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Strengthening Legacy Cities - A Panel Discussion

Legacy cities such as Cleveland, Youngstown and Akron, Ohio; Buffalo, New York; Leipzig, Germany; and Manchester, UK, face major challenges in the 21st century economy, including loss of economic base, aging infrastructure, social polarization and continued sprawl despite population stabilization. Ohio’s legacy cities have many highly-sought features such as dense, walkable centers, abundant and affordable housing and infrastructure, and closely-knit communities and skilled workers from their industrial past and immigration history. How can legacy cities leverage these assets to restore their economic vitality while promoting a socially just and sustainable communities?

Moderated by Harvey Miller

Tune into the webinar to hear perspectives of our panelists!

Our panelists include:

  • Ian Beniston AICP, HDFP - Executive Director of Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation (YNDC)
  • Anthony (Tony) Richardson - Executive Director of The Nord Family Foundation
  • Alison Goebel - Executive Director of Greater Ohio Policy Center
  • Jason Segedy - Director of Planning and Urban Development City of Akron

Learn more about the panelists and register here.

If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please contact Katie Phillips at or 614-688-4914. Requests made 10 day prior to the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.