How long have you lived in German Village?
Since 2003, for 18 years.
What attracted you to this neighborhood?
The history and charm of the neighborhood. German Village is beautiful in so many ways, but most of all, the rich and diverse history of the area makes it a very special gem in Central Ohio.
Who else is in your family?
Raina Jane Russo, a two- year-old English Cream Golden Retriever.
Have you had any special German Village “moments” you’d care to share?
I have raised two puppies in German Village and have walked every square inch of this neighborhood at least 20 times over. On each corner, I have a personal story or memory of walking, meditating and taking in the beauty of the neighborhood.
In addition, I have spent most of my important life milestones in German Village. I bought my first home on the corner of Sixth and Lear, my mom threw a surprise 30th birthday party for me in a private room upstairs at Lindey’s , I turned 40 in the house I now own on City Park and Frankfort, and I met most of my best friends in this neighborhood.
What are some of your other favorites?
My neighbors. I have lived in two homes in German Village and one thing remains the same - the people of German Village are open, kind, generous and loving people. We always look out for each other and each other’s property. People are friendly on the street and everyone passes with a wave and a smile.
Where were you born and raised?
What is your occupation?
I am a Judge for the Franklin County Municipal Court.
Other than work, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy spinning, yoga, walking with Raina and reading.
Do you have any other hobbies or do any volunteer activities?
I enjoy spending my time in the community and volunteering for community outreach organizations. I frequently volunteer at food pantries, homeless shelters, and for community beautification and trash pick-up events. This past year, I have spent a lot of time at community engagement events aimed at unification and healing community relationships and ending the violence in our streets.
What have you found to be the best part of living in the Village?
Sitting on Lindey’s patio is still my all-time favorite thing to do in German Village. I also love walking around the beautiful neighborhood, shopping at the boutiques, grabbing a sandwich from Katzinger’s, dipping into Club 185 or hanging out in Schiller for Shakespeare in the Park. I love to visit the St. Mary’s Farmers Market in the summer and fall, Village Valuables in the Spring, and of course, Village Lights in December. I also love the German Village Haus and Garten Tour. Quite simply, I love everything about German Village!
WHO Villager Gina Russo Issue IX