Neighborhoods in Columbus, Ohio

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Columbus, Ohio does not have defined neighborhoods, per the city of Columbus, making their areas difficult to define. Neighborhoods often overlap and vary in size. Many of Columbus's larger neighborhoods integrate smaller neighborhoods. Additionally, modern interpretations of neighborhood borders vary significantly as historical neighborhoods, villages, towns and townships have been annexed and absorbed by the city of Columbus. There are Area Commissions that exist, but these generally are larger than neighborhoods themselves and typically incorporate smaller neighborhoods.

This article uses data from the Datasourcecolumbus Web site, Spotcrime.com,[1] HelloColumbus.com,.[2] The page places the officially recognized Columbus Area Commissions as the highest order, and for those neighborhoods not located in Area Commission Boundaries generalized regions are used to define the various areas. Excerpts and border information are drawn directly from the main articles.

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Neighborhood Maps[edit]

Below are some neighborhood maps to see a visual representation. Like all neighborhoods, borders aren't always well-defined and might vary from map to map.[3]

Downtown Columbus[edit]

Downtown Columbus is the Central Business District of Columbus, Ohio. The area centers around the intersection of Broad and High streets and is the home of most of the largest buildings in Columbus. It is bordered by Interstate 670 on the north, St. Clair, North Garfield, and Parsons avenues on the east, East Livingston Avenue and Interstate 70 on the south, and the Scioto River on the west. It includes the State Capitol, the Ohio Theatre, Palace Theatre, Southern Theatre, and COSI. The area contains Arena District, Discovery District, Park Street District, River South District and Uptown District

Arena District[edit]

Main article: Arena District

The Arena District is a mixed-use urban infill, master planned development located in Downtown Columbus. It is characterized by its New Urbanism layout, mixed-use, and neo-classical American design. The architecture is of the Chicago School style, being influenced by Daniel Burnham in particular. It features a variety of restaurants, office space, entertainment venues and residencies. The neighborhood centers around Nationwide Arena.

Discovery District[edit]

The Discovery District is located in the eastern part of Downtown Columbus. It is bordered by the Interstate 670 Innerbelt to the north, Interstate 71 to the east, Fulton Street to the south, and Fifth Street to the west. Within the vibrant and distinctive urban enclave are many not-for-profit and cultural institutions, including the Columbus Metropolitan Library, which has been ranked as one of the country's top urban libraries, and the Columbus Museum of Art. Other regional destinations include the French Topiary Gardens at the Old Deaf School Park, as well as educational institutions such as the Columbus College of Art and Design, Franklin University, Capital University Law School and Columbus State Community College.

Park Street District[edit]

Located Downtown Columbus, it is directly north of the Arena District, the area is bounded to the north by Interstate 670, to the south by Vine Street, to the east by North High Street and to the west by Neil Avenue. It houses the Park Street Complex, the North Market and other entertainment.

River South District[edit]

This area is located along the Scioto River in southwest Downtown Columbus. It is bounded by Town Street to the north, Mound Street to the south, the Scioto River to the west and Wall Street to the east.

Uptown District[edit]

The Uptown District is a neighborhood Downtown Columbus. It is bounded by Nationwide Boulevard to the North, East Town Street to the south, South Fourth Street to the east and South Front Street to the west.

Near East Side[edit]

The Near East Side is collection of several historic neighborhoods immediately east of Downtown Columbus, Ohio. These neighborhoods are additionally a part of the Near East Area Commission, a political entity created by the City of Columbus that act as a liaison between neighborhood groups, property owners, residents, developers and city officials. Neighborhoods that are a part of the Near East Side are : Eastgate, Franklin Park, King-Lincoln Bronzeville, Mt. Vernon, South of Main, Olde Towne East, and Woodland Park.

East Broad Street Historic District[edit]

The East Broad Street Historic District is a historic district that was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. It includes the section of East Broad Street from Ohio Avenue on the west to Monypenny Street on the east.

Eastgate[edit]

Developed in 1916, the Eastgate neighborhood includes Nelson Park, Eastgate Elementary School, and the intersection of East Broad Street and Nelson Road.[4]

Franklin Park[edit]

This neighborhood is bounded by East Broad Street to the north, Nelson Road to the east, East Main Street to the south, and roughly, Champion Avenue to the west. It is surrounded by the neighborhoods of Olde Towne East and Woodland Park, and the city of Bexley.

King-Lincoln Bronzeville[edit]

Just east of Downtown Columbus, this area is bordered by the Mount Vernon neighborhood and Atcheson Street on the north, North 20th Street on the east, Olde Towne East and East Broad Street on the south, and Interstate 71 on the west. The area was at one time much larger, including parts of what is now the Discovery District. The creation of I-71 significantly cut the area off from Downtown, causing socioeconomic decline and the growth of crime and violence. The neighborhood has become the focus of the city's revitalization efforts which include renovation of the historic Lincoln Theatre, construction of new condos and expansion of retail space along Mt. Vernon Avenue and East Long Street, which hosts the annual Long Street Tour cycling event.

Mount Vernon[edit]

Mount Vernon lies within the historic Near East Side community. It borders interstates 71 and 670. Its main thoroughfares, Mount Vernon Avenue, East Long Street, Atcheson Street, and Champion Avenue define the community's limits.

Olde Towne East[edit]

Main article: Olde Towne East

Olde Towne East is a neighborhood located in the historical Near East Side. It is one of Columbus' oldest neighborhoods. Nestled between Downtown, Bexley, Old Oaks and Driving Park. The area has over 1,000 homes, some as old as the 1830s, and more than 50 architectural styles including Italianate, Queen Anne and Victorian.

