Jason Segedy

Jason Segedy

Director of the Metropolitan Planning Organization serving Greater Akron. My responsiblities include developing a regional transportation plan; overseeing the expenditure of federal transportation funds; and coordinating transportation improvements and regional planning initiatives with federal, state, and local elected officials.

I'm also a resident of Akron's Wallhaven neighborhood and a huge proponent of both my hometown (Akron) and this entire region.

My Recent Activity

AMERICA TODAY SERIES - Anonymous Comments

I responded to Susan Carpenter: Well said.  The Internet is a double-edged sword.  We have a uniquely American cultural reference...

Susan Carpenter

Any time you put something out on the internet, you always run the risk of someone taking your words, pictures, ideas, or thoughts and using them in some way you did not intend. Although I believe there is likely a small... Continue reading

AMERICA TODAY SERIES - Anonymous Comments

I responded to Daryl Rowland: I think we've had a variant of this conversation before at the Commons.  There are lots of good...

Daryl Rowland

What do you think about anonymous comments? Should commenters have to identify themselves? Would you comment differently if you were identified?

School funding: Time to start from scratch?

I responded to Peter Comings: Wasn't the lottery (i.e. regressive tax on the poor and gullible) supposed to solve all of our...

Peter Comings

Many will be invited to take part in this conversation, the gist of which is this: Ohio's school funding formula is unconstitutional. While little appears to be in the works to fix that, school districts and their... Continue reading

Charting the future of fracking

I responded to John Mitterholzer: Good point. Local control now also means local responsibility later. To use an example from...

John Mitterholzer

One of the "local control" issues that is not discussed enough is the long-term impact these sites will have on the communities surrounding them.  They have the potential to become a new set of brownfield sites across the... Continue reading

What Should We Expect from County Council?

I responded to Jill Miller Zimon: As a Summit County resident with some experience living under a charter-form of government, I...

Jill Miller Zimon

Hi Jim, I wrote this blog post about this late last night after attending one of my own city's Planning & Zoning meetings - 90 minutes of discussion about fences, people doing things before asking & how to deal... Continue reading

Another building lost to a parking lot

I responded to Alex Keleman: Good push-back.  These are good points and well-worth considering.  The 3-C rail as envisioned by...

Alex Keleman

Jason, I'm not saying making the May Co. into a garage is the best use, just that 20 years of inactivity later is hardly a  snap decision. But I would like to key in on one other point you made regarding the unstated... Continue reading

Another building lost to a parking lot

I responded to Alex Keleman: Sorry this is turning into an Akron Innerbelt thread.  The practical application of what I am...

Alex Keleman

Jason, Aren't you being a little tough on the last generation of planers? Sure, the Akron Innerbelt doesn't carry the volume it was designed for, but  wasn't it designed to connect 76/77 with Route 8 somewhere by the... Continue reading

Another building lost to a parking lot

I responded to Alex Keleman: It was designed to connect to SR 8, but it doesn't. . .they didn't think it through well enough...

Alex Keleman

Jason, Aren't you being a little tough on the last generation of planers? Sure, the Akron Innerbelt doesn't carry the volume it was designed for, but  wasn't it designed to connect 76/77 with Route 8 somewhere by the... Continue reading

Another building lost to a parking lot

I responded to Taryn Gress: Behold, the Akron Innerbelt. Look on its works, ye mighty, and despair:

Taryn Gress

The Plain Dealer published this article yesterday about a proposition to turn the May Company building into a parking garage for the casino. In the article Johnathan Sandvick, a historic preservation expert says,  "It's a... Continue reading

Another building lost to a parking lot

I responded to Jason Segedy: Oh, and lest it seem that I'm letting my hometown off easy, drive on down to Akron and check out...

Jason Segedy

We need more residential spaces in our downtowns, not more parking.  Yes, residential units can be difficult to market and price correctly, and yes, parking is a legitimate and practical issue; and yes, both of these... Continue reading