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Ellen Dunham-Jones: Cleveland has lots of "retrofit suburbia" potential

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/07/16 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Reuse

53% of Americans live in suburbs. World War II is considered an important demarcation line. Pre-war suburbs are mixed-use with walkable town centers and neighborhoods of the streetcar variety. Think Cleveland Heights and Lakewood. After 1945, development shifted radically — to automobile-oriented housing with various types of single-use commercial development along arterial highways.

Back from the dead<br />The Collinwood Rec Center is an $11 million green energy facility opened in 2011 as a creative reuse of a former big box store. It connects the 32-acre Humphrey Park to the northern reach of Cleveland Metroparks Euclid Creek Reservation, including Euclid Beach, Villa Angela and Wildwood parks.

Retrofitting suburbia: Tips for Northeast Ohio

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/17/16 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Reuse, Vibrant cities

We wrote last week about what can be done (globally and locally) to fight climate change. We looked at an article published in Nature, where the authors argued to spend resources making the outer suburbs and small towns more environmentally friendly.

<br />A dead mall featured in Retrofitting Suburbia. Efforts to turn dying malls into new town centers feature prominently.

Sustainability starts at home

 |  05/11/12 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Home efficiency, Reuse

Last night (May 9th) I attended the second installment of the Home Repair Resource Center's Practical Sustainability series – a monthly lecture series offered by the Cleveland Heights-based nonprofit that features experienced practitioners. The goal, according to Fred Cortright who is organizing the series, is to help homeowners become good thinkers about home repair decisions that will make their homes...more

Turning a 50s mall into a town: a look at sprawl repair prototypes

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/22/12 @ 8:00am  |  Posted in Reuse, Transform

What are other parts of the country doing to breathe new life into obsolete, 1950s-era shopping centers like Severance Town Center in Cleveland Heights? Now that Wal-Mart has signed on to anchor the Oakwood big box development a few miles away-and certain to go dark at Severance-the end, is it nigh for Severance? What is a smart response to ensure...more

Small acts of healing urban spaces

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/28/10 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Reuse

Who says Clevelanders cannot turn another man's junk into a treasure? Small acts of healing started on a handful of once-occupied spaces in Cleveland. Earthday Coalition joined other small scale land restoration efforts with its Naturehood project-in 2008 a group of volunteers turned out on a cool October day and lasagna mulched a vacant lot in Tremont that has flourished into...more

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