Columbus Neighborhoods

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Browse the pages of and celebrate the different neighborhoods that make up Columbus, Ohio.  Also join in telling the story of central Ohio by sharing your cherished photographs, your favorite video clips, your most amusing or poignant audio clips, or your memories and thoughts about your neighborhood.

In February 2013, Columbus Neighborhoods was put back in production with six more communities to be featured through 2015.

The South Side of Columbus, a working-class community that once supported four thriving foundries, will be the first documentary to premiere this fall. The next five neighborhoods to be chronicled are Clintonville, Worthington, Bexley, The Tri-Villages (Upper Arlington, Marble Cliff and Grandview Heights), and ‘New Americans’ which will look at Columbus’ growing immigrant population.

Olde Towne East

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Bankers, barons and brewers have called it home. A recently revitalized area grew out of one of Columbus’ oldest streetcar neighborhoods where aristocrats, governors and captains of industry once resided.

The documentary looks at the varied architectural history that can still be seen today in Olde Towne East with ornately crafted homes that belonged to renowned residents including writer and cartoonist, James Thurber; a pioneer in the Realist painting movement, George Bellows; founder of the NFL, Joe Carr; the brewing family, the Hosters; and the Lazarus family.


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Once the cultural and commercial heart of Columbus for African Americans, this neighborhood is poised for rebirth. The restoration of the Lincoln Theatre allows the space to join the King Arts Complex in shaping and developing this historic neighborhood. King-Lincoln still echoes with the joyous sounds of the storied musicians who played its clubs and theaters and the din of bustling streets lined with thriving businesses. (This program includes Mt. Vernon and the Discovery District.)

Buy Now (DVD – $24.95)
59 minutes with bonus extras including a feature on creating the soundtrack, an archive interview with artist Aminah Robinson, and a video that  shows how you can contribute to the Columbus Neighborhoods website.

University District

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Town meets gown in this urban area encompassing the neighborhoods around The Ohio State University. The Old North was the first neighborhood here, and a series of remarkable transformations has seen this area change from farm to campus to streetcar suburbs to a center of education, recreation, and culture. The most densely populated area in Columbus, the University District is also the location of nearly 650 businesses, churches, schools, and social agencies.

(DVD – $24.95)
59 minutes with bonus extras including additional interviews and photographs from the University District.

The Short North Arts District

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The story of one of the city’s most vibrant and exciting neighborhoods includes the tale of the arches, the rise—and abrupt fall—of Union Station, an incredible reunion of Civil War soldiers, the transformation of a tough, gritty neighborhood to an arts district, and the emergence of local festivals and traditions that have become part of the Short North’s character. (This program includes Harrison West, Victorian Village, Italian Village, and Flytown.)

(DVD – $24.95)
59 minutes with bonus extras including maps, a slideshow of remarkable buildings and a brief description of their history, a Flytown reunion feature, and a video that shows how you can contribute to the Columbus Neighborhoods website.

German Village

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One of the nation’s early and most successful urban revitalization campaigns, this charming and vital neighborhood was once home to working-class German immigrants. Now its brick streets, beautiful gardens, and delightful architecture are hallmarks of one of the country’s most prestigious urban addresses. (This program includes The Brewery District, Merion Village, and Schumacher Place.)

(DVD – $24.95)
59 minutes with bonus extras includes maps, photographs of German Village homes, and a video that shows how you can contribute to the Columbus Neighborhoods website.

Downtown and Franklinton

Columbus’s historical roots are firmly planted in Franklinton, Central Ohio’s first settlement, and the downtown area, the seat of state government. It’s the story of determined pioneers, devastating floods, a vision for a state capital rising from higher ground, and flourishing theatres, churches, businesses, and government buildings. (This program includes Town/Franklin, and, because of its significance, Camp Chase.)

(DVD – $24.95)
59 minutes with bonus extras