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The Bottoms is the former and derogatory name for Franklinton the oldest settlement in Central Ohio dating back to 1797 and incorporated into Columbus, Ohio in the early 1800s. It is the area is bordered to the east and north by the Scioto River to the west by the Interstate 70 overpass by Rhodes Park and Brown Road on the southern border. The neighborhood originally got its name, Franklinton, from its founder, Lucas Sullivant.
According to the Franklinton Area Commission:
- Though Franklinton is the last downtown neighborhood to be redeveloped, it is actually the birthplace of Columbus, settled 15 years before the city itself
- Since the completion of the flood wall, the community redevelopment has included more than 400 residential projects, a new firehouse, two new schools, new residential dorms at Mount Carmel Medical Center West and the exploration of countless commercial projects
- This neighborhood has easy and rapid access to all of Columbus' major highways
In popular culture
The neighborhood appeared on the FX television show 30 Days when the series did a show on living on the minimum wage. This is likely because of the poverty suffered in The Bottoms. The neighborhood is generally working class.
- Columbus Division of Police Public Reports
- WBNS 10TV
- The Columbus Dispatch