What about the Suburbs?

There is a lot of discussion around revitalization of the urban cores and reinvesting in our city's structures. However, one area that is often overlooked, yet vital to the conversation, is the suburbs which surround the cities. The Restoring Prosperity to Ohio initiative focuses on the revitalization of Ohio's core communities; cities which had a population of 15,000 and made up 20% of the county population in 1950. Although this is the initial framework used to identify study areas, key components of Ohio's economy are missing when limited to these parameters. Many of Ohio's first-ring suburbs face the same issues as cities when it comes to a depleted workforce and decaying housing and the Restoring Prosperity Initiative is working to include the suburban perspective into the conversation. The Urbanophile Review is one blog that is already doing this. The posting "Review: Retrofitting Suburbia," which reviews the book, Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs, aptly discusses the challenges that midwestern suburbs face in today's economy and how they are linked to urban areas.