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Old 01-28-2015, 02:47 PM
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Which of the 2 would you consider better? In terms of stability, safety, the brighter future both near future and long term? Take away the neighboring areas for both just consider these two on their own merits which of the two would you live in if either or neither
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Old 01-28-2015, 03:21 PM
Location: Mexico City, formerly Columbus, Ohio
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Revitalizing: Both
Revitalizing Faster: Weinland Park
Housing Stock: OTE. There are a lot of amazing historic properties in OTE, and overall better quality. Both areas are filled with houses that need renovations.
Long-term Housing Value: OTE. The average sizes and historic nature of the properties likely ensure a higher value in the end.
Better Location for Amenities: Probably Weinland Park, being part of the North High Corridor, but OTE is between Downtown and Bexley, so it's really not bad, either.
Better Location for Safety: Total tossup. They both have issues.
Stability: They're both improving, so they've both seen their respective bottoms in terms of conditions.
Brighter Future: In the end, they both have bright futures, but Weinland Park will likely be more maturely revitalized faster given its location.

Personally, I like OTE more. I think it has more character and will be one of the city's most beautiful neighborhoods one day.
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Old 01-29-2015, 10:42 AM
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I have lived in Weinland Park since 2001. I also love OTE.

Safety in Weinland Park is now comparable to Italian Village or Clintonville based on monthly crime stats.

There are new houses being built here, as well as renovated historic homes. The new houses look like the historic homes, but have modern floor plans. Grant Commons has very nice apartments for young professionals and others that want Short North living with modern floor plans in historic streetcar apartments.

It's a few blocks walk to grocery, theaters, restaurants, breweries, bars, music venues, parks, etc...

So, it just depends on what you want and can afford. There are still great deals in OTE historic homes, but there's more crime and less stuff going on. Weinland Park is pretty well on the heels of Italian Village in terms of current and upcoming density of construction, amenities, etc...

From 2001 when I moved in to now is night and day. What once was an urban war zone is now a lovely little community.
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