Neighborhoods in Columbus, Ohio facts for kids
- See also: List of Central Ohio Suburbs
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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, and HelloColumbus.com. 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.
- Areas of concentration
- Neighborhood maps
- Downtown Columbus
- Short North or Near North
- Near South and South neighborhoods
- Brewery District
- German Village
- Livingston Avenue Area Commission
- South Side Area Commission
- The Old South End or Die Alte Sud Ende
- Near East Side
- Franklinton or The Bottoms
- Hilltop and Greater Hilltop
- Far West neighborhoods
- Near Northwest and Northwest neighborhoods
- Far East neighborhoods
- Far North/Northland
- Far South
- High Five
- McKinley Avenue Corridor
- Near South Side
- North Central
- South Alum Creek
- Ghost neighborhoods
- Images for kids
Areas of concentration
Native-born Blacks are largely concentrated mostly in neighborhoods northeast and southeast of Downtown Columbus, as well as areas immediately west and east of Downtown, such as Franklinton and Near East. Native-born whites and assimilated ethnic Europeans are disbursed throughout the city, with higher concentrations in neighborhoods in western half of Columbus, and areas immediately south and north of Downtown. Columbus has a growing immigrant population, of Hispanics, Asians and Asian Americans, and Africans. In the far west side of Columbus, especially in Hilltop, there is a notable and diverse Hispanic population, with people of Mexican descent being the largest of Hispanic groups. There is also a much smaller Hispanic population, mostly made up of Puerto Ricans, in Northeast neighborhoods such as Northland and North Linden, where there is also a significant Somali population. In the northwest part of the city, in areas close to Ohio State University, there is significant populations with origins from India and China.
Below are some neighborhood maps to see a visual representation. Like all neighborhoods, borders are not always well-defined and might vary from map to map.
Downtown Columbus is the Central Business District of Columbus, Ohio, United States. The area centers on the intersection of Broad and High streets, with the northeast corners being known simple as Broad & High by the surrounding businesses and media. Downtown as a whole encompasses all the area inside the inner belt and is home to most of the largest buildings in Columbus. The State Capitol is located on the southeast corner of Broad & High, in Capitol Square. Downtown is also home to Columbus State Community College, Franklin University, Columbus College of Art and Design, Grant Medical Center, Capital University Law School, as well as the main branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, the Main Street Bridge and many parks. Downtown has many neighborhoods or "districts," but it can easily be separated into three main areas: The Discovery District, High Street Corridor, and the Riverfront. The Short North, Italian Village, and Victorian Village are directly north of Downtown. Olde Towne East, and the historic King-Lincoln District are directly east, while the Brewery District and German Village are directly south of Downtown. Franklinton is to the west of Downtown, with a portion of Franklinton in Downtown. The northwest area includes the Arena District, a mixed-use development centered on Nationwide Arena, the home of the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Arena District also includes the baseball stadium Huntington Park and the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion.
As of 2013, over 87,000 people are employed Downtown and more than 25,000 students attend school at one of the many institutions of higher education located there. Downtown is currently home to over 6,300 residents.
Arena District is a mixed-use planned development and neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio. The site was developed through a partnership between Nationwide Realty Investors, Ltd. (a subsidiary of Nationwide), the City of Columbus, and private investors. Interpretation of the boundaries of the district are evolving as the neighboring blocks around the original 75-acre (300,000 m2) site has seen additional commercial and residential development. Currently, Arena District contains Nationwide Arena, for which the district is named.
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.
- See also: Discovery District Website
Park Street District
Park Street District is a subneighborhood of the Arena District in Columbus, Ohio. The District gets its name from the heavily trafficked Park Street thoroughfare that runs through its core. Devoid of any large residential land, the district comprises mainly restaurants and bars. The site was developed through multiple partners, including entrepreneur Chris Corso of the Park Street Complex. The district is often considered to be part of the Short North due to its overlapping boundaries and mutual attractions such as the North Market.
