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Crowdsource award pits bike share vs upcycle projects in CLE

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/03/14 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Transform

You’ve heard of “too big to fail.” Well, Kathy Matthews, program director of the Enterprise Community Partners’ Nurture an Idea Award says the second annual $30,000 prize package is a way of giving small non-profits who “can’t afford to fail” a shot at innovation. “They may be risk averse,” says Matthews. “We don’t ask if they have other funding; we’re angel...

Upcyclers<br />St. Clair-Superior Development and Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative upcycled this abandoned home.Share alike<br />The Cleveland West Side bike share program recently expanded to University Circle. Nature in the city<br />The Zverina Log House is an oasis of nature in the city of Cleveland's south east side.Come one come all<br />Lakewood Alive is bringing the sweat equity to houses in need of repair.

Green ideas help CLE make national list of innovative cities

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/16/14 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transform

Cleveland is at an interesting point in its re-development as a city. Downtown appears to be in hyperdrive—with near-zero vacancy in living space and a continued push to build big projects. The Republican Party in 2016 is setting an artificial deadline to “finish” downtown, but their arrival seems vastly less important in the modern Cleveland narrative than another date—2019—the 50th...

On the road to recovery?<br />Cleveland and Lake Erie seen from the east side's lakefront. Image: GC Creative Studio.

Green awakening: Our car-lite family decade

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/09/14 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Transit, Transform, Walking

Back in the good old days of 1999, I didn’t give a second thought to how I got around. Like many, I turned the key in the ignition every day; I couldn’t imagine hopping on a bike or walking to the corner to wait for the bus. I didn’t know I had a choice to be “multi-modal” when I entered...

Building confidence<br />My wife, Corrie Slawson, pulls our son in a bike trailer. She started riding a bike again in the last year.My green decade<br />The author in EcoCity Cleveland's former offices at Lorain and Fulton.Moving up<br />EcoCity Cleveland's second home, the third floor attic space of the Beach home.Green guru<br />David Beach and the solar array on the roof of the Cleveland Environmental Center which Beach helped bring into being.Sustainability center<br />The Cleveland Environmental Center, at Lorain and Fulton, was the city's first green building retrofit (opening in 2003).Breaking ground<br />Manda Gillespie (left) worked tirelessly to bring the Cleveland EcoVillage Townhomes (at W. 58th Street) into being.EcoCity days<br />The staff of EcoCity Cleveland before it became GreenCityBlueLake.
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Is NEO slow to change?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/26/14 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transform

Lately, I’ve given considerable thought to why change appears to be glacially slow in Northeast Ohio when compared to how individuals think or even the outside world views us. How is it that we can see a constant stream of Facebook posts hailing Cleveland as the greatest place to live, meanwhile Northeast Ohio seems stuck debating, studying, waiting?

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Is Northeast Ohio hurt by too much parking (and what it can do about it)?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/24/14 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transform

Last week, a handful of students from Kent State University’s Landscape Design program plunked down a strip of fake grass and an old, white exercise bike over a street parking spot in front of the Peter B. Lewis Building at Case. The students were participating in Park(ing) Day, a decade-long experiment where people thinking about how much pavement parking creates...

<br /><br />Transit-oriented development<br />Case Parking Lot 45 on Mayfield Road is the site of a future mixed use development that includes 200 apartments and a 700 space parking garage.<br /><br />Rapidly improving<br />The Little Italy / Mayfield Road Rapid Station is going to make transit-oriented development a reality in University Circle.<br /><br /><br />
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