Downtown Columbus, Georgia

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Downtown Columbus
Neighbourhood
Fireworks in Downtown on July 4, 2009.
Fireworks in Downtown on July 4, 2009.
Country United States
State Georgia
County Muscogee
City Columbus
Subdistricts of Downtown
Population (2007[1])
 • Total 8,080
ZIP codes[2] 31900, 31901, 31902, 31903, 31906, 31908, 31993, 31994, 31995, 31997, 31998, 31999

Downtown Columbus, Georgia, also called "Uptown" (see here), is the central business district of the city of Columbus, Georgia. The commercial and governmental heart of the city has traditionally been toward the eastern end of Downtown Columbus, between 10th Street and 1st Avenue. Recent developments, particularly between Broadway and 2nd Avenue, have expanded the boundaries of the "central" part of the neighborhood. The term "Downtown Columbus" can also mean this smaller, more commercial area, particularly when used in the context of the city's nightlife and restaurants. South of Broadway is a much more residential area, characterized by historic homes, new infill construction, and some public housing. This part of Downtown Columbus has the highest concentration of hotels, particularly along Front Avenue, and the Broadway commercial corridor is the center of business.

Overview[edit]

Buildings[edit]

The area of downtown contains among the tallest buildings in Columbus. The tallest building in Columbus is the Aflac Tower, situated between Midtown and Downtown Columbus.

Downtown Columbus is the heart of the city of Columbus. This area contains striking architecture dating as far back as the late 19th century. Some of the most famous and/or tallest buildings in Downtown include:

Homes[edit]

Downtown Columbus is home to many Antebellum homes, most listed in the NRHP, including The 1839 Goetchius House, Dinglewood House, the Garrett-Bullock House, and the Mott House. The Illges House is also located in Downtown Columbus and was built in 1850 by James A. Chapman.[3]

Historic Places[edit]

"Downtown" is not a Historic District, but many Historic Districts are located in the main district of Downtown. They are as follows: the Columbus Historic Riverfront Industrial District, the Columbus Historic District, Dinglewood Historic District. Other historic places listed in the National Register of Historic Places include Columbus Ironworks, the Ledger-Enquirer Tower, and the YMCA.[4] The Columbus Battlefield spans across the Chattahoochee River in the location of Mott's Green.

Places of interest[edit]

Downtown Columbus is full of places that may interest tourists. These places include government buildings, sporting venues and other miscellaneous places, such as parks and convention centers.

Governmental Facilities[edit]

  • The Columbus Consolidated Government Center is the seat of the government for the City of Columbus. This building is where the Muscogee County Board of Commissioners meet as well as many of the county departments. The Government Center is located in the area that is bounded by 9th Street to the south, 2nd Avenue to the east, 10 Street to the north, and 1st Avenue to the west.
  • The Muscogee County U.S. Post Office and Courthouse is located just two blocks from the Government Center at 120 12th Street.

Sporting Venues[edit]


NOTE FOR CONSIDERATION: Other sporting venues/recreational facilities in Columbus, Georgia, should be highlighted. There is no city of its size in the United States that has the array of world-class athletic facilities like Columbus. The following should be added to publicize this point: Cooper Creek tennis courts, Bull Creek golf course, soccer complex, white water rafting course, aquatics center with Olympic 10-lane 50 m course with separate warm-up/cool-down pool, biking trail connected to Riverwalk trail, indoor ice skating rink.

Other venues[edit]

Places of worship[edit]

Downtown in 1880, showing the Church of the Holy Family (image by Theodore R. Davis)

Downtown provides many places to worship, for people of all religions. These include eight churches, one synagogue, and one mosque. The list is as follows:[5]

Churches[edit]

Anglican

Saint George's Anglican Church

Baptist

First African Baptist Church

First Baptist Church

Fourth Street Baptist Church

Catholic

Holy Family Catholic Church

Episcopal

Trinity Episcopal Church

Lutheran

Bethlehem Lutheran Church

Methodist

St Luke United Methodist Church

Presbyterian

First Presbyterian Church

Synagogues[edit]

Shearith Israel Synagogue

Mosques[edit]

Muhammad Mosque

Transportation[edit]

There are many modes of transportation in Downtown Columbus that can be used by tourists and residents. METRA operates bus service in Downtown, which connects riders to other places in the city, such as Midtown, Hilton Heights, and other residential communities within the City of Columbus.

The primary way of getting around Downtown for many people is by car. Downtown Columbus is served by J. R. Allen Parkway, which creates the northern border of the Downtown area. Downtown is also served by Veterans Parkway and Victory Drive.

Finally, Downtown has many surface streets as alternatives to J. R. Allen Parkway. However, many of these surface streets are one-way streets that complicate travel for drivers.

Neighborhoods[edit]

The following are neighborhoods included in the district of Downtown:[6]

"Downtown"/"Uptown"[edit]

There is confusion brought about by the use of the terms "Downtown" and "Uptown" for Columbus' central business district. However, these terms do not reference different areas of the city and are thus interchangeable.

Tornado[edit]

On April 20, 2009, at approximately 12:40 AM Eastern Daylight Time, a category EF2 tornado hit downtown with winds up to 135 miles per hour (217 km/h). This tornado caused damage to the Columbus State University Campus, the Springer Opera House, and the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. This is the first time a tornado touched ground in downtown Columbus since weather records keeping began in the 1890s. While there were dozens of injuries, there were no fatalities.[7]

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