- See also: Downtown Columbus, Ohio
River South District
This area is located along the Scioto River in southwest Downtown Columbus. It is bounded by Town Street to the north, Wall Street to the east, Mound Street to the south, and the Scioto River to the west.
The Uptown District is a neighborhood Downtown Columbus. It is bounded by Nationwide Boulevard to the North, South Fourth Street to the east, East Town Street to the south, and South Front Street to the west.
Short North or Near North
The Short North is a neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio, United States, centered on the main strip of High Street immediately north of downtown and extending until just south of the Ohio State University campus area. It is an easy walk from the convention center or Nationwide Arena district to the north. The Short North is often crowded on weekends, particularly during the monthly "Gallery Hop" and other local and downtown events.
The Short North is heavily populated with art galleries, specialty shops, pubs, nightclubs, and coffee houses. Most of its tightly packed brick buildings date from at least the early 20th century, with traditional storefronts along 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 High Street throughout the Short North, reminiscent of such arches present in the area in the early 1900s.
Italian Village is a mixed land use neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio that contains an array of residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. It is a designated historic district, known for its historical and cultural preservation. The building types and architecture reflect Italian influence. With its parks and preserved historic homes, Italian Village has the highest home value appreciation in Columbus. Italian Village is part of the Short North area. The neighboring Downtown District provides access to major employers, cultural and learning institutions, and entertainment venues.
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.
Near South and South neighborhoods
The Brewery District is a neighborhood located in Columbus, Ohio, United States. Located just south of the central business district, the area has a history stretching nearly 200 years. It is bounded by Interstate 70 on the north, South Pearl Street on the east, Greenlawn Avenue on the south, and the Scioto River on the west. The first brewery was opened by German immigrant Louis Hoster in 1836. At the height of its success, there were five breweries located in the area. As the years passed, consolidation of the breweries took place. However, the market went south when, in 1920, Prohibition took effect due to the passage of the 18th Amendment. The area declined, becoming home to some industry and warehouses. In recent years, redevelopment has taken place on a large scale, with numerous restaurants, bars, and even a grocery store coming to the area. The radio station CD 101, now CD102.5, also calls the district home. The Germania Club, a German-American Singing and Sports Society, has been in the area since 1866 and in 1927 purchased the former home of one of the prestigious brew masters of the neighborhood, Nicolaus Schlee for use by the club.
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 constituted 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.
Livingston Avenue Area Commission
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.
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.
Livingston Park is a neighborhood that shares its name with the oldest owned parkland in the City of Columbus. It is bounded by I-70 to the north, Ohio and 22nd streets to the east, Columbus and Forest streets to the south and Parsons Avenue to the west. It is the site of Nationwide Children's Hospital.
South Side Area Commission
Bounded by East Whittier Street to the north, Fairwood Avenue or Alum Creek Drive the east, Moler Road or Frebis Avenue to the south, and Lockbourne Road to the west.
Edgewood Acres is bordered by Thurman Avenue to the north, Lockbourne Road to the east, Frebis Avenue to the south, and South Champion Avenue to the west. It is just east of Lincoln Park.
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.
This area is bordered by Moler Road to the north, Fairwood Avenue to the east, Innis Avenue to the south, and Lockbourne Road to the west. It is just east of Edgewood.
Lincoln Park/Vasser Village
This area is bordered by Frebis Avenue to the north, South Champion Avenue to the east, Woodrow Avenue to the south, and Parsons Avenue to the west.
Just south of German Village, Merion Village is a neighborhood with homes mostly from around the turn of the 20th century.
This area is bordered by Moler Road to the north, Universal Road to the south, Progress Road to the east, and Fairwood Avenue to the west. It is just east of Innis Gardens.
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.
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 Lathrop Street, Brust Street, South Grant Avenue, and Jaeger Street.
