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CLE leaders call for more sustainable transportation at Summit

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/26/16 @ 11:00am

“Thank you for dreaming with us about the future of the city,” Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson told hundreds of people attending the 8th annual Sustainable Cleveland Summit last week. Jackson’s remarks came after we talked at round tables under the gilded hall of Public Auditorium for the day about the city’s ability to shape (this year’s theme) Sustainable Transportation. The Summits are...

Crumbs of the cookie<br />Transit gets 63 cents per capita, the crumbs from the transportation budget, in Ohio. Attendees at the Cleveland Sustainability Summit want a bigger piece of the cookie for transit.

Car dominance is not a uniquely Cleveland challenge, Penalosa assures

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/23/16 @ 2:00pm

“Change is hard,” Gil Penalosa told several hundred Clevelanders, including its leader, Mayor Frank Jackson, at the Sustainable Cleveland Summit this week. Penalosa worked with his brother, Enrique Penalosa, former Mayor of Bogota, Columbia to shift the focus from a single mode, driving, to more equitable transportation choices.

<br />Ciclovia, an open streets event that happens every Sunday in Bogota, Columbia. Image: Bike Auckland.

Science offers a window into climate change

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/12/16 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Explore

As coastal cities are caught off guard by “sunny day floods,” no less subtle evidence that climate changes is being felt across the U.S. has scientists, naturalists and policy makers raising concerns. They say, climate change is no longer a theoretical idea; it is being felt in the form of more severe floods, drought, and temperature swings. All up and down...

<br /><br />Images: Cleveland Museum of Natural History

A safer way: Road diets

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/09/16 @ 11:00am

There’s evidence that road diets have a positive effect on traffic crashes while addressing important questions of equity and climate change, an official with the Federal Highway Administration told a group in Cleveland this week. Road diets—defined as the “narrowing or elimination of travel lanes on a roadway to make room for pedestrians and bicyclists”—are a hot topic as cities strive...

<br />Euclid Avenue in Cleveland is a good example of the benefits of a road diet.

Natural Cleveland: September

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/06/16 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Natural Cleveland

Here is the September installment of Natural Cleveland, a field guide of sorts for the urban naturalist and nature lovers. Illustrations and text by Jill Collins; editing by Justin Glanville.

<br />Yellow apple<br />All illustrations: Jill Collins<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Orange apple<br />Red apple<br />striped apple<br />

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