Victorian Village, which runs along Neil Avenue south of The Ohio State University and northwest of downtown Columbus, is one of central Ohio’s cores of fine residential architecture. The area is known for its Victorian houses, which were built when a streetcar line first ran along Neil Avenue around 1900. The neighborhood faced serious blight and crime in the 1960’s and 70’s, but was restored in the following decades by Columbus’s bohemian and gay communities.
Flytown, an adjacent neighborhood of immigrant workers, was unable to survive the turmoil and has only recently been incorporated as an outer section of Victorian Village. The Village is also home to Goodale Park, Columbus’s most popular downtown park and the annual site of the Comfest music festival.