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A major player in NEO's sprawl signals its ready to change direction

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/21/14 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

For years, Northeast Ohio transportation planner, NOACA, has acted as a quiet but powerful force expanding the region outward. Recently, though, NOACA has signaled a desire to become more fiscally and environmentally responsible.

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Pop-up streets godfather, Madison's Bike Platinum mayor visit Akron

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/27/14 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

If you could bottle the bootstrap ingenuity of Better Block founder Jason Roberts and the vision of former Madison, WI mayor “Citizen” Dave Cieslewicz it would be a rare vintage indeed.

Pop star<br />Cleveland's Pop Up Rockwell was the second local example of a Better BlockGoing places<br />Jason Roberts (pictured here in Salt Lake City) combines elbow grease and vision into The Better Block.  Crimson all over<br />A red bike box in Madison, Wisconsin raises the visibility of biking on the road.
Photo: Craig Schreiner/Wisconsin State Journal.

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.

Boston, Boulder offer University Circle a car-free choice

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/19/14 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

“Transportation Demand Management” (TDM)—it doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, does it? But, close to the heart of this inscrutable term lies the key to a mystery surrounding why some cities are more attractive than others. Do we have your attention now? Wonkish, yes, but the non-profit developer, University Circle, Inc. started unpacking TDM last week. And for good reason.

Of parking and development<br />In University Circle, Cleveland. Images: GCBL<br /><br /><br /><br />

"Secret to Great Cities and Towns" revealed for Cleveland

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/17/14 @ 11:45am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

In our last post, we wrote about cities like Cleveland that “hide” their good points when they don’t make their proximity known. We also wrote recently about the immense value to cities that plant street trees. Streets with tree canopies and cities with a well-placed wayfinding system will reveal Cleveland's “secrets,” encourage discovery on foot, and keep nature close to...

Return to a golden age<br />The Ponte Vecchio, Florence is a gathering spot the has inspired the likes of East Fourth Street in Cleveland. 

All images from the book, Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns, Dover and Massengale, 2014.Go organic<br />Instead of pruning it back, the lean in tree defines this small street in Oxford, England. 

Image from the book, Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns, Dover and Massengale, 2014.Streets alive<br />The live oaks in Savannah, Georgia grow into this street providing shade and natural calming devices. It would be illegal by today's standards.

Image from the book, Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns, Dover and Massengale, 2014.Only a wonk could love<br />A green street project in Brooklyn, NY fails the Dover and Massengale placemaking test. They say its designed to speed cars to the suburbs.A road longing<br />Dover proposed converting this suburban street, Johnny Dodds Boulevard in South Carolina, from an auto sewer to an economic powerhouse (view existing)Bring the people back<br />Proposed conversion of Johnny Dodds Boulevard in South Carolina into a multiway boulevard Going for broke<br />The city decided on the conventional approach, to widen Johnny Dodds Boulevard in South Carolina, despite the economics favoring the multiway boulevard.Great Cleveland streets<br />Hessler in University Circle has many of the elements of a great street.Little village<br />Little Italy in Cleveland is a comfortable place for a stroll despite the car traffic.Variety is the spice<br />Interesting storefronts and facades close to the street in this case Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights invite strolling.Leafy suburbs<br />Tall trees lend a long and straight street in Cleveland Heights variety and a sense of calm.

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