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Cleveland to Columbus rail gets speedy; Cleveland Heights green hypocrisy; Lakewood is flat (but bikeable?)

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/27/10 @ 1:59pm

  • 3C passenger rail will go 50 (not 39) miles per hour, a new study predicts. Top speeds of 79 mph will connect Cleveland and Columbus in 2.5 hours.
  • The City of Cleveland Heights finds itself in the unenviable position of suing the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District for its Stormwater program while simultaneously trying to claim the program as a solution to its stormwater problem. In a letter to US EPA, the city's law director writes: "If the lawsuit is successful, revenues may become available to the City to enable the City to accelerate its Capital Improvement Plan. We should have a better idea within the next several months as to how the court will rule this issue."

    Where Cleveland Heights gets it right is a new effort that will allow property owners to begin activities to reduce the city's stormwater impact. The law director explains in the same letter to US EPA that the city paid a consultant to review its zoning code and to develop "a sustainable zoning code which will provide opportunity for activities by residents and businesses to, among other things, reduce surface water runoff." The city expects to adopt ordinances by mid-2011.

  • "The policy moment has shifted. State and local leaders have to expect less from Washington, and instead use their own innovations to drive change," Brookings Great Lakes Economic Initiative (GLEI) writes today on the release of their report, The Next Economy: Economic Recovery and Transformation in the Great Lakes Region. "The next economy will be oriented towards exports, powered by low carbon energy sources, and driven by innovation, and it must be rich in opportunity for all. This report offers a hard-headed assessment of the assets that can help Great Lakes metros flourish in such an economy."
  • Lakewood is flat, densely-populated and developed around streetcar lines so it has a compact layout and relatively short distances between schools, parks, residential areas and commercial centers. Yet, the city lacks the coordinated infrastructure that supports bicycling. A public workshop will address the opportunities to improve recreation and transportation cycling.
  • Link: "Sprawl and the undoing of Cleveland" contrasts wholesale abandonment of East Cleveland with the boomburb of Avon. The $5M Sustainable Communities regional land-use grant which NOACA signed on for is held up as evidence of a sea change.

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