The Future of Transportation in Ohio – All Sides with Ann Fisher (WOSU)

I was a guest on the WOSU show All Sides with Ann Fisher to discuss passenger rail and the future of transportation in Ohio.  Other guests include: Thea Ewing (Director of Transportation and Infrastructure Development, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission) and Marc Magliari (Amtrak spokesperson).

Good conversation!  Recording is posted at the episode webpage:

Central Ohio Regional Sustainability Dashboard

Central Ohio now has an interactive, online dashboard that provides current and accurate information on the 15-county region’s sustainability accomplishments.

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) and the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA) at The Ohio State University are launching an interactive, online dashboard that provides current and accurate information on Central Ohio’s sustainability. You can select, visualize, map and download data on a wide range of sustainability indicators for Central Ohio.

The dashboard serves as the official status report for Central Ohio’s progress toward the Regional Sustainability Agenda, which sets the framework for communities and regional partners to work toward common goals. It was created out of the need for greater access to data and information in order to shed light on the impacts of collective sustainability efforts region.

MORPC press release

Dashboard: https://rsd.morpc.org/

 

Ohio State as a 21st century urban university

In honor of Ohio State’s sesquicentennial anniversary, The Ohio State University Press just published a collection of essays – Fulfilling the 21st Century Land-Grant Mission: Essays in Honor of The Ohio State University’s Sesquicentennial Commemoration, edited by Stephen M. Gavazzi and David J. Staley.

My essay in this collection, Ohio State as a 21st Century Urban University,  discusses the major issues facing an urbanized world, laying out a broad agenda for urban scholarship and outreach. I also discuss the scientific revolution occurring in urban science, enabled by new data sources and powerful technologies such as geographic information systems (GIS). I also make a case for Ohio State as an urban university, reviewing the evolution of Ohio State’s capabilities in urban scholarship and outreach. I  conclude my essay with a discussion of Ohio State moving forward as an urban university: why Ohio is a good setting for urban scholarship, and the role that Ohio State can play in this new era.