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Reincarnation for big boxes; 25% local food shift; sustainability jobs

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/07/11 @ 2:08pm

  • As opposition rises to a big box retail center on the former Oakwood Country Club land in South Euclid and Cleveland Heights, The News-Herald looks at the vacant retail scene in Northeast Ohio. "Ohio communities are struggling to fill big box retail stores abandoned when companies move?in some cases almost literally across the street."

    One wonders if there are enough good ideas to fill abandoned big boxes in an area already saturated with stores? Is the big box model resilient enough to withstand rapidly shifting retail trends?

  • On the eve of being let go, ODOT's first female director, Jolene Molitoris, recaps four years of historically high spending on Ohio's roads. In her final letter and report, she writes about reform efforts to prod the agency of "no" and "slow" to include multimodalism.
  • From Cleveland.com: In his last official act today, Gov. Ted Strickland intends to sign an iron-clad lease option giving the Lake Erie Energy Development Co. the legal right to conduct extensive testing in the lake toward the construction in 2014 of five very large wind turbines.
  • Four new sustainability jobs and internships have been posted on the GCBL community jobs board. They are: Positions with Ohio's Safe Lawn & Garden Campaign, Alternative recycling internship at MedWish Interntational, Slavic Village community bicycle coordinator and Cleveland Foundation program summer interns.
  • The final version of the Northeast Ohio local food assessment and plan-or how to shift 25% of our meals to local sources-is now available on neofoodweb.org. The local food team has also been producing some amazing videos-including four new posts-that highlight some of new and innovative approaches to urban agriculture in Cleveland. Check them out here.
  • Tremont West Development reports it will spend $600,000 of federal Transportation Enhancement funds (from the $9 million pot the region received) to reshape the intersection of Professor-Fairfield-W. 10th Street. The misshapen corner with the curving, brick 5/3 Bank building will have sidewalks expanded, crosswalks painted, trees and biofilters installed to bring calm and more sense to the jumble of this gateway to Tremont's commercial district.
  • From Cuyahoga County Planning blog: U.S. District Judge John Adams said he has "grave doubts" about the plans to reduce combined sewer overflows in Akron. He is concerned about the timing and lack of certainty, and could reject the proposed settlement between the City and the U.S. EPA. Members of Akron City Council are also unhappy about the consent decree, and an Akron Beacon Journal editorial characterized their reactions as "predictable sticker shock."

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