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Crocker versus Battery Park - is there any comparison?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/19/14 @ 4:15pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

The plan seemed simple enough. The three of us urban types would meet at John’s house near the Shoreway for a three-hour tour of the region’s premier example of a lifestyle center, Crocker Park, and infill development, Battery Park. An online conversation about “authenticity”—finding that ineffable quality that speaks to the quirk of a place or perhaps pays respect to...

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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 />

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