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Columbus Neighborhoods Continues



WOSU Public Media's Emmy award-winning television documentary series, 'Columbus Neighborhoods', will return with six more communities to be featured through 2015.

The South Side of Columbus, a working-class community that once supported four thriving foundries, will be the first documentary to premiere this fall. The next five neighborhoods to be chronicled are Clintonville, Worthington, Bexley, The Tri-Villages (Upper Arlington, Marble Cliff and Grandview Heights), and 'New Americans' which will look at Columbus' growing immigrant population.

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Columbus Neighborhoods: Worthington logo

Columbus Neighborhoods: Worthington coming Fall 2014.

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Columbus Neighborhoods: Clintonville logo

Of Columbus’ historical neighborhoods, this community has probably changed the least, with a history that dates back to Adena earthen mounds and virgin forests that gave way to expanses of open farmland. It gave way to Olentangy Park, the automobile and tidy cottages. Today, Clintonville remains connected to its roots by its beautiful parks, urban gardens, shady ravines, community farmer’s market, and small resident-run businesses.

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Columbus Neighborhoods South Side

Once an industrial powerhouse, the South Side’s “Steel and Glass” heritage is still honored by the people who live there today. In a neighborhood created by everyone from Appalachian migrants to Hungarian immigrants, it remains a place of strength, diversity and resolve.

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Columbus Neighborhoods Olde Towne East

Barons, bankers and brewers have made their home here since the 1830s. This recently revitalized area grew out of one of Columbus’ oldest streetcar neighborhoods. Varied and beautiful architectural history can still be seen today in Olde Towne East with ornately crafted homes that once belonged to renowned residents.

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Columbus Neighborhoods Downtown

Columbus’s historical roots are firmly planted in Franklinton, Central Ohio’s first settlement, and the downtown area, the seat of state government. It’s the story of determined pioneers, devastating floods, a vision for a state capital, and flourishing theatres, churches, and businesses.

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Columbus Neighborhoods University District

Town meets gown in this urban area encompassing the neighborhoods around The Ohio State University. The Old North was the first neighborhood here, and a series of remarkable transformations has seen this area change from farm to campus to streetcar suburbs to a center of education, recreation, and culture.

The most densely populated area in Columbus, the University District is also the location of nearly 650 businesses, churches, schools, and social agencies.

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Columbus Neighborhoods King-Lincoln

At its height in the 1930s, hundreds of people filled its bustling streets. The nation’s top musicians played its many theaters and clubs. African Americans of all walks of life lived and shopped there.

The documentary explores the area’s rich and vibrant music heritage and includes features on Elijah Pierce, Aminah Robinson, Roman Johnson, and other artists. The program also explores the neighborhood’s demise as the interstate separated it from the rest of the city and shows how the renovation of The Lincoln Theatre may be a sign of the community’s rebirth.

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Columbus Neighborhoods German Village

At its height in the 1930s, hundreds of people filled its bustling streets. The nation’s top musicians played its many theaters and clubs. African Americans of all walks of life lived and shopped there.

One of the nation’s early and most successful urban revitalization campaigns, this charming and vital neighborhood was once home to working-class German immigrants.

Now its brick streets, beautiful gardens, and delightful architecture are hallmarks of one of the country’s most prestigious urban addresses. This program includes The Brewery District, Merion Village, and Schumacher Place.

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Columbus Neighborhoods Short North

The story of one of the city’s most vibrant and exciting neighborhoods 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’s 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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