Long term German Village residents who wanted to stay in their historic neighborhood worked within the framework of the German Village Society to spark the idea for the Village Connections. After researching the German Village neighborhood demographics in the 2010 U. S. Census and the practices of several successful villages, founders decided toinvite the participation of residents living in several communities immediately adjacent to German Village.
By locating the administrative core of organization in German Village, and including the contiguous neighborhoods in the membership service area, Village Connections seeks to include an urban geographic area where there are sufficient numbers of seniors who wish to stay in their homes.
German Village is one of the most outstanding historic restorations in the world. Settled by German immigrants in the early to mid19th century, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 30, 1974, becoming the largest privately-funded preservation district on the list. In 2007, it was made a "Preserve America Community" by the White House. Today, it is 233 acres of "living history" where the old meets newthe result is a vibrant and charming community. In 2011, the American Planning Association designated German Village as a top 10 Great Neighborhood, singling it out for its architecture, parks, and engaged citizens.
Schumacher Place is directly east of German Village. It is names after the Schumacher family, who owned and operated a dairy farm in the area during the 1800s. Today, the Schumacher Place neighborhood contains a mix of two-story, wood-frame, and brick houses and is bounded in three directions by commercial properties.
Merion Village, located directly south of German Village, is another historic neighborhood with a diverse population. During the mid-19th century, the neighborhood saw an influx of German, Irish, Italian and Hungarian immigrants. As South Columbus grew into an industrial hub, people from Appalachia and the southern U.S. , began to relocate to this area. Home to historic houses, churches, and schools, Merion Village remains a vibrant and special place. Today, many of the people residing in the area have strong family ties dating back to the early 1900s.
The Brewery District is a neighborhood located just west of German Village. The area has a history stretching back nearly 200 years. The first brewery opened in 1836 and the neighborhood changed dramatically after prohibition in 1919. Recently, there has been much redevelopment with numerous restaurants, bars, apartments, and a large grocery store.
Downtown Columbus, the central business district, is north of German Village. Downtown as a whole encompasses all the area inside the inner belt and is home to the State Capitol and most of the largest buildings. Over 11,000 residents live in this neighborhood. Most live in high rise condominiums and apartments. Village Connections serves downtown residents east of the Scioto River and south of I-670.