The Near East Side is located near downtown Columbus, made up of several neighborhoods including: Beatty Park, King-Lincoln Bronzeville, Eastgate, Franklin Park, Mt. Vernon Avenue District, Nelson Park, Olde Towne East, and Woodland Park.
Among the most vibrant is the King-Lincoln – the Columbus version of New York’s Harlem – which draws people whose appetite for poetry, music, and creativity are abound with enthusiasm for the diverse community. The King-Lincoln District is perfect for the downtown commuter and provides easy highway access for the young professional traveling further from home.
The Lincoln Theatre is a tremendous success in providing a multi-use space that enhances the district’s economic impact. With the original art-deco design restored to its former glory, the theater re-opened its doors in 2009. Check out the King Arts Complex for educational opportunities as well as arts and entertainment events including a gallery and exciting programming.
The Homeport Gallery is an innovative project to develop communities through the use of art. Looking for the hometown coffee house? Consider The Lincoln Cafe for coffee or lunch. Here you’ll also discover entertainment in the evening hours with a Tuesday night jazz series and Thursday night poetry. For a change of pace, attend the annual Heritage Concert Series in Mayme Moore Park held through July and August. As for nightlife, take a look at Canabar or indulge in the food scene at The Creole Kitchen.
Providing support for those in need is just one goal the Near East Side has made as a community. Partners Achieving Community Transformation, or PACT, focuses on education, recreation, redevelopment, and community impact. The Near East Side Cooperative Market provides healthy food offerings at an affordable price with the help of non-profit Local Matters.
Recently the Near East Side was awarded a $29.7 million grant – the largest ever awarded to a Columbus neighborhood – from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to go toward apartments, education, health, and job-training. The renaissance is just beginning.