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Cities rethink parking. How Cleveland can benefit

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/21/17 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transportation

With transit holding steady and cycling surging, cities find themselves in an interesting position. They’d like to encourage more of this kind of “mode shift”—but how? Inevitably, the stickiest of all wickets is parking. Cities large and small are being advised to place parking within a larger conversation. Like Cleveland’s University Circle district, which conducted a detailed parking study in coordination...

Parking crater<br />Much of downtown Cleveland looks like a giant parking lotPower to the people<br />Case will release a new master plan that puts a greater foot forward to encourage walking.Bike this way<br />In 2012, Cleveland participated in a pop up two way cycle track on Rockwell. It was an innovative idea to encourage more biking in the city.

The long distance affair for transit

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/10/17 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Transit, Vibrant cities

A healthy debate is swirling around Northeast Ohio's “spatial mismatch” between people seeking work and the employment centers where jobs are moving. The debate centers on the role of transit to connect households in Cleveland’s urban core—up to 40% of which are car free—to jobs that are increasingly moving out to the periphery of the metropolitan area.

Rail runs through it<br />Solon, Ohio has gained manufacturers like Stouffers. Transit is limited from Cleveland. A freight line (seen here) was studied for its commuter rail feasibility in 2002.Little there<br />A low density suburban development in Northeast Ohio typifies the challenge of increasing transit.

We (nearly) all agree global warming is happening, so why the silence?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/03/17 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Climate

When Yale University started its Program on Climate Change Communication in 2008, sentiment on climate change was running high. Of the 18,000 individuals polled, 71% said they believed it was happening.

Red zone<br />America believes that global warming is happening, according to a poll conducted by Yale University of 18,000 individuals.Who's talking<br />Americans are talking less about global warming in most parts of the country (purple), despite wide scale believe that its happening, according to the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication.

Landmark 70s environmental laws cleaned Cleveland, Cuyahoga River, and Lake Erie

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/17/17 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Transform

Today we participate in the #DayofFacts—a national campaign started by two museum professionals concerned about forces that have questioned the fact-finding nature of science. In their statement on why they are joining 200 museums and science-based institutions in posting facts derived from scientific inquiry, The Newbury Library writes: “We hope to engage in a dialogue on what counts as a fact and...

Cleveland then<br />An aerial view of Cleveland where the Cuyahoga River flows into Lake Erie. The image is from before the Clean Water Act, when pollution was routinely dumped into the river.Cleveland now<br />The Clean Water and Clean Air acts helped Cleveland clean the environment and still maintain a steel industry.

When Cleveland invests in transit-oriented development, it succeeds

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/13/17 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Transit, Vibrant cities

Cities that are jumping on transit are glad they did. Transit attracts "environmentally conscious, outgoing people, largely in their 30s and 40s, who are open to taking transit but find the service inconvenient or inadequate," a 2014 national poll found. "Policymakers and transit providers could most easily increase transit ridership by focusing on this group."

Smart line<br />Cleveland State University and RTA invested in major upgrades to its #55 bus to serve a young population interested in transit resulting in a 43 percent increase to ridership.Down and out<br />Sprawl without growth has left Greater Cleveland with a legacy of vacant units, mounting transportation costs, government debt, and tens of thousands of excess properties. Perversely, these development trends hurt municipal revenues and cripple local capacity to regulate land use development and transportation investments. Nevertheless, the Ohio Department of Development and NOACA project these trends to continue through 2030.

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