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Is this a bike rack or a piece of sculpture?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/22/15 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Transit

There’s a school of thought that bike parking should be plentiful, visible and designed to call attention first to its function.

Too whimsical?<br />For the cost of designing these bike racks on Larchmere, about 100 inverted U racks could have been installed. Spot that rack<br />The new University Circle Rapid station entrance devotes a lot of space to a plaza that doesn't serve as a bus transfer area anymore.<br />bollards as bike racks?<br />High times<br />Have bike racks, like this one on Coventry, become too fetishized?<br />Wheel bender?<br />Who is making sure form follows function in bike rack design?Too ephemeral?<br />Stick with a classic<br />An inverted U bike rack on Euclid Avenue
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Cleveland's award-winning TOD faces challenge: A car-oriented development next door

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/02/15 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Transit, Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

To great fanfare, a mixed-use development slated to go over a surface parking lot in the heart of University Circle got the green light this week. The Intesa development secured backing from the Cleveland-Cuyahoga Port Authority to build an 11-story residential tower with 196 apartments and a 470-space parking garage in the first phase of the project. A later phase...

<br />Uptown is recognized nationally for its design and transit orientation.<br />Uptown mixes culture, dining, entertainment and living in a walkable environment.<br />An early sketch of the Intesa development shows a mixed use building with a massive parking structure.<br />Site of the future Intesa development.<br />University Circle has sufficient parking; the challenge is pointing out where it is to distracted drivers.<br />Uptown has a small parking lot tucked behind the buildings.<br />Mayfield Road Rapid Station will open in 2015.
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Seven steps to make Cleveland a mobility app market winner

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/31/15 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Transit, Walking

Technology is doing more than shaking up old ways of doing business.

<br />Can Cleveland have a common ticketing system between transit and shared mobility operations like car and bike share?  <br />Zagster operates a small Cleveland bike share service including this station in University Circle.<br />A ZipCar rideshare car arrives at Cleveland Museum of Art.

Cleveland's best places to live car-lite

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/17/14 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Transit, Walking

After we wrote a blog post about four families living “car-lite” in Cleveland, we began thinking about the places in Northeast Ohio that provide the right ingredients for car-lite living. See our list of the top 25 car-lite places below, and tell us if there are others you would add.

Lower Euclid<br />Mayfield and Euclid<br />Professor Avenue<br />Market District<br />Gordon Square<br />Little Italy<br />
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A place for transit in Public Square, Group Plan director assures

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/05/14 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Transit, Vibrant cities

Now that the $32 million Public Square redesign is becoming a reality, who is leading the project and what is the vision it expresses for downtown are just two of many questions the public is asking.

Flight of fancy<br />Public Square as re-imagined by James Corner, the design firm behind New York's High Line.Postcard perfect<br />An early 20th century painting of Public Square depicts its importance as a hub of transit. Image: public domain.Transit will stay<br />The plan presented to Cleveland Planning Commission in October, 2014 calls for consolidating and moving bus stops to the periphery and ring road around Public Square.Green space<br />Public Square today as seen from the Northeast quadrant. Image: GCBL.

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