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Holiday cheer: Three road diets in Cleveland's suburbs

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/27/16 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Transportation choices

Three suburbs in Northeast Ohio got a holiday bonus for bike and pedestrian improvements—thanks to the late arrival of the Fast Act, the $305 billion transportation bill that the federal government approved for 2016-2020.

Top of the Hill<br />Edgehill Road in Cleveland Heights was funded for this intersection redesign. Going green<br />Parma Heights was funded for a road diet and buffered bike lanes on Pearl Road. Plans include this green median at Denison Road.

The Midway: Cleveland's green of redemption

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/19/16 @ 11:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

In the ‘70s, a TV commercial for a battery featured a celebrity spokesman (Robert Blake, I believe) who perched a 9-volt on his shoulder and growled, knock it off. I dare you. It seems like cities could take a page from the school of Blake. What do they have to lose.

The Midway<br />

Green your life: Ideas to lighten your carbon footprint

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/15/16 @ 12:00pm

On a throwback Thursday, we revisit and update the post, "Making personal choices can reduce carbon emissions."

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"Retrofitting Suburbia" author to Cleveland: Be nimble

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/12/16 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

The suburbs have paradoxically brought together an image of safety and health; while time has proven them less capable in these areas than we may think. “Retrofitting Suburbia” co-author, Ellen Dunham-Jones, told a crowd at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History last Friday that there are plenty of fixes to help suburbia live up to its ideal. Dunham-Jones opened with the problem...

Eds and Meds again<br />Ellen Dunham-Jones presented Suburban Retrofit example of Vanderbilt Health, a dying mall that was brought back to life with a major medical center.

Ellen Dunham-Jones: Cleveland has lots of "retrofit suburbia" potential

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/07/16 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Reuse

53% of Americans live in suburbs. World War II is considered an important demarcation line. Pre-war suburbs are mixed-use with walkable town centers and neighborhoods of the streetcar variety. Think Cleveland Heights and Lakewood. After 1945, development shifted radically — to automobile-oriented housing with various types of single-use commercial development along arterial highways.

Back from the dead<br />The Collinwood Rec Center is an $11 million green energy facility opened in 2011 as a creative reuse of a former big box store. It connects the 32-acre Humphrey Park to the northern reach of Cleveland Metroparks Euclid Creek Reservation, including Euclid Beach, Villa Angela and Wildwood parks.

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