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This week's headlines 2.20.15

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/20/15 @ 11:00am

<br />Morgana Run Trail in Slavic Village, the site of home redevelopment.<br />America's car fetish cools.<br />Pop Up Rockwell, a Better Block demonstration in Cleveland in 2012.

  • Many cities claim to be sustainable, but leaders, like the European Union’s Sustainable Towns and Cities, are basing plans on hard metrics like “carbon accounting” and area of green space per capita. (Sustainable Cities)
  • Cleveland's Slavic Village, one of the hardest hit neighborhoods in America in 2007, has turned the corner and is selling market rate homes thanks to a new public-private partnership, according to the Greater Ohio Policy Center (Freshwater Cleveland).
  • People for Bikes has a cool annual report (webpage not pdf) that charts the impressive growth in biking in America. The $200-800 million in public dollars since 1999 is starting to have an impact in places like Pittsburgh, PA where progressive mayor Bill Peduto made three protected bike lanes happen last year.
  • Building a $36 million parking garage at the end of Opportunity Corridor is evidence that Cleveland Clinic “just doesn’t get it” when it comes to the trend toward walkable urbanism, Rustwire writes. They offer some suggestions on how the Clinic could spend that money more wisely.
  • Akron was inspired to launch its own Better Block, joining the national movement to reclaim abandoned spaces and underutilized streets across urban America through creative interventions like pop up storefronts, sidewalk seating and low-cost bike lanes. (The Better Block)
  • Climate scientist Michael E. Mann notes the 21 degree F warmer ocean water off the east coast is the “jet fuel” to Boston’s unprecedented snow falls, and further evidence that climate change is producing unpredictable weather. (Washington Post)
  • Western Reserve Land Conservancy launched Reforest Our City to reverse the trend of tree canopy loss in the City of Cleveland. The non-profit group will make $35,000 in grants available this year for planting in the city, which has only 18% of its land area covered by trees.

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