A visionary group of citizen advocates, inspired by the successful redevelopment of nearby German Village, a 2011 APA Great Neighborhood in America, was optimistic that a similar turnaround was possible for Short North. Community champions, including local developer and private property owner Sandy Wood and planners and local business owners John Allen and Greg Carr, dreamed of a neighborhood that preserved the historic architecture and charm of Columbus landmarks and invited neighbors to visit something special. Short North Arts District was soon born.