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Urban Land Institute Award Winner

The Columbus affiliate of the Urban Land Institute recently conferred its 2019 Community Impact Award on the Weinland Park Collaborative (WPC) for its work over the past decade to transform the Weinland Park neighborhood. Weinland Park has evolved from a distressed, low-income neighborhood with one of the highest violent crime rates in the city into a mixed-income neighborhood that has experienced its first population increase in almost 70 years. Weinland Park is no longer a "hot spot" for infant mortality, and Weinland Park Elementary School has been removed from "priority" status by the state. OSU Extension in the University District has been a key, on-the-ground partner in the WPC from its inception. Extension, Campus Partners, the College of Education and Human Ecology and its Schoenbaum Family Center, Wexner Center for the Arts, Wexner Medical Center and its Moms2B program, Knowlton School of Architecture, and College of Social Work have represented Ohio State in the WPC. Community partners include The Columbus Foundation, United Way of Central Ohio, City of Columbus, Godman Guild Association, Community Properties of Ohio, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Weinland Park Community Civic Association, and 10 other local agencies.