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Legible London firm reveals Cleveland's secrets

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/15/14 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Transit, Vibrant cities, Walking

Cleveland and its visitor's bureau are working on a Seamless Cleveland wayfinding system that will connect the city's great destinations by foot, bike, bus, trolley and train.

Making Cleveland legible<br />Images from Seamless Cleveland: A wayfinding master plan<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
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"Parking craters" are costing cities like Cleveland millions, study finds

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/09/14 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

Every March, fans from sustainable transportation web site, Streetsblog, dutifully fill in their brackets for a tournament they call “Parking Madness.” Participants send in their pictures of enormous parking lots that look at home at a suburban big box center. Except they come from places like St. Louis, Tulsa (the 2013 champion), El Paso, Buffalo, and Cleveland.

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Lessons for Cleveland in life-altering highway removals

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/04/14 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

GreenCityBlueLake has reported on and advocated for new models in ecological city design for Northeast Ohio for 25 years.

Concrete canyon<br />Seoul, Korea decided to remove this urban freeway that had buried a stream and created a big barrier for pedestrians.Return of nature<br />A naturalized stream replaced a freeway in the heart of Seoul

Why Northeast Ohio needs to be more VibrantNEO

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/27/14 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices, Land

In the past year, thousands of Northeast Ohioans imagined and sketched up how we want this place to look in the future. We participated in the Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium (NEOSCC) in the hope that it would devise a plan for sustainable growth.

California dreaming<br />San Diego has focused on developing in the city surrounding the huge Balboa ParkGreen in the city<br />Balboa Park in San Diego is a hugely popular green space and attractor of developmentPicture this<br />El Paso, Texas draft Thoroughfare Plan maps out the city's goal to become the least car-dependent city in the southwest.NEO carbon footprints<br />Map of household carbon footprints in Northeast Ohio by zip code (Source: UC Berkeley CoolClimate Network, Average Annual Household Carbon Footprint, 2013, http://coolclimate.berkeley.edu/maps)

Are legacy cities less likely to gentrify than global centers?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/28/14 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

Not convinced that gentrification was happening in St. Louis' “upwardly trending” neighborhoods, Todd Swanstrom and Hank Webber studied if legacy cities are more resistant to this strain. The public policy researchers at The University of Missouri and Washington University found that St. Louis' “rebound” neighborhoods do retain their diversity.

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