Swaynes Addition/Southern Orchards
Southern Orchards is an established neighborhood on the near south side of Columbus, Ohio. It's located immediately outside of downtown is the 23rd most walkable neighborhood in Columbus with 3,538 residents. The neighborhood is the target of revitalization and beautification largely due to its anchor institution Nationwide Children's Hospital. and a renewed interest in urban living in the city's core. Since 2008, more than 70 properties have been improved through the hospital’s Healthy Homes program and continued revitalization is happening along the major streets of Livingston and Parson s as the city moves to reconnect the downtown to its surrounding neighborhoods.
This area is south of Southern Orchards and north of Vassor Village; bordered by Whittier Street to the north, Lockbourne to the east, Frebis Avenue to the south, and Parsons Avenue to the west. Civic and blockwatches within the neighborhood is Thurman Square, Ganthers Place, South Central Commons, and Edgewood.
The Old South End or Die Alte Sud Ende
Near East Side
The Near East Side is an area made up several historic neighborhoods on the east side of Columbus, Ohio. Some neighborhoods making up the area include: Beatty Park, Bronzeville/King-Lincoln, Eastgate, Franklin Park, Mt. Vernon Avenue District, Nelson Park, Olde Towne East, and Woodland Park. Today it is bordered by the Conrail railway on the north, Alum Creek on the east, Interstate 70 and Livingston Avenue on the south, and Interstate 71 on the west. It is bisected by Main Street, also known as the National Road. This area is in Precincts 6, 12, and 5 of the Columbus Division of Police
East Broad Street Historic District
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 and Nelson Park
Developed in 1916, the Eastgate neighborhood includes Nelson Park, Eastgate Elementary School, and the intersection of East Broad Street and Nelson Road. It is commonly referred to as both Eastgate and Nelson Park
This neighborhood is bounded by East Broad Street to the north, Alum Creek to the east, East Main Street to the south, and Wilson Avenue to the west. It is surrounded by the neighborhoods of Woodland Park, South of Main, and Olde Towne East, and the city of Bexley. The neighborhood is named after the 88 acre park. Both the neighborhood and landmark park contain the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, also named after the park.
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 I-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 or Beatty Park
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
Olde Towne East is a neighborhood located in the historic Near East Side. Today known as "Olde Towne East," the neighborhood was settled early in Columbus' history and is situated between the Downtown Market and Discovery Districts, Franklin Park, King-Lincoln Bronzeville, Livingston Park North, and Old Oaks. 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
South of Main is a neighborhood located in the Near East Side. It is bounded by Main Street to the north, Alum Creek to the east, I-70 to the south, and Wilson Avenue to the west.
Woodland Park is a neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio bordered by Maryland Avenue to the north, Nelson Road to the east, East Broad Street to the south, and Taylor Avenue to the west.
The earliest houses in the subdivision were built around 1900 with most filling in the area between then and 1920. A large advertisement with a hand-drawn map appeared in the Sunday, June 26, 1904, Columbus Dispatch newspaper touting the benefits of the Woodland Park Addition. It says, "We give you paved streets, cement sidewalks, water, gas, sewerage, electric lights, plenty of fine forest trees and one of the best school districts in the city. Woodland Park Addition has the advantage of three electric car lines by which you can reach High Street in fifteen minutes."
Residents have formed the Woodland Park Neighborhood Association. Their website says, "Woodland Park was established at the turn of the twentieth century as one of the Columbus’ first planned, upscale suburban neighborhoods. Woodland Park was referred to as the 'North Gateway to Franklin Park' and rapidly became home to many of the founding families of Columbus as well as entrepreneurs, business owners, industrialists, educators and artists. Numerous prominent citizens of Columbus, including nationally renowned artist Emerson Burkhart have called Woodland Park home.
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, townhomes 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."
Franklinton or The Bottoms
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. 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."
Franklinton or The Bottoms is a neighborhood immediately west of Downtown Columbus. The area is part of the Franklinton neighborhood, and is generally referred to as being 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.
Hilltop and Greater Hilltop
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. 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.
Brookshire is community that runs along Briggs Road to Binns Boulevard back east on Eakin Road to Eureka Avenue. Brookshire was a baseball Little League power house for 16 years from 1969 to 1985 with 13 championships. Power Lifting was born on the West Side and Baseball was king.
