Written by: Tom Rieland
Date: September 16, 2013

Hayes Saloon at 1405 Livingston in the boom days of the South Side of Columbus. Photo: WOSU

Hayes Saloon at 1405 Livingston in the boom days of the South Side of Columbus. Photo: WOSU

If you missed the latest Columbus Neighborhoods – South Side documentary Monday night, no fear.  It will run again on WOSU TV Thursday night (9/19) at 9 pm and again Sunday afternoon (9/22) at 4 pm.  This is an ALL WOSU effort for our community to learn more about the history and future of our distinctive neighborhoods. 

WOSU 89.7 Reporter Sam Hendren has focused on the challenges of keeping young families in the South Side due to the poor academic standards of the schools in the neighborhood.  In fact, WOSU’s Ann Fisher will be moderating a community discussion with the South Side STAY organization next month.  All Sides with Ann Fisher committed a full hour to the South Side’s history and current issues last week.


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