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Exploring the legacy of what makes equity planning work

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/21/18 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transform

In his 2016 book, The Well-Tempered City, socially active developer Jonathan Rose makes a compelling case that cities will survive in our “VUCA times” (volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity) by tapping the innovation gene that can be found in Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier which modernized music. Bach’s circle of fifths tuning method is an example for cities.

<br />A bus-rapid transit park in Curitiba, Brazil. Image: Journal of Place Management and Development.<br />Green roof on Via Verde, a mixed-income housing development in the South Bronx. Image: Urban Land Institute.

Local food hub could put Cleveland ahead of the pack

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/08/18 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Local food system

Almost a decade on from Northeast Ohio’s food study, the one that made waves because it contained a BHAG (big hairy audacious goal) to shift 25% of the food we eat to local, one of the needs identified—to concentrate the many, small, regional farmers, urban gardeners and flea and farmer’s market purveyors as an entity—is finally being met. Food hubs could...

<br />Image from Oberlin Food Hub

Northeast Ohio Best Trails and Greenways 2018

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/30/18 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Connecting to nature, Transportation

This year's entries into Greater Cleveland's Trails and Greenways Conference are inspiring—in imagination, but also, in the highest category, for achieving much sought after equity and improved access to low cost and low carbon forms of active transportation. Full disclosure: I participated with a panel of local transportation experts in selecting the 2018 winners.

<br />Environmental Design Group bike share system is popular (seen here in use in downtown Akron).<br />Bike to Work Day 2018 in Cleveland <br />Students in Cleveland Heights-University Heights Schools learning to ride with the bike fleet.<br />Burning River Ramble <br />Black Girls Do Bike Akron Chapter<br />Jim Sheehan, director of Ohio City Bike Coop, leads Cleveland Municipal School 2nd graders in bike education skills course.<br />Morgana Run Trail and art plan<br />Rosewood Avenue pop up street closure in Lakewood.<br />Summit Lake (pop up) Nature Center<br />Open Streets Cleveland<br />Thorn Mountain Bike Club<br />Lake to Lakes Trail extension and trail head<br />Maple Highlands Trail<br />Fort Hill Steps<br />Headlands Nature Preserve Boardwalk<br />Lakefront West Multi-Use path<br />Detroit-Superior Bridge green lane<br />A Bridge That Bridges public art project<br />Lakefront multi-use path in Euclid
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Rock on: Unlocking the mystery of coral bleaching

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/29/18 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Climate, Plants & animals

Stephen Palumbi considers himself an optimist, despite the scary data on ocean health that keeps washing up on his shore.

<br />Stanford University Marine Biology professor Stephen Palumbi during the National Academy of Engineers meeting in Cleveland. The slide reads, Using heat-resistant corals to build future reefs ready for climate change.

A lightning rod on climate change, Michael Mann's resolve has not wavered

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/25/18 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Climate

Few scientists would be willing to climb back into the cockpit of controversy as often as Michael E. Mann, a climatologist and geophysicist and current Director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University, whose research on the causes of climate change contributed to the Nobel Prize awarded to the IPCC and Al Gore.

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