Weinland Park is steadily shrinking according to the Columbus Dispatch and a number of civic entities. The area of Weinland Park along High Street between Fifth Avenue and 11th Avenue is now in the the Short North while the area east of High, but not including High Street, is in the Weinland Park neighborhood. It wasn’t always this way, in fact last week your local blogger thought he lived in Weinland Park, and maybe he still does?

The formerly Weinland Park Kroger -from the Short North Business Association SID page

The Short North Kroger – from the Short North Business Association SID page – it’s in the same location you know?

From the Dispatch article which raises some questions and comments:

“Kroger’s new store, 1350 N. High St., attempts to appeal to the diverse clientele: OSU students, more-affluent shoppers from the Short North and moderate-income residents in neighborhoods to the east.”

Neighborhoods to the east? I guess they’re talking about Milo-Grogan.

Short North businesses also are happy with the new design, said Diesha Condon, senior director of the Short North Business Association.

Attention to detail – right down to the color of the brick used to build the store – is just one reason why the store is key in generating new business to the area, she said.

“They were thoughtful and careful to make sure the building kept that historic look,” Condon said. “We’re very thankful that Kroger invested in our neighborhood and are excited about this being a big step in bridging the gap between the business districts.”

We’re in the Short North now! Next up, one of those “Welcome to the Short North” signs, Weinland Park edition.

“The 60,000-square-foot store is twice the size of the store it is replacing , which was demolished last month. Wilkin said Kroger held focus groups to determine what the community wanted for the area between the Short North and OSU.

“We see ourselves as the bridge between the two neighborhoods,” Wilkin said.

You’ll turn into a pillar of salt if you say the name of the neighborhood it’s actually located in.

Some facts about neighborhood identification:

Interestingly very few residents, 13 percent, call the neighborhood Weinland Park. We’ve always lived in the Short North.

Neighborhood Identification from the Schoenbaum Center’s Weinland Park Evaluation Project
Only 13% of respondents reported that the neighborhood they lived in was called “Weinland Park.” 49% reported living in the “Short
North” or ”The Short”, while 21% reported living in the “Campus Area,” ”South Campus,” or ”The Gateway.”

So perhaps Weinland Park is more for people outside the neighborhood, a sort of racial and economic shorthand.  If the part of the neighborhood is shiny and new it’s in the Short North and if not it’s in Weinland Park. We’ll see.

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