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There you have it. There is a downside though, some old fuddy duddy is whining that there's no "e" on the end of "old". Preservation society member Seth Golding said the project will give Olde North Columbus a brand that could improve the quality of life for its 8,000 residents. "We're trying to differentiate the area from north campus," Golding said. "We do have a lot of students living in our area, but it's a very diverse mix."

Despite the makeover, one problem remains for establishing an identity: The signs on them say "Old North Columbus, not "Olde."

" Olde was the spelling in the 1850s," Golding said. "It's more quaint -- not just 'old.'  "

Said Wildman: "It's supposed to be corrected." This neighborhood ain't quaint and residents and the businesses they support clearly and proudly demonstrate that. You can e-mail them to leave the arches alone (or if you love olde timey branding you can do the opposite).

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I was walking past them as they were putting the arch up. It looks nice but I'm not sure it will do much to differentiate Olde North from North Campus.

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Just noticed that on a bike ride yesterday. I was wondering if it had been there the whole time and I'd just been so frustrated with the traffic congestion that I'd missed it. I don't mind the similarity to the Short North arches. Didn't the original streetcar arches (to which the SN arches are an homage) go the full length of High?

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I don't know anything about the history of the neighborhood and whether it was traditionally spelled "Olde" or "Old".... but I'd rather see them leave the "Old".  Seems less like a "lifestyle centre" that way.  But I'm a Cincinnatian, so my input doesn't really matter.

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Just noticed that on a bike ride yesterday. I was wondering if it had been there the whole time and I'd just been so frustrated with the traffic congestion that I'd missed it. I don't mind the similarity to the Short North arches. Didn't the original streetcar arches (to which the SN arches are an homage) go the full length of High?

 

Actually, the original arches a century ago didn't even go to the Short North. They were just downtown on High. And I believe there were some on Main as well.

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I find Columbus' obsession with "North" fascinating. The Short North ends at 5th avenue. The "Northside" library branch is at 7th avenue. "Upper" Arlington and Grandview are crisscrossed by "North Star" "Northwest" and "Northham" streets. Then there's the ghost of "Northland" mall, and of course, the newest (for now) "north"-themed development rage, "Polaris." North = Progress, I suppose.

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The arches are just the tip of the iceberg. It's part of a huge streetscape improvement plan including new road pavement, sidewalks, trees and sewers in that area. The arches are kinda useless compared to those other elements but it does look nice and for some reason I think they give the illusion of High St. being of smaller scale.

 

 

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Much more utilitarian are the dozens of bike racks included in the improvements here. No more scratching my head for where to lock up at some places over here. It's about time part of the Share The Road campaign on High actually progress beyond just two signs.

 

As far as the south side of High, it's just extremely car oriented which precludes any sort of urban development. It gets even worse south of SR 104 when you cross into Scioto Southland which, despite it's large size is a cultural void with little to do aside from driving to a car shop of some sort, of which there are dozens. They do have one of the few remaining drive-in theaters, which can't be said for any north side neighborhood.

 

Still, Old North Columbus is one of the best and is better than the Short North for actually having stores that serve a utilitarian purpose and delivering on restaurant and nightlife options. I'd love to see arches for some of the sub-neighborhoods. One for Washington Beach, SoHud, and Awesometown.

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Development of Columbus was north-oriented because the river, and the urban detritus it carried, flowed south. (Henry Hunker, Columbus: A Personal Geography.)

 

Olde Northe Columbuse truly has the neatest stretch of High Street commerical, with a local drug store, local hardware store, and other useful stuff, though it has far more than its share of watering holes.

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Nice night-time pics of the arches.  I'm not surprised they look like the Short North arches.  Success leads to imitation.  And I think I prefer that the arches look more similar then different.  Streetscape elements like these can offer some needed visual continuity to the public realm.

 

According to the Dispatch article, the arches are part of a $15.8 million project that also includes storm sewers, water lines, new pavement, sidewalks, bike racks, streetlights and trees over a 10 block area on High Street.  The map of the neighborhood shows the project area along High Street from Lane to Arcadia.

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Old North Columbus is one of the best C-bus neighborhoods around: great variety of restaurants, bars, and retail along with a mixed residential base from all walks of life. The sub-neighborhoods consist of: Washington Beach, Washington Bluffs, Awesome  Town, SoHud, and Glen Echo South

 

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Arch City revival.

 

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The Library is actually a bar.

 

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Stopped in for a haircut. Three months was enough.

 

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Kafe Kerouac: coffeeshop, bookstore, record shop, with DJ's on some Saturdays. My friends were digging the impromptu topless girls dancing there. This place tends to have an effect on patrons.

 

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Notice that the Asian language on the window is Korean, not Japanese.

 

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Taj Bar is great: live music, Indian food, and Indian beers.

 

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Alana's is one of the best restaurants in the city. Trained under Emeril, you know.

 

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Hear good things, but still haven't been for some reason.

 

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Blue Nile also has a lunch buffet. I recommend it.

