Post-COVID Academy to focus on design of affordable housing

COVID-19 may have delayed an insight2050 Academy on affordable housing again, but MORPC and the OSU Knowlton Alumni Society still have hopes of offering a design-based academy once the pandemic dangers are eased. The program was originally proposed this past spring, but was postponed due to the COVID outbreak. Along with the  Alumni Society, MORPC [...]

Community efforts paved way for insight2050

Since Insight2050 was launched in 2014, it has changed the way Central Ohio communities prepare for growth. But the conversations that inspired insight2050 go back more than a decade earlier with MORPC member communities, as well as private-sector planners and developers, reacting to real-life challenges of the day. Landlocked communities with aging populations and shrinking [...]

Central Ohio building and zoning stay afloat amid shutdown

Central Ohio communities are mobilizing to keep up with building and zoning applications during the COVID-19 stay-at-home order – making use of online video hearings and even virtual inspections of some construction projects. Ohio legislators did their part in March with approval of House Bill 197, which allows a temporary easing (until December 1) of [...]

Insight2050 Academy on affordable housing design to be rescheduled

The Spring 2020 insight2050 Academy on affordable housing is the latest postponement amid efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. The Academy was scheduled for the mornings of April 3, 10, and 17, with planning and architectural professionals exploring and demonstrating the role of design in affordable housing. MORPC remains committed to moving forward with this [...]

Registration opens March 2 for spring academy on affordable housing

The Spring 2020 insight2050 Academy will focus on the role of design in affordable housing. The sessions, which MORPC is co-hosting with Ohio State’s Knowlton School Alumni Society, will be April 3, 10, and 17. They are aimed at design practitioners in architecture, planning, and related fields. The April 10 session will include hands-on project [...]

Housing and affordability at top of many regional agendas

Housing and affordability are hot topics at MORPC and throughout the region. In December, MORPC hosted a mini-insight2050 Academy on the complexities of affordable housing, and held the first session of a winter speaker series on housing-related issues. The mini-academy was held as a primer on regional affordable-housing issues for a broad range of planners, [...]

New insight2050 Academy kicks off September 27

The Fall 2019 semester of the insight2050 Academy begins on Friday, September 27 – kicking off a five-session series focusing on affordable housing and related issues. This academy is co-sponsored by the OSU Knowlton School Alumni Society and is aimed at, but not limited to, planning and design practitioners. The sessions will be from 9 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]