OSU Study Identifies Different Types of Rural Communities in Ohio

In both everyday conversation, political and social discourse we tend to speak about “rural America” as if it identifies a single way of life throughout all rural communities in our country. A new study, however, has defined five different types of rural communities the exist just in Ohio.

While the list certainly includes traditional farming areas that whose imagery reflects the stereotypes of “rural communities,” the research suggests communities of the rural poor and booming small towns attracting, young affluent adults from nearby cities.

Out of the five types of rural communities, three types were found near the outskirts of major metropolitan areas. The study found that the lines between urban and rural areas is becoming increasingly blurred and can be very dynamic.

The study found that rural areas attract very different kinds of people who are making their homes in these areas for a variety of reasons. Recognizing these differences could help experts better understand and help these communities.

While the study was done only in Ohio, the researchers believe most states have a variety of types of rural communities and that they could differ, even greatly, from what was found in Ohio.

The research was published in the Journal of Land Use Science.


During the COVID-19 Shut Down Ohioans Are Speeding More

A new analysis at the Ohio State University has found that with less traffic on the roads during the pandemic Ohio drivers are putting the pedal to the metal.

Ohio State’s CURA (Center for Urban and Regional Analysis) compared traffic data in Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus from March 28 to April 19 in 2019 and in 2020. These dates align with Ohio’s stay at home order in 2020.

The results of the CURA analysis showed that average or light speeding was up only slightly but levels of extreme speeding have gone up drastically. CURA researchers believe that the lack of traffic has released a desire to drive fast.

CURA used data from private transportation data company INRIX that showed speeds on segments of major roads and highways among the three cities in question.

The average speeding rate for all three cities one year ago was between 0.8 mph to 1 mph and have increased to between 2.1 and 2.6 mph during the pandemic. CURA noted in some places speeding has become quite extreme. In the west-side of Columbus on a section of I-270 where speeding has averaged between 7 to an astounding 28 mph above the average speed. Areas such these exist in both Cleveland and Cincinnati.


Climate Change Assessment Created for Columbus with Help from Buckeye Experts

A team driven by scientists at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center (BPCRC) at The Ohio State University has discharged its last rundown of 43 prescribed moves that can be made to enable focal Ohio to get ready for environmental change.

BPCRC scientists worked together with in excess of 75 neighborhood partners and specialized specialists to build up the activity plan, which diagrams suggestions for adjusting to outrageous warmth, breaking down air and water quality, flooding, and different changes that are as of now happening and liable to heighten with environmental change. The report additionally addresses scenarios for crisis readiness and ensuring the safety of the people.

The proposals are broken into two classifications: essential and optimistic.

Those vital proposals incorporate building up a superior system of focuses where individuals can discover shelter from extraordinary warmth, modernizing the electric lattice, and enhancing training around limiting exercises that add to some of environmental change’s most squeezing reactions – outrageous warmth, diminished air and water quality and expanded flooding. The team additionally prescribes the city survey its stormwater foundation, directions and specialized archives, and make changes to diminish the danger of restricted flooding and cellar reinforcements.

Five seniors named captains for 2014

Jody Victor: Here is some great Buckeye football news from OSU.edu and OhioStateBuckeyes.com.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Five seniors were announced as team captains today by coach Urban Meyer. The five, chosen by vote of their teammates, included injured and out-for-the-year quarterback Braxton Miller, cornerback Doran Grant, linebacker Curtis Grant, defensive tackle Michael Bennett and tight end Jeff Heuerman.
Miller, who will have surgery tomorrow to repair his injured right shoulder, will not be able to accompany the team to its game in Baltimore against Navy this weekend, and coach Urban Meyer said Miller would have to count on the 70-man travel roster when he is able to travel with the team.

Heuerman, called one of the best tight ends in the country by Meyer during his press conference today, is also not 100 percent but Meyer anticipated he will be able to play Saturday. Heuerman is a veteran of 36 games with 22 starts and he has 35 career receptions for 585 yards and five touchdowns.

Joining Miller and Heuerman as captains are three defensive standouts, all in their fourth seasons with the Scarlet and Gray:
•Doran Grant has played in all 39 games over the past three seasons and has started 15 times. The only returning starter in the secondary, he has recorded 83 tackles, 11 pass break-ups and four interceptions.
•Curtis Grant is a 13-game starter who is coming off his best season as a Buckeye when he played in 12 games last season, started 10 times and had 52 tackles, four TFLs and two pass break-ups. He is a veteran of 30 games.
•Bennett started 13 games at defensive tackles last season and was among the team leaders in TFLs (11.5 for minus-62 yards) and quarterback sacks (seven). He also contributed 42 tackles and he enters his senior campaign with 34 games played, 17.5 TFLs, 11 quarterback sacks, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

The team will have one final practice – Tuesday – before the fall semester starts on Wednesday.


Jody Victor

Ohio State fall camp update

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Buckeyes worked through practice No. 15 of the 2014 fall camp season Saturday morning – part of it an intrasquad scrimmage – in lovely conditions at the Ackerman Road fields. Afterward, head coach Urban Meyer met with the media at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

Meyer first addressed the status of quarterback Braxton Miller, who participated in the scrimmage on a limited basis. He said he should be ready to go in two weeks, that his shoulder was structurally fine, but that soreness was holding him back.

Chase for No. 2 QB: Meyer said redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett has moved slightly ahead of third-year sophomore Cardale Jones in the competition for the No. 2 quarterback position behind Miller. Meyer’s reasons for Barrett’s rise: “Functionality, completing passes, growing up a bit, understanding things.

RBs Smith & Dunn praised: Fifth-year senior Rod Smith and third-year sophomore Bri’onte Dunn each drew compliments from Meyer on Saturday and both are in the mix at running back.
Three offensive line positions now filled: Meyer said that Baldwin has earned the starting position at right tackle, joining left tackle Taylor Decker and right guard Pat Elflein as starters along an offensive line that must replace four graduated seniors who are all in NFL training camps right now.


Jody Victor