What is the Future of Suburbs? // Panel Discussion

January 20, 2016
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Room 165, Thompson Library

In light of shifting economic forces and lifestyle preferences, suburban communities in Central Ohio and across the state are adapting. To stay competitive, some municipalities are investing in walkable places that feature a mix of uses—a model that stands in stark opposition to the sharp separation of land uses that has defined suburbia for decades.

  • How are different communities approaching this significant shift in consumer preferences?

  • How does the history of suburbs influence the future?

  • What strategies are city officials using to accommodate new residents while maintaining the characteristics that have traditionally defined suburban life?


These are some of the questions that "What is the Future of Suburbs" panel will address. A leading group of scholars and voices from the public and private sector will guide a conversation about suburban change. Join us for an exciting discussion —free and open to all! Food and refreshments will be provided beginning at 11:30am. Panel discussion will begin promptly at 12:00pm. 



Mr. Terry D. Foegler, AICP
Director of Strategic Initiatives/Special Projects for the City of Dublin
  • Foegler has over 35 years of experience in leading a broad range of planning, development, and urban revitalization initiatives. Currently, he is leading the Bridge Street District initiative in the City of Dublin, Ohio; a ground-breaking effort to redevelop over 1000 acres located in the core of this extremely successful suburban community, and develop it into a dynamic, densely developed and walkable mixed-use environment. Foegler is also working with other Central Ohio communities engaged in similar efforts. Foegler career accomplishments include leading the acclaimed “Campus Partners” neighborhood revitalization efforts in the urban neighborhoods surrounding The Ohio State University; serving as the Vice President of Physical Planning and Real Estate for The Ohio State University; leading SciTech, a corporation established by The Ohio State University to develop its Campus research park; and serving as the City Manager for Dublin, Ohio. Terry also recently chaired MORPC’s Sustainable Growth Working Committee.

Bernadette Hanlon, PhD
Assistant Professor  |  City and Regional Planning Section, Knowlton School

  • Bernadette Hanlon is an assistant professor in the city and regional planning section at the Knowlton School. Hanlon received a BA in politics and philosophy from University College Dublin, a Masters of Philosophy from Trinity College Dublin, and, in 2007, a PhD in Public Policy from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Her teaching and research interests center on the political economy of cities and suburbs, environmental sustainability, immigration, and urban environmental policy and planning. Hanlon’s recent research focuses on suburban growth and decline. She recently published a book with Temple University Press, Once the American Dream: Inner-ring suburbs in the metropolitan United States.  Hanlon also recently co-authored the book, Cities and Suburbs: New metropolitan realities in the US.

Clay Howard, PhD
Assistant Professor  |  Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences

  • Clay Howard earned his PhD from the University of Michigan in 2010, and joined the Ohio State Department of History in 2013. Before moving to Columbus, he taught at the University of New Hampshire and the College of the Holy Cross. His courses at OSU include HIST3040: The Modern American City and HIST4010: Sex, Youth, and Moral Panics. Clay's research interests include the history of American cities and suburbs; the history of sexuality; and political history. His article "Building a 'Family Friendly' Metropolis: Sexuality, the State, and Postwar Housing Policy" was published in the Journal of Urban History in September 2013. His manuscript, The Closet and the Cul de Sac: Sex, Politics, and Suburbanization in Postwar California is forthcoming from the University of Pennsylvania Press.

David J. Staley, PhD
Associate Professor  |  Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences
Director  |  Goldberg Center for Excellence in Teaching

  • David Staley is Director of The Goldberg Center and an associate professor in the Department of History at The Ohio State University. His research interests include digital history, the philosophy of history, historical methodology, and the history and future of higher education. He has published widely (in print and electronically) on the intersection of technology and scholarship, and is the author of Brain, Mind and Internet (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)Computers, Visualization and History (M.E. Sharpe, 2003) and History and Future: Using Historical Thinking to Imagine the Future (Lexington Books, 2007). In addition to his written work, he has designed and curated both online and physical exhibitions and has published numerous visual compositions in digital media. From 2003-2008, Staley was the Executive Director of the American Association for History and Computing (AAHC), and he continues to serve as lead editor for the Association's book series "History, the Humanities and New Technology."  In addition to his academic roles at Ohio State, Professor Staley is also President of the Columbus Futurists, the local chapter of the World Future Society.

Matthew Starr  |  Director of Development  //  Crawford Hoying

  • Since joining the team in April, 2014, Starr has involvement in all aspects of development, including acquisitions/due diligence, deal structuring, planning/design, government negotiations, leasing, financing, and construction. Prior to joining Crawford Hoying, Starr was the Director of Real Estate for Nationwide Realty Investors, Ltd., for nearly ten years.  While at NRI, Starr was involved in all phases of the development of Grandview Yard, a 100 acre mixed-use project in Grandview Heights, OH. Starr began his career in Real Estate Finance for National City Bank (now PNC Bank), from 1995-2004.  Starr is a 1994 graduate of Saginaw Valley State University (BBA), and a 2002 graduate of The Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western University (MBA).


Harvey J. Miller, PhD
Professor  |  Department of Geography, College of Arts and Sciences
Director  |  Center for Urban and Regional Analysis

  • Dr. Miller's research and teaching focus is on the intersection between geographic information science and transportation science. He seeks to understand how people use mobility and communications technologies to allocate scarce time among activities in geographic space. He is also interested in the social dimensions of transportation and the collective implications of human mobility and accessibility for sustainable transportation, livable communities and public health. His main approach to these questions is the development and application of GIS and spatial analytical techniques to extract information from fine-grained data on mobile objects and related spatio-temporal phenomena.