This map is an analysis of race, income and poverty levels by census tract within Franklin County, according to 2012-16 U.S. Census data. The color red represents the black population and the color green represents the white population. The darker the census tract, the more predominant the race is.
Yellow circles represent the number of households below the poverty level. The larger the circle, the more households there are within that census tract living in poverty. The largest circle represents 1,000 to 2,000 residents who live below the poverty line, while the smallest circle represents 0 to 366 residents who live below the poverty line, per census tract.
North Linden, Clintonville, Franklinton, Downtown and University District were chosen because each represented one end of the poverty line spectrum — the neighborhood either displayed some of the lowest levels of poverty or some of the highest.
“The garden just up the street is beautiful in the summertime. They give away all the vegetables and fruit to the community for free.” - Michelle, a North Linden resident
In January, the Kroger grocery store located at 3353 Cleveland Ave. closed its doors in Linden. The company promised to bus residents from the Linden location to the Morse Road location, a 30-minute ride one way.
A week later, "A Tale of Two Food Environments," a study by Michelle Kaiser, an assistant professor of social work at Ohio State, found that more than 32 percent of Franklin County residents are food insecure.
More than 25 percent of the 650 households surveyed in Linden said it "wasn't easy" to access fresh produce. The study found that areas in Linden and Franklinton experienced the highest rates of food insecurity, especially after the most accessible source of fresh fruits and vegetables closed down.
HOUSING IN CLINTONVILLE
Drive west of Interstate Highway 71 and the railroad tracks that divide the city into east and west Columbus and you'll find yourself in Clintonville.
Home value dramatically increases immediately after crossing the railroad tracks. The average value of a home in Clintonville is $230,900, according to Zillow, and no vacant properties were listed on the Columbus and Franklin County Land Bank Center’s website.
THE GATEWAY HISTORY MURALS AT NORTH BROADWAY
Artists of this mural intended it to be a “common gateway” between Clintonville and North Linden. Project leaders met with more than 200 residents to hear feedback regarding images that would be painted on the mural, and a public reception was held for residents who live on either side of it.
For Linden residents without a car, getting to the reception at Whetstone Library meant taking at least an hour-long bus ride — one way — with two or more transfers, making the likelihood of the Linden community’s representation at the reception slim.
HANNA HWANG and KONG THE POMERANIAN
“I think this is definitely an area for students,” Hanna Hwang, a third-year in business, said of the University District area north of the university. “I feel safe, and I like how close it is to campus.”
According to census data, the average income of a University District resident is $17,426 and the unemployment rate for the area is 12 percent.
But, the area isn't just home to Ohio State students. Many long-term residents have chosen to stay in University District because of its proximity to High Street where they have access to grocery stores, hospitals and entertainment.
HOUSING IN DOWNTOWN COLUMBUS
The average home value downtown is $220,700. No vacant properties in the area were listed on the Columbus and Franklin County Land Bank Center’s website.
A majority of the residential properties downtown are apartments in mixed-use developments — buildings that typically house a combination of residential, business and retail spaces — such as High Point at the Columbus Commons.
The privately-owned, 6-acre park located in the center of downtown. Before its construction in 2010, the Columbus Commons was previously the site of a four-story mall connected to the Lazarus Building.
Although two urban redevelopment corporations currently own the Columbus Commons, the park itself is open to the public. You can pay to host an event on the lawn or make the trek downtown during the summer to the more than 200 free events hosted there.
Bathrooms are open 7am-11pm most days of the week. The lawn and adjacent gardens are thoroughly manicured. Even during inclement weather, the park is kept clean. COTA buses run on either side of the park.
Like the rest of Franklinton, Dodge Park is surrounded by three highway systems — state Route 315, I-70 and I-71. Similar to the railroad that divides Linden from Clintonville, the highways and the Scioto River separate Franklinton from the rest of Columbus.
Within the nearly 16-acre park exists a recreation center, swimming pool, playground, a skate park and a few basketball courts, though there are no bus stops at the park.
FRANKLINTON ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY
The Gravity Project is a mixed-use development effort currently under construction on the corner of W. Broad Street and Anson Street. The structure claims to offer a multidimensional space with more than 50,000 square feet of “creative” office space. In the background lies the Columbus skyline, and another set of railroad tracks dividing the community between East and West Franklinton.
According to the Columbus-Franklin County Finance Authority website — a public agency that provides financial capital to incoming developers in Central Ohio — redevelopment in Franklinton has been a "top priority" for the community.
Census data shows that the average income of Franklinton residents is $21,602, and approximately 34 percent of residents are unemployed.