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Great Lakes' cities brace for climate change

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/22/13 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transform

What is climate change doing to the water levels in the Great Lakes? Setting up a roller-coaster pattern of highs and lows. Lakes Michigan and Huron sunk while Erie was higher than normal this year, The International Joint Commission reports. Expect an unpredictable future, IJC adds.

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What Cincy sees in streetcar and walkable city codes

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/14/13 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Transform

What is Cincinnati grasping about the path to urban revitalization that could inform Cleveland efforts? Similar population loss (40% since 1950) sapped much of the vitality, but not the strong urban character of the Queen City.

Over-the-Rhine<br />Restored row houses in Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. Image: Andrew Frey.Building up and in<br />Cincinnati's $63 million Mercer Commons development is part of its rebuilding strategy. Image: UrbanCincyTransit oriented development<br />Cincinnati is betting that a streetcar like Salt Lake City's is a success model for regrowth.

Reviving the Rust Belt

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/02/13 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Transform

Baby steps might be the only way to turn around America’s legacy cities like Cleveland, a new Lincoln Institute of Land Policy report suggests.

All for one<br />Youngstown's Idora neighborhood was picked for an intensive vacant land reclamation project, Lots of Green. All 120 vacant lots have been repurposed. Image: Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp.Take it all back<br />Youngstown's Lots of Green project reclaimed all 120 vacant lots in its Idora neighborhood. Reuse types include: Housing rehabilitation, a 1.5 acre urban farm, side lot expansions and lot remediation. Image: Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp.Oui Ohio<br />Cleveland's ReImagining plan produced 58 pilot projects including Chateau Hough, a vineyard planted amid vacant buildings and lots. Image: Neighborhood Progress, Inc.

Finding NEO: Four different takes on the future

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/29/13 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Transform

Just released data this week looks at the broad impact of Northeast Ohio continuing its pattern of outmigration, and compares it to a new direction: Reinvesting in "legacy cities" while connecting destinations with greener forms of transportation. The Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium (NEOSCC) Scenario Planning offers a peek and a chance to speak up about Northeast Ohio's future. It's...

Cleveland's Tremont neighborhood<br />First and Main development in Hudson<br />The Trend<br />VibrantNEO maps where tens of thousands of abandoned properties will come to be in 2040 with business as usual.Moving beyond talk<br />Envision Utah, a regional sustainability consortium like Northeast Ohio's, led to Salt Lake City's $300 million streetcar, which leveraged billions in redevelopment.Your ideas here<br />NEOSCC is seeking public comment on how our community should look.

Less transit in Opportunity Corridor and more

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/29/13 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Transform

A round up of news including: The multi-modal case for Opportunity Corridor is dealt a blow; five innovative mayors and what sets them apart; and choice time for the region's sustainability initiative.

The new Professor<br />Bio-cell bump outs calm Professor Avenue in Tremont.A wider West Sixth<br />Sidewalks expanded on W. 6th Street in the Warehouse District for patrons to enjoy patio dining.

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