South of Main[edit]

South of Main is a neighborhood located in the Near East Side. It is bounded by Main Street to the north, Interstate 70 to the south, Alum Creek to the east and Wilson Avenue to the west.

Woodland Park[edit]

This is the area bordered by Maryland Avenue to the north, Nelson Road to the east, East Broad Street to the south, and Taylor Avenue to the west. According to the Woodland Park Neighborhood Association website: "The neighborhood is home to an eclectic mixture of exquisite architecture including Colonial, Federal, Arts and Crafts, Victorian, Tudor, Mission, Dutch Colonial, Colonial Revival, Greek Revival, Georgian Colonial, French Eclectic, American Foursquare and Cape Cod. The neighborhood is composed of homes, town-homes and apartments ranging in size from massive mansions to bungalows and from penthouses to studio apartments. This diverse mixture of homes makes Woodland Park a comfortable, affordable and attractive neighborhood to live in."

University District[edit]

Dennison Place/The Circles[edit]

Main article: Columbus, Ohio

Dennison Place is one of the neighborhoods that comprise the University District area of Columbus. It is located north of Victorian Village, south of NECKO and the Peach District, which collectively are considered to be the South Campus off-campus area of The Ohio State University. Its boundaries consist of King Avenue to the north, North High Street to the east, West Fifth Avenue to the south, and Perry Street to the west.

The land that Dennison Place now sits on was originally provided to Jonathan Dayton (US Representative, NJ, and namesake for Dayton, OH) in March 1800 by the United States Government. In 1802, Dayton sold the land to John Hunter and the land remained in this family until at least 1826. At this time, which was after John's passing, the Hunter family partitioned the land and there were several ownership changes until 1852. At this time, the land was conveyed to William and Anne Dennison by Anne's parents, Hannah and William Neil. As early as 1875, this area was now being referenced as Dennison Place and by the mid-1880s, development was in full force. Several of the previous owners' names still linger in the neighborhood as well in the streets such as Neil and Hunter avenues.

The area began to decline in the 1930s as Columbus expanded and people began to move away from the inner streetcar neighborhoods to the new suburbs accessible by car. By the time the decline bottomed out in the 1970s, many of the original homes had been converted to rooming houses, knocked down to make room for apartment buildings, or simply abandoned and boarded up.

Around this time, the city of Columbus began implementing neighborhood preservation policies and new zoning prevented further destruction of the neighborhood. By the 1980s, home restoration was ramping up and over a couple decades this process has lead to the complete revitalization of the neighborhood to where it stands today.

The housing in Dennison Place remains mostly a mixture of Victorian-style construction from the late 1800s, including Queen Anne, Italianate and Grand Victorian homes. While some of these homes remain multi-family, Dennison Place has a high rate of owner occupancy that continues as families continue to move in and call Dennison their home. While there are a few apartment buildings, the restoration of most of the homes to their former glory brings a traditional charm to Dennison.

Unlike the other Short North neighborhoods, Dennison Place does not have its own neighborhood commission. Instead, it is currently part of the University Area Commission, which also represents several other near-campus neighborhoods.

The neighborhood has a diverse group of residents and is home to a handful of small businesses, including an art gallery, a music education studio, two hair salons, eateries (including two separate taco trucks), a convenience store, an import beer carry-out, an auto repair shop, and several churches.

Glen Echo[edit]

Glen Echo is a neighborhood located in the far northern part of the University District in Columbus, Ohio. The name "Glen Echo" refers to the Glen Echo Ravine, which runs along the northern edge of the neighborhood. Principal streets in the area are Summit Street, North Fourth Street, Glen Mawr Avenue, and Arcadia Avenue. One street, Parkview Drive, was platted in the ravine basin, but was later abandoned.

A 1909 Ohio State publication described the new north side park as a place of beauty where large oak and elm trees shaded a wading pond, five small lakes connected by a single stream, rustic benches, foot bridges and springs lined with cobblestones. Glen Echo’s picturesque environs hosted picnic dinners, equestrians and motorists who enjoyed this oasis of greenery.

Most of the homes in the Glen Echo neighborhood were built between 1909 and 1943 and include Craftsman-style bungalows, Shingle Style, Tudor Revival and Colonial Revival, many with front and/or sleeping porches. Most homes, however, are not "high-style" structures and would be classified as either traditional American Four-Square or American vernacular in style. The homes are a mix of single and double units with a high home-owner occupancy rate. Grassy boulevards are features of Glen Mawr Avenue and North Fourth Street. These elliptical islands are classified as parks with the Columbus Department of Recreation and Parks. Stone stanchions and street furniture are a hallmark of Glen Mawr Avenue. The 1997 listing of the neighborhood on the National Register of Historic Places was made based on the neighborhood's overall fabric as a middle-class development, rather than as a collection of high-style architecture.

Indianola Forest[edit]

This neighborhood is part of the Ohio State University District. It is one of the smaller neighborhoods in the University District and is referred to as being part of either the larger East-of-High or North Campus off-campus residential districts of The Ohio State University as it sits northeast of the Main Academic Campus of OSU. Indianola Forest's boundaries are Lane Avenue to the north, East 18th Street Avenue to the south, North High Street to the east and Indianola Avenue to the west.

Indianola Terrace[edit]

This neighborhood is part of the Ohio State University District. It is referred to as being part of the larger East-of-High off-campus residential district of The Ohio State University as it sits east of the Main Academic Campus of OSU. Indianola Forest is the site of OSU's off-campus Greek (Fraternity and Sorority) housing, as well as numerous other non-affiliated residences. Indianola Forest's boundaries are East 18th Ave Avenue to the north, East 14th Ave to the south, North High Street to the east, and Indianola Avenue to the west.

