Columbus is currently home to 18 historic districts, and some of the biggest historic districts are also among the most desired areas in Columbus. With increasing development, some view historic districts as an added layer of oversight and resident input. But on top of slowing development, those protections can increase home values and make them unaffordable for some.
, Community Engagement Editor |
Take a walk in nearly any neighborhood around Columbus and you’ll see “For Sale” signs in front of homes with freshly painted trim and manicured yards. These homes are often scattered amongst older homes, some of which are vacant. The stark contrast in the city’s development is clearly demonstrated when these two very different types of homes sit just feet away from one another. Tucked away from the busiest streets — where development often looks like a new high-rise complex or a local business being pushed out — signs of development also show up in residential areas. New houses are built, old homes are renovated and neighborhoods are rebranded as “up-and-coming.” In some neighborhoods, deemed “revitalized” by cities and developers alike, new mixed-use developments and flipped homes force the prices of nearby homes to increase.
, Managing Director, DevelopUS Editor |
The realities of development are often much messier, greyer and more nuanced than what the local news lets on.