About Me

Benno Martens (ben-oh mart-ins)

I’ve spent the past thirteen years working as a planner in the community development field. My experience has come at the neighborhood, municipal, and county levels.

I also write about community building, planning, and development in my newsletter, Rust Belt Future, and on Medium. Previously published writing on these topics has appeared at CityLab, Belt Magazine, and in The Cleveland Neighborhood Guidebook.

I have a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from The Ohio State University, and currently work at the local government level, which allows me to help effect positive change in the lives of residents and the community as a whole.

For more information on my professional pursuits, you can find me on LinkedIn.

When I’m not working or writing, I can usually be found watching Cleveland or Ohio State sports, reading a book, trying to find the best tacos in Northeast Ohio, or hanging out with my 3-year old nephew.