Iuka Ravine[edit]

This area is part of the Ohio State University District and is referred to as being part of the larger East-of-High off-campus residential district of The Ohio State University as it sits east of the Main Academic Campus of OSU. Iuka Ravine's boundaries are Northwood and Lane Avenues to the north, Woodruff Avenue and East 20th Street to the south, North 4th Street to the east and Indianola Avenue to the west.

NECKO[edit]

The NECKO neighborhood is a small neighborhood bounded by Neil Avenue, West Eighth Avenue, Cannon Drive, and King Avenue. Part of the historic E.J. McMillen Homestead Addition, NECKO is located between the Ohio State University Medical Center and Battelle Memorial Institute. Predominately a residential neighborhood, the variety of homes in NECKO ranges from elaborate, prestigious homes to simpler, classic motifs and grew out of the diversity of income levels of residents and changes in building styles over four decades of construction. Now part of the Near North Side Historic District, NECKO is recognized as significant for its eclectic architectural styling and unique neighborhood layout.

Northwood Park[edit]

The Northwood & Oakland Avenue area (sometimes referred to as Northwood Park) is located in the northern University Area and is bounded by Patterson Avenue to the north and Northwood Avenue to the south and Pearl Alley to the west and Indianola Avenue to the east. It is sometimes considered to go as far north as Blake Avenue.

The homes are traditionally American foursquare with some classical, prairie, colonial, and Craftsman mixed in to create a unique tree-lined neighborhood. The neighborhood is known for its strong sense of community, large homes, beautiful gardens and brick alleys. It also has a very high percentage of owner occupancy. Northwood Park has been designated as a historical district.

Old North Columbus[edit]

Main article: Old North Columbus

Old North Columbus commonly refers to the area north of Lane Avenue to the Glen Echo Ravine, extending east to Silver Drive and west to Olentangy River Road, including the Union Cemetery in the University District. Olde North Columbus includes several smaller neighborhoods within these general boundaries, including the Iuka Ravine, Indianola Forest, Oakland & Northwood Avenue, and Glen Echo. The neighborhood now has arches with its name on North High Street at Lane and Arcadia avenues.

Peach District[edit]

Peach District is an recently created neighborhood located in the University District. It was named the Peach District by a group of local residents seeking an identity for their previously unnamed neighborhood.[5] As it is an recently created neighborhood, its boundaries are fairly firm, but still evolving. It is typically bounded by Eleventh Avenue to the north, King Avenue to the south, North High Street to the east and Neil Avenue to the west,[6] although other boundaries have included Ninth Avenue to the north and Fifth Avenue to the south, with the district overlapping Dennison Place/The Circles.[5]

SoHud[edit]

SoHud is an emerging neighborhood located in the University District. It is a portmanteau of the words South and Hudson as the district lies South of Hudson. It is bounded by Hudson Street to the north, Northwood and Lane Avenue's to the south, Indianola Avenue to the east and the Big Four railroad tracks to the west.

Tuttle Park[edit]

Tuttle Park is a neighborhood located in the University District. It is generally referred to as being part of the larger North Campus off-campus housing of The Ohio State University as it lies directly north of the North Campus of Main Academic Campus of OSU. It is bounded by Iuka Ravine to the north, Lane Avenue to the south, North High Street to the east and the Olentangy River to the west.

Weinland Park[edit]

On the near north side of the city in the University Area, this neighborhood is bordered by Chittenden Avenue on the north, the Big Four Railroad on the east, Italian Village on the south, and North High Street on the west. The neighborhood is currently the focus of planning efforts, including the Weinland Park Neighborhood Plan adopted by Columbus City Council in 2006. The plan has initiated revitalization of the area as evidenced by recently renovated apartments and plans to turn the old factories and businesses into housing, a farmers market, a restaurant, and a food-processing center.

Argyle Park[edit]

Argyle Park is an area near North Central bounded by East Hudson Street on the north, Woodland Avenue on the east, East 17th and East 26th avenues on the south, and Billiter Boulevard on the west.

Beechwold[edit]

Beechwold is a neighborhood within the Clintonville area.

Berwick[edit]

Berwick is bordered by East Livingston Avenue to the north, Alum Creek to the west, Interstate 70 to the south, and South James Road to the east. It is an upper/middle-class neighborhood made up of a diverse racial and religious population on the East Side just south of the suburb of Bexley. It has long been called the area of Columbus' Black Elite, as well as having a large Jewish population.

Berwyn East (Berwick Manor)[edit]

Berwyn East or Berwick Manor is bordered by East Livingston Avenue to the north, South James Road to the west, Interstate 70 to the south, and the abandoned railroad line that lies just east of Bostwick Road to the east. The entire area lies within the 43227 zip code. It is a predominately African-American area commercially centered around East Livingston Avenue. Berywn East is a relatively new neighborhood designation, as "Berwyn East" contains several subdivisions within that have longtime recognized names such as Scottwood, Liv-Moor Heights, Berwick Manor. Bishop Hartley High School, Columbus' only co-ed Catholic High School on the East side is located within Berwyn East.

The Bottoms[edit]

Main article: The Bottoms

The Bottoms is a neighborhood immediately west of Downtown Columbus. The area is part of the Franklinton neighborhood, and is in West Columbus. It is the area enclosed by Interstate 70 on the west and south, Interstate 670 on the north, and the Scioto River to the east. The neighborhood originally got its name from its lower elevation, as it is right next to the Hilltop. Recently, however, the name has stuck due to the crime rate of the area. Because the area is in a floodplain, the Franklinton Floodwall was built. It is no longer referred to as the bottoms.

Brewery District[edit]

Main article: Brewery District

The Brewery District is a neighborhood located just south of the central business district and has a history stretching nearly 200 years. It is bounded by Interstate 70 on the north, South High or South Pearl Street on the east, Greenlawn Avenue on the south, and the Scioto River on the west. In recent years, redevelopment has taken place on a large scale, with numerous restaurants, bars, and even a grocery store coming to the area. It is sometimes referred to as being part of the greater German Village.

