If you live in Columbus, then chances are pretty good that you already consider German Village to be a great neighborhood. Today, the American Planning Association (APA) confirms what we already knew with the designation of German Village as one of the “10 Great Neighborhoods” in the 2011 edition of the organization’s Great Places in America Program.
“German Village’s success is due, in part, to its ability to strike that intricate balance between contemporary function and historic integrity,” said APA CEO Paul Farmer.
Proof of that historic integrity lies with the hundreds of brick houses in the neighborhood that are immaculately maintained by homeowners. Our At Home series has profiled five German Village residences, which you can read about here, here, here, here and here.
The neighborhood is well known for historic Columbus institutions such as Schmidt’s Sausage Haus, The Book Loft, and Schiller Park. German Village is also a great dining destination with favorites old and new, such as Katzinger’s Delicatessen, Harvest Pizzaria and Bakery Gingham.
“The energy in here comes both from the mix of uses one sees and the sense of camaraderie one feels walking these brick streets,” said Farmer. “This modest neighborhood is defined not by any one iconic structure but by the way in which its unpretentious brick buildings and the spaces between them work together, creating a sense of place that is genuine.”
More information about the Great Places designation can be found at www.planning.org/greatplaces.
(borrowed from Columbus Underground ~ http://www.columbusunderground.com/german-village-regonized-nationally-as-a-top-10-neighborhood-of-2011)