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[[Image:Columbus-ohio-skyline.jpg|thumb|350px|A view of downtown Columbus' skyline from street level.]]'''Columbus''' [http://ci.columbus.oh.us/] is the capital of the [[United States of America|American]] state of [[Ohio]] and is located centrally within the state in the [[Mid-Ohio]] region. Sited in an area where the Rust Belt, Bible Belt, Appalachia, and the Plains meet, Columbus is a fusion of many different parts of America. It is the home of The Ohio State University. The combination of Ohio Government and Ohio State University has fueled amazing growth both financially and physically in Columbus. It has created a business and research enviroment that has provided substantial employment opportunities to the diverse ethnic and local graduates of Ohio State University, and other academic institutions in Columbus. The Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC), is projected to be one of the top 50 supercomputers in the world and among the top 10 supercomputing academic centers. It also ranked number 1 on About.com's list of the United States' Most Underrated Gay Cities.{{printDistricts}}
[[Image:Columbus-ohio-skyline.jpg|thumb|350px|A view of downtown Columbus' skyline from street level]] '''Columbus''Bold text'[http://ci.columbus.oh.us/] is the capital of the [[United States of America|American]] state of [[Ohio]] and is located centrally within the state in the [[Mid-Ohio]] region. Sited in an area where the Rust Belt, Bible Belt, Appalachia, and the Plains meet, Columbus is a fusion of many different parts of America. It is the home of Ohio State University. The combination of Ohio Government and Ohio State University has fueled amazing growth both financially and physically in Columbus. It has created a business and research enviroment that has provided substantial employment opportunities to the diverse ethnic and local graduates of Ohio State University, and other academic institutions in Columbus. The Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC), is projected to be one of the top 50 supercomputers in the world and among the top 10 supercomputing academic centers. It also ranked number 1 on About.com's list of the United States'Most Underrated Gay Cities. ==Districts==*{{Regionlist| region1name=[[Columbus/Downtown|Downtown]]*| region1color=#d56d76| region1items=| region1description= | region2name=[[Columbus/University Area|University Area]]*| region2color=#d7a35a| region2items=| region2description= | region3name=[[Columbus/Northwest|Northwest Columbus]]*| region3color=#d5dc76| region3items=| region3description= | region4name=[[Columbus/Northeast|Northeast Columbus]]*| region4color=#80bb89| region4items=| region4description= | region5name=[[Columbus/South|South Columbus]]| region5color=#4da9c4| region5items=| region5description=}}
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Named after the Italian explorer who sailed under the Spanish flag (''In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue''), this city is the largest in Ohio in terms of population with 730787,657033, and the 15th largest city in the United States—though with only 1.7 million people, the metropolitan statistical area is relatively small (the 31st largest in the nation and the 3rd of 4th larges largest in Ohio). Major area employers are state government (as the state capital), Ohio State University (the largest student population in the nation) and numerous Fortune 500 companies headquartered here (Cardinal Health, Nationwide Insurance, Limited Brands, etc.). It is a day's drive from one half of the U.S. population and is located at the intersection of I-70 and I-71.
Generally arranged in a ''really big wheel'', Columbus is the central hub to many nearby cities including (clockwise from the north):
===By bus===
*'''Greyhound Station''', 111 East Town St, +1 614 228-2266, [http://greyhound.com/home.asp]. Hours: 24 hours a day.
*'''Megabus''', +1 877 462-6342, [http://wwwus.megabus.com]. Service to Columbus from Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and Chicago. Fares start at $1. Buses arrive and depart downtown Columbus near the northwest corner of Nationwide Boulevard and High Street. Buses also serve Ohio State University from a stop at the Ohio Union building on the west side of the intersection of High Street and 12th Avenue.
==Get around==
===By bus===
The COTA bus service [http://cota.com] can take you to most important places in the city, which should be about 5 blocks away from any conceivable location you need to go to. This service costs $2.50 75 for an express Express bus and $12.75 00 for a normal Local/Crosstown bus. Transfers for a Local/Crosstown bus are free; ask , but transfers between bus types, such as from a Local to an Express route, are subject to an upcharge. Ask for one from the bus driver when you pay your fare.
