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, [...]

Looking to the future by building on the past

By Brian Williams Central Ohio has been blessed with some developers and policymakers who were ahead of their times – and whose foresight came from their hindsight.Jack Lucks of Continental Real Estate Companies foresaw 25 years ago the appeal of living in an urban apartment above shops and restaurants in modern buildings that reflect the character [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Is Your Community Prepared for Retiring Boomers?

A recent series published by the Pew Charitable Trusts called Going Gray asks how our nation’s growing population of older adults will shape suburban communities in the years ahead. According to the first article in the series, Can Car-Centric Suburbs Adjust to Aging Baby Boomers?, nearly two-thirds of Boomers in metropolitan areas live in the [...]

July 18th, 2016|Aging in Place, Best Practices, Development|

Working Toward an Age-Friendly Region

Unprecedented population changes are taking place in Central Ohio and influencing real estate development as well as economic and community development. By the year 2050, nearly one in five Central Ohioans will be 65 or older – twice as many as in 2010. Surveys from AARP show that nine out of ten older adults would [...]

March 28th, 2016|Aging in Place, Best Practices|

Creating Communities for a Lifetime

In Central Ohio and across the country, our population of residents aged 65 and older is growing. Central Ohio is a wonderful place to raise a family and in the 1990s and 2000s, many Baby Boomers did just that. But by 2050, over 80% of our population growth will be made up of households without [...]

January 19th, 2016|Aging in Place, Housing Preferences|