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East of C.O.: Columbus, Ohio East Side Story

East Side: A Columbus Ohio Ghetto Story

On the Columbus East Side is a bulk of the city’s urban community in an area that expands from multiple communities including King Lincoln and areas along either James Road or Livingston.

Over the years the East Side would become infamous for the old Uzi Alley and Poindexter housing complexes, as well a number other ‘hoods from Trevitt N Atcheson to Elaine Road.

Long before any Crip or Blood affiliation in the city of Columbus, the East Side, especially in the King Lincoln (Bronzeville) neighborhood, was the mecca for the city’s black population during the community’s early days.

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Murals in the historic King Lincoln neighborhood of Columbus East Side

The neighborhood grew as black families from all over, whether it was small rural towns in Ohio or in multiple southern states, came into the city, eventually making Long Street and the rest of King Lincoln to become one of Ohio’s most thriving black communities.

Unfortunately, by the 1960s and during the days when the country was experiencing urban renewal, the construction of Interstate 71 and Interstate 670 destroyed a large portion of the community and ultimately leading the areas decline.

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During that time many were displaced relocated into areas like Driving Park, or the South Side, as well as other areas of the city’s East Side.

By the 1970s and 1980s, the East Side entered a new generation as the city’s first housing project of Poindexter Village and the apartment complex of Greenbriar, aka Uzi Alley, became reputable communities in Columbus.

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The old Poindexter projects of the Columbus Ohio ghetto before its demolishing.

Eventually ‘hoods of the true East Side would become Oak and Wilson, Main and Wilson, Trevitt N Atcheson, Trevitt Heights, Stoddart Town, Mount Vernon Plaza, Mound and Berk, Greenway Avenue and others.

As the community grew, the East Side would expand as James Road and Livingston would become the true heart of the far East Side in areas like Easthaven, Elaine Road, or Eastmoor.

Currently, the East Side is continuing to expand as gentrification in the King Lincoln neighborhood, as well other East Side areas along either Main Street or Broad Street, is transforming the community.

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Today’s version of Long Street of Columbus East Side’s King Lincoln neighborhood.

A few of the housing complexes have been either demolished or rebuilt with less housing units than before, as there has been history of misused federal funds, lack of upkeep and discrimination towards specific tenants.

With the gentrification of the East Side the black population of the area is slowly declining, as the once thriving community of Long Street has become a ghost town, at least until the efforts of rebuilding will revitalize the area.

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

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