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Green with envy: Will Cleveland get a Lorain green lane?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/18/14 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Transportation choices

The uptick in Cleveland as a destination to live, work, play and pray was helping the cause last winter as a crowd turned out to hear about the city’s plans to “diet” Lorain Avenue, which means take it down a lane, to retrofit it with a protected bike lane. The cast of supporters included Joe Cimperman, (then) Ohio City, Inc. director...

Flex space<br />Flexposts are used to designate a separated bike lane in Chicago.A green space<br />Local groups are pushing for a protected bike lane on Lorain Avenue when it is resurfaced.

ideastream, Civic Commons enter bike, transit debate

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/06/14 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Transportation choices

How are suburbs, towns and cities responding to the rising tide of Millennials, Baby Boomers and knowledge economy workers moving to Northeast Ohio and looking for places to live based on culture and amenities like bike lanes and transit? This question was on the minds of about 100 people at Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) Strategic Plan forum this...

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With design manual, Cleveland enters Complete Streets home stretch

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/03/14 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transportation choices

Backers of Complete Streets gathered last week at Positively Cleveland to deliver the final push on a city promise that “orange barrel season” will routinely signal the construction of bike lanes, transit stops, crosswalks, trees and more multi-modal options. Cleveland planners asked community groups like Historic Gateway District and Bike Cleveland to help them write a Complete Streets design manual; they...

Two way street<br />Cleveland Complete Streets will get a boost from a design manual that spells out how the city expects them to be made.Complete Beantown<br />Boston's complete streets design manual emphasizes green, multimodal and smart technologies.

Will Opportunity Corridor be the last new road in CLE?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/30/14 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

Sustainability is not a straight line. Progress sometimes feels as random as a coin flip. Tails, and you get Opportunity Corridor. Ohio freezing its renewable energy policy. Cleveland losing a grant to build an off-shore wind farm. The sprawl forecast from VibrantNEO. Heads for Sustainable Cleveland 2019, and its long list of spin off projects. The growth of downtown and urban neighborhoods....

Looking back<br />ODOT proposal for Opportunity CorridorOr, back to the future<br />East Fourth Street in downtown ClevelandRapid improvement<br />Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority won a federal grant to rebuild the University Circle Rapid station.

Transit renaissance: Calabrese, Gallucci, Segedy speak out

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/14/14 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Transit, Transportation choices

When the white-and-orange doors slid open to Orlando’s new SunRail train this month, 10,000 passengers flooded onto cars built for 3,000. When Cincinnati broke ground on a $133 million, 3.6-mile streetcar line through its downtown, city council member Yvette Simpson told The New York Times, “It’s not just about a streetcar. It’s that Cincinnati can accomplish great things.” In these microcosms—and in...

<br />On boarding Millennials <br />A streetcar in Salt Lake City has become a major attraction of talent and development. Image: GCBLTransit oriented development<br />A proposed redevelopment of a low density shopping center at West 25th and Lorain in Cleveland. Image: Dimit ArchitectsGoing up<br />The new, $500 million Innerbelt Bridge under construction.Lots of opportunity in this corridor<br />The East 79th Street Red Line Rapid Station is ripe for redevelopment.Rapid re-imagining<br />Community Development organization Burten Bell Carr is in the process of revitalizing a long-time blighted vacant parcel adjacent to the E 79th St RTA Blue/Green Rapid Station. Image: BBCRide happy<br />Exuberant hordes riding Orlando's new passenger train, SunRail, on opening day, May 1, 2014. Image: The Orlando Sentinel.Go green<br />The green line, one of three Bus-Rapid Transit lines that criss-cross Curitiba, Brazil. Image: Wikipedia
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