Briggsdale[edit]

Briggsdale is a neighborhood on the west/southwest side. It runs all along Briggs Road and can be defined as the entire area bounded by Clime Road on the south, Demorest Road on the west, Brown Road on the east, and Briggs Road, Eakin Road, and Hopkins Avenue on the north, with South Hague Avenue on the northwest binding Eakin and Briggs roads. It is the area of south Hilltop and the northern-southwest side.

Brittany Hills[edit]

Brittany Hills is a neighborhood on the central-northeast side. Developed about 40 years ago, it is bounded on the north by Mock Road, on the east by Sunbury Road and Alum Creek, on the south by Bethesda Avenue, and on the west by Brentnell Avenue.[7]

Cherry Creek[edit]

Cherry Creek is a neighborhood on the West Side. It contains the Lincoln Park and Westview apartment complexes. It is bounded on the east by the Interstate 270 Outerbelt, on the north by Sullivant Avenue, on the west by Norton Road, and on the south by Hall Road.

Clinton Estates[edit]

Clinton Estates is a neighborhood of 718 houses built in the 1950s made up mainly of cape cods, ranches and split level homes. It is bordered by Morse Road to the north and East Cooke Road to the south. Maize Road borders it on the west and Karl Road borders it on the east. It boasts a very active Civic Association and Block Watch (Clinton Estates Civic Association). It is considered part of the larger Northland area.

The neighborhood has several churches located within its boundaries and includes the schools Brookhaven High School and Maize Road Elementary. It annually holds its Neighborhood Blast (a community garage sale) that is well attended by the community.

Clintonville[edit]

Clintonville is in north-central Columbus with around 28,000 residents. Since Clintonville is an informal neighborhood, there are no formally recognized borders. The southern border is loosely defined as Arcadia Avenue or the Glen Echo Ravine. To the east, either Interstate 71 or the adjacent railroad tracks are commonly accepted. The western boundary is assumed to be the Olentangy River. The northern border of Clintonville is the most ambiguous, with definitions anywhere in the three-mile (5 km) stretch from Cooke Road to the southern border of Worthington. The Clintonville Area Commission recognizes Worthington as its northern border.[8]

Residential districts in Clintonville are divided into three distinct (and unofficial) areas: South Clintonville, North Clintonville, and Beechwold.

Downtown Columbus[edit]

Downtown Columbus is the Central Business District of Columbus. The area centers around the intersection of Broad and High streets and is the home of most of the largest buildings in Columbus. It is bordered by Interstate 670 on the north, St. Clair, North Garfield, and Parsons avenues on the east, East Livingston Avenue and Interstate 70 on the south, and the Scioto River on the west. It includes the State Capitol, the Ohio Theatre, Palace Theatre, Southern Theatre, and COSI. In the Northwest area lies the Arena District, a mixed use development centered around the Nationwide Arena. The Discovery District is virtually everything east of Fifth and Sixth streets to the highways, including the historic downtown residential neighborhood in the southeast corner, centered on East Town Street and Franklin Avenue. Just to the west of downtown is Franklinton, also sometimes known as "The Bottoms"; to the east lies Olde Towne East; to the north lies the Short North and Victorian Village; and to the south lies German Village and the Brewery District.

Driving Park[edit]

Main article: Driving Park

Driving Park is an urban residential area on the Near East Side. Just south of Interstate 70, it neighbors many notable areas including Livingston Park, Old Oaks Historic District, and the Bryden Road Historic District, all with the common thread of the notable Livingston Avenue Corridor which was part of one of Columbus' first streetcar suburbs. When the neighborhood is referenced, its boundaries generally consist of Mooberry Street on the north, Alum Creek Drive on the east, East Whittier Street on the south, and Miller Avenue to the west. The Driving Park Area Commission recognizes the neighborhood's borders as I-70 on the north, N&W Railway on the east, East Whittier Street on the south, and Lockbourne Avenue on the west. Further reference places the community directly in between Bexley and German Village.

East Columbus (East Side)[edit]

Main article: East Columbus, Ohio

East Columbus is a very large area that can be defined as the area bounded by Interstate 70, Interstate 670, and the eastern city limits that stretch outside the city outerbelt (Interstate 270). Generally, the East Side is separate from the Near East Side and Far East Columbus, with the Near East Side being the area closer to Downtown Columbus and Far East Columbus being the suburbs around and extending outside I-270.

Far East Columbus[edit]

Far East Columbus is bounded by Reynoldsburg to the east and encompass most of the suburbs until a short distance before Berwick to the west. This is generally thought as separate from the East Side or Near East Side.

Eastland[edit]

The Eastland area is centered around the Eastland Mall, located just south of Interstate 70. The Interstate 270 outerbelt splits right through the area.

Eastmoor[edit]

On the East Side, Eastmoor is bounded by Ruhl Avenue on the north, James Road to the east, East Livingston Avenue on the south, and South Gould and Kenwick roads on the west. The neighborhood east of James Road is Mayfair, which is often confused with Eastmoor. Eastmoor south of East Main Street is referred to as Eastmoor South. Eastminster is a subsection of Eastmoor South. Boundaries for Eastminster are Brownlee Avenue to the north, James Road to the east, East Livingston Avenue to the south, Kenwick Road to the west.

Easton Area[edit]

The Easton area is centered around the Easton Town Center. It is a popular destination for local business and for entertainment. Notable roads and highways include Interstate 270, Easton Way, Morse and Stelzer roads.

