Urban planning

Canton downtown in the 1930s
TIM RUDELL / Canton Museum of Art

2019 is shaping up to be a busy year for northeast Ohio cities and towns trying to revitalize themselves. At least two dozen have turnaround plans in place, including Akron and Canton where between them more than $100 million is in play for reinventing their downtowns.

Cleveland skyline
WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

A conference on city planning kicks off in Cleveland this week, concentrating on the theme of equity in the city.

New York City Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver
LYNN ROSS / KNIGHT FOUNDATION

Akron’s population has been shrinking for decades, but the city plans to get 50,000 more people to call it home by 2050. 

In addition to its own redevelopment plan, there are other civic efforts to draw on some of the things that helped make Akron in the first place. A national expert on planning came to Akron recently to size up thes efforts

Jeff Speck
M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU

Rebuilding Akron as a 21st century city could mean overhauling zoning codes, embracing its historical architecture and putting city streets on a diet – by narrowing freeway-size lanes to pedestrian friendly paths. Those were among the steps highlighted at a conference at the John S. Knight Center today on ways to rebuild the city’s population to 250,000 by 2050. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze spoke with one of the national urban planners who focuses on the attraction of cities.