Building Inclusive Communities

BuildingInclusiveCommunitiesbannerThe City of Worthington is a sponsor of the Building Inclusive Communities initiative, which fosters conversations about how central Ohio can become a region where everyone has the opportunity to decide where they would like to live, work, play and raise their family. 

Information about the initiative's upcoming programs will be posted here when they are available. View previous programs and find more resources below.

Upcoming Programs

September 13, 2022 - 7:00 pm - Dubious Distinction: The Challenges of Housing and Economic Segregation in Central Ohio
In-person and virtual. McConnell Art Center, Bronwynn Theatre, 777 Evening St Worthington, OH 43085. 
Registration - Click here to register for in-person or virtual tickets. 

The Columbus metro area is second worst to Austin, TX for economic segregation for large metros in the US, while the central Ohio housing shortage becomes more challenging each year. These trends put future success as a region at risk.  Join the Building Inclusive Communities Initiative for a thought provoking evening with Gene Slater, housing finance expert and author of Freedom to Discriminate: How Realtors Conspired to Segregate Housing and Divide America to learn about the origins of economic segregation.  Gene's presentation will be followed by an insightful conversation with local experts about how to reverse economic segregation and improve housing accessibility in neighborhoods and communities. Guest Speaker: Gene Slater, Author and Housing Finance Expert, Harvard Loeb Fellow. Moderator: Shiloh Todorov, Move to PROSPER. Panelists: Michael Wilkos, Senior VP of Community Impact, United Way of Central Ohio. Additional panelists to be announced. 

November 16, 2022 - 7:00 pm - Visualizing Density and Legalizing Housing in Central Ohio
In-person and virtual. McConnell Art Center, Bronwynn Theatre, 777 Evening St Worthington, OH 43085. 
Registration - Click here to register for in-person or virtual tickets

Why does the word "density" create fear and cause concern in public conversations about housing?   Join Building Inclusive Communities and special guests Julie Campoli and Eli Spevak to learn why density is misunderstood, and how it can be a key to solving housing challenges. Guest Speakers: Julie Campoli, Author, Visualizing Density, Harvard Loeb Fellow; Eli Spevak, Developer and Zoning Expert, Harvard Loeb Fellow. Moderator and Panelists TBA.

In addition to these public programs, the Building Inclusive Communities initiative will be hosting daytime workshops with national experts while they are in Central Ohio. One of these workshops will be a housing finance roundtable discussion focusing on finance mechanisms for housing that will take place during the afternoon of September 13, 2022.  The other workshop will focus on density and zoning in communities and will take place in the afternoon of November 16, 2022.  

Previous Programs

History of Worthington's Planning and Development

At its May 18, 2022 program, participants learned how Worthington transformed from a central Ohio "New England Village" to a modern suburban municipality, how a variety of neighborhoods were created, and what types of housing options remain for the future. This program was presented jointly by the City of Worthington and the Worthington Historical Society. 

Panelists included Kate LaLonde, Director of the Worthington Historical Society; Lee Brown, City of Worthington Director of Planning & Building; and Bernadette Hanlon, OSU Professor of City and Regional Planning

View program online

Housing Affordability 101

Building Inclusive Communities held its first program on March 30, 2022, Housing Affordability 101. Carlie Boos, Executive Director of the Affordable Housing Alliance of Central Ohio, spoke about the myths and realities of housing affordability and shared examples of initiatives from other communities that have worked, what the enablers are to solve challenges, and who should be responsible for helping with the solutions.