Bottoms Up: Franklinton’s Growing Pains

Columbus Monthly

Matt Martin, a researcher for the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State, analyzes factors “that have been proven meaningful in having successful life outcomes” in Columbus neighborhoods, eyeing trends and creating what the institute calls “opportunity maps.”

“It’s not one thing that makes [a neighborhood] a bad or good place to grow up in,” Martin says. “There are a lot of different factors that play in.” Very low-opportunity areas are limited in most, if not all, of these categories, he says.

Franklinton, unsurprisingly, is a low-opportunity area.

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The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity was established in 2003 as a center for interdisciplinary research at The Ohio State University. The Kirwan Institute works to create a just and inclusive society where all people and communities have opportunity to succeed.