Winners announced for the CRP Internship Research Prizes

Following a preview of student work and opening remarks, winners were announced for the Internship Research Prize during the 2018 City and Regional Planning Exhibition and Reception. The MCRP Internship Program provides students with a broad, and yet intensive learning experience in the city and regional planning field were they are required to complete 560 hours in a planning-related internship. 

The following is the list of students whose work was recognized, as well as a brief review of their internship research.

Sarah Lilly | First Place | New Albany Velo Loop Precedent Research

The New Albany Velo Loop is a 5-mile, two-way cycle track loop proposed in the Bike New Albany Plan. To understand how to best implement this cycle track in New Albany, MKSK was tasked with analyzing precedents or best practices in other cities, which was then formalized into a Cycle Track Precedent Report. The three precedents reviewed were the Vassar Street Cycle Track in Cambridge, MA, the Capital City Bikeway in St. Paul, MN, and the Baseline Road Cycle Track in Boulder, CO. These examples will hopefully inform the City of New Albany as it moves forward in the implementation of the Velo Loop.


Brian Zimmerman | Second Place | Northland Development Plan

The Northland Development Plan is a theoretical plan that seeks to apply the diverse assets of the Northland neighborhood to its economic challenges. In light of recent grocery and neighborhood store closures, the Northland Development Plan seeks to capitalize on the assets of the community to start new businesses and bring more employment opportunities to the area. Through entrepreneurship and creative redevelopment of abandoned sites, Northland can be transformed into an increasingly desirable place to work for its residents. Elements of the plan include branding, infographics, maps and site visualization.


Alicia Christie | Third Place | Managing Regional Datasets: forecasting for the Columbus Metropolitan Transportation Plan

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Comission (MORPC) is actively working on the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP). This plan is a long-range planning document that identifies transit deficiencies, policies, strategies and projects through 2040. In order to obtain accurate data for future needs in the region, the data and mapping department at MORPC is heavily involved in the MTP process. For instance, regional data sets such as development dots, points of interest and sidewalks are continuously updated and maintained by the data and mapping team. These data sets assist the MTP in drafting criteria for land use, propulsion growth, multimodal accessibility, employment projections and project evaluation. 


Richard Hansen | Best Topic | Riverside Crossing Park

The Riverside Crossing Park project is currently being developed along both sides of the Scioto River and is located in the Bridge Street District of Dublin, Ohio. The project is broken into west and east portions and will connect Historic Dublin with the developing Bridge Park. The park was proposed and approved in 2016 as plans were being approved for the Bridge Park development to the east of the future park. The park will be focused around a pedestrian bridge that will serve as a staple in the infrastructure of this up-and-coming metropolitan city.


Tobi Otulana | Best Graphics | Insight2050 Technical Assistance Program

Insight2050 is a collaborative regional analysis and scenario planning initiative led by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), ULI Columbus and Columbus 2020. Phase 3 of the initiative, the insight2050 Technical Assistance Program (TAP), offers MORPC member communities staff assistance for transportation and land use planning services. In its first year, the TAP is helping four Central Ohio communities—Delaware, Violet Township, Westerville and Worthington. The projects fall into two categories: Complete Streets projects and infill development projects. The TAP is providing context-sensitive toolkits, site analyses, mobility analysis, resources and reports to support these communities as they prepare for the future with Complete Streets policies and Infill development plans.