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Blogging from SXSW Eco: Cleveland takes the stage

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/03/12 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices, Transform

Great start to SXSW Eco—the high (green) powered meeting in Austin, Texas—as Cleveland’s own David Jurca shared lessons from Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative’s Pop Up City product—this April’s Complete and Green Street demonstration, Pop Up Rockwell.

Pop up Rockwell<br />

Remember when we talked about capping the Cleveland Innerbelt?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/27/12 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Transportation choices, Transform

Under construction<br />The new, Cleveland Innerbelt Bridge

“Does Louisville Need More Highways?” is so relevant to Cleveland that you could easily swap what’s happening here in to that headline. We too are suffering from another short-sighted decision to spend billions on a highway that was built on the premise that it would bring more business to the city and unclog the roads—two myths the Times article challenges. The...more

Distributed energy Cleveland's path ahead

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/24/12 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Clean energy, Transform

A million homes in Cleveland and its suburbs soaking up the power of the sun, connected to an ‘energy Internet’, is our best play for sustainable economic development, Jeremy Rifkin, author of The Third Industrial Revolution, assured hundreds attending the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 summit last week.

Producing power at home <br />A home in Ohio City built by Ryan McKenzie has solar panels producing electricity and hot water, which provides space heating through tubes under the floors.

How to grow a sustainable energy future

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/10/12 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy, Transform

What does a sustainable future for energy look like in Northeast Ohio? If we hope as a region to transition to a cleaner and healthier place, how many anaerobic digesters like the one Forest City and quasar group cut the ribbon on this morning fit in to the renewable energy equation? An airtight tank located at the long-shuttered General Motors Fisher...more

Clevelanders want more transit, shocked by its lack of funding

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/14/12 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Transit, Transform

In focus groups on transportation led by Natural Resources Defense Council, 70 ordinary Clevelanders across the political spectrum expressed frustration with being 'stuck' with one choice-of commute time or using anything but a car. Respondents included Republican women and Democratic men with no self-described bike advocates. Universally they said public transit, if it was convenient, would be a welcome addition...more

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