===By foot===
[[Image:Columbus_OH_Asian_Fest.jpg‎|thumb|250px|Asian Fest]]
*'''Columbus Arts Festival''', [email protected] Downtown Riverfront. June (annual event) Arts, crafts, food, music, entertainment. Big event. [http://www.gcac.org/fest/]
*'''Columbus Jazz and Rib Fest''', River Front downtown, July. Expect 500-700,000 people at this fun food and music event held each year.[http://www.hotribscooljazz.org/]
*'''ComFest''', the Columbus Community Festival, at Goodale Park in June. Music, arts, culture, shopping, fair food, beer & bare feet. Who's who of Columbus musicians and those from elsewhere! [http://www.comfest.com]
*'''Festival Latino''', is held on the downtown River Front in the middle of June each year. Billed as "The largest Hispanic/Latino event in Ohio". Lot's of food, fun, entertainment and feista. Free admission. [http://www.festivallatino.net]
*'''German Village Oktoberfest''', South Grant & East Livingston Ave September.
*'''Good Guys Columbus''' Ohio State Fairgrounds, Over 6,000 rods, customs, classics, muscle cars, street machines and trucks thru ’72. July. [http://cokertirewww.good-guys.com/pageevents/shows/2006eventDetails.aspx?eventid=09-show-archive/good-guys-columbus-oh-july-7-9608]*'''Ohio Expo Center'''. 717 E. 17th Ave. [http://www.ohiostatefairohioexpocenter.com/oec/oec.htm] Home to '''The Ohio State Fair'''. Each month, a variety of shows, expositions and competitions are held at the Ohio Expo Center, over 175 events per year. These range from shopping for antiques to boxing, there is something for everyone at the Ohio Expo Center.*'''Origins International Game Expo''' Origins is run by The Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA) as one of their two shows for the adventure gaming industry. (The second show, the GAMA Trade Show, is for game manufacturers and retailers only.) Origins is specifically chartered to serve adventure gaming in general, including wargames and miniatures gaming, which tend to be less well represented at Gen Con and Dragon*Con. Board games, trading card games, and role-playing games are also popular at Origins. It is usually compared in size with E3 and GenCon, and is famous for it's Origin Awards. The Origins Award is commonly referred to as a Calliope, as the statuette is in the likeness of the Muse of the same name. Academy members frequently shorten this name to "Callie."[http://www.originsgamefair.com/]
*'''Red, White & BOOM''', downtown, river front. Take a bus, traffic is as bad as it gets in Columbus for this event. Billed as ''The biggest and best Independence Day fireworks celebration in the Midwest.'' July. [http://www.redwhiteandboom.org/index.php]
*'''Experience Columbus''' (the convention & visitors bureau) [http://www.experiencecolumbus.com/event-calendar.cfm], has a complete calendar of events.
*'''Columbus Blue Jackets - NHL Hockey''' [http://www.bluejackets.com]
*'''Columbus Clippers - MLB AAA Baseball''' [http://www.clippersbaseball.com]
*'''The Ohio State University - NCAA CollegeBuckeyes''' [http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.collegesports.com]— The athletic teams representing Ohio State University are one of the city's (and state's) greatest sporting institutions. Members of the Big Ten Conference along with 11 other schools in the greater Midwest region and Penn State in central Pennsylvania, the Buckeyes frequently contend for national honors in a wide variety of sports. The most famous Buckeye team is the football team, playing before regular sellout crowds of over 100,000 at Ohio Stadium. In other sports, a few of the many legendary figures to wear the scarlet and gray of Ohio State include Jesse Owens, Jack Nicklaus, and Bob Knight.
