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Sprawl's hidden cost to Cleveland, a costly river clean up

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/23/15 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Transportation choices, Clean water, Connecting to nature

Imagine instead of retiring to a golf community, you had the choice of a small house in a beautiful park located on a reforested lot in Cleveland. Or in a community on a sustainable farm in the Cuyahoga Valley surrounded by forest on all sides. Is it a utopian dream? Or the new American dream?

<br />Soil being dredged from the Cuyahoga RiverConservation development<br />Two developments in Hiram preserve the woods by clustering the homes and placing a conservation easement on the land<br />The carbon intensity of Northeast Ohio (red equals more carbon emissions per household).

Eastside Greenway would boldly expand bike-green access

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/15/14 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Connecting to nature

For the 18 suburbs and City of Cleveland who are collaborating on the Eastside Greenway, a special session in Cleveland Heights last night couldn’t have been a better exchange with those most likely to use an expanded bike network. Both sides dug into how four selected corridors could be improved as "a unified trail network that will link neighborhoods." A...

Green belt<br />Is South Belvoir Road ideal for a bike/greenway improvement project?Walking culture<br />The Indianapolis Cultural Trail brings biking, walking and big business  downtown.Eastside Greenway<br />The plan calls for a unified trail network that will link neighborhoods.

Best and worst communities in Northeast Ohio (based on tree canopy)

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/02/14 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Home landscaping, Connecting to nature, Plants & animals

“Cleveland is the inaugurator of many admirable civic movements. One of the most important of these, and the one which has been most widely copied, perhaps, is the work of the Home Gardening Association. This movement, which has for its aim the clearing of streets and alleyways of ugly and unwholesome rubbish, and planting shrubs and plants in otherwise unsightly...

Check your lid<br />Urban tree canopy coverage in Cuyahoga County. Image: CCPCLittle Italy, Cleveland<br />Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights<br />Forest Hills, East Cleveland<br />Nature preserve, Chagrin Falls<br />Rocky River<br />I-271 South corridor<br />Hudson, OH<br />Downtown Cleveland<br />
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Birds and birders flock to northern Ohio

David Beach  |  05/02/14 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Connecting to nature, Plants & animals

We often think of northern Ohio as a working landscape of industry and agriculture. But, if you open your eyes, you can see amazing natural wonders. A highlight is the spring bird migration, which attracts birders from all over the country.

Spring mania<br />The boardwalk at Magee Marsh is one of the best places in the country to observe the spring migration of warblers and other neotropical migrants. Late winter at Pymatuning Reservoir<br />Northeast Ohio offers year-round birding opportunities, such as a late winter field trip to the Pymatuning Reservoir in eastern Ohio led by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Lakefront phenomenon<br />During the winter thousands of gulls congregate around the warm water discharges of power plants along the Lake Erie shore, including the plant by Gordon Park in Cleveland.New lakefront treasure<br />The Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve, a former disposal area for river dredgings, is now a birding hotspot within view of downtown. Dunes along the shore<br />The rare habitat of Mentor Headlands Dunes State Nature Preserve attracts unusual birds throughout the year.

Fascinating before-and-after photos of treelawns in CLE reveal the awesome nature of cities

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/11/14 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Home landscaping, Connecting to nature, Plants & animals

During a recent trip to Tijuana, Mexico landscape designer, Armando Ramos, who is fighting for the creation of a central park within the borders of his city of 1.7 million inhabitants, made a connection between nature and math. The World Health Organization has calculated that we all need to breath 360 liters of oxygen a day, he said, adding that it...

Honeylocusts on Morton<br />This tree canopy on Morton in Cleveland grew in a mere 40 years.Lindens on South Woodland<br />Images from the same spot in 1970 on the left and 2007 on the right show the impact trees can have on our feeling of a place. 

From Street Tree Evaluation Project: Forty Years of Street Tree Evaluation in Five Communities.Faasens Black Norway Maple on Arlis<br />The tree canopy on Arlis in Cleveland has the visual effect of making the road seem narrower.Japanese Scholartrees on W. 33rd Street<br />None of the original trees from the 1950s survived. Many were aggressively pruned below the power lines.Callery pears on Birchwold<br />The variation between losing a brick-lined street for asphalt is interesting. The pear trees didn't survive particularly well.Corktrees on College<br />College Street in Wooster shows how mature canopy trees dramatically change our perception of place.Norway maples on W. 58th Street<br />Many Cleveland streets suffered the loss of tree lawn trees over the last 40 yearsHawthornes on Heinritz<br />Heinritz in Cleveland lost many of its street trees since 1970.Lake in Toledo<br />Ash trees on W. 182nd Street<br />Miracle on W.182nd Street in Cleveland. The survival of Velvet Ash trees.
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