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Best Neighborhood of 2008: The Short North

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It’s no surprise that the Short North won “Best Neighborhood” of 2008 by a healthy margin over the competition. It’s easily the most complete urban neighborhood with a vibrant mix of residential spaces, unique restaurants, boutique shopping, art galleries, watering holes, swanky lounges, pocket parks, and more.

The Short North is home to the well-attended long-running Gallery Hop events, and 2008 saw the birth of several new events including Art al Fresco, and the Highball Halloween festival.

2008 also saw several new large development projects at various stages: The Jackson broke ground and got most of the underground work finished by the end of the year, while Ibiza had their ribbon cutting in April, but have delayed the start of construction until 2009.

The centralized location of the Short North doesn’t hurt either, placing it between the giant workforce Downtown and the giant student population at OSU. It’s also a short walk from the North Market, Nationwide Arena, and Goodale Park just to name a few of the amenities.

This combination of reasons is what keeps the Short North vibrant and attractive in 2008 for both residents and visitors alike.

Second Place: German Village

Third Place: Clintonville

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