*'''Columbus Crew - Major League Soccer''' [http://www.thecrew.com]
===Factory tours===
*'''The American Whistle Factory''' 6540 Huntley Rd. +1 614 846-2918 [http://www.americanwhistle.com/index2.html] The only manufacturer of metal whistles in the United States
*'''Anthony-Thomas Candy Co.''' 1777 Arlington Gate. +1 877 226-3921. [http://www.anthony-thomas.com/index.html] Every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 am30AM. to 2:30 pm30PM.*''' Graeter’s Ice Cream Factory''' 2555 Bethel Rd. +1 614 442-7622 [http://www.graeters.com/indexbethel_tour.cfmaspx]
*'''The Krema Nut Company''' 1000 W. Goodale Blvd. +1 614 299-4131. [http://www.krema.com/default.asp] One of the oldest peanut butter makers still manufacturing in the United States today! And PB & Jelley Sandwich shop.
 
===Mature audiences===
*'''Gentlemen Clubs''' Gentlemen Clubs are scattered throughout Columbus and are open to those 18+, and are considered by most to be acceptable entertainment. Some offer alcohol, some are BYOB, some are alcohol free. Most all are open to both male and female; however, however most only offer male or female entertainers. Expect to pass through metal detector and provide some form of identity. Current law does not allow total nudity after mid-night.
*'''Scioto Downs''' Two miles south of Route 270 on Route 23 South (High Street). [http://www.sciotodowns.com/overview.html] Harness racing and betting.
*<buy name="The North Market" url="http://www.northmarket.com/" address="59 Spruce Street" phone="614 221 7237" >A spacious indoor market with multiple local vendors featuring a variety of international, gourmet, and organic foods as well as gift shops. It often functions as a popular venue for festivals and music.</buy>
*<buy name="Wholly Craft!" address="3169 North High Street" phone="614 447 3445" url="http://www.whollycraft.blogspot.com/" hours="MonM,WedW-Fri 1pmF 1PM-8pm 8PM Tues Closed Sat 12pmSa 12PM-7pm Sun 12pm7PM Su 12PM-5pm5PM" >Craft shop featuring handmade clothing, jewelry, gifts, recycled artwork, soaps, and anatomically themed knittery. Designers are from all over the country, but many are in Ohio; thus making this a good place to find Ohio souvenirs because of its showcasing of local artists' merchandise.</buy>
*<buy name="Hey Diddle Diddle Children's Clothing Boutique" alt="" address="38 North State Street" directions="I-270 to Westerville Road exit then North 2 miles" phone="614 818 5437" url="http://www.heydiddlediddle.com" hours="10-5 M-Sat" price="" lat="" long="">Children's Clothing Boutique serving greater Columbus. In beautiful historic Uptown Westerville, the charm of the 1800's with the amenities of today</buy>
*<buy name="Milk Bar Boutique" alt="Society of Fashionable Savages" address="1203 N. High St." directions="" phone="" url="http://shopmilkbar.blogspot.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Urban clothing boutique</buy>
That being said, Columbus has a growing ethnic and upper class dining scene thanks in part to continued immigration (from Africa {especially Somalia and Ghana}, Southeast Asia, & more recently Latin America) and the continued gentrification of the downtown area.
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*<eat name="The North Market" alt="" address="59 Spruce Street" directions="" phone="614 221 7237" url="http://www.northmarket.com/meet-the-market" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Liège-style waffles at Taste of Belgium. Homemade sauces at Pastaria. BBQ or Vietnamese, sushi or rice balls, the biggest problem is choosing what to eat, and it's all relatively cheap.</eat>
===Budget===
*'''Graffiti Burger''', [http://www.graffitiburger.com]. Local burger chain, with simple menu concept similar to Five Guys and In-N-Out. Named for its heaping, almost sloppy, burger toppings. Vegetarian option is a delicious house-made veggie patty.
 
*'''Raising Canes''', [http://www.raisingcanes.com]. Five locations in the Columbus area. Fast food chain that serves excellent chicken fingers in a tasty dipping sauce. Try the box combos that include fries, cole slaw, and Texas toast.
