Innovative models from around the country address homelessness by starting with small, inexpensive, and imperfect solutions. What can Akron, Ohio learn from these examples?
What do you do with an old freeway in the heart of your city that never should have been built? In Akron, it’s become an experimental pop-up park that is stitching the city back together.
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?
Bounce Innovation Hub, a tech incubator in Akron, OH, has not only given new life to the former B.F. Goodrich tire company headquarters. Its CEO hopes that it will be the start of a new wave of manufacturing in Akron.
Join us on October 29th in Akron, Ohio to talk about how to achieve lasting, positive change by focusing on strategic, small-scale, incremental investments—an approach we call Neighborhoods First.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Does the average resident want dramatic change or do they want the urban development status quo?
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.
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.
With a modest investment and a lot of heart, communities are transforming homes and moving entire neighborhoods towards a better future.
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.
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.
What’s the impact of a university campus on your city’s downtown? Akron, Ohio offers a valuable illustration.
A strong, diversified local business community means a strong, economically prosperous town. But how do you get there?
A pop-up music venue is making a big impact in Akron, Ohio.
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.
Akron, Ohio offers a shining example of the many benefits of street trees.