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, the founders decided to invite the participation of residents living in several communities immediately adjacent to German Village: Schumacher Place, Merion Village, The Brewery District, and bordering sections of Downtown Columbus.
By locating the administrative core of the 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.
Schumacher PlaceSchumacher Place is directly east of German Village. It is named 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 VillageMerion Village, located directly east and 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.