Edgewood Acres[edit]

Edgewood Acres is bordered by Lockbourne Road to the east, Thurman Avenue to the north, South Champion Avenue to the west, and Frebis Avenue to the south. It is just east of Lincoln Park.

Far North[edit]

The Far North is a neighborhood north of the Interstate 270 outerbelt. It is bordered by East Powell Road on the north, North Cleveland Avenue and Interstate 71 on the east, I-270 on the south, and the west border of the Highbanks Metro Park on the west.

Far South[edit]

The Far South is a neighborhood bordered just north of Frank Road/State Route 104 on the north, Alum Creek on the east, Interstate 270 outerbelt/city limits on the south, and the Scioto River on the west.[9]

Fifth by Northwest[edit]

Also sometimes referred to as 5XNW or the Tri-Village area, this neighborhood is just north of Grandview Heights.[10] It is bordered by Kinnear Road on the north, the Olentangy River on the east, East Third Avenue on the south, and Wyandotte Road on the west.[11]

Flytown[edit]

Main article: Flytown

Flytown was a neighborhood just northwest of downtown Columbus, encompassing portions of the present-day Arena District and western sections of the Victorian Village. In the 19th century, it was considered the center of the Irish-American community in the city after the arrival of immigrants fleeing the Great Famine, and Naughten Street, now Nationwide Boulevard, was nicknamed the "Irish Broadway."

Forest Park[edit]

Located between State Route 161 and Morse Road, this neighborhood was built out in the 1960s and 1970s. Among its unique features are Tamarack Circle, a large roundabout as well as a YMCA branch. It is considered part of the larger Northland area.

Franklinton[edit]

Franklinton is a neighborhood bordered by the Scioto River on the north and east, Harmon Avenue on the east, Stimmel Road and Greenlawn Avenue on the south, and Interstate 70 on the west.[12] West Broad Street, or U.S. Route 40, is one of the country's first roads and is Franklinton's main throughway. It is the neighborhood immediately west of Downtown. A portion of the neighborhood gets its colorful nickname of "The Bottoms" because much of the land lies below the level of the Scioto and Olentangy rivers, and a floodwall is required to contain the rivers and protect the area from devastating floods. Just to the west of Franklinton is a group of smaller neighborhoods commonly referred to as "The Hilltop."

German Village[edit]

Main article: German Village

German Village is a historic neighborhood just south of downtown. It was settled by a large number of German immigrants in the mid-19th century, who at one time comprised as much as a third of the population of the entire city. It has a commercial strip mainly centered along South Third Street, with mostly locally owned restaurants, as well as the tall-steepled St. Mary Catholic Church. The area is mostly a residential neighborhood of sturdy, red-brick homes with wrought iron fences along tree-lined, brick-paved streets. At the southern end, Schiller Park, named after Friedrich von Schiller, was once a community meeting ground for the German settlement. It is now the site of recreational facilities, gardens and an amphitheater, which hosts free live performances of Shakespearean plays during the summer months courtesy of the Actor's Theatre. Along with the Short North, it has a significant gay community.

Georgian Heights[edit]

Main article: Georgian Heights

Georgian Heights neighbors Holly Hill. The two are bounded together by Sullivant Avenue on the north, Clime Road on the south, Georgesville Road on the west, and Demorest Road on the east. Georgian Heights has a youth travel football team called the Georgian Heights Packers. The neighborhood is generally lower-middle class.

Glenbrook[edit]

Forming a triangular-shaped area on the southeast side, the Glenbrook neighborhood is bordered by Interstate 70 on the north, Courtright Road on the east, and U.S. Route 33 on the south and west.

Hardesty Heights[edit]

Hardesty Heights is located in the West Side, and the most western part of the neighborhood is also the city limits. Its eastern border is Norton Road and it is directly across from Cherry Creek. The neighborhood consists of townhouse-type condominiums, which all have carports. It is in Precinct 10 of the Columbus Police Department. They have their own security along with CPD Patrol.

Harrison West[edit]

Main article: Harrison West

Harrison West is a historic, urban neighborhood located north and near west of Downtown. The neighborhood character is similar to the better-known Victorian Village just to the east. The area is bounded by Harrison Avenue on the east, West Goodale Street on the south, West Fifth Avenue on the north, and Olentangy River Road to the west (including "Gowdy Field"). In January 2008, the neighborhood expanded to include all of "Thurber Village" to the southeast.

Developed from the Neil Farm in the early 20th century, Harrison West is characterized by Victorian and Edwardian-style homes, although the housing stock is generally more modest than the grand homes found in Victorian Village proper. Frame houses are more common than brick. Just south of Harrison West, the similar "Flytown" was destroyed during "slum clearance" in the 1960s and replaced by Interstate 670 and the "James Thurber Village" apartment and business area. Today, some of the homes have been split into rented apartments, while others remain as historical landmarks. Still others have since been purchased and restored to their original style.

High Five[edit]

Main article: High Five (Columbus)

High Five is a collaborative effort to create a national identity for Columbus, Ohio, by linking the five most distinct districts along five miles of historic High Street including the University District, the Arena District, The Short North, Downtown, and German Village. The High Five includes over 150 restaurants, 200 shops, 40 art galleries and 50 event venues, and extends north to Arcadia Street and south to Thurman Avenue. It is one of the only locations in the nation in which such a distinct variety of neighborhoods can be found in such a close vicinity.

