April Chapter Meeting: Columbus and Mass Transit


Columbus and Mass Transit: The Past, Present, and Future of Transportation

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Reception 5:00 PM | Lecture 6:00 PM

The Center for Architecture & Design
50 West Town Street, Suite 110
Columbus, Ohio 43215

1.0 HSW LU

Free to AIA Members and Affiliates | $20.00 for non-AIA Members

Register here, or call 614.469.1973. 

Transit and the movement of people throughout an urban environment has historically been a subject of much debate and controversy among citizens, and especially between architects, designers and city planners. Transit has once again become part of the conversation of everyday people engaged in envisioning a better city. Three speakers from different backgrounds will look at historical precedents, current models, and the investigation of future transit plans here in Columbus to put the current conversation into the larger context. Individual speakers will give presentations on the history, the broader vision, and the current situation of transit in Columbus, Ohio. The presentations will conclude with a panel discussion and then open up for questions from the audience.

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EricDaviesEric Davies, Principal Consultant, Transformative Consulting, LLC

Eric Davies has nearly two decades of experience in working with community and public health programs, neighborhood revitalization organizations and other non-profit and public entities. He has a keen interest in health care access, public health, livable communities, and active mobility (walking, bicycling and public transportation). Throughout the past two decades he has: 

  • Helped inner city and rural community health centers to maintain existing federal and state funding, and to help them add sites and patients and expand programs and services through more that $20 million in new federal dollars. 
  • Headed the development, planning and implementation for 10 statewide and regional health care conferences as well as numerous workshops, trainings and other events. 
  • Led the formation of Transit Columbus, a new organization that champions the growth of public transportation in central Ohio, and serves as chair of its board. 
  • Served on a workgroup that created a Complete Streets Policy for the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, the largest such entity to adopt a policy nationally. 

Eric has a B.S. in Journalism from Bowling Green State University (Ohio), and lives with his wife and daughter in a walkable, bicycle and transit-friendly neighborhood of Columbus. 



Alex Campbell, Amatuer Historian

Alex Campbell describes himself as an amateur historian who is striving to research and document the history of Columbus, Ohio railroads. He worked 40 years for AT&T as a technician and manager retiring in 2003 to pursue his avocation. Growing up in Worthington in the 1950s he witnessed the end of the steam locomotive era and the transition from a Columbus with extensive railroad shops, yards and employees to the slimmed down railroads of the 21st century. He also knew enough electric streetcar and interurban men to want to document their history as well. 





CleveRickseckerCleve Ricksecker, Executive Director, Capital Crossroads SID and Discovery SID. 

Cleve Ricksecker is executive director of two special improvement districts in downtown Columbus, Capital Crossroads SID and Discovery SID. The SIDs assess property owners the cost of providing a variety of district-wide services, including supplemental safety, cleaning, hospitality, marketing and promotions, and capital improvements. 

Prior to working with downtown property owners to create and operate special improvement districts, Cleve served as executive director of the Riverfront Commons Corporation. He created a plan for developing the Scioto and Olentangy riverfronts that is currently being executed by the City of Columbus. 

Cleve Ricksecker served as executive director of the Short North Business Association for five and a half years. There, he directed promotions for the Short North commercial district and forged a consensus among area stakeholders to pursue several, long-range goals. They included the creation of a special improvement district in the Short North. Before working in the Short North, Cleve managed the Columbus Arts Festival for five years. 

Ricksecker is a licensed, but inactive, attorney with a Juris Doctor from Capital University. Ricksecker moved to Columbus in 1977. He resides with his three children in the Short North. His three children proudly attend the Columbus City Schools. 

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