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 [...]

Insight2050 Corridor Concepts Nearing Completion

The insight2050 Corridor Concepts study took another step forward as representatives from various local governments and neighborhood associations, businesses, real estate development, and other organizations associated with the five corridors being studied recently gathered for a working group meeting. Insight2050 Corridor Concepts is an effort to look at current and potential future development patterns along [...]

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 [...]

MORPC studies major mobility corridors

Insight2050 Corridor Concepts, a study managed by MORPC, is gathering information from stakeholder groups along five major corridors in Columbus and neighboring communities to gauge future development and transportation needs and opportunities. MORPC kicked off the study on November 30 with its partners: the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA); Columbus District Council of the Urban [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Study Shows Americans Are On Board with Transit

A nationwide survey found an overwhelming majority (73%) favor changes to land use and local zoning regulations to encourage transit oriented development. Over half of those surveyed report a willingness to pay more for housing that would put them in proximity to transit. These trends appear to be on the rise; 29% of respondents have [...]

August 8th, 2016|Transportation, Transportation Choice|

Can “Disruptive Technologies” Improve the Travel Experience?

What is disruptive technology and what effects might it have on our everyday lives? The term was first used by Professor Clayton Christensen of the Harvard Business School in the late 1990s. He used the term to describe any new technology that displaces an earlier one. There are plenty of examples of disruptive technologies, including [...]

March 9th, 2016|Development, Transportation, Transportation Choice|