Highland West[edit]

Highland West is the original settlement, or historic, older section, of the Hilltop neighborhood of West Columbus, which began to be settled in the mid-1800s by the Sullivant brothers and the various individuals. They sold parcels of land along the National Road (U.S. Route 40/West Broad Street).[13] Highland West is bordered on the north by the Camp Chase railroad tracks (just south of the Columbus/Valleyview corporate line), on the east by Interstate 70 and Franklinton (The Bottoms), on the south by Sullivant Avenue, and on the west by Hague Avenue. The diversity of the neighborhood reflects that of the city of Columbus, creating a very exciting, urban atmosphere of many ethnic groups and nationalities with Downtown Columbus and easy freeway access at its doorstep. Its historic housing stock from the turn of the 20th century, many with three stories, original woodwork, unique charm, and multitude of styles, has become very popular, providing many alternatives for young persons just starting out with the desire to own their own home in a neighborhood with an international, diverse feel, well on its way to realizing its full potential.

Hilltop[edit]

The Hilltop is a geographic area on the west side of the city. It was so named because it sits atop a rise that slopes down into the Scioto River. Highland West, Wilshire Heights and Westgate are included within the Greater Hilltop area. It borders on Franklinton. The "Greater Hilltop Area" (as defined by the city of Columbus) is bounded by Interstate 70 on the north, B&O Railroad to the east and south, and the Interstate 270 outerbelt on the south and west.[14] Its main thoroughfares are West Broad Street (U.S. Route 40) -- upon which two welcome signs for the neighborhood sit (one near I-70 and one near Wilson Road) -- Mound Street and Hague Avenue.

Holly Hill[edit]

Holly Hill is a small area just east of Georgian Heights in West Columbus. The neighborhood is a traditional 1960s suburban neighborhood consisting of mostly brick ranch houses and some bi-level houses.

Hungarian Village[edit]

Main article: Hungarian Village

The Hungarian Village is a neighborhood south of downtown Columbus between the Merion Village and Reeb-Hosack/Steelton Village, encompassing the area between Woodrow and Hinman avenues between South High Street and Parsons Avenue. At the turn of the 20th century, the area became home to Hungarian, Croatian, and Italian immigrants, as well as refugees fleeing the failed Hungarian Revolution of 1956.

Innis Gardens[edit]

This area is bordered by Lockbourne Road to the west, Moler Road to the north, Fairwood Avenue to the east, and Innis Avenue to the south. It is just east of Edgewood.

Italian Village[edit]

Italian Village is a historic district located in the near north side of the city, adjacent to the central business district. The area is bounded by Interstate 670 on the south, East Fifth Avenue on the north, North High Street on the west, and the Conrail tracks to the east.

Lincoln Park[edit]

This area is bordered by Parsons Avenue to the west, Frebis Avenue to the north, South Champion Avenue to the east, and Woodrow Avenue to the south.

Lincoln Village[edit]

Main article: Lincoln Village, Ohio

Just east of where New Rome used to be, this is the area north of West Broad Street from Doctors Hospital West to the Interstate 270 outerbelt. It is a census-designated place (CDP) in Prairie Township.

Linden[edit]

Linden is a neighborhood in the northeastern part of the city. It extends south to north from the CSX right-of-way south of Bonham Avenue to East Cooke and Ferris roads and west to east from the CSX right-of-way west of Silver Drive and Interstate 71 to Joyce Avenue and the nearby CSX right-of-way.[15][16] The neighborhood is officially bounded on the south, west and east by Conrail-operated railroads. East Hudson Street divides the neighborhood into North and South Linden. The two main high schools in the Linden area are Brookhaven (north Linden) and Linden McKinley (south Linden). Linden McKinley is being rebuilt and will be reopened in 2013.[dated info]

Linworth[edit]

Linworth is the historical name for the area in and around the intersection of State Route 161 and Linworth Road, bordered on the west by Brookside Estates and the OSU airport and on the east by State Route 315. The area received its name due to its location, between Dublin (dub-lin) and Worthington (worth-ington). The west part of Linworth is now in Columbus, and the east part (home to the Linworth Alternative Program school) is in Worthington.

Maize-Morse[edit]

Just north of Linden, this neighborhood encompasses the area south of Morse Road and north of East Cooke Road. Interstate 71 borders it on the west and Maize Road borders it on the east. It is considered part of the larger Northland area.

In recent years, the area has seen a rebirth following decline, including new commercial investments.[17]

The city has also contributed to the revitalization with tax abatements for businesses and road projects, including new bike lanes and sidewalks, with their total investment in the neighborhood amounting to $49.3 million.[18]

Mayfair[edit]

Mayfair is the neighborhood east of James Road between East Main and Broad streets and Whitehall. It is often confused with Eastmoor.

Merion Village[edit]

Just south of German Village, Merion Village is a neighborhood with homes mostly from around the turn of the 20th century.

McKinley Avenue Corridor[edit]

The McKinley Avenue Corridor in a neighborhood bounded by Trabue Road on the north, Dublin Road/U.S. Route 33 on the northeast, State Route 315 on the west, McKinley Avenue and Interstate 70 on the south, and North Hague Avenue on the west.

Millbrook[edit]

This area is bordered by Fairwood Avenue to the west, Moler Road to the north, Universal Road to the south, and Progress Road to the east. It is just east of Innis Gardens.

Milo-Grogan[edit]

Main article: Milo-Grogan

This area is bordered by the CSX right-of-way south of 1st Avenue and I-670 to the south, the CSX right-of-way west of Penny Street to the west, 11th Avenue and the CSX right-of-way north of Camden Avenue to the north, and the CSX right-of-way east of Kessler Street to the east.[19]

Mount Vernon[edit]

Mount Vernon lies within the historic Near East Side community. It borders interstates 71 and 670. Its main thoroughfares, Mount Vernon Avenue, East Long Street, Atcheson Street, and Champion Avenue define the community's limits.

Murray Hill[edit]

Often included in Cherry Creek, Murray Hill is a street in a neighborhood on the West Side. It is part of the Lincoln Village subdivision and is colloquially known as Lincoln Village. It is bounded by West Broad Street on the north, Sullivant Avenue on the south, South Grener Avenue on the east, and Redmond and Hiler roads on the west.

