GOPC publishes reports relating to a wide range of smart growth issues. Please email us at with any suggestions or to report a broken link.


Achieving Healthy Neighborhoods

"Achieving Healthy Neighborhoods: Evaluating the Impact of Housing Investments in Weinland Park,” (March 2014) is a data-driven report that considers whether the Columbus neighborhood of Weinland Park is achieving long-term health and stability.

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Regenerating America's Legacy Cities

In "Regenerating America's Legacy Cities," (May 2013) Lavea Brachman, Executive Director of GOPC, and Alan Mallach, senior fellow at the Center for Community Progress and nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, argue for “strategic incrementalism” to revitalize cities like Youngstown, Cleveland, Baltimore and Flint. The report was published by the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy.

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Investing in Brownfields

"Investing in Brownfields: The Economic Benefits of the Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund" (April 2013) finds that the Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund generates jobs, business growth and tax revenues for Ohio.

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Shared Services Research Briefs

GOPC's three shared services research briefs identify $99 million in savings that governmental collaboration can bring to local jurisdictions and the Ohio Department of Transportation over the next decade. Click here for more information on these reports.

"Coordinating Efforts Between Counties and Smaller Jurisdictions: Shared Purchasing and Capital Costs on Roadway Maintenance and Facilities" (May 2013)

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"Transportation Storage Facility and Equipment Sharing: Integration Efforts between County and ODOT" (May 2013)

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"Opportunities for Increased Efficiencies and Service Improvements at the Ohio Department of TransportationInvesting in Brownfields" (May 2013)

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Best Practices for Community Revitalization & Stabilization

This online repository of best practices and policy recommendations provides new and innovative ways to stabilize neighborhoods and revitalize communities, particularly in the face of the vacant and abandoned property crisis. As GOPC finds examples of successful strategies of revitalization from across the state, region, and country, we will periodically update this "living" collection of resources that are intended for use by local practitioners, community development leaders, and local and state government officials who work with small, medium, and large communities.

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Sales Tax Analysis

GOPC's report, "Sales Tax Analysis Report: Horse and Buggy Tax Structure Holding Ohio Back" (May 2011) demonstrates that Ohio’s county-based sales tax structure is misaligned with regional shopping trends.

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Shaping the State

GOPC's report, "Shaping the State: Overview of Key Demographic Trends Facing Ohio and Implications for Policy-making and Ohio’s Future Competitiveness," (October 2010) provides a comparative analysis of demographic trends in Ohio, its metros, and the nation from 2000 to 2008.

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Ohio's Cities at a Turning Point

In "Ohio’s Cities at a Turning Point: Finding the Way Forward," (May 2010) co-authors Alan Mallach and Lavea Brachman outline seven basic premises to inform any vision for a smaller, stronger future and subsequent strategies for change in Ohio's eight largest cities. This report was published by the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program.

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Restoring Prosperity to Ohio

An outgrowth of GOPC's partnership with the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program, "Restoring Prosperity: Transforming Ohio’s Communities for the Next Economy" (February 2010) is a comprehensive blueprint for transitioning Ohio into an economy that is export-oriented, lower-carbon, and innovation-fueled.

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ReBuild Ohio

ReBuild Ohio, a major initiative of Greater Ohio, was a consortium of local governments, nonprofits, and civic organizations that was formed to address vacant and abandoned property issues in Ohio. The consortium published the report "$60 Million and Counting: The Cost of Vacant and Abandoned Properties in Eight Ohio Cities" (February 2008) to quantify the impacts of the vacant property crisis in Ohio and to advocate for state-level reforms.

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