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What could live smaller, work closer trend mean for sprawl region?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/20/12 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Transform

Consider this: How will American cities and suburbs ride out the recession and come out stronger? The Urban Land Institute suggests in the report, "What's Next: Real Estate in the New Economy" a development trend that could have tremendous implications for Northeast Ohio-if civic leaders, developers and the region's large employers choose to listen. The ULI report concludes that, "intensifying demand...more

Shaker to finish never-realized town center with $18 million makeover

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/16/12 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transform

Call it sprawl repair, or rethinking suburbs to be more attractive to the next generation. More examples of retrofitting dead shopping malls, like Randall Park, or a strip mall into a walkable, town center are cropping up across the country and here in Cleveland. The recession and new demographic trends-like college grads flocking to vibrant, but affordable, communities-are fueling demand for...more

Are urban growth boundaries more equitable?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/30/11 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Transform

Ron Sims learned a lot about the rise and fall of metro areas like Cuyahoga County as executive of King County, home to Seattle and an urban growth boundary, and during his recent stint as deputy secretary of HUD. Drawing a line at King County's border beyond which no development can go has slowed sprawl, he said. But not long...more

The $4 B question for Cleveland: sickness or a health producing transportation system

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/23/11 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Clean air, Transform

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· We've posted some of the key findings from Dr. Jonathan Patz, lead author of IPCC and the recent, "Swapping Tailpipes for Pedals" study which quantifies the health impacts for Great Lakes cities including Cleveland of being a car dominated society. Dr. Patz concludes: Energy, transportation and urban planning policies to protect human health are necessary today - whether or...more

How to move a ReImagine vacant land use plan to action

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/08/11 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Transform

Crain's Cleveland Business reports that Gov. Kasich may let the popular and effective brownfields grants-the Clean Ohio Fund and the Job Ready Sites program-which have strong support statewide, particularly in urban areas that have little or no undeveloped land – lapse. These grants have been used to purchase land for the Towpath Trail extension, for cleaning up large brownfield sites...more

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