Short North Series

Part 1: Introduction

In this series, join us as we explore Columbus’ most vibrant neighborhood, the Short North. In five segments, we’ll introduce you to the series and then detail the neighborhood’s surprising history, world-class arts and culture scene, stellar lineup of events, and unparalleled dining and drinking options. Thanks for checking out our Short North Series.

With an all-day vibrancy matching some of the world’s biggest cities, the Short North sets itself apart from other Columbus neighborhoods. The New York Times, writing in its 52 Place to Go in 2019 feature (which includes Columbus), puts it this way: “There’s a palpable energy when walking through yuppie-centric Short North.”

In this multi-part feature, we’ll cover the neighborhood’s history, from the time Goodale Park was overtaken by 7,000 Civil War soldiers in 1861 to its status as a key thoroughfare for streetcars that ran throughout Columbus between 1863 and 1948. We’ll detail the modern arc of the neighborhood, described as a “familiar urban evolution,” from downtrodden to artsy to a polished district of shops, restaurants and art installations.

A unique view of the Short North from the 985 High Apartments

The Short North has drastically changed in just the past five years, as developers build taller, modern buildings with a mix of uses and excellent amenities, satisfying a market for high-end apartments and office space above street-level retail. Borror, one of the largest property managers, developers, and commercial contractors in central Ohio, has built five new apartment complexes in the area, where renters have access to the very best amenities and perks, including the savings program Rhove. Check out the websites for more information: 985 High, The Jerome, The Beeker, The Prescott, and 40 West.

Supporting the building boom, recent infrastructure investments have improved the aesthetic of the Short North and made for an all-around better experience along the High Street corridor. This includes the under-grounding of overhead utilities, the decluttering of sidewalks, provisions for public art, trees and landscaping and street lights.

In forthcoming installations of the series, we aim to highlight the best of the Short North, from the hot spots to the hidden gems — for locals, visitors and new residents alike. And we’ll feature the can’t-miss events, like Gallery Hop, held on the first Saturday of every month and a boon to local businesses.

Taken alongside Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, a local merchant turned national treasure.

One of the truly special things about the Short North is that, even though it Is nationally known, there’s an emphasis on local. Many of the district’s 300-plus businesses are locally owned, according to the Short North Alliance. Some of the home-grown hot spots, like Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams and Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, have even become brands recognized outside of Ohio.

The history is rich, the future is bright and it’s a great time to live, work and play in the Short North! We hope you’ll join us in learning more about this iconic neighborhood that just keeps getting better.

For those interested in calling the neighborhood home, we encourage you to tour one of Rhove’s partner properties, where you’ll be able to save for homeownership or whatever matters most. Rhove is also available at Gravity in Franklinton, so check out our Franklinton Series for the low-down on what it’s like to live in that exciting neighborhood.