Holly Hill is a neighborhood located in West Columbus, Columbus, Ohio, United States. Holly Hill is a traditional 1960s suburban neighborhood consisting of mostly brick ranch houses and some bi-level houses. The houses range in size from approximately 860 square feet (80 m2) up to 1,500 square feet (140 m2). Holly Hill is located next to Georgian Heights.
Highland West, named for the end-of-the-line street car that served this area during the late 1800s, is the original settlement, or historic, older section, of the Hilltop neighborhood of West Columbus, which began to be settled in the early to 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). The primary early settlers of this area of the hilltop were those of English, Welsh, and African American descent, creating a unique and special neighborhood for its time. 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 I-70 and Franklinton (The Bottoms), on the south by Sullivant Avenue, and on the west by Hague Avenue. Highland West is a collection of the original neighborhoods that lined the National Road, Glenwood Heights, Maple Grove, Buckingham Heights, Westwood Heights, Oakley, Arlington, Highland Park, Bellaire, Bronx, Eldon Heights, Glenview Heights, Hillcrest Park, High Park, Landscape Addition, Florence Park, and Wicklow. The diversity of the neighborhood continues to this day, reflecting that of the city of Columbus itself, 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.
Georgian Heights neighbors Holly Hill. The two are bounded together by Sullivant Avenue on the north, Demorest Road on the east, Clime Road on the south, and Georgesville Road on the west. Georgian Heights has a youth travel football team called the Georgian Heights Packers. The neighborhood is generally lower-middle class.
Riverbend is a neighborhood in southwest Columbus, Ohio. Riverbend started building around 1968 until the mid-1970s. It was a working-class neighborhood. Children played in the local creek and woods along with playing basketball, baseball and softball at Riverbend Park where the winning team would ride around the neighborhood honking their horns celebrating their win. There were two summer pools nearby, the Moose Lodge and Wee Bonnie (the latter now gone). A nine-hole golf course, also called Wee Bonnie, was adjacent to the pool and is also gone. The majority of students who live there attend Franklin Heights High School. Riverbend has been in decline due to the aging homes where now many are rented out, losing the sense of community.
Westgate is a community within the Hilltop area of Columbus, Ohio. It was constructed partially on land formerly housing the American Civil War Camp Chase and Confederate prison. After the Civil War, the land was purchased by Joseph Binns and his associates to be used to start a Mennonite community. These plans failed to materialize and the land was developed as a "streetcar suburb" in the 1920s. Located 4 miles (6.4 km) west of Downtown, the neighborhood also is home to Westgate Park and Recreation Center, Westgate Alternative Elementary School, St. Mary Magdalene Church and school, and Parkview United Methodist Church. The area near Westgate is home to the Hilltop branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, West High School, and Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery. About 4,500 residents live in 2,100 households within the Westgate boundaries. The boundaries are West Broad Street to the north, Roys Avenue to the east, Sullivant Avenue to the south, and Demorest Road to the west.
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.
Hilltop is a geographic area of Columbus, Ohio 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 I-70 on the north, B & O Railway to the east and south, and the I-270 Outerbelt on the south and west. The Hilltop includes part or all of ZIP Codes 43204, 43223, 43228, and 43123. 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. The Greater Hilltop area contains newer and historic neighborhoods, schools, various stores, industrial areas, and recreational facilities. The development pattern is considered a distinct suburb. The majority of the area is predominantly single family residential.
South Central Hilltop
Clintonville is a neighborhood in north-central Columbus, Ohio, United States with around 30,000 residents as of 2011. Clintonville is an informal neighborhood. 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 3 mi (4.8 km) stretch from Cooke Road to the southern border of Worthington. The Clintonville Area Commission boundaries, as established by Columbus City Code, are "bounded on the south by the centerline of the Glen Echo Ravine; on the east by the centerline of the railroad right-of-way immediately east of Indianola Avenue; on the north by the Worthington city limits and on the west by the Olentangy River; each line extended as necessary so as to intersect with adjacent boundaries".