*'''Lunch Wagons''' called loncheras, or lovingly referred to as "roach coaches" which cater to a Latino labor force, are becoming a common sight around town and are very popular with those in the know. Simliar to the lunch wagons so popular in Hawaii, but with a Latino twist. They are subject to inspection by the health dept. and should not be feared but enjoyed.
*'''Taco Trucks''', All over Columbus. Cheap and tasty Mexican fare. Check out the Taco Truck tracker website: [http://tacotruckscolumbus.com/]
*'''Tensuke Market Cafe''' 1167 Old Henderson Road 614 451-6002. A well kept secret for Japanese food, and budget alternative to its posh neighbor, Akai Hana. Features several kinds of Japanese noodles, tempura, gyoza, teriyaki, and potato croquettes.
===Mid-range===
*'''Max & Erma's''', [http://www.maxandermas.com/]. The quintessential 'burgers and stuff' sort of place got its' start here, and you can find one almost anywhere in town, including the original restaurant in German Village. Adventurers are recommended to try their Garbage Burger, while those with a sweet tooth should get a pan of cookies made fresh for them, or try the sundae bar!
 
*'''Schmidt's Sausage Haus''', 240 E Kossuth St. [http://www.schmidthaus.com/] This family run restaurant serves up some of the best German food in Columbus. It is famous for their Bahama Mama's and their large cream puffs. Schmidt's has been featured on the food network and on the travel channel's "Man V. Food". Try a little bit of everything to experience the authentic German cuisine.
 
*'''Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream''', [http://www.jenisicecreams.com/] This ice cream shops features exotic flavors that will you keep you coming back. Jeni's has won many awards and has been featured on numerous shows on the food network and the travel channel. All of the ingredients are organic and most of them come from local farms in Ohio.
*'''My Momma's Sweet Potato Pies''', 813 East Livingston Ave. +1 614 444-4282 [http://www.mymamassweetpotatopie.com] Authentic sweet potato pie.
*'''Columbus Brewing Company''', just west of the Brewery District. Fine food at a good price.
*'''Banana Bean Cafe''', 340 Greenlawn Ave. 614.443.2262 [http://www.bananabean.com] Florida-Cuban fusion cuisine.
*'''Akai Hana''' Columbus' most authentic source of excellent Japanese food and sushi. Located at Old Henderson & Kenny, in the Japanese part of town next to the Japanese gift shop, Japanese bakery, and Japanese market. It's a bit hard to find, tucked in a strip mall behind 'The Ski Shack'. Also provides carry-out. This restaurant is formerly known as Restaurant Japan.
 
*'''Skillet, Rustic. Urban. Food.''', [http://www.skilletruf.com] 410 E Whittier. 614.443.2266 Seasonal menu from local farms. Small, walk-up to counter joint. Excellent brunch with a unique take on traditional comfort foods.
*'''Buona Pasta''', 2962 McKinley Ave., +1 614-481-8105.[http://www.mybuonapasta.com]. Authentic Italian food. Pastas/sauces made fresh. Great food and outstanding service.
*'''Cameron Mitchel Restaurants''', [http://www.cameronmitchell.com/]. For better or for worse, a majority of the fine dining in Columbus is owned by the same parent company. For a predictably pleasant (if unadventurous) night out you can choose from Molly Woos, The Columbus Fish Market, M (high-end), Cameron's (steak), or Cap City Diner.
 
*'''Spagio''', [http://www.spagio.com/spagio/index.html]. 1295 Grandview Ave. European and Pacific Rim Cuisine. They have excellent wood-fired pizzas.
* '''The Char Bar''' across the street from the Greater Columbus Convention Center is a nicely low-key place to get good drinks, many different types of beer, and relax.
