Cherry Creek, Columbus, Ohio
Cherry Creek is a neighborhood on the West Side of Columbus, Ohio. It is a part of The Hilltop and Lincoln Village. It contains the Oakbrook Manor (formally Lincoln Park) apartments and the Westview apartments. It is bounded on the east by Interstate 270, on the north by Sullivant Avenue, on the west by Norton Road, and on the south by Hall Road. It is in the ZIP code 43228. Its official area is West Columbus Although they are technically two separate neighborhoods, Cherry Creek and Murray Hill are often considered the same neighborhood. They are only separated by Sullivant Avenue, and many people just consider the two together Cherry Creek. This is reflected by the Columbus Police Department grouping the two together as one neighborhood.
Cherry Creek is known for several things. First, the Brandenberry shopping center on the western part of the neighborhood, which includes a grocery store, and several other places. It also has its own church, the Cherry Creek Church of Christ, and its own YMCA, the Hilltop YMCA.
Cherry Creek is known for being one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in Columbus. The neighborhood is a mix of African Americans, Hispanics, and Caucasians. School-district statistics from Stiles Elementary, the school that serves the Cherry Creek-Murry Hill neighborhood, reflect this, showing that the area's population is 45% White, 26% Hispanic, 24% African-American, and 5% mixed races.
The same school statistics also show that 79% of those in the neighborhood live in poverty and that, during the 2005-2006 school year, 31% of the area's school-aged children could not speak English.
Cherry Creek has frequently made "Worst Lists" in Columbus for crime. It routinely makes the top five in the city for auto theft as well as car break-ins and has burglary and homicide rates in the top percentiles in the city. Inah Drive, which sits toward the northwest corner of the neighborhood, had the most recorded car thefts of any single road in Columbus for 2011.
Popular gangs in Cherry Creek-Murray Hill are the 4:20 High Rydas, divisions of both the Blood and Crip gangs, divisions of the Gangster Disciple/Folk gangs, and various Hispanic gangs.
Cherry Creek receives policing from the Columbus Division of Police Precinct 10, Franklin Township Police Department, and the Franklin County Sheriff's Department.