Long-neglected American Addition neighborhood to get attention, money

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH - Columbus is spending $5 million on a North Side neighborhood that has experienced little public investment for almost a century. American Addition attracted poor black families from the South around 1914 and became one of the oldest black communities in central Ohio. Now, the city is embarking on an effort to build as many as 150 houses in the impoverished neighborhood off Joyce Avenue in a section of the city where heavy industry once flourished.

“I believe the city turned its back on that neighborhood,” Mayor Michael B. Coleman said last week of American Addition, which...

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