Challenges. Solutions.

Building A Future Through Land Banks

13 Aug , 2021  

A post in 1812Blockhouse’s Challenges. Solutions. series

The Richland County Land Bank has been in the news again recently in relation to the former Westinghouse property on the east side of downtown Mansfield.

While that structure may be the largest to date to be a focus of attention by the Land Bank, the entity has dealt with dozens of houses and commercial buildings in its short history. In so doing, it has established policies and procedures which guide its operations.

Those guidelines connect the Richland County Land Bank to many of its counterparts around the Buckeye State, with an emphasis on removal of properties and the attempted resale of resulting vacant lots. That direction carries with it a certain set of assumptions and leaves a set of challenges.


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All About Richland

Mansfield Community Development Office Seeks Survey Participants, CDBG Proposals

29 Dec , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

The City of Mansfield Community Development Office is the focal point for the City’s addressing neighborhood revitalization, housing assistance, and community development projects. As shared on the City website, the Office pursues programming which set out to “build or expand infrastructures; upgrade public facilities; upgrade the existing housing stock; expand home ownership opportunities and affordable rental housing; and promote f economic development.”

To assist the office in planning, they are turning to residents for input. More…

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All About Richland

Ackerman Named Community Development Director

20 May , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff

During Mansfield City Council’s Caucus Meeting on Monday evening, Public Works Director David Remy shared news of a newly filled position for the City of Mansfield.

Actually, it was not a new employee, but rather a new title for a currently hired individual.

Adrian Ackerman started in the position of Community Development Director for the City, with Monday being her first day on the job. More…


All About Richland

Tactical Urbanism For Richland County

5 Oct , 2017  

An upcoming meeting to which you are invited seeks to bring the goals of “tactical urbanism” to this part of Ohio.

The community meeting will be held on October 11 at 3:00 PM at Richland Public Health, 555 Lexington Avenue in Mansfield. The meeting will be in the Corley Room, accessed from the rear of the building. More…


All About Richland, History & Tourism

Downtown Mansfield Building May Receive Historic Designation

14 Aug , 2017  

At its Tuesday meeting, Mansfield City Council will consider giving “historic listed property” status to the commercial building at 46 Park Avenue West.

Noting that the designation has been recommended by the City’s Planning Commissio More…

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All About Richland, Schools

OSU Regional Campuses Spotlighted

23 Mar , 2017  

This week, The Ohio State University turned a feature spotlight on its regional campuses, including OSU Mansfield.

In a story on its website entitled “A Regional Renaissance,” the University looks at ways its operations in regional settings are changing to meet network-wide goals. More…

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All About Richland, All Things Business

Mansfield & Ohio’s Hub Small Cities Profiled In Report

29 Dec , 2016  

The Center for Community Solutions has published a report which looks at the challenges and opportunities for 47 of Ohio’s so-called “hub small cities,” defined as those cities which are a seat of county government, have a four year college or university, and have a major hospital.

In a section of the report entitled “Big City Problems in Ohio’s Small Towns,” which distills its 63 pages, it shares the following overall findings:

“A quiet crisis is mounting in hub towns across the state, with economic conditions and quality-of-life problems increasingly similar to Ohio’s eight major cities. More…

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All About Richland, All Things Business

How Are Mansfield And Other Ohio Legacy Cities Doing?

15 Oct , 2016  

It’s an intriguing question with what might be a surprising answer – or answers. How does Mansfield compare to cities of comparable size, and larger, in the arena of early 21st century community development?

This summer, Greater Ohio, the state’s self-styled champion for policies and practices that value urban cores and metropolitan regions as economic drivers, while at the same time preserving Ohio’s open space and farmland, issued a 28 page report entitled, “From Akron to Zanesville: How Are Ohio’s Small and Mid-Sized Cities Faring?” In particular, the study looked at what are referred to as “legacy cities,” that is, cities with an industrial past, which have lost population over the last several decades, and is not a college town or near-metro suburb (this would include all Ohio metropolitan areas with the exception of Columbus). More…

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