*<drink name="Old Bag of Nails Pub" alt="" address="18 North Nelson Road" directions="Between Bexley district and Franklin Park on the right off E. Broad Street going into Downtown" phone="614-252-4949" url="http://www.oldbagofnails.com/locations/index.html" checkin="" checkout="" price="$" lat="" long="">Perfect place for happy hour! Landmark in Bexley community of Columbus. Styled after an English Pub this is a great place to hang out and test MANY different beer selections. The beer-battered pickles and fish-n-chips are excellent. Great for Happy Hour (2/7pm7PM) to sit on their back patio overlooking the bridge and water with a fun jazz band playing every Thursday 7-9pm9PM. </drink>
* '''The Short North''' area, on N High Street above Goodale street combines art galleries with bars. First weekend of the month is "Gallery Hop" and places are open later.
* '''Barley's''' is a microbrewery in the Short North that is known for its high-quality beers.
* '''Wyandotte Winery''' - 4640 Wyandotte Dr., [http://www.wyandottewinery.com] A family run winery located in a cozy neighborhood setting in northeast Columbus. Wyandotte has produced fine grape and fruit wines on premises for over 30 years. Visit the wine shop and tasting room, enjoy a taste of the current wine offerings, and browse the wine related items in the gift shop.
 
*<drink name="Brothers Drake Meadery" alt="" address="26 E 5th Ave" directions="near corner of 5th & High St." phone="614-388-8765" url="http://www.brothersdrake.com" hours="" price="$15 +" lat="" long="">We make wines from honey and source the most local ingredients possible to create a distinctly local Columbus mead. Stop by to sample signature recipes, enjoy local art and live music.
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*<drink name="SideBar 122" alt="" address="122 E Main Street" directions="E Main between 3rd and 4th" phone="614-228-9041" url="http://www.sidebar122.com" hours="4pm - 12pm" price="" lat="" long="">Sidebar offers classic cocktails and a Mediterranean inspired small plates menu with the flavors of South America. Behind the bar you will find bartenders shaking drinks with house-made syrups and juices. There's a dining room with exposed brick and candlelit tables. Opens Monday through Saturday at 4:00 and begins offering dinner service at 5:00 pm. Check out the Piano Bar on the lower level Saturday nights for live Jazz performances.
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===Music===
*'''Lifestyle Communities Pavilion''', 405 Neil Ave. (formerly the Promowest Pav.) in the Arena District. [http://www.promowestlive.com/site/html/index.php] A mid-sized venue seating 2,200 patrons indoors and 4,500 outdoors.
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Columbus is a convention city, with a large well established business and manufacturing base, as well as an education foundation that attracts many visitors. Downtown accommodations tend to be a little more expensive than those scattered near the interstate exits. But, there usually is lodging available in most price ranges.
*<sleep name="The Wayfaring Buckeye Hostel" alt="" address="2407 Indiana Ave." directions="" phone="614-754-0945" url="http://siteswww.googlewayfaringbuckeye.com/site/wayfaringbuckeye/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Inexpensive lodging that doesn't skimp on the fun. Bar crawls, cookouts, movie nights, city tours, live music, and more. One mile from OSU. Dormitory beds starting at only $20 25 per night.</sleep>
* '''Cambria Suites''', [http://www.cambriasuites.com/hotel-columbus-ohio-OH360] NEQ of Lyra Dr. & Gemini Dr, ''+1'' (614) 841-9100.
