Harrison West’s Neighbors

City of Columbus

Columbus is the capital, the largest and the most populated city of the U.S. state of Ohio. Located near the geographic center of the state, Columbus is the county seat of Franklin County, although parts of the city also extend into Delaware and Fairfield counties. Named for explorer Christopher Columbus, the city was founded in 1812 at the confluence of the Scioto and Olentangy rivers and assumed the functions of state capital in 1816. The city has a diverse economy based on education, insurance, government, healthcare, retail and technology. Acknowledged by Money Magazine in 2006 as the eighth-best large city in the United States to inhabit, it is also recognized as an emerging global city.

Downtown Residents’ Association of Columbus

South of Harrison west is Downtown Columbus. The establishment of an association for downtown residents will provide the impetus for both existing and new residents to take advantage of their collective influence in determining what happens in their neighborhood. This will encourage a sense of community in the downtown, which currently consists of numerous different development and resident associations segmented by relatively small boundaries. The Downtown Residents’ Association of Columbus (DRAC) will encompass all of the downtown area. Its boundaries are I-670 to the north, I-70 to the south, I-71 to the east and the Scioto River to the west.

Fifth by Northwest Area Commission

West of Harrison west is The Fifth by Northwest Area Commission represents an area located just northwest of downtown. We’re west of the Ohio State University campus, south of Upper Arlington and north of Grandview Heights. A rough description of our boundaries: north: Kinnear Road, south: Alley south of Third Avenue, west: Wyandotte Road, ast: Olentangy River Road.

Grandview Heights

Also West of Harrison west is is the City of Grandview Hights. In 1901, the entire area between the Scioto and Olentangy rivers, and roughly King Avenue, became united as the hamlet of Marble Cliff for the first and last time. In 1902, Marble Cliff detached all but its present area from what was to become, in 1906, a separate village called Grandview Heights. The latter included both sides of Lincoln Road (then Paul Avenue). The northern boundary went east on a line with Third Avenue to the center of Glenn Avenue. It turned south and ran east along the north edge of the lot lines of houses facing West First Avenue to Fairview Avenue. It included the future Edison School and the Harding School tracts going south to the center line of Broadview Avenue at First Avenue, then east to the center line of Grandview Avenue, and hence south to a distance just below the railroad tracks, returning west to the Marble Cliff corporation line.

University Area

North of Harrison west is is the University Community. The University Area Commission was established by Columbus City Council in 1972 in accordance with Chapter 3313 of the Columbus City Zoning Code, Area Commissions: Procedure for Establishment. The University Area Commission is bounded on the north by the centerline of Glen Echo Ravine, on the east by the centerline of the railroad right-of-way immediately east of Indianola Avenue, on south by the centerline of Fifth Avenue and on the west by the Olentangy River, with each line extended as necessary so as to intersect with adjacent boundaries.

Victorian Village

East of Harrison west isis Victorian Village. Revitalization of what is now the Victorian Village area was sparked in the 1960s and 1970s. The city of Columbus officially recognized “Victorian Village” and declared it a historic district during that time. Low interest loans for renovation became available through “urban renewal” programs. The Victorian Village Architectural Review Commission was established in 1974 for the protection and preservation of many architectural treasures. Because of the commission, the district appears today much as it did during its peak years and survives as an excellent example of a nineteenth-century neighborhood. Thanks to the hard work of many historical preservation pioneers, the current Victorian Village is again an attractive, livable and affordable urban area.