public transit, in, out, or around?
• Bus line that runs up and down High Street
• Potentially a street car
• Bikes trails that run close to the area
What draws people to the neighborhood?
• The variety of restaurants and bars
• Gallery Hop
• Com Fest
• Goodale Park
• Walkable Neighborhood
• Other People there
• Proximity to Convention Center, Downtown, the Arena District
What makes it different from the rest of the city?
• The eclectic mix of people
• Mostly local establishments; not much big-box retail
• Mix of galleries, retail and restaurants in between Downtown and The Ohio State University.