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Tax abatement heading for a correction?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/23/06 @ 4:16pm

The winds of change appear to be blowing for tax-abatement in Cleveland. Indications are the blanket policy of 100% (of the improved value) for 15 years for residential property will be altered to be more responsive to conditions in the market. Crain’s Cleveland Business reports this week that Mayor Jackson and Cleveland City Council are reviewing the policy, which is...more

Green building gets reality TV show

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/23/06 @ 3:59pm

Movie star and environmental champion Leonardo DiCaprio is producing a reality TV show with the premise of rebuilding an entire town using green building and sustainable development principles. He's currently pitching it to the networks.  Does anyone feel like submitting a nomination form for East Cleveland?From Grist.commore

Yes, Cleveland has green

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/20/06 @ 10:30am

BrewedFreshDaily picked up on green business guru Joel Makower’s glowing review of Cleveland where he got a load of the efforts of the Entrepreneurs for Sustainability community this week. His “pinch me, I’m in Cleveland” surprise that our town is a “burgeoning hotbed of sustainable business activity” is really no surprise to many folks here, but appreciated all the same....more

Bob Stark lays out vision for downtown development

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/18/06 @ 11:57am

Crocker Park creator Bob Stark is assembling the pieces for his grandest development yet—the $1 billion SoHo-style neighborhood in Cleveland's Warehouse District. He told an audience at Levin College of Urban Affairs yesterday that he has successfully sold the vision to retailers and the Port Authority. Building off the momentum of Crocker Park and the population growth in the Warehouse District, Stark just...more

PUCO reviews advanced energy options

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/25/06 @ 5:10pm

Last week, staffers at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) released a report calling for the state agency to adopt new policies that promote more sustainable energy options in Ohio.PUCO listened to critics from around the state who argued that deregulation had failed to provide choices for consumers and opportunities for innovation, including renewable energy.   The staff's recommendations mirror those of leaders from around the state, including the Cleveland...more

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