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Located in south Columbus near German Village, the neighborhood is named for Nathaniel Merion, who settled there in 1809. German, Irish, Italian, and Hungarian immigrants flocked to the area during the mid-19th century. Merion Village is home to eight churches, including St. Leo’s, which opened a free parochial school that didn’t charge tuition until the early 1970s.

Neighborhood Gateways Proposed for Merion Village

Walker Evans Walker Evans

Last night, the Merion Village Association hosted a special meeting to unveil the details of a new Gateway Signage and Streetscape Beautification Plan. Community input was sought for the plan, which was put together by the Neighborhood Design Center over the past year at the request of the Merion Village Association. “This is an idea […]


Merion Village Garden Tour Takes Place Today

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The 11th Annual Merion Village Garden Tour takes place today from 10am through 4pm. Additionally, 2010 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Merion Village Association, which produces the event and contributes a variety of other services and events to this south side neighborhood. The 10 gardens featured on this year’s tour range from the large, […]

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Columbus Mega Summer Weekend 2010 – Vol. 8

Anne Evans Anne Evans Columbus Mega Summer Weekend 2010 – Vol. 8

Gardens, Live Music and Wines this weekend! Start your weekend with Mojoflo at the kickoff of the Heritage Concert Series in Mayme Moore Park. The Park is located adjacent to the King Arts Complex in the King Lincoln District. Admission is free. Or if you are going to be downtown, check out Downtown Live at […]


Cavan Irish Pub Opening Soon in Merion Village

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Merion Village will be gaining another neighborhood nightlife option as Cavan Irish Pub opens their doors at 1409 South High Street next week. The venue features a large rectangular bar, several dartboards, and a large outdoor patio out back that will be expanded this coming Spring. We sat down recently for an interview with owner/partner […]


Bob Leighty Chats About All Things Merion Village

Walker Evans Walker Evans Bob Leighty Chats About All Things Merion Village

The Merion Village neighborhood was officially established as such nearly 25 years ago, and has seen huge changes since then. Bob Leighty first moved to the neighborhood in 1988 and currently serves as President of the Merion Village Association Board. We recently sat down with Bob to discuss the history of the neighborhood (which can […]


Hal & Al’s Adds Some Nightlife to the Southside

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The blue paint on the exterior of Hal & Al’s Bar is bright enough to make anyone do a double-take when driving by. The only problem is that you might not normally have too many reasons to make the trek down Parsons Avenue to notice it. After spending some time off the radar, the secret […]


CU Podcast Episode #13: Coffee with Jeff Johnson

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In this week’s podcast we sit down for coffee with Jeff Johnson of Urban In-Fill and The Merion Village Blog to discuss a variety of topics including his “COTA Challenge” experiences, a recent trip to our economic-rival of Indianapolis, rail transportation in the Midwest, urban vegetable gardening, and the ever-changing landscape of our south side […]


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