The Short North area of Columbus, Ohio is one of the great neighborhoods in the city. It can offer a “big city” feel for transplants or a small-town atmosphere for Ohioans moving to the big town.
When I dated Hippie Jim, he was a proud Short North resident. He always told me the best part about his life was when he lived, partied and worked in the same zip code. I grew to love the Short North and even though our time together was short-lived, I’m still a cheerleader for this great Columbus neighborhood.
The Short North has many highlights, but here are five simple reasons the Short North is a great neighborhood.
1. The food
The Short North restaurant scene is quite simply, eclectic. From a simple but delicious greasy cheeseburger at the Press Grill to a creative Italian menu that changes with the seasons at Basi Italia to Wild Boar Corndogs at the Burgundy Room, the food in the Short North is as varied as the residents.
The Short North isn’t all about restaurants. The North Market can truly be a one-stop shopping trip for those who like to cook their own food with locally grown and sustainable ingredients.
2. The art
With dozens of galleries scattered throughout the Short North and other businesses showcasing Ohio artists, the monthly Gallery Hops bring thousands of visitors to this neighborhood.
The revitalization of the Short North was carried on the backs of the original artists who braved the decrepit storefronts to build a new community. These pioneers stayed with it and provided a venue for both established and emerging artists. The Roy G Biv Gallery is a non-profit giving new artists a chance to shine.
3. The people
It’s not possible to describe the “typical” Short North resident because there isn’t one. The next-door neighbor could be an accountant or a sculptor or a bartender. A mix of retired singles and young couples blends with families and life-long roommates. A walk through Goodale Park will find animal lovers and those who practice the martial arts.
4. The architecture
While there are a few more “modern” buildings and houses, they are spread far and wide through the Short North. The High Street restoration of the buildings housing restaurants, shops and galleries returned those storefronts to their turn-of-the-century glory.
A blend of Victorian and Italianate single-family homes fills the side streets while condominiums have been created from row houses, townhouses and mansions.
5. The community
Every time I’ve been in the Short North, I feel like I belong. From chatting with the locals at the Short North Tavern or drinking coffee outside Mo Joe Lounge, I belong.
The Short North community members work together to create Com-Fest, one of the longest-running festivals in Columbus, every June. With very little planning or organization, people turn out every Independence Day to participate in or line the streets to watch the Doo Dah Parade.
With most of the amenities of the big city but the charm and community feel of a small town, the Short North is one of the best neighborhoods in Columbus, Ohio. Learn more about these businesses and events as well as many others at ShortNorth.org here.