UNIVERSITY DISTRICT PHOTO ALBUM- Images of our neighborhood from the past 150 years: 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45


AMC Lennox, 1647 Olentangy River Rd. The 24-screen theater opened in December 1996 and was briefly the largest theater in the United States. It was a huge draw in the late 1990s and early 2000s as audiences flocked there to catch blockbusters like Titanic, Scream, and the Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Browsing at the Target or Barnes and Noble, a shake and burger at Johnny Rockets, and a movie at the Lennox was the itinerary of many a University District night out. On weekend nights, theater patrons would fill ALL the mall's parking spots and late-comers would have to park in remote spots behind the mall. Here it is in its prime on a busy night in the spring of 1997.

xmas 2020

Christmas 2020 celebrated by the over-the-top and often homemade decorations at 1264 Hunter. Enthusiastically celebrating ALL the holidays for as long as I can remember.

December 26, 2020- Casey Goodson murder protest graffiti under Indianola Ave bridge amended to include latest law enforcement victim Andre Hill. Despite a year filled with protests, two black men murdered by police within 3 weeks of each other. Sadder than I can express.

Half-Priced Books, 1375 W Lane Ave. A popular stop for neighborhood fans of discount movies, comics, books, and music since 1996. Back in the late 90s-early 2000s, they were open to 11 on Friday nights and had vintage vinyl listening parties with all sorts of interesting sounds. Closed its doors December 31, 2020 to make way for Arlington Gateway development. Site was previously a Sun TV & Appliances (1973-94).

Pizza clock behind the register at the old Adriatico's at 265 W 11th in 2017. Sadly, doesn't seem to have made the transition to the new one on W 10th.


Stumbled upon this campus map from 110 years ago in the 1911 Makio. Fun seeing what's still here and what didn't exist yet.

Lunchtime on campus as the COVID-19 pandemic approaches 11 months with vaccinations lagging and mutant variants cropping up.

Construction is underway on the new $1.79 billion, state-of-the-art, 26-story Ohio State University Medical Center to rise beside the James Cancer Hospital.

Snowy early morning on High St, February 9, 2021. After a run of mild and mostly snowless winters, February delivered multiple significant snowfalls and a run of 15 sub-freezing days that kept snow and ice on the ground for weeks.

Once upon a time, Mirror Lake dependably froze hard and thick enough for ice skating in the winter. In recent years even a little ice on the lake is a novelty.

Jesse Owens North COVID

Jesse Owens North Rec Center at Lane and Neil has been a familiar location for Buckeyes of 2020-21. Since returning to campus last autumn students have been summoned here for COVID testing--randomly in the fall and weekly for everybody this spring--twice weekly in March and April.

Photo from a 1930 Ohio State Makio piece about an intramural swim meet. View from the Indianola Park pool looking south. Those houses and that apartment building are still there!