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Cleveland still dealing with the legacy of Urban Renewal

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/14/15 @ 2:45pm  |  Posted in Transform, Transportation

The legacy of the U.S. highway system—how it tore through urban neighborhoods like the once-thriving Woodland area south of Interstate 90 in downtown Cleveland—is still being felt 60 years later.

The long road back<br />E. 22nd Street just north of the I-77 bridge will get a road diet with bike lanes. Images: Google.<br />Cedar Estates will be redeveloped with market/subsidized townhomes, new cross streets to break up the superblock<br />A pedestrian tries to cross near the E. 22nd bridge over the Innerbelt (seen in background).

Cleveland Clinic, UH, and Case sustainability directors talk transportation

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/08/14 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Transportation

University Circle's boom comes with a vexing question. Cleveland’s fastest growing neighborhood outside of downtown has 9,366 residents vying for 5% vacant rental properties. But, the foreseeable problem in University Circle’s future is how many of them plus the 43,264 people who show up for work here bring a car with them. The pipeline into University Circle is about to get...

<br /><br /><br /><br />Transit graduation <br />One of two new University Circle Rapid transit stations opened in 2014.Stay in<br />New condos on the Case campus.
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Rust Best lessons from Hamburg going car-free

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/02/14 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transportation

Northeast Ohio needs a new city delivery system, I wrote last time, if we hope to improve our health, economy and climate. So what is an alternative vision to the model we have now where highways and roads have created a strange dependency and substitution for economic development?

Green city visionary<br />Hamburg the second largest city in Germany will convert 17,000 acres in the city center to greenways, parks, bike lanes and transit corridors and ban cars. Image from HDtimelapse.netPlant your highway<br />Hamburg's answer to the noise, pollution and barrier of its A7 motorway is to put a green roof over it.Green heart of it all<br />The Cuyahoga River valley represents the green center and Cleveland's future.

Tapping Ohio's passion for greater transportation choice

Amanda Woodrum  |  04/10/13 @ 1:45pm  |  Posted in Biking, Transit, Climate, Vibrant cities, Transportation choices, Walking, Driving, Transportation

Recently, the Ohio legislature passed the state’s $7.6 billion biennial transportation budget, initiated by Governor Kasich and signed into law on April 1st. As usual, the budget neglects transportation options, with less than one percent going towards public transit and even less towards bikeable and walkable streets, electric vehicles, freight, and commuter rail.

Making connections<br />Covered bike parking at a Greater Cleveland RTA station in Lakewood helps people combine bike and transit trips. Model corridor<br />Cleveland's Euclid Corridor features bus rapid transit, bike lanes, a free trolley and an enhanced pedestrian environment.Complete Street plans<br />Fleet Avenue in Cleveland's Slavic Village neighborhood is scheduled to get a makeover with bike lanes, better crosswalks, street trees and wider sidewalks.Access for all<br />This concept for multi-purpose path on the new Cleveland Innerbelt Bridge inspired a major bike-pedestrian improvement on the nearby Lorain-Carnegie Bridge.Placemaking<br />Greater Cleveland RTA is rebuilding Red Line Rapid Transit stations, such as this one at University Circle, to better connect to the surrounding neighborhood and  be an anchor for development. Better ride<br />The RTA Health Line in Cleveland is the region's first bus-rapid transit service, and it features articulated, hybrid-drive vehicles that move more riders than regular buses.
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