In the earliest days of the city, Worthington was a district of small farms. As the city grew, these gave way to light industry (such as textiles and furniture manufacturing) and some residences.
By the latter half of the nineteenth century, the residential areas, such as Red Branch and Yellow Branch (named after the two branches of a large creek that used to run through the area), became extremely crowded, almost slum-like.
Residents of nicer areas to the south didn’t care for that, so they began pressuring the city government to do something about the situation.
Over the course of several years, the Mayor and City Council altered the zoning for the area to diminish the population, forcing many people to move west into such neighborhoods as Burlington Heights and Norward.
Taking advantage of the new zoning regulations, developers and wealthy businessmen constructed office buildings and other commercial structures in Worthington. In time the commercial buildings took the place of most of the manufacturing, which moved to other parts of the city.
Today Worthington is a pleasant neighborhood, partly residential, partly commercial.
- The Avenue of the Elms
- Fordham ChemTech Tower
- The Golden Avenue
- Harpcor Towers
- Lowder Publishing
- Boudreau’s Department Store
- Prospero’s Books
- Callahan Gem Importers
- Marge’s Place
- The Spinning Diamond
- A Taste Of Paris
Taking its name from “North Ward,” back in the days when the citizens elected their officials by wards, Norward is a neighborhood in southwest Worthington, almost entirely a residential neighborhood, but the building of the two highways changed things.
Shipping companies like EZWay Trucking and other businesses who need easy access to the highways (or to the airport, which is only a few minutes’ drive to the north of Norward via the Truman) began getting parts of the neighborhood rezoned for commercial use.
The world headquarters of Fordham ChemTech, one of the world’s leading industrial firms, this ninety-story skyscraper is the tallest building in the area.
This is the heart of the community of performing artists.
Referred to as “the Golden Avenue” because of the bright lights of the many playhouses clustered along its length, it’s a top destination spot for natives and tourists alike.
Consisting of two towers rising from a central base, Harpcor Towers remind some critics of a chimneystack, others of a sort of castle.
Fans of genre fiction have a special place in their hearts for Lowder Publishing, which started as a producer of pulp magazines in 1924.
After years of success in the pulp fiction business, it shifted over to more mainstream publishing, but still focused on genre fiction: westerns; science fiction; horror; fantasy; romance.
Some of the most popular fantasy and science fiction novels of the twentieth century were first published by Lowder.
This large, freestanding, twelve-story department store has been a Hudson City institution for well over a hundred years. The subject of movies such as A Day At Boudreau’s and Meet Me On The Fourth Floor, it includes some very upscale, expensive departments (such as Jewelry and Fine China), but also quite a few that carry economy goods and other inexpensive wares.
This small bookstore doesn’t get much light because of its jammed shelves selling old and new books, all packed tightly.
There is a huge selection of girly romance books, a genre that is the passion of the owner, young Claire Hoeger.
One of the few major gem importers not to do most of its business at the Hudson City Gemstone Exchange, Callahan Gem Importers deals directly with suppliers of precious stones in Belgium, Russia, Africa, South America, and elsewhere.
The latest in trendiness, PoMo serves drinks you’ve never heard of to people who wouldn’t be caught dead hanging around someone as uncool as you. The guys covering the door allow in only the hippest of the hip among the beautiful people; the un-hip and unbeautiful need not even apply.
Truckers and similar folk working over in Norward often stop off at Marge’s Place to have a drink before going home… or maybe before going on duty.
The top floor of Tower B of the Harpcor Towers building contains the Spinning Diamond, a restaurant whose interior slowly revolves, giving most diners alternating views of the northern suburbs and the city.
Hudson City has many fine French restaurants, but few that rise to the level of quality shown by A Taste Of Paris.