Like Lafayette Square in St. Louis, the side streets of German Village in Columbus are where I found much of the more intimate and interesting views of the neighborhood. What really struck me were the alleys! Wow, talk about clean and unobstructed! I think St. Louis’s decades-long experiment with dumpsters has failed. It just makes it too easy for residents and outsiders to engage in anonymous dumping. Look how there’s not easy place to dump crap in this alley.
Moving along, it seems there was some controversy occurring while I was visiting, concerning a large apartment or condo building that was planned for a large parcel. It made me think of the huge development, including apartments, going in on the northwest corner of Lafayette Square. The latter will surely change the feel of its neighborhood, so I can see why people are distrustful of the former.
The houses speak for themselves, I might say. Like any major American city, there are pairs or even quartets of identical houses, obviously built by owners or developers speculatively. It’s always interesting to see how they diverge and individualize over the centuries.
There are also narrow lanes, which slow down the traffic and create intimate spaces for residents who don’t need to live on a major street.
There are some wood frame houses thrown in, but I like how the color pallets are muted so they don’t stick out or detract from the uniformity of the brick tones.
Then there are these wonderful little cottages! Not everyone needs four bedrooms, and they probably provide a little more affordability.
There are duplexes as well, which create higher density. I guess in St. Louis we might call these double flounders!