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 [...]

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 [...]

Urbane urban design

People tend to talk about design in terms of aesthetics: A pretty picture. A stylish outfit. An elegant sculpture. A house with curb appeal. But really, design means planning. A lot of thinking and planning and consideration of obscure details goes into creating those things. The same is true with developments and neighborhoods. A building’s [...]

Borror embraces trend toward urban projects

Executives at Borror Properties already were becoming attuned to urban opportunities when they learned in late 2014 that the market for large-lot, single-family, suburban homes may already have reached the saturation point in Central Ohio. CEO Doug Borror – a child of the suburbs and the second-generation head of a company that built its name [...]

insight2050 helps guide Whitehall development strategy

Central Ohio communities have their own shapes, sizes, histories, and even personalities. They cannot absorb the population growth and demographic changes coming to the region with a one-size-fits-all approach. That’s why insight2050 was developed as a tool, rather than a regional plan – a body of information to help cities and towns grow as they [...]

insight2050, affordable housing are Summit topics

insight2050 was a common thread woven through the breakout and plenary sessions during MORPC’s 10th annual Summit on Sustainability & the Environment on Nov. 14. In particular, many speakers addressed a need for livable and walkable communities with affordable housing. In fact, that was the theme of a morning breakout session on “Returning ‘Missing Middle’ [...]

Communities prepare for similar futures in diverse ways

When MORPC’s insight2050 team got Technical Assistance applications back from the selection committee in September, the breakdown looked simple: Two Central Ohio cities wanted help developing complete streets policies, and two other communities wanted help with plans for walkable, mixed-use developments within their boundaries. The reality is more complex – and more reflective of the [...]

Latest Academy class gains insight2050 knowledge

Fifteen “students” in the third insight2050 Academy – the first designed for Civic Leaders - graduated October 17 after a three-session program that provoked good discussion and enthusiasm. Class members represented at least eight communities in addition to Columbus neighborhoods. Some were municipal employees, some were civic volunteers, and some represented businesses or professional organizations. [...]

Housing growth leaves many behind

Accommodating up to one million more people in Central Ohio by 2050 is a daunting challenge. Ensuring there is affordable housing for people of all income levels is even more complicated – especially considering the fact that the Columbus housing market already has a 55,000-unit gap between the supply of low-income housing and the strong [...]

September 28th, 2017|Best Practices, Development, Housing Preferences, Population Growth|