As the cachet of the Clintonville neighborhood grew towards the turn of the 21st century, real estate agents began to label homes north of Cooke Road as being in Clintonville, leading to the apparent absorption of Beechwold and nearby neighborhoods south of Worthington. It was not uncommon in the booming real estate market circa 2000 to even find homes outside of the distinct east and west borders being sold as "Clintonville" homes. Because Clintonville and Beechwold have no official existence, however, the boundaries are a matter of opinion. The area also contains the former unincorporated community of Evanston, a name that was used by the Big Four Railroad as a station along its line and U.S. Postal service until the 1920s. Clintonville includes parts of ZIP codes 43202 and 43214. The United States Post Offices at the center of each ZIP code are known as Clintonville Station and Beechwold Station, respectively.
Despite unclear boundaries of neighborhoods the boundaries are generalized into four distinct neighborhoods: South Clintonville, North Clintonville, Beechwold, and North-of-Morse.
South of North Broadway Street, housing stock is a mix of single and multiple family homes. The majority of these houses were built prior to 1930, and represent a variety of styles from basic American foursquare to other types of revival style architecture. The area is also home to many catalog (Sears, Montgomery Ward, Radford, etc.) kit homes. These neighborhoods were also initially developed as "streetcar" developments, the intention being that most residents would rely upon the High Street streetcar lines to travel to downtown Columbus. Garages for the earliest developed streets are accessed via alleys behind the properties.
North Clintonville is a generalized area inside of the Clintonville neighborhood. Its boundaries are based either on the old City of Columbus Boundaries, or more modernly North Broadway. Per the old City of Columbus boundary: Overbrook Ravine to the north, Big Four railroad tracks to the east, Orchard Lane and roughly Oakland Park Avenue to the south, and the Olentangy River to the west. Per the modern interpretation: Overbrook Ravine to the north, North Broadway Street to the south, and the Olentangy River to the west. While often referred to as North Clintonville, it is the central section of Clintonville area. It is noted for the progression in architectural styles and lifestyle considerations from the 1920s through the late 1950s. Houses in this portion of Clintonville were built as higher end properties, lack alleyways and contain driveways as a nod to the increasing importance to the role of the automobile. Developments and subdivisions located in this area are: Indian Springs, Northridge, Dominion Park, Northmoor, Brevoort Place, North Broadway Street and Woodland Crest.
Beechwold is a neighborhood within the Clintonville Area Commission boundaries. Named for the Jeffrey family summer estate on North High Street and the post office placed in the area following growth of Clintonville, the larger Beechwold Area has greatly varying definitions, but at a minimum it is the collection of at least four subdivision plats. These four plats are: Beechwold (1915), Beechwold Addition (1919), Beechwold South (1902) and Beechwold South Amendment (1922). The section of commonly known as East Beechwold contains the subdivisions of Zooland and Highland Gardens. Through inclusion of East Beechwold, the larger Beechwold area is then loosely defined as the area Rathbone Avenue to the north, North High Street to the east, West Weisheimer Road to the south, and the Olentangy River to the west.
Northwold is a ghost neighborhood, between Graceland Center and the Homedale Addition subdivision. The main street going across Northwold was Fenway Road, with the neighborhood being abandoned in 1933.
Old Beechwold was placed on National Register of Historic Places in 1987 and lies on the original Jeffrey family summer estate on North High Street. Its boundaries are, according to the entry on the National Register, roughly bounded by West Jeffrey Place to the north, North High Street to the east, River Park Drive to the south, and Olentangy Boulevard to the west. This description fits with the historic maps to include Beechwold (1915) and Beechwold Addition (1919) subdivisions.
East Beechwold comprises the Zooland (1905) and Highland Gardens (1913, 1915) subdivisions, and as such is bounded by Morse Road to the north, I-71 to the east, Weisheimer Road to the south, and North High Street to the west.
