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Old November 14th, 2011, 02:45 AM   #1
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Columbus, OH: Short North, the Arena District

Short North is a neighborhood in Columbus, centered on High Street. The neighborhood is located between Downtown, which is to the south, and the Ohio State University campus, in the University District neighborhood to the north. Short North's name comes from the police lingo for the area, since the neighborhood was goign downhill economically. Police referred to the area as just short of the north end of Downtown, and this was shortened to "Short North".

Short North was in a period of decline for several decades until artists and Bohemians mvoed in in the early 1980s. Since then, the neighborhood has grown steadily, and now High Street is the home to numerous bars and restaurants, artist galleries, coffee shops, and shops for blocks and blocks.


Short North's northern end is at the University District, where the Ohio State University is located. The Newport Music Hall, originally the State Theater, is on High Street across from Ohio State and was built in 1923.



The old York Masonic Lodge, on High Street. The lodge was built in 1914 and is being converted into the York on High Condominiums.



Buildings on High Street at 5th Avenue.



Old buildings on High Street.



A building on High Street at 4th Avenue.



Skully's Music Diner, on High Street. Skully's 1950s-style neon sign was installed in 2002.



The old Garden Theatre, on High Street. The theater was built in 1920 and now functions as a church.



New Life United Methodist Church, on 5th Avenue. The church was built in 1908 as the Fifth Avenue United Brethren Church.



Rowhouses on Dennison Avenue.



Rowhouses on Greenwood Avenue.



Businesses on High Street.



Houses on 3rd Avenue.



Buildings on High Street. In the center is the IOOF Building, built in 1870. On the right is the Fireproof Records Center, built in 1909 and featuring the sign advertising the old name of the company, Fireproof Warehouse and Storage Company.



Businesses on High Street.



Houses on 2nd Avenue.



A house on 2nd Avenue.



A building on High Street.



Buildings on High Street. The Sells Building is on the right.



Rowhouses on Buttles Avenue.



Businesses on High Street.



Buildings on High Street.



The Sells Building, on High Street.



Buildings on High Street.



Businesses on High Street.



The Cap at Union Station, on High Street over top of I-670. The structure was built in 2005 and filled a gap in the pedestrian streetscape. The architecture was inspired by the demolished Union Station Arcade.



Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, on High Street at Goodale Street. The cathedral was built in 1990 with a Greek Cross layout, and replaced a church from 1922 on the same block.




The Arena District is a new neighborhood, adopting the New Urbanism principles, that was developed on the site of the Ohio Penitentiary. The penitentiary was built in 1833 and was closed in 1983. After sitting vacant for years, demolition of the prison took place and development of the land coincided with the construction of a new arena for the city. In addition to the arena, a minor league baseball stadium was constructed in 2009. Condominiums make up much of the neighborhood, and restaurants and bars are located on the main streets to accomodate arena and ballpark patrons.


Businesses on Park Street.



Structures on High Street. The Carlisle Building, on the right, was built in 1879.



Buildings on High Street.



The facade of an 1891 warehouse has been incorporated into the structure of the Hampton Inn on High Street.



North Market, on Park Street at Spruce Street. The market is located in the old Advance Thresher Company building, which was constructed in 1915. The market opened here in 1995 and is the last of the four markets in Columbus, with the West, East and Central Markets no longer existing.



The Ohio Moline Plow Company Building, on Front Street. The structure was built in 1913 and originally was the sales office and supplies facility of the Ohio subsidiary of the Illinois company.



An old penitentiary building, off of Front Street. The structure was built in 1910 and was renovated in 2000.



Nationwide Arena, on Nationwide Boulevard between Front Street and John McConnell Boulevard.



Nationwide Arena was built on the parking lot of the Ohio Penitentiary, which was demolished in 1998.



The arena was completed in 2000.



Nationwide Arena has a capacity of 18,144 for hockey, and 21,000 for concerts.



Nationwide Arena is home of the Coluimbus Blue Jackets of the NHL, who have played here since their inception in 2000.



