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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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City's zoning overhaul targets sustainable development

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/30/12 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Home landscaping

Zoning is a powerful tool for cities. It shapes development and establishes priorities for how land is used. It can subtly shift social patterns that lead to a better life. But, left to languish, it can have the opposite effect. And that's why zoning needs to be updated-as the City of Cleveland Heights did this week-to reflect the values of...more

How I fought (and won the right) for my gravel driveway

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/02/09 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Home landscaping

The story of how I convinced the City of Cleveland Heights to grant us a variance to replace an old, ugly, asphalt driveway with a beautiful, sustainable, gravel drive-and why we bothered-has its share of twists and turns and ultimately, an acquiescence. One thing is for certain, without six years of knowledge gained while working at EcoCity Cleveland and now...more

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