South Beechwold comprises the Beechwold South (1902/1922) and Weisheimer Addition No. 2 subdivisions. As such, it is bounded by property lines north of Beaumont Avenue to the north, North High Street to the east, Weisheimer Road to the south, and the Olentangy River to the west. It is almost exclusively residential, with exceptions to businesses located along High Street.
North-of-Morse is the northern most section of Clintonville. It borders Worthington city limits at Cemetery and Chase roads to the north, I-71 to the east, Morse Road to the south, and the Olentangy River to the west. It contains the Graceland Shopping Center, as well as other residential homes.
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 Briggs Road, Eakin Road, and Hopkins Avenue on the north; Brown Road on the east; Clime Road on the south; Demorest Road on the west; and South Hague Avenue on the northwest binding Eakin and Briggs roads. It is the area of south Hilltop and the northern-southwest side.
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.
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.
Far West neighborhoods
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.
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.
Lincoln Village is a neighborhood located on the West Side of Columbus, Ohio and is known for its long history and historical impacts it has had on the surrounding communities. Most of the residential real estate is occupied by a mixture of owners and renters. Residents in this area tend to be older and well committed to this area. Homes were typically built between 1940 and 1969, while many other were also built between 1970 and 1999. Those who built and live in these homes contain a unique mix of cultural or occupational groups.
Lincoln Village was founded in 1955 as a planned community by a real estate subsidiary of Nationwide Insurance. The community was developed to have all the essentials such as a shopping center, schools, and parks, and to incorporate safety considerations such as not positioning the homes on street corners to eliminate blind intersections.
Near Northwest and Northwest neighborhoods
Northwest Columbus is a geographic region located in the northwest region of Franklin County, Ohio. The Northwest Civic Association, founded in 1967, acts as the commission of this area. It is bounded by the Scioto River on the west, the Olentangy River on the east, State Route 161 on the north, and Highland Drive and Henderson Road on the south. Northwest Columbus includes parts of Perry Township and Sharon Township, the City of Dublin, and the City of Worthington. Slightly more than 45,000 citizens live within this area according to the 2010 U.S. census.
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." It is currently the location of the Thurbergate neighborhood, which has been incorporated into Harrison West.
Highland-McCoy is less of a neighborhood than it is a rural-styled area in the midst of suburban development. It is considered the zone along Highland Drive, between Kendale and Knolls to the north, with Upper Arlington, Greenfield Estates and Thomas (not to be confused with Thomas Lane to the south.
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.
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.
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 Commons is a planned development residential area which is located in northwest Columbus, Ohio. The nearby areas surrounding the original 65-acre (263,045 square meters) site of the Olentangy Commons Apartments have been developed into commercial and residential neighborhoods.
This was a small area centered on 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.
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 (4,000 m²) of land, giving it a somewhat rural feeling, and backyard vineyards planted by the original residents are still maintained today.
Harrison West is a historic, urban neighborhood located north and near west of downtown Columbus, Ohio. 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 (which runs parallel to Neil Avenue), Goodale on the South, 5th 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 south east.
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.
The Harrison West neighborhood area experienced urban decline throughout much of the late 20th century. 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. Redevelopment and gentrification spreading from Victorian Village closer to downtown has transformed the area in the last two decades, accelerating with the demolition of industrial sites along the Olentangy River.
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. Numerous original houses of poor quality have been demolished and replaced with new construction in the same urban style. The Battelle Memorial Institute, a major employer, at one time owned numerous rental properties and, concerned about urban blight on its doorstep, became actively involved in area redevelopment in the 1980s.
Conversion of a 16-acre (6.5 ha) former factory site into a complex of single-family homes, flats and lofts is completing the improvement of the neighborhood into a desirable location. Life in the neighborhood centers on commercial properties along 3rd Avenue, which roughly bisects the neighborhood. Included in the development is a clubhouse that serves as the new home for the Carpe Diem String Quartet's performances.
The neighborhood was not originally intended as a separate district, but was constituted from the urban area excluded from the "Victorian Village Architectural Review" in 1974. A neighborhood association founded in 1976, like others in Columbus, advocates for city services and community projects. Current projects include water quality issues in the Olentangy River and maintenance of the Olentangy bike trail and the neighborhood parks, including a new river Park.
