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Learning from Lansing: Green streets construction

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/03/08 @ 10:22am

The City of Lansing leveraged a street rebuilding project and turned it into an experiment in greening their town's infrastructure. They hired a consultant to build a $1 million series of planters on its Michigan Avenue which capture water running off the street and filter out pollutants using native plants.

This winter, city planners and cabinet members on Cleveland's green team will hear about sidewalk bioretention cells from Lansing Director of Public Service, Chad Gamble. Gamble will also present to the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, which is looking at green infrastructure with its effort to form a regional stormwater authority.

Sidewalk bioretention cells were 'value engineered' out of the Euclid Corridor project, but they could be the future of street rebuilding when Northeast Ohio creates a stormwater authority.

See a photo gallery of Lansing's green street under construction.

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