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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.

RTA's Joe Calabrese to Ohio "You're not subsidizing transit"

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/28/14 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Transit, Transportation choices

We caught up with Joe Calabrese, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority GM/CEO, about the challenges and opportunities for Ohio’s largest public transit agency. We asked Calabrese to consider: What will make transit an essential part of daily life for more people in Greater Cleveland? What makes transit successful especially when major projects like Public Square and Opportunity Corridor are proposed? When will Congress and...

Moving minds<br />RTA GM/CEO Joe Calabrese (right) with Board Chair George Dixon.Upsizing transit<br />RTA, Cleveland and Cleveland State will double the capacity on a rebuilt Clifton Line which Calabrese calls BRT on a budget. Image: Jerry Masek and RTA.Millennials are on board<br />Calabrese says RTA's Waterfront Line led to Ernst & Young (pictured) reducing parking and gaining financing for their Flats office tower.BRT is big<br />Calabrese credits the HealthLine with at least one of the four billion dollars in development in the corridor.

Ohio's Transit Needs investigation comes to CLE

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/22/14 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Transit, Transportation choices

In 2013, The Ohio Legislature was asked to consider if its $7 million contribution to keep 61 transit systems and 115 million bus and train rides going every year was fair? The House asked ODOT to look at doing more. San Francisco firm Nelson Nygaard was brought in to study how and where the state could close the gap.

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Green awakening: Our car-lite family decade

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/09/14 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Transit, Transform, Walking

Back in the good old days of 1999, I didn’t give a second thought to how I got around. Like many, I turned the key in the ignition every day; I couldn’t imagine hopping on a bike or walking to the corner to wait for the bus. I didn’t know I had a choice to be “multi-modal” when I entered...

Building confidence<br />My wife, Corrie Slawson, pulls our son in a bike trailer. She started riding a bike again in the last year.My green decade<br />The author in EcoCity Cleveland's former offices at Lorain and Fulton.Moving up<br />EcoCity Cleveland's second home, the third floor attic space of the Beach home.Green guru<br />David Beach and the solar array on the roof of the Cleveland Environmental Center which Beach helped bring into being.Sustainability center<br />The Cleveland Environmental Center, at Lorain and Fulton, was the city's first green building retrofit (opening in 2003).Breaking ground<br />Manda Gillespie (left) worked tirelessly to bring the Cleveland EcoVillage Townhomes (at W. 58th Street) into being.EcoCity days<br />The staff of EcoCity Cleveland before it became GreenCityBlueLake.
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