June 2, 2019, 11am PDT
While they're often treated as mere assets to be maintained or abandoned for other uses, public spaces can be an active part of cities' plans for equitable revitalization.
October 21, 2018, 1pm PDT
While much of the news focuses on declining population and vacant homes, Cleveland and Akron have quietly outperformed many other cities on quality of life.
Crain's Cleveland Business
July 25, 2018, 10am PDT
Managed decline assumes that struggling cities will continue to struggle indefinitely. Is there a better way to plot neighborhood stabilization?
Notes from the Underground
September 7, 2017, 12pm PDT
A Better Block installation took over the streets of Kenmoore in Akron, Ohio last weekend.
February 6, 2017, 8am PST
The city of Akron has lost 93,000 residents since 1960, so it has room to grow. Now it has a draft housing plan that uses a tax abatement program modeled on examples in Cleveland and Cuyahoga Falls.
January 16, 2017, 1pm PST
The Exchange House will open in February, offering a hostel and much more for the immigrant communities of Akron's North Hill neighborhood.
November 17, 2016, 10am PST
It's been a busy year for planners in Akron, Ohio. The most recent accomplishment is the completion of phase 1 of the Downtown Vision and Redevelopment Plan.
October 24, 2016, 8am PDT
The Akron City Council will this week decide on legislation that could at it to the roster of cities that have reformed parking requirements.
September 15, 2016, 7am PDT
A $40 million investment is being split between four cities—Memphis, Chicago, Akron, and Detroit—with the hopes of making big impacts for the community by revitalizing and/or repurposing exiting civic spaces.
July 27, 2016, 9am PDT
Akron Metro RTA recently announced the details of an overhaul of its bus system—the reorganization will affect every one of the system's 36 fixed bus routes.
January 27, 2016, 2pm PST
Down to a population of 197,859 from its 1960 peak of 290,351, the city of Akron is looking for a way to bring people back to its community. One thing Akron has going for it already: an enthusiastic champion of the cause.
April 20, 2015, 5am PDT
Two streets in Akron, one-way and four or five lanes across, have become too much of a safety hazard, and city officials are ready to make a change.
December 5, 2014, 1pm PST
A PBS Newshour economic correspondent visits the sites of former malls in Ohio and Massachusetts, some successfully repurposed, others in construction, and one in decay, speaking with economic experts along the way about the future of the mall.
September 18, 2012, 8am PDT
Mark Stryker writes on Grand Rapids' ArtPrize, a citywide art competition that awards prize money based on public vote, and has been a boon to artists and the local economy. It is now inspiring other cities to host their own such events.