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 [...]

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 [...]

Active, Healthy Neighborhoods by Design

Research continues to show a correlation between the design of our communities and our health. People who live in safer, more walkable neighborhoods tend to exercise more and show more signs of good health than people who live in less walkable neighborhoods. But what is it about walkable communities that corresponds to better health? A [...]

April 25th, 2016|Best Practices, Development, Public Health|

Historic Central Ohio: A Top Ten List

Communities that choose to focus growth in and around existing cities and towns may find benefits from this approach. For example, this type of development can save our region $246 million in public health costs annually by the year 2050. The insight2050 report attributes these savings to the link between our health and our region’s air quality, which [...]

December 1st, 2015|Development, Historic Preservation, Public Health|