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Innerbelt might enhance if it doesn't choke off city

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/22/07 @ 10:13am

As Ohio Department of Transportation's Innerbelt Project Manager Craig Hebebrand presented updates to the Cleveland Planning Commission today, he was peppered with questions about the $1.5 billion plan’s impact on the city. Questions moved beyond improving highway safety, merging into economic development – another goal of the plan. Questions centered around the impact of closing highway access ramps...more

Dream life

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/18/07 @ 12:15pm

GreenCityBlueLake likes to hear from you. When you sign up for a (free) user account, you have the option of telling us a little bit about yourself — including your vision and your dreams for a more sustainable future. (Thanks to those who’ve already filled out their profile.) In the spirit of getting to know our community, we’ve started highlighting...more

Costs and benefits of Innerbelt Plan

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/11/07 @ 9:41am

The Cleveland Innerbelt Project is not merely a massive road rebuilding effort, it’s one of the biggest economic development investments in the region's future. Put in stark economic terms, what is the cost/benefit analysis of the Cleveland Innerbelt Project? The financial cost—which includes building a new I-90 Bridge over the Flats, straightening out Deadman’s Curve and building...more

Reforming ODOT

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/03/07 @ 4:08pm

Transportation is big business in Ohio. Our Department of Transportation's annual budget is an impressive $2.1 billion, but, The Plain Dealer reports, the split between maintaining and improving what we have and building new roads in more remote parts of the state is not equitable. Ohio is one of the top spenders in the nation on new transportation infrastructure while...more

Near zero-emission commute

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/02/07 @ 4:05pm

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) are an enhanced version of current hybrid vehicles with a larger battery to reduce the need for the gas engine—and its emissions. A new Department of Energy study found enough capacity exists in most areas of the nation’s power grid, including the Midwest, to support development of PHEVs. So, imagine driving home...more

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