Short North

Columbus Neighborhoods: Short North

Short North summons the spirit of one of the city’s most vibrant and exciting neighborhoods.

The documentary includes the tale of the arches, the rise and abrupt fall of the Columbus Union Station, an incredible reunion of Civil War soldiers, the circus magnate who mesmerized a town, and the emergence of local festivals and traditions that have become a part of the Short North character.

It’s a story of how a grassroots movement transforms a run-down, forgotten neighborhood into Columbus’ center for arts and culture.

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The Arch City, Goodale Park and the Civil War”

The 33.4-acre Goodale Park was the first park in Columbus, a gift from millionaire Lincoln Goodale. In fact, Goodale Park was one of the first three “modern parks” in the nation.

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Columbus Neighborhoods: Short North

Railroad Service Comes to Columbus

Columbus first got railway service early in 1850 creating a boom for business up and down High Street, bringing immigrants to the city and teachers and students to the new Ohio State University.

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Columbus Neighborhoods: Short North

The Rise of Union Station

At the end of the 19th century, eminent architect and city planner, Daniel Burnham designed and built the Union Station and Arcade—decidedly the grand entrance that the city of Columbus needed.

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Columbus Neighborhoods: Short North

Flytown, Godman Guild, and Italian Village

Flytown was the beginning place for many immigrants coming to Columbus seeking work in the newly industrial city in the early 20th century. Immigrant families adapting to city life found refuge in the Godman Guild, a settlement house established in 1898.

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Freeways, Suburbanization, Urban Renewal

In the 1950s some parts of the city were so badly deteriorated that the only way to save them was to demolish housing and redevelop. New apartment buildings were built next to old family homes—changing the character of the neighborhoods.

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Revitalization

The charm of the buildings and the potential for redevelopment in the Short North turned what seemed to be a blighted area into a burgeoning urban renewal project that began in the 1970s.

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Columbus Neighborhoods: Short North

Short North Map

Take a look at a map of the Short North neighborhood. View Map