Sprawl in Central Ohio - News & Updates
- January 17, 2011 3:35 pm at 3:35 pm #84957
Is roadwork good or bad for Sawmill?
MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 2011
BY ROBERT VITALE
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
I-270 traffic headed onto Sawmill Road used to back up on the freeway before an interchange designed to better handle the flow opened in 2000.
A little more than a decade later, the number of people driving through the area is up 40percent, and traffic exiting the Outerbelt still backs up.
Officials say roadwork planned by Columbus, Dublin and Delaware County in the coming years will help move motorists more quickly through the area – especially those who live in the neighborhoods and apartment complexes north of I-270.October 30, 2011 5:25 pm at 5:25 pm #422864
After commercial boom, few homes remain on urban thoroughfares
By Jim Weiker
The Columbus Dispatch
Sunday October 30, 2011 8:48 AM
The homes were built decades ago, in horse pastures, cornfields and sheep meadows. And there they remained, as gas stations, strip malls and office buildings crept closer and closer.
Now, on Bethel Road, Hamilton Road, Rt. 256 and elsewhere, they are the last homes standing. They are solitary reminders of quieter times, when suburbs were country and four-lane boulevards were two-lane drives.
READ MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/home_and_garden/2011/10/30/life-on-the-strip.htmlMay 1, 2014 9:02 pm at 9:02 pm #1012737
May 1, 2014, 5:01pm EDT
Columbus and Ohio’s major cities are too sprawling, report says
Staff reporter – Columbus Business First
Ohio’s cities, and Columbus in particular, could benefit from being more condensed, according to a recent report from Smart Growth America. Each of the state’s six largest metropolitan areas – Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Akron and Toledo – fall outside the rankings of top 100 most-compact metros, according to the nonprofit’s Measuring Sprawl 2014 study. Only Canton-Massillon, at 93, makes the cut.
May 2, 2014 9:06 am at 9:06 am #1012842
I was with someone on Sawmill Parkway southbound on Saturday, and it was stopped/crawling traffic south of Seldom Seen, probably all the way to 270.May 2, 2014 9:24 am at 9:24 am #1012848
Polaris parkway is worse. and bigger.May 2, 2014 9:36 am at 9:36 am #1012851
Polaris parkway is worse. and bigger.
I imagine Polaris, Sawmill and 315 have all gotten worse recently due to the construction at 23 and 270. People are looking for alternatives, and there’s not a whole lot of major artery roads to use as backups.
Thus the central problem with suburban road configurations all across the US. One clogged artery can screw up the whole system.May 2, 2014 9:49 am at 9:49 am #1012867
I avoid Polaris; it’s like I’m magnetically repelled from that whole area.
Way back when, the 2-lane Kenny used to be very bad with rush hour. Before 315, the northbound options on this side of the Olentangy were Olentangy River Road, Kenny, and 33.
Kenny still handles a lot of rush hour traffic but it tends to move well.August 24, 2014 2:27 pm at 2:27 pm #1036672
New Study Asks: Can We Stop the Sprawl in Columbus?
August 24, 2014 2:18 pm – Brent Warren
Preliminary findings from a new study paint a clear picture — if Columbus and its neighboring suburban jurisdictions continue to build housing and roads the way they always have, the region will sprawl an additional 480 square miles by 2050. (To put that number into perspective, the current land area of the City of Columbus is 223 square miles.)
READ MORE: https://www.columbusunderground.com/new-study-asks-can-we-stop-the-sprawl-in-columbus-bw1August 24, 2014 2:28 pm at 2:28 pm #1036673
Interview: MORPC’s William Murdock on Planning for Growth in Central Ohio
August 24, 2014 2:18 pm – Brent Warren
MORPC Executive Director William Murdock, along with Director of Planning and Environment Kerstin Carr, recently sat down with CU to discuss insight2050 and the importance of planning for the additional half-million people that are projected to call the Central Ohio region home by the year 2050.
READ MORE: https://www.columbusunderground.com/interview-morpcs-william-murdock-on-planning-for-growth-in-central-ohio-bw1December 24, 2014 1:45 am at 1:45 am #1056222
How will our community plan for the next generation of central Ohioans to live, work, play, drive and go to the doctor? CMC’s Harrison Smith Legacy in Civic Engagement forum, Wednesday, December 10, will address these questions as the panelists discuss the Insight2050 Report.
Insight2050 is a collaborative effort by MORPC (Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission), Columbus2020 and ULI Columbus (Urban Land Institute) including public and private sector committee members led by Yaromir Steiner. The planning firm Calthorpe and Associates has been contracted to create the multi-phase report. It is not a plan of growth but a tool to “provide objective metrics that help inform local decision making” for both local government and developers. The area studied includes a seven-county area including Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Pickaway, and Union counties. If Columbus developers continue to gobble up farmland for new housing and shopping developments, the report suggests the impact on the cost both economic and environmental, of creating new infrastructure as opposed to the cost of redeveloping urban or older suburban areas.
The central Ohio population is expected to grow by another half-million people by 2050 with particular growth in the younger adult, 24 – 35 age and older adult, 65 + ages. Housing, medical care and transportation preferences and needs are expected to differ from the population boom in this area toward the end of the 20th century. More households of one or two people are expected reducing the need for large single family homes. Insight2050 provides a measure to evaluate growth in the next 35 years in a proactive manner instead of reacting to growth with fixes that are more difficult to implement and likely more costly.July 25, 2015 7:50 am at 7:50 am #1086501
Four types of sprawl
Blog post by Kevin Klinkenberg on 17 Jul 2015
I shared my thoughts recently on the idea of “sprawl retrofit” which also sometimes goes by the name “sprawl repair” or “suburban retrofit.” Today it’s time to take a step backwards and define what I actually mean by the very broad term “sprawl” since there’s often so much confusion on the topic.
READ MORE: http://bettercities.net/news-opinion/blogs/kevin-klinkenberg/21689/four-types-sprawlSeptember 29, 2015 10:28 am at 10:28 am #1095209
Majority of Columbus Residents Live in Multifamily Homes
September 29, 2015 10:24 am – Walker Evans
A new study from the US Census Bureau shows that single family housing is still the most popular form of residence in the United States as a whole, but Columbus has just under half of its population living in those types of homes. The rest of the local population lives in multi-family buildings or attached rowhouses that range from two units to over 20 units.
READ MORE: https://www.columbusunderground.com/majority-of-columbus-residents-live-in-multifamily-homes
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