Not sure if you all have stumbled upon The Dispatch’s ongoing series about the arc of Ohio’s Cities. If you haven’t, I’ll just direct your traffic to the really good stuff below. The good folks at the paper have gotten web savvy enough to start adding some multimedia content to their site, and for this story, they’ve decided to put up audio from a great interview. (sidenote: I really like the direction that the paper is heading, both in stories like this one, and editorials like this one.)
The interviewee in the series is Bruce Katz of the Brookings Institution and I’m glad The Dispatch took the time to listen to him. Seldom do I listen to people and say, “Wow. This guy really knows what he’s talking about”. I do with this Kat(z).
Below are the links along with a few of my favorite quotes from the chunks of audio…
“There’s a lot of subdivision housing out there. It’s all dependant on the car. It’s fairly far out from the employment clusters, so people have to drive fairly far to get to their job.”
When asked by the reporter how Columbus would look if it were more “in tune with the times”, Mr. Katz responded, “I think you’d have a lot more infill housing. You’d have a lot more housing in the downtown. You probably would commit to some kind of regional mass transit system. You’d change land use in the city and the suburbs to basically hug the transit corridors, so you’d have much higher density along stops.”
“This next generation is really seeking something very different from my generation and my parents generation. They really want diverse, distinctive, and dense places. They are choosing to live in cities, or close to cities, in much higher percentages than prior generations. When they look to Ohio, what they mostly see is a land of sprawl. And what they mostly see is a state that hasn’t built on it’s urban assets.”