One of the unique traditions at Nationwide Arena is the replica 1857 cannon. The cannon is fired when the Blue Jackets come onto the ice before a game, the Blue Jackets score a goal, or the Blue Jackets win a game. The cannon has been used since the 2007-2008 season.



New buildings along Nationwide Boulevard.



McPherson Commons, at Nationwide and John McConnell Boulevards. The north end of McPherson Commons features the old Union Station arch.



The arch was part of Union Station, which was built in 1897. When the train station was demolished in 1976, the entranceway arch was saved. The arch was moved here in 1999.



New condominiums along West Street, in front of McPherson Commons.



A small building on Daniel Burnham Square.



The view of Columbus' skyline from High Bank Park, which was constructed in 2005.

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Old November 14th, 2011, 09:15 PM   #2
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Great photos!
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Old November 15th, 2011, 04:34 AM   #3
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Nice job! And many of those buildings that you've shown have been converted into restaurants, etc. For example, the Garden Theater is no longer a church but a performance venue.
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Old November 15th, 2011, 10:09 AM   #4
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Was down in c-bus for the OSU vs Indiana game last weekend and got to check out short north one of the nights.. Short North Tavern is a pretty cool spot. Good food at decent prices! There were some nice new town/row house dwellings near where we parked over by goodale park?
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Old November 16th, 2011, 06:09 AM   #5
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Nice job! And many of those buildings that you've shown have been converted into restaurants, etc. For example, the Garden Theater is no longer a church but a performance venue.
That's what I get for taking so long to post these.
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Old November 17th, 2011, 03:45 AM   #6
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Nice photo.
Great architecture, the house is another similarity in architecture
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Old November 17th, 2011, 05:50 AM   #7
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Very nice. Short North looks nice. Arena district looks like it's up and coming. Columbus has so much going for it. Too bad I can't say the same about its hockey team, though.

Columbus, to me, seems like a bigger version of Toledo.
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Old November 17th, 2011, 06:00 PM   #8
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Very nice. Short North looks nice. Arena district looks like it's up and coming. Columbus has so much going for it. Too bad I can't say the same about its hockey team, though.

Columbus, to me, seems like a bigger version of Toledo.
Although there are certain areas of columbus that would remind me of toledo,(ex. Victorian Village-Old West Toledo)columbus is also much different in ways as well. Toledo is much more comparable to cleveland in ways because of the huge amount of slavic immigrants that settled there and it basically being a great lakes type of city. Columbus had a huge amount of german immigrants which is more comparable to cincy with its large amount of brick buildings.Columbus has traditionally been backed more so by white collar jobs( insurance,banking,fashion,govt.,education.) where as toledo's economy is more manufacturing based. Columbus's economy has been diversified enough where it has been able to weather most of the economic issues that have hit the country and maintain a pretty significant growth rate at least by midwest and east coast standards. Toledo certainly has many good points but I believe it is a different feel from columbus. I generally hear columbus compared the most to indianapolis or austin although I feel columbus has a much better cache of architecture in the neighborhoods compared to those cities.
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Old November 19th, 2011, 08:42 AM   #9
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way more foot traffic in c-bus over toledo... really cant compare the 2 cities. i live in toledo but visit c-bus frequently. C-bus seems like the only big city in ohio thats actually booming
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Isn't there a farmers market a few blocks west of the Nationwide Arena? To me that's the best part of the whole area
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Isn't there a farmers market a few blocks west of the Nationwide Arena? To me that's the best part of the whole area
You might be thinking of the north market. There is a picture of the back of it in this thread although it looks much different then the front.The north market is much more then a farmers market though as it actually contains permanent stalls for local restauraunts,bakeries,wine shops,etc.. This set up has worked very well as an incubator for columbus's food scene and allowed restauraunts who've gained national and international noteriety the chance to initially rent space without the overhead of a brick and mortar shop. There are also other farmers markets in the spring,summer,and fall in the area which may be what you are refering to as well.
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Old January 31st, 2012, 05:25 PM   #12
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Nice photos. Have visited Columbus a few months back. It's really a good place to live with very friendly people. Hope to see more photos here, especially of the university!
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