Viewing entries in
Akron

Can Bikes and Cars Co-Exist in Akron?

Can Bikes and Cars Co-Exist in Akron?

The city of Akron has taken a measured approach to phasing in a network of bike lanes, including reversible, low-risk experiments in altering street layouts. Can this piece-by-piece approach help nurture a cycling culture?

Streets Aren’t the Only Thing That Connects Your City

Streets Aren’t the Only Thing That Connects Your City

In Akron, Ohio an alternative-news monthly called The Devil Strip serves to identify, connect and inspire people throughout the community. The newspaper helps bring Akronites together to envision and shape the city’s future.

Transforming Akron's Public Schools

Transforming Akron's Public Schools

Can stronger schools help a city grappling with an identity crisis get residents to put down roots? In Akron, Ohio, another transformation, driven not by celebrity philanthropy but by local partnerships, is sweeping through the school system.

Moving On from Sunk Costs

Moving On from Sunk Costs

The more we invest in something, the harder it becomes to walk away. Yet, we need to walk away from a lot of what we’ve built.

Right-Sizing Akron's Kenmore Boulevard

Right-Sizing Akron's Kenmore Boulevard

Akron, Ohio is tackling its stroad problem, one oversized boulevard at a time. “Right-sizing” this neighborhood main street will make it safer and more inviting and hospitable for small businesses.

Remaking Akron's Main Street

Remaking Akron's Main Street

Akron, Ohio’s Main Street Corridor project will produce a safer and more attractive street, with more space for people, activities and public art. But this dramatic, expensive overhaul is not an end in itself. If it’s going to deliver on its promises, it must be viewed as a beginning.

"I Don't Give a (Bleep) About Akron!"

"I Don't Give a (Bleep) About Akron!"

Akron, Ohio’s subsidies for redevelopment of the failed Rolling Acres mall are a textbook case of the sunk cost fallacy: the tendency to examine new opportunities not on their own merit, but in the context of past investments.

What a Difference $1,000 Makes: Part One

What a Difference $1,000 Makes: Part One

When the housing market is depressed and you can’t get a return on your investment, there is little incentive to put any money into improvements. It’s a vicious cycle that several Akron nonprofits are trying to break.

Harvesting Hope In Akron

Harvesting Hope In Akron

To visit the Hapi Fresh Farmer’s Market in Akron, Ohio, is to see the beginning of a journey. Seeds have been planted to draw in more residents, more businesses, and to nurture a return to prosperity for the neighborhood.

The Psychology of Decline

The Psychology of Decline

For a struggling city, negative perceptions from with the community can send it into a spiral of decline. It takes a major shift in perspective to get the city back on track.