Olde Towne East: 30 years of diversity
Near East Side neighborhood still figuring out identity
Friday, October 06, 2006
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
Talk to residents of the Olde Towne East neighborhood, and the word diversity comes up a lot. So do the words wealth and poverty. Black and white and gay. Showcase homes. Crack.
It’s those juxtapositions that make Olde Towne East a complex community with longstanding concerns that include street crime and boarded-up homes. Some wonder whether continuing gentrification will force out poorer residents.
It’s also a showplace area in Columbus, with stately renovated homes lining historic Bryden Road and events such as last month’s Hot Times Community Music & Arts Festival.
Twenty years ago, residents secured a grant to build a community garden in the heart of the neighborhood. The Olde Towne East Neighborhood Association will celebrate its 30 th anniversary at the garden at Oak Street and S. Garfield Avenue on Saturday with a potluck picnic from 4 to 7 p.m.