*<sleep name="Best Western Columbus North" alt="" address="888 E. Dublin Granville Rd" directions="" phone="614-888-8230" url="http://www.bwcolumbushotel.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Great location off Interstate 71, near Ohio State University, Nationwide Arena, the Schottenstein Center, and Crew Stadium. Hotel features onsite health club with Jr. Olympic sized indoor pool, and complimentary breakfast.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Comfort Inn North/Polaris" alt="" address="8400 Lyra Dr" directions="Located off Interstate 71 on Lyra Drive, just off Polaris Parkway on the northside of Columbus." phone="614-791-9700" email="" fax="614-526-0106" url="http://www.comfortinnpolaris.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""></sleep>
*<sleep name="Courtyard by Marriott" alt="" address="35 West Spring Street" directions="" phone="614-228-3200" url="http://www.marriott.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""></sleep>
*<sleep name="Days Inn Columbus North" alt="" address="1212 E. Dublin Granville Rd" directions="" phone="614-885-9696" url="http://www.daysinncolumbus.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""></sleep>
*<sleep name="Residence Inn Columbus Downtown" alt="" address="36 E. Gay Street, Columbus, OH 43215" directions="" phone="614-222-2610" url="http://www.residenceinncolumbusdowntown.com" checkin="4PM" checkout="12PM" price="" lat="" long="">Located in the heart of downtown, this well appointed all suite hotel is was a converted historic bank. Hotel features a variety of amenities and services with the comforts of home. </sleep>
*<sleep name="Rodeway Inn Columbus" alt="" address="6125 Zumstein Dr" directions="" phone="614-846-5871" url="http://www.visitcolumbusohio.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""></sleep>
*<sleep name="Courtyard by MarriottEmbassy Suites Columbus" alt="" address="35 West Spring Street2700 Corporate Exchange Drive" directions="" phone="1-614-228890-32008600" url="wwwhttp://embassysuites3.marriotthilton.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long=""></sleep>*<sleep name="Residence Inn Columbus Downtown" alt="" address="36 E. Gay Street, Columbus, OH 43215" directions="" phone="614en/hotels/ohio/embassy-suites-222columbus-2610" url="wwwCMHCEES/index.residenceinncolumbusdowntown.comhtml" checkin="43:00PM00pm" checkout="12:00PM00pm" price="" lat="" long="">Located At A Glance The Embassy Suites Columbus is an all-suite hotel in the heart of downtownColumbus, this well appointed all suite Ohio, close to local corporations and area attractions. Our hotel is was a converted historic bank. Hotel features a variety of amenities located 15 minutes away from Port Columbus International Airport and services with the comforts of homeOhio State University Airport. </sleep>
===Religious services===
Broad Street in Downtown Columbus is home to a number of Christian churches of considerable historic and architectural interest, including First Congregational United Church of Christ [http://www.first-church.org/ First Congregational United Church of Christ], where [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Gladden Washington Gladden], a pioneer in the Social Gospel movement, preached from 1882-1918. Both First Congregational and the nearby Catholic cathedral, St. Joseph's [http://www.saintjosephcathedral.org/ St. Joseph's], offer a range of special services and concerts throughout the year.
Jews can attend services at Congregation Beth Tikvah [http://bethtikvahcolumbus.org/ Congregation Beth Tikvah], while Muslims can attend the Islamic Society [http://isgc.org/main/ Islamic Society].
==Stay Safesafe==
Dial 911 to get emergency (police/medical/fire) help.
Although down somewhat in recent years, crime is still a problem in certain areas of the city. Most violent crime occurs in areas that would not be frequented by tourists. Visitors to the area should be aware that the theft of laptop computers , phones, and other items from automobiles is a common occurrence. Always store valuables in the cargo compartment of one’s car and make sure it is locked.
Motorists who drink and drive will face stiff penalties if one’s blood alcohol concentration is above the legal limit (0.08). Police routinely set up checkpoints along major roads where all drivers must pass through and show their license and registration to check for intoxicated people.
Vehicles are required by law to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. However, the law is not universally followed. Take care to watch for turning traffic when crossing streets.
