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 [...]

Retiring face of insight2050 not fading into sunset

Terry Foegler has a passion for the information that shapes cities. Often the voice and face of insight2050, Foegler retired in December after six years as director of strategic initiatives for the City of Dublin, where he oversaw planning and development of the Bridge Street Corridor and helped prepare the city for a new era [...]

Insight2050 seeks insights of Central Ohio Millennials and youth

Insight2050 is focused on what Central Ohio should look like when today’s recent graduates, young professionals, and new parents are in charge of our local governments and institutions. It is about building for their future. But are we building the future that Millennials and younger Central Ohioans envision? Insight2050 wants to hear from Millennials, students, [...]

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 – [...]

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 [...]