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. [...]

New initiatives focus on housing

Affordable housing is in the news, both locally and nationally. Presidential candidates are proposing policies and legislation to address it. Central Ohio advocates and political leaders have advanced it on the public agenda. Increasingly, it’s also on the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) agenda. MORPC and the City of Columbus, along with regional partners, will [...]

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 [...]

Insight2050 Academy mobilizes for mobility options

The Spring 2019 insight2050 Academy focused on mobility options, and the attendees themselves were mobile – on a “walk audit” of the Brewery District and a brief walking tour of complete streets features in Upper Arlington. A near-record 26 people went through the five-session academy, which wrapped up on March 29. They learned about major [...]

Academy + Technical Assistance Program can add up to funding opportunities

Twenty-six engineers, elected and appointed officials, and advocates are immersed in the changing mobility landscape through the insight2050 Spring 2019 Academy. They’re learning the role of electric scooters in the transportation system, how to design complete streets, and what “curbside management” will mean as ride-hailing and autonomous shuttles become more common and private car ownership [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Apply now for insight2050 Academy focused on mobility

The insight2050 Spring Academy kicks off on Friday, March 1, at 9 a.m. and continues each Friday morning through March 29. It is aimed at elected and appointed officials of Central Ohio communities, engineers, transportation officials, and other advocates of transportation options. It will showcase the experiences of Central Ohio communities that have adopted, or [...]

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, [...]

Spring insight2050 Academy to focus on future of local and regional mobility

Hop on an electric scooter to the bus stop and then take COTA down to MORPC for the Spring 2019 insight2050 Academy. The focus on the five-session academy every Friday in March will be complete streets, transportation options, new technology, and old-fashioned walking. The Academy kicks off on Friday, March 1, at 9 a.m. and [...]