Some of the most dangerous areas in Columbus are neighborhoods around the Port Columbus International airport. When passing through these areas in a car, it's best to stay on major streets and keep all windows and doors closed. One shouldn't try walking there on foot in the evening or after dark. Areas on the East east side of town, past the Downtown areas are similarly dangerous as there are a lot of drug deals and robberies occurring in dilapidated neighborhoods there. These areas are usually defined by I71 on city along the West, I270 on the East, Clevland Av., in the North and I70 in the South.  Neighborhoods in the South Central portion streets of the cityLivingston Avenue, just on the inner side of the I-270 outerbeltMain Street, are also known to have a moderate volume of drug-related crimes. Abrubt growth and urbanization from Ohio's surrounding states to these areas in the late 1970's is responsible for a high unemployment rate for both white Mount Vernon between Parsons and black families, thus leading to a lower-class portion of ColumbusAlum Creek sometimes see violent crime. Though this area does not commonly attract tourists, it is a large intersection of a cross-counrty Inter-state highway system (I-270,I-70,I-71), along with Rickenbacker International Airport(RBI), which are known to be common distribution centers for drug trafficking across the United States.  Traveling through the South-Central and Eastern portions of the city These areas should be avoided unless necessaryat night. Attractions/businesses are scarce, due Additional areas to a large lateralavoid at night include Cleveland Avenue between I-strung system of housing developments. Constructed in the late 1970's, to house the many new coming middle-class families of that era. These various communities (South gate, Linoln Park, Marion Village, Southern Pines, Scioto Village) resemble racially-balanced, subtle neighborhoods. However, increasing gang activity, drug dealing, 670 and semiSR-organized crime is prominent in these areas. Especially in the hours of the night when violence occurs the most. Similar to the east side, lock all doors 161 and close windows. Avoid traveling by foot if possible. Robbery, mugging, vehicle theft and other violent crimes are a possibility.  On the West side of town, a sliver of neighborhoods around Broad St. and area east of I-270 South are relatively safe during High Street near the day, but not at night. Generally, areas outside of the I270 loop (the Outerbelt) are safer and more peaceful than areas inside. Safe areas inside I270 include the Arena District, the Short North District, OSU campus areas, Clintonville, Upper Arlington, Grandview Heights, much of German Village and Bexley.
On the West side of town, a sliver of neighborhoods around Broad St. and east of I-270 South are relatively safe during the day, but not at night. Generally, areas outside of the I-270 loop (the Outerbelt) are safer and more peaceful than areas inside, although the area around Brice Road and I-70 is not safe. Safe areas inside I-270 include the Arena District, the Short North District, Clintonville, Northwest Columbus, Upper Arlington, Grandview Heights, Worthington, Dublin, much of German Village and Bexley.
===Hospitals===
*'''Grant Medical Center''', 111 S Grant Ave. +1 614 566-9000.
*'''Ohio Hospital Of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry''', 880 Greenlawn Ave. +1 614 449-9664.
*'''Ohio State University Medical Center''' 410 W. 10th Ave. (Towards Olentangy River) +1 800 293-5123. [http://medicalcenter.osu.edu/] Ohio State University Medical Center is one of the largest and most diverse academic medical centers in the country.
**'''Dodd Hall''' 480 Medical Center Dr. (at west side of University) +1 614 293-5123 [http://www.medicalcenter.osu.edu/patientcare/healthcare_services/physical_rehabilitation/] Ranked among the top 10 for rehabilitation by U.S. News & World Report. ''The place'' for ''recent'' brain injuries and muscle atrophy treatment.
**'''James Cancer Hospital''' 300 W. 10th Ave. +1 800 293-5066. [http://www.jamesline.com/] Rated as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report.
**'''Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital''' 452 W. 10th Ave. +1 614 293-5123. [http://www.medicalcenter.osu.edu/patientcare/hospitals_locations/hospitals/rossheart/] Adjacent Ohio State University Dorothy M. Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute.
*'''Mount Carmel''', 793 W State St. +1 800 225-9344.
* <see name="
Nationwide Children's Hospital" address="700 Children's Drive" directions="Downtown" phone="+1 614 722-2000" email= "" fax="" url="http://www.nationwidechildrens.org/" hours="" price=""> </see>
*'''Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University''' 410 W. 10th Ave. (Towards Olentangy River) +1 800 293-5123. [http://medicalcenter.osu.edu/] The Ohio State University's Medical Center is one of the largest and most diverse academic medical centers in the country.
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