Looking to the future by building on the past

By Brian Williams Central Ohio has been blessed with some developers and policymakers who were ahead of their times – and whose foresight came from their hindsight.Jack Lucks of Continental Real Estate Companies foresaw 25 years ago the appeal of living in an urban apartment above shops and restaurants in modern buildings that reflect the character [...]

Building a strong region out of Strong Towns

Strong Towns started in 2009 as a modest website with big ideas. After an initial small investment in time and money, the site attracted the notice of like-minded urban advocates and planning professionals who wanted to help out. So founder Charles L. “Chuck” Marohn built an addition, you might say, onto his growing site to [...]

Knox County planning for growth and change

Knox County and Mt. Vernon have been doing a lot to prepare for growth and change, despite not having any planning staff. The area has had its share of good luck to go along with the disappearance of some major employers, but Jeff Harris knows good luck goes only so far without good community stewardship. [...]

Corridor model good for community, mobility, and economy

Columbus and other communities in Franklin County and beyond would see greater economic activity while at the same time reducing anticipated infrastructure costs through a new growth and mobility vision. Insight2050 Corridor Concepts was unveiled April 30 by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) and project co-chairs Shannon Hardin and Yaromir Steiner (Columbus City Council [...]

Building on city’s heritage for a harmonious future

The architecture of the past can be a foundation for the population growth of Central Ohio’s future. That’s the “retropolitan” vision of Randy Black, who recently retired after 15 years as the City of Columbus Historic Preservation Officer, and another 10 years in that department. He’s now a preservation consultant to the Ohio Connection and [...]

Greater Ohio Summit links large, small cities

The 2019 Greater Ohio Summit covered everything from industrial brownfield cleanup to affordable housing in urban and rural neighborhoods. The conference with the theme of “New Perspectives on Revitalization,” took place March 14 at the Westin in Downtown Columbus. Keynote speaker Anika Goss-Foster, executive director of the Detroit Future City Implementation Office, spoke of Detroit’s [...]

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 – [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Practitioners Complete Spring 2018 insight2050 Academy

The Spring 2018 insight2050 Academy sent 22 more practitioners out to guide the region’s growth armed with greater knowledge and understanding. Class members received their certificates March 23 after a four-session Academy jointly organized by MORPC and the Knowlton School of Architecture Alumni Society and held at OSU’s Longaberger Alumni House. It was the fourth [...]