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Tiny homes coming to Cleveland EcoVillage

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/30/15 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Transit, Green buildings, Walking

Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization (DSCDO) and Citizens Bank have plans to build Cleveland’s first two tiny homes. Tiny homes—on trailers or on hard-to-build lots—are popping up across the U.S. They’ve had their Portlandia moment. Shareable reports that 11 tiny home villages are in design or under construction.

Small is beautiful<br />Final design for the tiny home slated for the Cleveland EcoVillage. Image: Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization.<br />Cleveland tiny home is based on Colorado firm Tumbleweed's Widbey model. Image from Tumbleweed (shown with modifications).

Least walkable Northeast Ohio neighborhoods: should come with a Surgeon General's warning

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/09/15 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Walking

The U.S. Surgeon General today launched "Step It Up" a campaign to address why, even though 60% of Americans reported walking for transportation or leisure in the last week, most of them also confess that streets prevent them from walking more. More Americans would let their kids walk to school if they didn’t fear letting them cross streets where cars...

Golf anyone?<br />An apartment complex in Broadview Heights.The sidewalk ends<br />Pepper Pike notoriously snubs the sidewalk<br />Broadview Road is indeed broad and fast, but it also has a bike lane, bus shelter and sidewalks. Imagine if the apartments also had a place.A stroad <br />Lorain Avenue in Fairview Park, Cleveland acts as a fast moving moat between residents and the park.Stuck in the middle<br />Could Maple Heights turn its fortunes around with a radical, walkable makeover?

In Akron, redrawing the lines on Main Street renews a social contract

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/28/15 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Vibrant cities, Walking

In May, Akron pulled off one of the biggest Better Blocks in recent memory. A group of citizens and some well-placed city officials temporarily reconfigured a portion of the city's Main Street with temporary, “green” bike lanes, filled in seven vacant storefronts with pop up shops, found a space for a farmer’s market and soccer fields in vacant lots, and...

One better<br />The Better Block in the North Hill area of Akron. Image: Fitzwater Photography.

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.

Eastside Greenway would improve biking in the suburbs

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/05/15 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Walking

The ambitious plan to connect eastern Cuyahoga County focuses its efforts on low-carbon mobility for the "access poor."

Car dependent<br />South Belvoir Boulevard in South Euclid. The Eastside Greenway would convert the lane near the median into buffered bike lanes. Greenway to go<br />A concept to road diet boulevards in suburban Cleveland. Access: who has it and who doesn't<br />Cuyahoga County Board of Health is aligning goals of the bike and pedestrian network with who has access (green) and who doesn't (red) to transit and public amenities like parks and community centers.

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