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What's the NEO narrative?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/19/13 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Transform

Feeling safe is one thing, but inspiration is another reason Cleveland just doesn’t feel like strapping on a pair of sneakers most days. Put down the donut, and look north to Minneapolis, rated the healthiest city.

Save this wreck<br />The handiwork of the Young Preservationists in BuffaloVacancy: Coming to a suburb near you<br />Green giant<br />Minneapolis built a wealth of parks and lakes and a healthy, active populace

Cleveland will be sustainable when it's a people-centered place

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/18/13 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transform

What is our vision for living sustainably in this place? In this era of climate change, it will be powered less and less by carbon. Thankfully Cleveland doesn’t have to blaze a trail in how it will take the carbon out and bring the joy back in.

People first<br />Half the population bikes daily in Groningen, The Netherlands. Image: Streetfilms Bikes first<br />Groningen is so bike friendly because cars use perimeter roads (yellow) and bikes have lots of options on the road (red)

May the best little eco idea win

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/16/13 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Transform, Composting

If you’ve ever had an idea for a business, then you can appreciate the spark of innovation that Enterprise Nurture An Idea Competition hopes to reward.

Little box<br />Shipping containers made into a shopping mall in Mexico. Pedal powered<br />A bike compost operation in Vermont

Ten things the next mayor can do to advance sustainability in Cleveland

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/10/13 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transform

What are the big investments or policy changes that will make the next mayor of Cleveland a sustainability leader? Here are ten recommendations that will make Cleveland a great place for living a healthy, low-carbon life.

Pay it back<br />Would investing in E. 55th Street in Slavic Village and Woodland Avenue create more benefit than the proposed Opportunity Corridor? Image: Laura McShane.Pop up shop<br />The reuse economy is starting to take form in Cleveland.Upcycle economics<br />Cleveland's St. Clair-Superior neighborhood is pursuing upcycling (like this re-claimed plastic flowers).Eat your greens<br />Rid All Green Partnership is turning vacancy in to urban farms along Kinsman and E. 81st Street in Cleveland.Bikes belong<br />Cleveland painted a bike lane on Edgehill Road in 2013. What would it take to stripe 100 miles of bike lanes in 2014?Good form<br />Cincinnati is adopting form-based code to spur sustainable development. Image: Form Based Codes Institute.Moving ahead<br />What is the next step for connecting Cleveland to the lakefront?

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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