Ah, Clintonville…hipsterific, wonderful Clintonville. It’s one of the more popular neighborhoods in Columbus – not to mention where I live – with all the amazing restaurants (special shout out to my favorite, Dough Mama), bars, and shops on High Street and Indianola. Add to that Whetstone, the path along the Olentangy, and Echo Park, and it’s easy to see why so many people love it here.
While the official boundaries are a pretty hot topic, a decent general idea is 315 on the west, 71 on the east, Glen Echo Creek/Arcadia on the south, and Morse-ish to the north? Although the Beechwold folks may say it’s more south of that and that Beechwold is its own neighborhood, but really we all know it’s part of Clintonville. You’re a part of that too Old North Columbus, I see you.
In 2017, actually, Clintonville was named by Realtor.com as the most hipsterific neighborhood in the nation, beating out the likes of Seattle, San Diego, San Francisco, and Long Beach. But its popularity isn’t a new thing. In fact, it’s always been a popular destination.
Clintonville, the center of Clinton Township, served as a popular summer home destination for professors of Ohio State and downtown residents in the early 1900’s. Shortly after that, streetcar lines were extended up High Street, serving the burgeoning community and the largest amusement in the country – Olentangy Park (we’ll save that for another time).
And to think it all started with a bunch of farms. Well, if you know Columbus I suppose it’s not all that hard to believe. So have a beer Clintonville, you’ve been rocking out your own special way for longer than you think. You be you, we just know it probably includes a bad ass moustache.
The first picture if of North Broadway in 1897, followed by a plaque in Clintonville about an even in 1897. That's just funny right there.