Cassie is a founder of GMM and has a background in public policy. She holds two master’s degrees and has extensive experience in social work and program development at multiple levels of government. In order to maximize her impact, Cassie decided to transition into a journalism career so she could use her intimate knowledge of the inner workings of local and state government to equip the public to understand and be active participants in shaping public policy.
Columbus is currently home to 18 historic districts, and some of the biggest historic districts are also among the most desired areas in Columbus. With increasing development, some view historic districts as an added layer of oversight and resident input. But on top of slowing development, those protections can increase home values and make them unaffordable for some.
A new report raises concerns that central Ohio is not building enough housing, claiming it is currently adding 6,000 too few housing units each year to meet projected demand. Columbus will need 14,000 new housing units annually to support its increasing population, but is currently building only 8,000 units, according to a housing study recently published by the Building Industry Association (BIA) of central Ohio. The study was prepared by local real estate market research firm Vogt Strategic Insights (VSI) and presented during a panel discussion at the Columbus Metropolitan Club’s weekly luncheon on Dec. 12. One of the major implications of underbuilding highlighted during the event was that housing demand is expected to exceed supply, which could further drive up housing costs.