 

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Johnny Oak's: the real deal.

 

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Most popular hookah lounge.

 

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Weird building.

 

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Faye's has مواد غذائية عربية

 

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...Across the the street.

 

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Why not? Works for me.

 

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The Dube. An evening diner must.

 

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A couple of retail spots were built out from the front of North Campus Video.

 

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A slice of suburban heaven.

 

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Jack & Benny's is a breakfast fave. I just can't get up early enough.

 

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The two spots on the right were casualties of months long road/sewage improvements.

 

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You read right.

 

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Sunflower also couldn't withstand the lengthy sewer/road improvements.

 

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Miani's with a different name.

 

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The Sioux are in Columbus?

 

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Mediterranean Food Imports is a local grocery options.

 

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Hounddog's Pizza (some of the best in the city) and Ravari Room: a part of a good night out.

 

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Ooh, a CVS. Almost as good as a Trader Joe's.

 

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Something new.

 

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What a shame.

 

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End of the line!

 

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Looks like a wonderful neighborhood, offering most everything one would need. It'd be possible to avoid the suburban-looking area if you didn't need gas for a car, or didn't experience a sudden craving for greasy carryout.

 

Improved Order of Red Men. A fraternal organization of the nature of Masons and Odd Fellows. Once in a while you'll see a turn-of-the-century (20th) building with a carved stone emblem identifying it as I.O.R.M. They're still around, still active, although like many such groups, their membership is aging.

 

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I loves me some zero-setback gas station:

 

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I wondered what that was going to be. I have a friend who lives next to that, and noticed that the bricks are load-bearing!

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I LOVE the restaurants in that area... good memories.  Hound Dog's Pizza is a must every time I'm in town.  One of the best pizzas I've had anywhere... period.

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Those homes are just northwest of Kafe Kerouac off of Northwood.

 

Hound Dog's is in my top 3 list with Adriatico's and Clever Crow (The latter being part of  Mr. Bourdain's introduction to Columbus).

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geez, I should know where they are. I lived briefly in a rooming house on Northwood in the 70's. It was an immaculate, beautifully maintained home (filled with furnishings circa 1940's) but the landlady (with the unlikely name of Zenobia Angel) was bordering on the psychotic. One day when I came home she was bleeding profusely as she had slashed her arm from broken glass while cleaning a window outside. I asked if she needed help and she nonchalantly declined, seemingly oblivious to her condition. Additionally, she never, ever had any lights on, even at night. I also remember she had a vicious dog that was always tied-up outside and did not make me feel very welcome to be there, even after I'd lived there a couple of months. However, I do remember an ice cream store called Gordon's a few blocks south toward campus on the west side of High Street! (I was in there all the time)

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Looks like a cool neighborhood with a lot of great food options.  I like the looks of the pictures from the beginning of the thread more, though, as towards the end it starts to look a little hit or miss.  I love all the homes turned into restaurants, and those Federal style buildings!

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I moved to this neighborhood nearly two months ago to be closer to campus, and love the convenience of it.  I get around on foot 98% of the time so the proximity to so many food options and cafes, with a few quirky shops thrown in, makes my life easier.  There's also excellent access to Tuttle Park and the Greenway (I'm on the west side of High), and it's only a 10-15 minute walk to the Giant Eagle just north of the neighborhood.  Also, little known tidbit: at Faye's, they run a dollar store out of the backroom.  If it's not open, just ask...

 

Thanks for the pics!

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Can't believe I forgot to include this pic: guy riding unicycle and juggling while cycling against traffic. It's this kind of off-color stuff that makes Old North Columbus and the Peach District such great places.

 

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Borror Properties announces second White Castle joint venture in Clintonville

 

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Borror Properties announced it will partner with White Castle System Inc. to redevelop Patrick J’s and a vacant lot next door on High Street in Clintonville.

 

The Dublin-based developer on Monday confirmed White Castle’s involvement in a second prominent project along High Street, this time at 2711 N. High St. and 2725 N. High St. We reported Sunday that Borror was Patrick J's buyer.

 

More below:

http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/02/01/borror-properties-announces-second-white-castle.html

 

 

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Over the past two months, a proposal to redevelop the entire west side of High Street between Northwood and Oakland avenues was submitted to the City's University Area Review Board.  The proposal - The View on Pavey Square - originally called for demolishing 6 of the 8 buildings on the block and constructing an 11-story, 250,000 square foot building featuring a 400-bed student housing portion, a parking garage, and two spots for restaurants along High Street at the corners of Oakland and Northwood.

 

Here is a view of the west side of High Street between Northwood and Oakland from http://www.columbusunderground.com/the-view-on-pavey-square-bw1:

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Here is a rendering of the same block with the View on Pavey Square proposal.  Only two of the buildings facing High Street would be retained under this proposal:

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Below is a site plan for this proposal.  Additional renderings for the original View on Pavey Square proposal are at http://www.columbusunderground.com/view-on-pavey-osu-bw1:

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