Drivable Urbanism? Walkable Suburbanism? Make Up Your Mind!

APA Ohio Chapter


Friday, September 29, 2017
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. EDT

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This session will discuss how suburban communities across Ohio and the country are facing a new reality. Living, working, shopping, and entertainment preferences are changing to the point that the conventional suburban model of single family subdivisions, suburban office parks, and strip centers and malls are being challenged as the dominant development choice. Demographic shifts including aging baby boomers and emerging millennials are changing the traditional model of family formation, travel preferences, and even how we chose where to live. The term walkable urbanism is the new mantra as community after community contemplates embracing the idea of retrofitting suburbs as more sustainable and livable places. But how well are we doing with this monumental effort? Are we achieving the goal of transforming areas that were once dependent on the automobile into walkable and family friendly environments? And most importantly, are people going to actually walk in these areas? Or, are we creating unrealistic expectations of walkable suburbs? This session will explore these questions using examples from around the country.


Robert Vogt

Vogt Strategic Insights

Jamie Greene, FAICP

As founder and principal of Planning NEXT, a multidisciplinary planning firm based out of Columbus, Ohio, Jamie has spent the past 20 years being inspired by the voices and commitments of the communities we serve. Jamie makes it his top priority to help his clients to answer the question: “What ... Read More

C. Gregory Dale, FAICP

Greg Dale is a founding Principal with McBride Dale Clarion. Mr. Dale is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners, having been active in the planning profession since 1981. He has managed planning projects throughout the country and has expertise in regional plans, comprehensive plans, growth management plans ... Read More

Contact Info

Christine Dersi Davis, info@ohioplanning.org