Weinland Park is not the model of equitable and inclusive neighborhood revitalization that communities should duplicate, but it is an example of what an attempt can look like in the middle American city.
Over the past decade, interventions in the Weinland Park neighborhood by government and philanthropic partners, such as The Columbus Foundation, have resulted in measurable physical, social, and economic change. This report, detailing the results of the 2016 Weinland Park Collaborative Neighborhood Survey conducted and analyzed by The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University, provides a snapshot of community change since 2010 and a portrait of the community today. In using this two-pronged approach, Kirwan Institute has attempted to tell a more complete story of Weinland Park.
The key to understanding many of the results of the 2016 Weinland Park Collaborative Neighborhood Survey is to understand that the survey intended to measure resident perception of the Weinland Park neighborhood. By asking a representative cross-section nearly one-hundred questions, the survey generated a rich data set that reveals the way residents understand the community they call home. The analysis of this data set reveals that there are as many opinions about the neighborhood as there were survey respondents. Despite 422 unique perspectives, Kirwan Institute reveals significant patterns by looking at the data in a systematic way described above.
In providing the snapshot of community change, the report details changes in neighborhood populations, conditions, perceptions, and perspectives. In providing the portrait of the community today, the report details ve clusters of residents that bring color and vibrancy to the neighborhood by examining how each cluster’s conditions, perceptions, and perspectives shape and inform the community today. While this Report and Executive Summary note successes
of reinvestment e orts, it is the belief of the Kirwan Institute that full stabilization of the neighborhood requires further investment in social and physical capital. To guide and direct future investment strategy, Kirwan Institute hopes that
A Portrait of Weinland Park sets the table for conversations about the future of Weinland Park and other community revitalization e orts in Columbus and the United States.