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 [...]

Spring 2018 insight2050 Academy open for registration

Registration has begun for the Spring 2018 insight2050 Academy.  Jointly organized by MORPC and The Ohio State University Knowlton School of Architecture Alumni Society, the series is intended for planners, architects, and other development practitioners. Knowlton School graduates are strongly encouraged to apply. The sessions will convene from 8-11 a.m. on March 2, 9, 16, [...]

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, 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|

Register for Fall insight2050 Academy

This is the last call for applications to the Autumn Class of the insight2050 Academy. The application period has been extended to September 29. The first class of the three-session series begins on Tuesday, October 3. This series is geared for citizen activists – neighborhood/community associations, engaged residents, preservation community, and others. The October 3 [...]

As Central Ohio Grows, What is Our Region’s Purpose in Meeting Challenges?

This week, The Columbus Dispatch published a three-part series of reports on Central Ohio’s wage divide. The reports highlighted challenges faced by a growing number of residents in our region, including access to transportation, affordable housing, and steady, livable wages. With Central Ohio’s population poised to grow by up to one million people over the [...]

March 24th, 2017|Population Growth, Workshops|