The Short North is a neighborhood centered on the main strip of North High Street immediately north of Downtown and extending until just south of the Ohio State University campus area.
The Short North is heavily populated with art galleries, specialty shops, pubs, nightclubs, and coffee houses. It is considered Columbus’s main gay neighborhood.
Most of its tightly packed brick buildings date from at least the early 20th century, with traditional storefronts along North High Street (often with brightly painted murals on their side walls), and old apartment buildings and rowhouses and newer condominium developments in the surrounding blocks.
The city installed 17 lighted metal archways extending across North High Street throughout the Short North, reminiscent of such arches present in the area in the early 20th century, which gave the city its nickname of “Arch City”. These archways become Short North ‘Poles’ during the winter.
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