Central Ohio 2020 Webinar Series
Community Character in the University District: Planning to Implementation
September 15, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM ET
As the densest and most culturally diverse neighborhood in Central Ohio, the University District is unlike other communities in the region. With multiple ongoing large development projects and the constant influx of new residents, the neighborhood is in a perpetual state of rapid evolution. Underlying all of this change is a community that has significant history and a thriving arts and culture scene. The challenge is to embrace this change while also building upon this history and culture.
This session explores two recent projects in the community a planning project that has since transitioned to implementation: The University District Arts and Character Plan and the Tuttle Park Improvements Plan. The first effort developed strategies to preserve the neighborhood’s character and sense of place even while massive construction projects transform the area. The process included significant community outreach and historical research. Outcomes of the plan include numerous ongoing projects such as street art, murals, sculptures, and a Columbus’ first utility box program.
Tuttle Park is a planning and design project which includes a public engagement process to determine the viability of omitting underutilized elements and adding other recreation elements in the park. Unique elements such as cricket fields, futsal courts, and a skatepark are included in the final plan and reflect the diverse users of the park. The project also includes a wayfinding component in which custom signage was developed to highlight the character of the park. The selected concept draws upon the Arts and Character Plan and an existing mural in the park to create a fun and vibrant signage plan that reflects the character of the neighborhood.
The session will conclude with a discussion about current implementation and future opportunities in the University District and how this approach can be applied within other communities.
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Amanda Golden // Co-Founder/Principal at Designing Local
Matt Hansen, AICP // Executive Director at University District SID
Josh Lapp // Principal at Designing Local
Matt Leasure, AICP // Principal at Designing Local
Ethics for Planners
Original Air Date: July 23, 2020 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET
This session will be an interactive dialogue about ethical principles and guidelines that professional planners face. It will cover the AICP Code of Ethics and will apply the Code to ethics scenarios developed by the AICP Commission and drawing from the speaker’s experiences. The session will satisfy the AICP CM Ethics requirement.
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Parks are an Essential Business
Original air date: June 11, 2020
COVID-19 has brought greater clarity to what is “essential” in our daily existence. In the era of social distancing and sheltering in place, we are all discovering what many of us already knew—that parks and trails are an essential business. More than ever our communities are relying on these critical green resources as means of transportation, to get needed fresh air and exercise, and as a mechanism for aiding mental health.
This reality has presented both short term and long-term challenges. More immediately, cities and park systems have been faced with how to allow park and trail usage while maintaining safe social distance. What has also come into focus is the stark reality that social access to these valued and necessary community assets is inequitable. Many neighborhoods not only lack adequate parks and trails, but they also have uneven access to the parks and trails that do exist. The lack of sidewalks, the presence of heavy traffic, the prevalence of crime, and the lack of shade are but a few conditions that prevent equitable access.
It is no longer possible to ignore these systemic issues. This webinar will highlight local, regional and national examples of how communities are addressing both of these short-term and long-term challenges. We will then showcase current initiatives in Columbus that, if properly coordinated and implemented, can ensure that Central Ohio provides equitable social access to parks and trails for all of its citizens.
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