Olde Towne East
From the 1890s to the 1920s, Olde Towne East was the place to live in Columbus, where the barons of industry and business built their dream houses. The area went through a period of decline when people moved to the suburbs, but today the neighborhood is experiencing a resurgence of residents motivated to fix up the houses and make it a thriving community again.
Streetcar Suburb and Middle Class Affluence
As Columbus industrialized, a new group of white collar workers formed a new middle class in the city. The development of the streetcar made it possible for these middle class residents to move away from the industrial neighborhoods.
Automobiles and Early Suburbanization
The automobile also facilitated the growth of suburbs. Many wealthier residents of Olde Towne East moved to the new suburbs. In turn, the neighborhood became more diverse as many middle class African-Americans purchased their first homes in the neighborhood.
Highways, Suburbanization and Revitalization
New freeways physically divided many neighborhoods in Columbus, and cut them off from surrounding communities and downtown. As people moved out of the old streetcar suburbs like Olde Towne East they experienced an economic decline.
Olde Towne East Map
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