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Mainstreet In Bexley Is Memorable, Vibrant

The Bexley Library at night.

The Bexley Library at night.

Rubinos Pizza in Bexley.

Rubinos Pizza in Bexley.

Brent Davis
Columbus Neighborhoods: Bexley producer

The Bexley Library is a striking building, especially at night when it’s illuminated. Here’s a picture I took of someone snapping a close-up of the statue at the entrance.

We had just finished shooting video at Rubino’s Pizzeria at the east end of Main and I was walking the length of the street — just about a mile — to where I had parked my car on the west end of Bexley.

Main Street began life in the early 1800s as The National Road, built to facilitate westward expansion. There was nothing suggesting a settlement when the road first came through. The Nelson family (think Nelson Road) had established a farm and a grist mill to the north along Alum Creek. A small settlement called Pleasant Ridge later grew up along Main Street. It’s in the area where Capital University was established when it moved in the 1870s to escape the stress and strain of city life near Goodale Park.

Thousands of people pass through Bexley every day. For those living in Bexley, Main Street is the location of some cherished institutions—The Drexel Theatre, where millions of Sno Caps and Raisinets have been consumed during countless matinees and double features; the Bexley Library, very traditional (maybe even satisfyingly so) in appearance, but offering interesting program for folks of all ages; and Rubino’s, the homegrown pizzeria that’s inspired fierce loyalty among the people who grew up eating it.

There’s also three ice cream places along this stretch of pavement. This can be problematic for a documentary producer intent on conducting thorough research.

Main Street. Even late on a Friday night it’s remarkable in quite a few ways. We’ll spend more time exploring it in Columbus Neighborhoods: Bexley.