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Large urban farms taking shape on Cleveland's east side

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/14/12 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Local food system, Transform

This summer, two moribund corners of Cleveland's Central neighborhood will make significant strides in their quest to be large scale urban agriculture ventures. They carry the weight of expectation-that vacant land is more fertile than assumed, that it can elevate heroes in overalls with dirt under their fingernails. On Monday, May 21, fruit trees will be planted and a massive sign...more

Cleveland Heights moves to green zoning

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/05/12 @ 9:00pm  |  Posted in Transform

In an effort to align its city policies with its national reputation as a green city, Cleveland Heights will soon update its zoning code in order to promote sustainability. After hiring a firm to audit its zoning and host public discussions, city council is preparing to vote in 2012 on a range of ordinances-from raising chickens in residential areas to...more

Retrofit a suburban mall as a new urban town

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/28/12 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transform

Imagine knocking down the soon to go dark WalMart at Severance Town Center and replacing it with a green space. Better still, a central park for a new town center that has a restored, native greenspace as its green heart and lungs. It's more than a dream; it's one of three categories cited in Ellen Dunham-Jones' book, "Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban...more

Fighting foreclosure with Green Neighborhoods

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/27/12 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Transform

The city of South Euclid's Green Neighborhood Initiative combines green building and productive reuse of vacant land to stabilize neighborhoods hard hit by the foreclosure crisis. As of early 2012, city is halfway toward its goal of buying, at bargain prices, 10 homes from the Cuyahoga County Landbank, rehabbing them to Enterprise Green Community standards or razing and converting vacant...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

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