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Short North: TakeOver of Columbus’ NorthSide

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Short North:

The North Side of Columbus Ohio

A legendary community on the North Side of Columbus by the name of the Short North has seen its share of better days as gentrification with the expansion of college housing and other factors has changed the area drastically.

The heart of the neighborhood was located around North 4th Street, a one way street with the unofficial designated area for the legendary ‘hood of the Short North being between 11th Avenue and 5th Avenue.

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Separated by Interstate 71 from the rest of the north side, the Short North’s reputation dates back to the days long before the rise of Bloods and Crips in the city of Columbus, some might claim since the 1960s or the 1970s.

The Short North was once a haven for out of towners who were looking for an urban setting as they were visiting the city of Columbus for their own personal reason and many would find the Short North a proper setting for their likening.

Due to out of towners finding their way into the community of the Short North Columbus Ohio, problems with disrespect against the neighborhood would occur, which allegedly is one of the reasons for the true formation of the Short North Posse.


North Side Columbus Ohio Gangs

With North Side Columbus Ohio being the largest side of the city, affiliations of Bloods and Crips and well reputable ‘hoods are scattered throughout the North Side, and not just the Short North area.

As the community began to change during the 1970s, Bloods and Crips entered the streets of Columbus by the 1980s and 1990s with North Side Columbus ‘hoods adopting the affiliation of the either of the two.

Windosr Terrace rebuilt version into the Rosewind housing complex

Demolished during the 1990s was an infamous housing project off Cleveland Avenue in South Linden by the name of Windsor Terrace, aka Dub T, and until its rebuilding into the Rosewind apartment complex the ‘hood known as Dub T was one of the most active areas of the North Side.

While many of the North Side ‘hoods were once affiliated with Crips, along Agler Road was the largest Blood sets of the North Side of Columbus, an area of housing complexes like Capital Park and the Brentnell Projects.

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An convenient store in the South Linden community along Cleveland Avenue

Divided into three parts, North, South, and East, the Linden community is a large area expanding from 11th Avenue to Cooke Road and from Interstate 71 to Sunbury Road with blocks and ‘hoods along Cleveland Avenue, Joyce Ave, and Hudson Street.

Along 5th Avenue is the infamous area of Milo Grogan, one of the first Crip areas of North Side Columbus Ohio which some state dates back into the 1980s became one of the North Side most notorious areas.


The Beginning to the End of North Side Columbus Ohio?

Before the rise of the Short North, African Americans originally resided in the American-Addition neighborhood as well parts of the 5th Avenue community in Milo-Grogan, along with a few families being scarce throughout the Short North.

As white flight was occurring, Columbus’ black population took over most of the North Side, beginning with the Short North, South Linden and eventually spreading into neighborhoods as far as North and East Linden.

In recent years, the North Side has been changing with the process of gentrification and the amounts of property vacancies the have been limiting people from being able to purchase or rent housing in areas like the Short North or Milo Grogan.

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Gentrification in the Short North Columbus Ohio neighborhood with the closing of one of the busiest mini markets.

In a place like the Short North, there has always been major conflicts with its close vicinity to the Ohio State University which has in turn has caused a number of problems.

While not the calmest or quietest area, law enforcement at times have seen to police the Short North community extra harder than other urban Columbus areas which have led to numerous arrest and multiple indictments where various people from the other are convicted together.

Another problem is that the real estate of the Short North is in of one of the best locations in the city by being near most of the city’s main attractions, this has caused massive gentrification of the neighborhood as there is very little resemblance of the old community.


*Note: All information is provided either through people of the community, outside sources, and/or research. Some information might not be current and/or 100% accurate.

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