Near East Side[edit]

The Near East Side is an area made up several historic neighborhoods on the East Side. Some neighborhoods making up the area include: Mount Vernon, Nelson Park, Eastgate, Beatty Park, Bexley (annexed), Olde Towne East, Old Oaks, Driving Park, and Bryden Road. Today, it is bordered by the Conrail tracks on the north, Alum Creek on the east, Interstate 70 and East Livingston Avenue on the south, and Interstate 71 on the west.[20] It is bisected by East Main Street, also known as the National Road. This area is in Precincts 6, 12, and 5 of the Columbus Division of Police.

Near South Side[edit]

The Near South Side (also spelled Near Southside) is a neighborhood bounded by Interstate 70 on the north and east, Frebis Avenue on the south, and Parsons Avenue on the west.

North Central[edit]

This area is bordered by East Hudson Street and Mock Road on the north; Alum Creek on the east; the Conrail tracks and Interstate 670 on the south; and the Conrail tracks and East 17th, Joyce, and East 25th avenues on the west.[21]

Northcrest[edit]

Northcrest is a neighborhood on the northwest side of the city. It is bounded by Bethel Road on the north, Reed Road on the east, West Henderson Road on the south, and Woodrun Boulevard on the west.

Northern Woods[edit]

Found on the northeast side of the city, this neighborhood is bordered by the Interstate 270 outerbelt on the north and east, Minerva Park on the south, and the Northgate neighborhood on the west.

Northeast[edit]

The Northeast is bordered by Morse Road on the north, the Interstate 270 outerbelt on the east, Interstate 670 and Mock Road on the south, and Sunbury and Westerville roads on the west.

Northgate[edit]

Just north of Forest Park, this neighborhood is bordered by Interstate 270 on the north, the Northern Woods neighborhood on the east, and Karl Road on the west.

Northland[edit]

The Northland area is bordered mostly by the Interstate 270 outerbelt and East Dublin-Granville Road/State Route 161 on the north (some areas go as north as the Hoover Reservoir), New Albany on the east, Morse and East Cooke roads on the south, and Sinclair Road and Busch Boulevard on the west. The neighborhood got its name from the Northland Mall.

In recent years, the area has seen a rebirth following decline, including new commercial and residential investments at the old Northland Mall site, now called "Northland Village".[17] The Franklin County Dog Shelter also moved to the neighborhood in October 2011.[17]

Northwest[edit]

The Northwest area is a large area north of Upper Arlington extending north of the Interstate 270 outerbelt and is bordered by State Route 315 on the east, West Henderson Road on the south, and Riverside Drive/U.S. Route 33/Olentangy River on the west.

Old Oaks[edit]

Old Oaks is a historic district that is located just east of Downtown Columbus. The neighborhood is bounded on the north by Mooberry Street, on the east by the homes on Kimball Place, on the south by East Livingston Avenue, and on the west by the homes on South Ohio Avenue.

It neighbors many notable areas including Livingston Park, Bryden Road Historic District and Driving Park, all with the common thread of the notable Livingston Avenue Corridor which was part of one of Columbus' first streetcar suburbs.

Architecture styles include American Foursquare in Mission and Neoclassical Revival styles, as well as Modified Queen Anne’s.

Olentangy[edit]

Olentangy is a neighborhood that takes its name from the Olentangy River. Also called West Olentangy and Olentangy River Road, it is generally bordered by West North Broadway Street on the north, the Olentangy River on the east, West Lane Avenue on the south, and Upper Arlington on the west.

Olentangy River Road[edit]

Between the Olentangy Freeway/State Route 315 and the Olentangy River is a small neighborhood north of the Ohio State University campus. It is bordered by East North Broadway Street on the north and West Lane Avenue on the south. It is bisected by Olentangy River Road, Ackerman Road, and West Dodridge Street.

Reeb-Hosack[edit]

This is the area between Reeb Avenue and Hosack Street on the south side of the city. It is bordered on the west and east ends by South High Street and Parsons Avenue.

Riverbend[edit]

On the southwest side, this neighborhood is bordered by Interstate 270, Alkire Road, State Route 3, and Clime Road.

San Margherita[edit]

Main article: San Margherita, Ohio

San Margherita is an unincorporated neighborhood that may be in danger of vanishing. Though most of the locally-owned businesses in the neighborhood have been demolished to make way for widening roads and commercial development, the remaining houses in San Margherita still retain their original character. Most of the simple homes sit on an acre (4,000m²) of land, giving it a somewhat rural feeling, and backyard vineyards planted by the original residents are still maintained today.

Schumacher Place[edit]

This is a small area located east of German Village and is often mistaken as part of it. It is bordered on the north by East Livingston Avenue, the east by Parsons Avenue, the south by East Whittier Street, and the west by South Sixth Street.[22]

Seagrave[edit]

This was a small area centered around the intersection of West Lane Avenue and Kenny Road on what is now the West Campus of The Ohio State University. Although much of the neighborhood was demolished to make way for State Route 315, a few buildings remain, including the ruins of the Laneview School.

Short North[edit]

Main article: Short North

The Short North is a neighborhood centered on the main strip of North High Street immediately north of Downtown and extending until just south of the Ohio State University campus area.

The Short North is heavily populated with art galleries, specialty shops, pubs, nightclubs, and coffee houses. It is considered Columbus's main gay neighborhood. Most of its tightly packed brick buildings date from at least the early 20th century, with traditional storefronts along North High Street (often with brightly painted murals on their side walls), and old apartment buildings and rowhouses and newer condominium developments in the surrounding blocks. The city installed 17 lighted metal archways extending across North High Street throughout the Short North, reminiscent of such arches present in the area in the early 20th century, which gave the city its nickname of "Arch City". These archways become Short North 'Poles' during the winter.

