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Spring insight2050 Academy to focus on future of local and regional mobility

Hop on an electric scooter to the bus stop and then take COTA down to MORPC for the Spring 2019 insight2050 Academy. The focus on the five-session academy every Friday in March will be complete streets, transportation options, new technology, and old-fashioned walking. The Academy kicks off on Friday, March 1, at 9 a.m. and [...]

Grove City updating zoning code to prepare for 2050

Grove City officials learned over the last couple years that their vision for the future ran afoul of their own zoning code. So the code is changing. The city hoped to rewrite its code a decade ago, but the recession put the brakes on development and a damper on the budget. The slowdown allowed Grove [...]

Newsletter seeking additional Voices

With this issue, Voices of insight2050 has now published 20 articles in 2018 – many of them simple notices promoting insight2050 events and activities such as insight2050 academies and MORPC’s annual Summit on Sustainability. But most were focused on projects and ideas that Central Ohio communities can learn from and emulate as local-government and business [...]

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 [...]