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Insight2050 Academy participants span all of Central Ohio

The Fall 2018 insight2050 Academy covered a lot of ground – in more ways than one. Of 17 participants, 11 were from Fairfield, Hocking, and Perry counties. There also were three from Delaware, one from the Hilltop area of Columbus, one from Licking County, and one from Jefferson Township. They made three site visits – [...]

Panelists “Park It” at the Summit on Sustainability to Discuss Access to Open Space

MORPC held its annual Summit on Sustainability, the agency’s signature environmental conference, on October 25. The insight2050 session featured a dynamic panel of professionals who gathered to discuss a critical question facing Central Ohio: How can we improve residents’ access to parks and recreational spaces? The Trust for Public Land’s “Park Score,” an annual ranking [...]

Insight2050 Corridor Concepts Nearing Completion

The insight2050 Corridor Concepts study took another step forward as representatives from various local governments and neighborhood associations, businesses, real estate development, and other organizations associated with the five corridors being studied recently gathered for a working group meeting. Insight2050 Corridor Concepts is an effort to look at current and potential future development patterns along [...]

Time running out for Summit on Sustainability registration

Time is running out for those planning to attend the 2018 MORPC Summit on Sustainability on October 25. Registration ends on Wednesday, October 17. More than 500 people already are registered for the annual event, the theme of which is: Planning for an Equitable Region.  For more information, or to register, please visit the Summit [...]

October 15th, 2018|Best Practices, Events, Social Equity|

Architect envisions a more affordable “Betterhood”

A Columbus architect wants neighborhoods to plant affordable housing around the region that is local and organic. Jonathan Barnes calls it “entrepreneurial housing” and his firm, Jonathan Barnes Architecture & Design, has established a non-profit subsidiary called Betterhood to move the concept forward. The idea is to build small groupings of three-unit buildings on infill [...]

September 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Last call for Fall insight2050 Academy registration

Registration for the Fall 2018 insight2050 Academy has been extended to at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 19. The six-session course will include presentations and walking tours in Newark, Marysville, and Grove City. The academy will give city, township, and county elected and appointed officials a chance to see first-hand how some of their counterparts [...]

September 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|

The Columbus roots of ‘Walkability’

“Walkability” didn’t exist in many dictionaries 20 years ago. Now it’s everywhere. In communities all over Central Ohio, elected officials, engineers, and residents are making it a priority. Demographic trends and insight2050 show baby boomers and millennials leading the charge to more compact, mixed-use, “walkable” neighborhoods. And it’s not just about exercise. It’s about the [...]

Fall insight2050 Academy to focus on smaller and rural communities

Public officials who register for the Fall 2018 insight2050 Academy will have a chance to see first-hand how some of their counterparts are preparing their communities for change. That’s because the six-session course will include presentations and walking tours in Newark, Marysville, and Grove City. The Academy kicks off on Friday, September 21, at 9:30 [...]

Fall 2018 insight2050 Academy will focus on outlying counties

It’s time to think about the next semester of the insight2050 Academy, tentatively scheduled to begin September 21. This academy – the fifth that MORPC has organized in two years – is for public officials, particularly those in outlying areas of Franklin and surrounding counties. Central Ohio county seats and rural communities are experiencing some [...]

Licking County and Rural Communities Brace for Growth

Central Ohio is expected to grow by up to 1 million residents by 2050. Most of that is expected to be in Columbus and its Franklin County suburbs – which already are preparing for the changes in population and demographics. But much of the growth will be in surrounding counties, their county seats, and rural [...]