Marc Lefkowitz | 08/29/08 @ 4:30pm
- For its second act, a Clifton Corridor?With 629,122 passengers last year, the Gold Line bus ? which runs through Lakewood on Clifton to downtown Cleveland ? is a prime candidate for a "Euclid Corridor-light" upgrade, Crain's reports this week. RTA will run its new, longer buses on the route, and Lakewood Mayor Edward FitzGerald would like the transit agency to seek federal funding again to replicate some of the bus-rapid transit line improvements on Euclid Avenue. As the cost of diesel skyrockets, it would be interesting to compare the cost of the line with diesel buses versus an electric bus with catenary lines.
- Cities Growing Smaller The Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative released the first in a series of books this week that address the challenges of revitalizing America's urban places. The first volume, Cities Growing Smaller, includes six articles giving international, national and local perspectives on the challenges and opportunities presented by urban population decline and chronic vacancy. Cities Growing Smaller is 107 pages long and richly illustrated in color. Thanks to the support of the George Gund Foundation, you can get an absolutely free copy by visiting the CUDC (820 Prospect Ave.) and picking one up.
Starting at mid-week, copies will also be available by mail order for a shipping charge of $5.50. Details will be posted at www.cudc.kent.edu/shrink.
- Detroit-Shoreway wants YOU The second annual Cleveland Competition has launched. Last year drew an international crowd of designers who submitted ideas of how they would improve the ecology and access to a natural area of the Flats west bank called Irishtown Bend. This year's brief looks for an innovative community gathering and intergenerational play site in Cleveland's Detroit-Shoreway Neighborhood. It's available at www.clevelandcompetition.com. The deadline for this year's competition is Halloween, and the web site has all the details on how to enter, what's required and more.
- Cleaner water in Ohio?The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency released a proposal and is seeking comments for new water quality regulations-the "most extensive revision in 30 years", the PD reports-to rules protecting lakes, rivers, streams and other surface waters.