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Cleveland West Shoreway ranks 7th in Freeways Without Futures

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/03/12 @ 1:24pm

· Cleveland's West Shoreway project ranks 7th in Congress for New Urbanism's Top Ten Freeways Without Future's list.

CNU recently convened a national advisory board for its highways to boulevards initiative.

The list reflects "the age and design of structures, redevelopment potential, potential cost savings, ability to improve both overall mobility and local access, existence of pending infrastructure decisions, and community support."

· In Huff Post, Al Norman, the founder of Sprawl Busters, lambasts South Euclid for poaching Wal-Mart from next door neighborhood Cleveland Heights to anchor its big box development on 144 acres of green space.

But, Norman also recognizes Cuyahoga County for its anti-poaching agreement (which, ironically, South Euclid signed in February). He writes: "This kind of regional land use planning is rare in the 'cowboy' world of real estate development. Landowners and developers have pretty much had their way at the local level for the past 50 years-which explains why huge malls have been built next to residential tracts, in the middle of wetlands, and on the edge of highways far from the downtown commercial core of most communities."

· A group of citizens opposing the Wal-Mart poaching-which Oakwood developer tells the Plain Dealer is not finalized-have started an online petition protesting the move.

· In Rustwire, Richey Piiparinen declares that the history of trying to brand Cleveland by big money efforts are filled with puffery. The best attempts have come from the underground where embarrassments like the river catching fire or the city emptying out because of sprawl are occasion for "turning the perceived weakness into strength, or more exactly: we caught our lifeblood on fire making your country, and then we cleaned to remake ourselves. "

· Cleveland's urban agriculture venture near Kinsman and E. 81st Street involving OSU Extension and Will Allen's local group made it in to The Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food (KYF) Compass, a new online resource about USDA's support of local and regional food. The $1 million grant to Cleveland is the first urban agriculture project supported by USDA, and holds a great deal of potential as a multi-faceted approach to vacant land and community revitalization. Cleveland is case study #8 on the site.

· In the run up to new rules governing toxic emissions from small boilers, PUCO and USDOE are offering help to Greater Cleveland area institutions (hospitals and colleges) and industries that produce their own power to evaluate replacing them with combined heat and power systems. Re-using wasted heat from boilers to power electric turbines could produce 10,000 megawatts of new electricity in Northeast Ohio, The Plain Dealer reports.

On the GCBL resource page for co-generation plants, we write:

Cogeneration is very popular among colleges and institutions, especially if they have an interconnected network of buildings (with the steam pipe infrastructure). Barriers in the private sector have included high fees charged by power companies to provide stand-by or back up power in case the cogeneration system goes off line. In fact, stand-by fees were cited as the deal breaker for a cogeneration plant that Cuyahoga County was considering for its downtown Cleveland administrative offices. While a few private cogeneration plants exist in Cleveland (the largest of which is at the Mittal Steel site), no commercial cogeneration plants have been built.

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