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Opinion: Sprawl is Alive and Well in Central Ohio

Walker Evans Walker Evans Opinion: Sprawl is Alive and Well in Central Ohio

While the development beat here at Columbus Underground tends to focus primarily on new construction happening within the urban center of our city, it’s worth noting that suburban sprawl is still going strong. Reporter Brent Warren wrote up a well-read story several weeks ago about two large suburban developments on the outskirts of the city […]

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Experts weigh in on Hamilton Quarter development

Walker Evans Walker Evans Experts weigh in on Hamilton Quarter development

Last week, a group of local developers announced plans for Hamilton Quarter, a new 320-acre project just outside New Albany on the far northeast side of Columbus. Once built, the site will contain 700,000 square feet of office space, one million square feet of retail, and 930 units of apartments and senior housing. We reached […]

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Majority of Columbus Residents Live in Multifamily Homes

Walker Evans Walker Evans Majority of Columbus Residents Live in Multifamily Homes

Geographically speaking, Columbus is a very large city. With over 220 square miles within city boundaries, it dwarves cities like Cleveland (82 square miles) and Cincinnati (79 square miles) even though both of our Ohio neighbors are located in larger metropolitan regions. The reason for this discrepancy lies in the heavy-handed local annexation policies of […]

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Study Results Show Impact of Different Types of Development on Region

Brent Warren Brent Warren Study Results Show Impact of Different Types of Development on Region

The Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission – along with partners Columbus 2020 and ULI Columbus – have released the final draft of their Insight2050 report. The aim of the study is to paint a detailed picture of four different growth scenarios for the region, providing public and private decision makers with a huge amount of […]

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Interview: MORPC’s William Murdock on Planning for Growth in Central Ohio

Brent Warren Brent Warren Interview: MORPC’s William Murdock on Planning for Growth in Central Ohio

The Mid Ohio Planning Commission (MORPC) is working with Columbus 2020 and ULI Columbus to head up a new effort called insight2050. Planning firm Calthorpe and Associates has been hired to develop a detailed description of four different growth scenarios for the region. MORPC has shared the preliminary findings from the study, which aims to […]

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New Study Asks: Can We Stop the Sprawl in Columbus?

Brent Warren Brent Warren New Study Asks: Can We Stop the Sprawl in Columbus?

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 […]

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How Suburban is Columbus, Actually?

Walker Evans Walker Evans How Suburban is Columbus, Actually?

Rail transit discussion is back in full force following last Thursday’s announcement about the study of a Downtown-Airport passenger rail line. One of the most common oppositional opinions is that Columbus is too suburban to support proper mass transit. But is it really more suburban than other US cities of similar size? Data analysis site […]

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