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Why Northeast Ohio needs to be more VibrantNEO

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/27/14 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices, Land

In the past year, thousands of Northeast Ohioans imagined and sketched up how we want this place to look in the future. We participated in the Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium (NEOSCC) in the hope that it would devise a plan for sustainable growth.

California dreaming<br />San Diego has focused on developing in the city surrounding the huge Balboa ParkGreen in the city<br />Balboa Park in San Diego is a hugely popular green space and attractor of developmentPicture this<br />El Paso, Texas draft Thoroughfare Plan maps out the city's goal to become the least car-dependent city in the southwest.NEO carbon footprints<br />Map of household carbon footprints in Northeast Ohio by zip code (Source: UC Berkeley CoolClimate Network, Average Annual Household Carbon Footprint, 2013, http://coolclimate.berkeley.edu/maps)

Sewer District strikes back; Cincy streetcar derailed (again); 'eastward ho' for RTA; shrinking city returns

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/14/13 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Transit, Clean water, Land

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District is fighting a court order to shut down its “green” stormwater program; this week, it asked the Ohio Supreme Court to hear its case.

Back to the land<br />How big of a role will urban farms like the Ohio City Farm play in Cleveland's vacant land crisis?<br />The damage done<br />Doan Brook on the east side of Cleveland overflowing its banks during a heavy rain.

Raising Rockefeller's status

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/29/13 @ 3:45pm  |  Posted in Land

In Cleveland’s boom years, Rockefeller Park was the site of boating couples in seersucker suits and straw hats, hoop skirts and parasols floating lazily on wooden skiffs down Doan Brook. Ninety-seven years ago, the city built its Cultural Gardens here to give place to its proud immigrant clans.

Cleveland's Central Park<br />Entry to Rockefeller Park at E. 105th StreetGoose lagoon<br />The lagoon in Rockefeller Park is a popular spot for an annual fishing derby, and for flocks of geese.Out of sight<br />Doan Brook emerges from under E. 105th Street in Rockefeller Park. A $2 million project will restore some of this section's natural features.Greening the future<br />Proposed water feature in Rockefeller Park.
Image: Siteworks and McKnight & Associates, Inc.Celebrating culture<br />The Cleveland Cultural Garden will be the site of an arts and music festival, WorldFest, on Aug. 24 & 25, 2013. Image: McKnight & Associates.One World Day<br />The Cleveland Cultural Gardens celebrates the city's diverse union of people.
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Where the frack is Ohio?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/04/13 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy, Clean air, Clean water, Land

In the 2012 movie, Promised Land, a prospector for an oil and gas company arrives in a small, Midwest town with a briefcase full of royalty checks. The charming young man played by Matt Damon expects the locals to get all starry eyed at the promise of riches. The only hitch is—and this is where Hollywood may be accused of...

Going deep<br />Fracking permit sites in Ohio. Image: FrackTracker Alliance.

Rust Belt to Fresh Coast: Milwaukee's doing it

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/08/12 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Clean energy, Transform, Land

Milwaukee is a shining example of how to turn the industrial tide in the Midwest from black to green. The city “decided to double down on advanced manufacturing” in the 1990s, says Matt Howard, Milwaukee’s environmental sustainability director. It got in the business of small to midsized manufacturers—their bread-and-butter sectors of value-added food products (cheese) and water related industries (beer)—helping...

Rust to Green<br />Milwaukee's Menomonee green industrial park
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