My husband and I were driving back from the Blue Jackets game and looking over at the condos being built and saying that if we lived there we would be home already. So after thinking about it for a year, we bought a condo in the Area District. We love it. It’s so much fun. The energy. I’m in my early 50s, my husband is in his early 60s. We’re grandparents, but living downtown, you just feel the same age as everyone else. We have neighbors in their 20s or 30s or 40s, and you don’t notice an age difference. When you go out to dinner or things like that, you feel younger. More vibrant. There’s things to do. You’re more electric and alive.
There’s some sadness of change in the Short North, that we love. But we’re trying to embrace the new Short North and the new Franklinton. We miss the galleries and restaurants and bars. The things that made it eclectic. You would never know who would be next to you, someone with tattoos and an alternate hairstyle or piercings, clothes that are unique. Everyone was just uniquely themselves in the Short North. A lot of that is gone. It’s a lot of pretty people. People just look the same. You still see some of the unique people come out, but I think they’ve all gravitated toward Franklinton. It’s just the uniqueness of the energy. I love seeing people being who they are. Even being around that atmosphere is energizing to me.
I grew up on the West Side, my husband came from a very poor background. We didn’t know how we would fit in living in a condo where there’s a lot of wealthy people. A lot of names that you would know, or their children. I wasn’t sure how we would fit in, since we’re just regular, hardworking people. We both put ourselves through college, worked hard. But there’s a community that lives there that is wonderful and amazing. It’s just because we all love where we live. We love to check out the new restaurants, the new plays, or the new things that are going on. We have this common bond because of it. It’s a community.