Also sometimes referred to as 5XNW or the Tri-Village area, this neighborhood is just north of Grandview Heights. 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.
Olentangy River Road
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.
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.
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.
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.
Linden is a neighborhood in the northeast part of Columbus, Ohio. It extends south to north from Eighth Avenue to E. Cooke and Ferris roads and west to east from Conrail tracks to Joyce Avenue/Westerville Road. The neighborhood is officially bounded on the south, west and east by Conrail-operated railroads. Hudson Street divides the neighborhood into North and South Linden. The neighborhood has a total land area of almost 15 km2.
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.
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)
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 on 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.
Far East neighborhoods
The Far East side is a conglomerate of numerous single and multiple family residential subdivisions gathered together as a whole and is centered on Big Walnut Park and Big Walnut Creek, and to the north, Whitehall, to the east, Reynoldsburg, to the south, Interstate 70 and Eastland, and to the west, eastoor. The area is populated with many schools in close proximity, including three elementary schools, a middle school, and high school, all within one mile of each other.
The Eastland area is centered on the Eastland Mall, located just south of Interstate 70. The Interstate 270 outerbelt splits right through the area.
Eastmoor is a postwar enclave built about 2 miles south of Port Columbus and just west of the massive Defense Supply Center Columbus complex. 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. The northern part of Eastmoor, north of Broad St. is called North Eastmoor.
The Easton area is centered on 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.
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. 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.
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. 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". The Franklin County Dog Shelter also moved to the neighborhood in October 2011.
The community of Forest Park consists of almost 2900 private residential properties (single-family homes and duplexes), plus apartments, condominiums, commercial properties, city-owned parks and schools, in approximately 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2) of the Northland area of northeast Columbus, Ohio. These properties adjoin a total of 132 distinct streets and courts maintained by the City of Columbus. The community's approximate center is near the intersection of Karl Road and Sandalwood Place in Columbus.
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.
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. A $13 million animal shelter project in the neighborhood was completed in 2011. 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.
Woodward Park is bordered to the south by Morse Road, "Woodward Park" to the north, Interstate 71 to the west and Karl Road to the east.
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.
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.
McKinley Avenue Corridor
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.
Near South Side
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.
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.
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.
South Alum Creek
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.
There are some ghost towns and neighborhoods in Columbus.
Shattucksburg first came into existence when Simon Shattuck sold some of his land. Founded somewhere before 1856, Shattucksburg was along what was then Henderson Road, now DeSantis Court and Old Henderson Road. The town was not meant to truly become a town; however, with the railroad being put through town in the mid-1800s, it did, and between 1910 and 1927, the town had six streets, not including Henderson Road. The six streets were Mobile Drive, Midwest Drive, Inglewood Avenue, Winton Road, Lincoln Road, and Edgewood Drive. The town began to disappear from maps in the 1970s, one of the last maps showing the town as a whole was the 1960 Census Tract Map of Franklin County. The town had disappeared from maps for the most part by 1974, with Winton Road and Mobile Drive as exceptions. The last original roads remaining as of 2015 are Mobile Drive, Henderson Road (now Old Henderson Road), Midwest Drive, and a property line/grass strip between a Weight Watchers center and a Wolfe Sons Heating & Cooling warehouse, marking where Winton Road was.
Wonderland is a ghost town along Hamilton Road, at I-270.
Wood-Brown is a historic ghost neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio. Existing prior to 1872, the neighborhood is situated in what was then southern Clinton Township, at Lisle Avenue (Kenny Road) and Lane Avenue. Today, it is mainly overrun by warehouses, with a few buildings older than 1962 still existing. It may have been called Seagrove or Lanevue.
Thomas Lane neighborhood
This neighborhood was mainly inhabited by the Bacons, and followed a small road named Thomas Lane. It was platted between 1872 and 1910. Thomas Lane exists today, but no longer crosses the railroad and is suburbanized.
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