Bordered by the Scioto River on the north and east, Franklinton is Columbus, Ohio's oldest neighborhood—and also one of its most struggling. Within the last few years, developers have made efforts to rebrand the neighborhood with upscale housing, breweries and other attractions. But while eastern Franklinton is a growing hotspot for a younger crowd, the rest of the neighborhood is actively struggling with crime, drug use and gentrification. This photo essay works to explore the complexities of a neighborhood in transition.
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