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Your city wants to be bike friendly. Now what?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/19/16 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Transportation choices

“We’re definitely in something of a revolution here,” a Chicago official told Governing magazine. Chicago is just one example of the “Two Wheel Revolution” taking place in American cities where “striping bike lanes is happening at an unprecedented pace.” If cities are embracing bikes, Governing suggests they also measure how much good they are doing. Standard measures like how many miles...

<br />In the Circle-Heights Bike Network, EcoCity Cleveland established a planning framework for a network of slow (purple) and fast (green) bike routes in Cleveland Heights.

Retrofitting suburbia: Tips for Northeast Ohio

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/17/16 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Reuse, Vibrant cities

We wrote last week about what can be done (globally and locally) to fight climate change. We looked at an article published in Nature, where the authors argued to spend resources making the outer suburbs and small towns more environmentally friendly.

<br />A dead mall featured in Retrofitting Suburbia. Efforts to turn dying malls into new town centers feature prominently.

Cleveland could be a climate winner but it lacks a cohesive strategy for sustainable growth

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/14/16 @ 2:00pm

World leaders gather this month in Quito, Ecuador for Habitat III, the U.N.‘s big push to find a home for 1 billion more people in an age of climate change. Northeast Ohio could be a prime address—if it gets its house in order.

<br />Sprawl covers rich soil at the edge of Denver. Image: National Geographic and Nature.

What's next for the planet? Climate leaders gather in Oberlin to find an answer

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/07/16 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Climate

It had already been quite a week for those concerned about the future of the planet. As Haiti reeled and Florida braced for a monstrous hurricane fueled by warmer than ever ocean water, simultaneously, the European Union joined the U.S., China and 55 nations to ratify the Paris Climate Accord. But not before climate scientists were issuing warnings this week that...

What's next?<br />Next System Project presented their idea of how to power a resilient, but fair, economy without fossil fuels in Oberlin.

Cleveland: Blue Line could be a livable corridor

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/30/16 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Transit

Cleveland’s Blue Line Rapid is featured in a new report, “Livable Transit Corridors: Methods, Metrics, and Strategies” from the Federal Transit Administration and the National Academy of Sciences, a highly respected research facility.

Kind of Blue<br />The Blue Line Rapid in Cleveland is a case study in suburban commuter corridor, reports the Federal Transit Administration. With some work, it could offer more access to opportunity and improve quality of life.

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