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Cleveland Sustainability Chief McGowan: How do we "scale up" a green city?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/29/14 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in CLE 2019 Journal

The following guest blog post from Cleveland Chief of Sustainability, Jenita McGowan, is a reflection at the half-way point in Sustainable Cleveland 2019, the city's big, 10-year sustainability initiative. SC2019's goal is to transform Cleveland into a thriving green city on a blue lake by the 50th anniversary of the last fire on the Cuyahoga River. The sixth sustainability summit...

Greening CLE<br />The annual Sustainable Cleveland 2019 summits bring hundreds of people together to review progress and design new initiatives that will make Cleveland a green city on a blue lake.

Local food needs a matchmaker and its own show

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/27/14 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Food

All of that craft beer and sausage you’re bringing home from the market could be a sign that Cleveland has an artisan economy waiting in the wings. In fact, a new report says an all-in effort should be made from the platform of local food champions like cheese, beer, bread and sausage made in CLE.

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Lake Erie's water crisis, then and now

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/22/14 @ 11:15am  |  Posted in Clean water, Water

The Toledo water crisis may have fallen off the front page of the news, but not before a prime suspect was identified. The deadly toxin that shut off the tap for 500,000 people in August comes from algae in Lake Erie fed by fertilizer running off of big, conventional farms in Northern Ohio.

The mouth of the Cuyahoga<br />Modern environmental regulations have greatly reduced industrial pollution, but we are still a long way from healthy and sustainable water resources.Lake Erie today<br />The eastern basin of Lake Erie, at Mentor Headlands.

Crocker versus Battery Park - is there any comparison?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/19/14 @ 4:15pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

The plan seemed simple enough. The three of us urban types would meet at John’s house near the Shoreway for a three-hour tour of the region’s premier example of a lifestyle center, Crocker Park, and infill development, Battery Park. An online conversation about “authenticity”—finding that ineffable quality that speaks to the quirk of a place or perhaps pays respect to...

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Cities that attract bikers and walkers are tapping into better intelligence

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/13/14 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Walking

Faced with questions of, can we count on people biking and walking if places are built with these “modes” in mind, cities historically turned to planning tools that, it turns out, failed to provide a definitive “yes.” City planners have been hamstrung, until recently, by inadequate tools for predicting how, for example, an area with a high Walk Score translates into...

Walk this way<br />Arlington, Virginia has won smart growth awards for its mix of transit, bike and walking access.

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