South Alum Creek[edit]

South Alum Creek is a neighborhood in the southeast part of the city. It is bounded by Refugee Road on the north, U.S. Route 33/State Route 317 on the northeast, the Interstate 270 southwest, and the railroad tracks on the west.

South Central Accord[edit]

Lying just south of the Interstate 270 outerbelt, the South Central Accord covers a large area containing the Village of Lockbourne, Scioto Downs, and parts of the Rickenbacker International Airport. Its eastern borders Alum Creek Drive and western border is S High St/US 23.

South End[edit]

Main article: South Columbus, Ohio

The South End consists of numerous urban and suburban areas south of Downtown. It is part of the native Columbus geographical terminology of the large residential urban communities outside downtown, including German Village. The area is defined as the entire southeastern portion of Columbus, bordered by the Scioto River to the west, bounded by Interstate 70 to the north, and includes the southern city limit municipalities beyond the I-270 Outerbelt, such as Groveport, Lockbourne, Obetz, and Canal Winchester, and the Rickenbacker International Airport.

Swaynes Addition/Southern Orchards[edit]

This small neighborhood is just southeast of Downtown, its borders are Livingston Avenue to the north, Carpenter to the east, East Whittier Ave to the south, and Parsons Avenue to the west. Millions of dollars are being spent in this area thanks to Nationwide Children's Hospital to revitalize the area.

Taylor Station[edit]

Main article: Taylor Station

Tri-Village[edit]

This area is part of the northern part of Grandview Heights.

University District[edit]

The University District (sometimes referred to as the University Area) is an area located two miles (3 km) north of Downtown Columbus that is home to the main campus of The Ohio State University, the Battelle Institute, and the James Cancer Center. It is generally accepted as the area bounded to the north by Clintonville at Glen Echo Ravine; to east by the Conrail tracks; to the south by the Short North at Fifth Avenue and to the west by the Olentangy River.

Points of interest include, but are not limited to, the Ohio Stadium and the Schottenstein Center. The district is Columbus' most densely populated area and contains more than 650 businesses, human service agencies, churches, and schools. University District businesses include boutiques, mixed retail, several tattoo studios, the Landmark Gateway theater, and a diverse range of restaurants and bars.

University View[edit]

This neighborhood is part of the Tri-Village area, located just west of State Route 315 and the OSU campus. Nearly all the houses in this subdivision are of Cape Cod in style.

Victorian Village[edit]

Main article: Victorian Village

Victorian Village is a neighborhood located north and near west of Downtown. It is an older area with a fair number of established trees for an urban setting. Neil Avenue, a street running north/south and eventually crossing through the campus of The Ohio State University, is its main thoroughfare.

West Columbus[edit]

Main article: West Columbus, Ohio

West Columbus is sometimes referred to as the West Side. Unlike other Columbus neighborhoods, it is a broad geographical term used by locals rather than a subdivision or suburb. West Columbus is defined as the entire southwest side of Columbus, bordered on the north by interstates 70 and 670, within Interstate 71 on the east, and on the south and west by the city limits that reach several miles to the outside of the Interstate 270 outerbelt.

Westgate[edit]

This area is bordered by West Broad Street to the north, Roys Avenue to the east, Sullivant Avenue to the south, and Demorest Road to the west. Considered part of the Hilltop.

Westgate is a community nestled in the heart of the Hilltop, within the Greater Hilltop area. Westgate is one of the city’s most stable, picturesque and affordable historic neighborhoods.

Westland[edit]

The Westland area is bounded by West Broad Street/U.S. Route 40 on the north, the Interstate 270 outerbelt on the east, Big Run Road on the southwest, and Galloway on the west.

Wilshire Heights[edit]

Wilshire Heights is south of Westgate, with Sullivant Avenue as its north border, Harris Avenue to the east, Briggs Road to the south, Salisbury Road to the west. It is very similar to Westgate both culturally and in architecture.

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ SpotCrime.com
  2. ^ HelloColumbus.com
  3. ^ Original list from Columbus, Ohio Reddit post comments. Expected to expand by future users. See the Reddit post here: Apartment searching. What are the areas around downtown called?
  4. ^ "Urban Suburban" Columbus Dispatch. 22 feb 2009. Retrieved 7 nov 2010.
  5. ^ a b Ferenchik, Mark (4 March 2014). "Peach District’s origin a little fuzzy". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Peach District". University District. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Neighborhood considers improving entry to improve image" Columbus Dispatch. 28 june 2010. Retrieved 7 nov 2010.
  8. ^ Clintonville Area Commission
  9. ^ Far South Columbus Area Commission
  10. ^ "Keeping it Eclectic" Columbus Dispatch. 16 march 2009. Retrieved 7 nov 2010.
  11. ^ 5th by Northwest Area Commission
  12. ^ Franklinton Area Commission
  13. ^ Highland West
  14. ^ Greater Hilltop Area Commission
  15. ^ North Linden Area Commission
  16. ^ South Linden Area Commission
  17. ^ a b c "Work begins on Northland Menards", Columbus Business First. 24 may 2010. Retrieved 27 june 2010.
  18. ^ "Mayor, City Council, Business And Neighborhood Leaders Celebrate Completed Morse Road Improvement Project (PDF)", City of Columbus. 24 june 2010. Retrieved 27 june 2010.
  19. ^ Milo-Grogan Area Commission
  20. ^ Near East Area Commission
  21. ^ North Central Area Commission
  22. ^ Schumacher Place residents enjoy German Village lifestyle. Columbus Dispatch. 6 jan 2012.

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