SCUP Excellence in Planning for a District or Campus Component
Kent State University and the City of Kent, OH
Photo by Robert Christy
NBBJ; Fairmount Properties; Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority (PARTA)
“ . . . strong civic intervention . . . relationship between the City and University is impressive . . . ”
For decades, Kent State University (KSU) and the City of Kent (City) were politically and physically divided. The residential neighborhood between KSU and downtown deteriorated. In 2004, the City embarked on a planning process that envisioned a more harmonious relationship between KSU and the City and outlined a plan of mutual investment focusing on the neglected residential neighborhood between them (dubbed the Campus Link). In 2008, a steering committee was convened of city council members, university representatives, community stakeholders, and private developers. The shared goals were to provide easier access from KSU to the City’s downtown, promote economic development and growth downtown, and improve the quality of life for the university community and Kent residents.