University District

Columbus Neighborhoods: University District

The University District is a collection of colorful neighborhoods that inspire daredevils and activists, artists and entrepreneurs, students and senior citizens to constantly re-invent the vibrant community were town meets gown.

The University District documentary explores how a country crossroads became the location of the nation’s largest university; the role amusement parks played in the development of the community; and the lasting effects of the movement beyond campus of a considerably large student population.

Goodale Park sign

Early Settlements and Growth

In 1803, High Street was an Indian trail. North Columbus, the area located between the city of Columbus and Village of Worthington, was a trading center—a perfect stagecoach stop.

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Columbus Neighborhoods: Short North

The Civil War and the Morrill Act

The Civil War helped North Columbus grow. Camp Thomas was established in the area to train new regiments. In 1862, the Morrill Act was signed into law creating land-grant colleges.

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Columbus Neighborhoods: Short North

Turn of the Century Columbus: Streetcars, Amusements Parks and Education

At the end of the 19th century, Columbus was being transformed by a transportation revolution. Streetcars facilitated the move to the suburbs. And streetcar companies created amusement parks in the far reaches of their lines in the university district.

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Columbus Neighborhoods: Short North

Industrialization and the Progressive Era

A new industrial section was developing south of campus, along the railroad. The rise of manufacturing and industry changed the neighborhood.

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Goodale Park sign

The World War II Era

Some memories of the World War II era are just as soon forgotten: Olympic gold medalist Jesse Owens could not rent an apartment near Ohio State because of the color of his skin; a Japanese family with deep roots in Columbus was sent to a concentration camp in Wyoming.

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Columbus Neighborhoods: Short North

The 1960s, Civil Rights, and Vietnam

Peace, love and rock and roll were the watchwords of the 1960s. On campus, alternative kinds of organizations, alternative politics and alternative lifestyles rose and challenged traditional values.

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Columbus Neighborhoods: University District map

University District Map

Take a look at a map of the University District neighborhood. View Map