Yesterday I was trying out a few different Columbus library branches and thought I would check out the Franklinton Branch on West Town Street. On my way there I passed the Avondale School. Wow, what a building! And it is still a functioning elementary school.
The Franklinton area where the Avondale School is located is an interesting one, stretching from the other side of the river across from downtown, where Dinin’ Hall is found, to well past Mr. Carmel Hospital. For years it was a depressed area, and now it’s a transitional area that people are trying to renovate and reenergize. Franklinton has some interesting areas, some beautiful homes and buildings — like the Avondale School — and some committed neighborhood development organizations. I root hard for Franklinton.