1 Million More.Â Letâ€™s make room for everyone.
Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission released an update toÂ insight2050Â today. Since 2010, we have added 115,000 people – more than predicted! MORPC’sÂ confident weâ€™ll add at least 500,000 people by 2050.Â There are many variables to consider, but if this remarkable growth continues, itâ€™s possible we reach the 500,000 mark 20 years early â€“ by 2029. This growth rate would put Central Ohio on pace to add upwards of oneÂ million people by 2050.
Itâ€™s a critical time for the future of Columbus.
Itâ€™s important that we clearly understand the market demand for more compact, mixed use development that is walkable, bikable and transit-friendly. If we are listening,Â really listeningÂ to the results of theÂ insight2050 plan, and the updates released today, we know more sprawl isnâ€™t the answer to our growth. More cars, more development without sidewalks, moreÂ hour long commutesÂ wonâ€™t make us ready to compete.
And frankly, our communities and businesses have already started to respond to the demographic changes and different market demandsÂ byÂ providing more transportation and housing choices.Â
If we want to grow sustainably, in a way thatÂ embracesÂ the demands for walkable, dense, neighborhoods, we need high-capacity transportation options. It could be anything from BRT, to light rail, and streetcar. Â Mass transit will remain crucial as the regionÂ addsÂ 1 million more residents. Mass transit is an efficient use ofÂ space and moneyÂ that honors the housing and development that people want.
If we want to compete in the 21st Century, we will need lots of transportation options. A city with mass transit is a city the future will reward.
I want to live in a walkable, dense, lively, smart city with personality. Insight2050 proves I’m not alone.Â I want Â options that make that kind of city a reality. That means more sidewalks, more mass transit, more local shops close to each other, more mixed use environments, more character, and more neighborhoods built to accommodate all.
-Elissa SchneiderÂ Chair, Transit Columbus