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 [...]

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 [...]

MORPC Awards Technical Assistance to Four Central Ohio Communities

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) awarded technical assistance to four Central Ohio communities - the cities of Delaware, Westerville, Worthington, and Violet Township. The insight2050 Technical Assistance Program (TA Program), funded through MORPC’s Federal Surface Transportation Program (STP), provides MORPC staff assistance to local government members within the transportation planning area of Delaware and [...]

September 28th, 2017|Best Practices, Development, Transportation, Voices of insight2050|

Innovative Transit Program Connects Workers to Downtown Jobs

What does a “free” bus pass for downtown commuters have to do with the cost of new housing in Columbus? How do parking-space requirements in zoning codes affect the cost of transit and commercial rents? What do downtown office vacancy rates have to do with rainy rush-hour delays on local freeways? The answers may not [...]

August 29th, 2017|Transportation|

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|

City of Columbus Named “Smart City Challenge” Finalist

The City of Columbus has been named a finalist in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Smart City Challenge. Of the seventy-eight cities across the nation that submitted proposals, seven were selected as finalists. Finalists will receive $100,000 to further develop their proposals. One city will be awarded over $40 million “to help it define [...]

March 21st, 2016|Transportation|