The Short North


The Short North is an urban neighborhood in northern Columbus, Ohio, centered on High Street between downtown and The Ohio State University campus. The name comes from police vernacular for this northern neighborhood in decline that had fallen “short” of the thriving Columbus business district during the early 1900’s. Truly in disrepair by the 1980’s, gentrification began to chip away at decades of neglect and crime. Artists and entrepreneurs moved into the area because of the great possibilities, which have now come to thriving fruition. 


Along High Street you’ll find apartments and lofts in brick-front buildings, further out, there are a diverse array of row houses, newer condos, apartment buildings, and even single family homes. A true urban neighborhood, the area embraces diversity of all kinds, along with art and trend-setting ventures.     

Arts & Culture

The Short North is home to the Gallery Hop,  an event where dozens of local galleries and businesses stay open late on the first Saturday of every month, and host open houses with special prices, refreshments, and other inducements to support the area and the arts. Filled with murals, outdoor art, and a ton of gallery space, the Short North IS arts and culture. 


Locally owned galleries, boutiques, and shops abound in the area. Trendy, vintage, fun and funky, even the genuine elegantly antique, there’s something here for every taste. Still can’t find it? You’re just moments from the big city shopping to the south.   


Not just an arts destination, the Short North has become a foodie Mecca. Locally owned coffee shops; a bustling bar scene including Arch City Tavern, Barley’s Brewing Company, and Oddfellows Liquor Bar; and restaurants like The Pearl, Press Grill, Basil, Black Brick, Hyde Park, Melt, and Nida’s, there’s something here for every wallet and every taste. 


The Short North is served by Columbus City Schools. The schools serving the area are Weinland Park Elementary, Hubbard Mastery School (an alternative elementary offering mastery curriculum and instruction in Mandarin Chinese), Dominion Middle School, and Whetstone High School,  View the state report card for the individual schools and the district at the Ohio Dept of Education website. 

What’s special

The Short North offers the best of urban living, with art, shopping, dining, and entertainment just steps away in any direction. Thriving, eclectic businesses abound, and the energy is high in this amazing neighborhood that is unlike any other. 

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Updated: 6th July, 2020 2:20 AM.