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Headlines of the week 2.6.15

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/06/15 @ 11:00am

  • Ohio Senator Randy Gardner introduces a bill to establish an Office of Harmful Algae Management of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency with the aim of reducing phosphorus in Lake Erie. (Sentinel-Tribune)
  • The Cuyahoga River has come a long way since its infamous burning river days. Recent tests found that water quality has improved dramatically although work remains to be done. (Cleveland Water Alliance)
  • Two Dutch researchers are mapping where cities become “transit poor,” or, don't close the gap between car free people and job drift. (Next City)
  • James Robertson, the Detroit man who has to walk 20 miles a day to work because the city and suburbs sever transit lines (the suburb where he works opted out of bus service completely), jolted the nation awake about access inequities. Donations to buy him a car won’t help the 60,000 other residents of Detroit who are “access poor.” (Bill Moyers)
  • Here are five ways mid-sized cities like Cleveland can densify without sacrificing their character. (Sustainable Cities)
  • Minnesota’s Department of Transportation is preparing for climate change, while Ohio’s DOT dithers. (Tim Kovach)
  • Akron’s transportation agency is looking at where it can add more mid-block crosswalks and road diets/bike lanes. (AMATS)
  • Because of recent improvements to walking and biking, Columbus is selected to host the National Safe Routes to School Partnership's 5th annual national conference, April 5-7.
  • Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority decides to reinvest in two Red Line Rapid stations (that are in the Opportunity Corridor). City of Cleveland vows to support them with transit-oriented development plans around the stations. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
  • The Cleveland Clinic announces it will build a 3,000 space parking garage on E. 105th. Observers wryly note this is the first development in the Opportunity Corridor. (Cleveland.com)
  • The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee introduces The Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2015. It would fund Amtrak at $1.8 billion per year even though the National Association of Railroad Passengers has identified nearly $200 billion in projects requested by state or local governments. (Midwest High Speed Rail Association).

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