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Jim Rokakis has (15 million) answers to Cleveland's vacancy crisis

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/19/14 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

Detroit’s valiant attempt to not drown in vacant property is embodied in its Blight Authority, which deploys a fleet of 75 (American made) cars and 225 surveyors armed with iPads down emptied streets to snap GPS-encoded pictures of all 300,000 parcels. It may be the most ambitious effort to document the condition of every single building in a city, and...

Vacant to green<br />Koinonia, a large provider of homes to the disabled, worked with Cuyahoga County Land Bank to convert two and a half acres of vacant land in Old Brooklyn into an urban farm in 2012.

South Euclid again stays ahead of vacant properties, plus, wetlands grew at the edge of Lake Erie

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/14/14 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Climate, Vibrant cities, Home renovation, Plants & animals

A round-up of sustainability stories and opportunities for January 14, 2014.

Greening the suburbs<br />One of seven home rehabs that the city of South Euclid used  federal funds to bring back on the market.Wetlands watchers<br />Wetlands at Old Woman Creek in Lake Erie's west basin.

Out of the (shipping) box retail coming to Cleveland

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/25/13 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Zero waste

Cities reinvent themselves. And so the rise of small box—a project to retrofit steel shipping containers into micro-retail spaces for Cleveland’s Warehouse District—fits neatly in that category.

Playing small ball<br />Small box will plug experimental retail space over parking lots in the high-rent Warehouse District in downtown Cleveland If it can make it here<br />Dekalb Market in Brooklyn inspired the shipping crate retail project in ClevelandFaded glory<br />Shipping crate retail will be inserted on a parking lot where The Blackstone Building once stood in downtown Cleveland. Image from Cleveland Public Library Photo Collection.Very driven<br />The Cleveland Warehouse District today has a glut of parking at the center

Opportunity Corridor at crossroad of world views

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/10/13 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

Is the Opportunity Corridor a critical piece of infrastructure or is it an example of “old think”? Steve Litt asked a panel of speakers at the Cleveland Museum of Art during the annual Circle Neighbors symposium.

Opportunity for transit<br />Orlando Bakery seen from the E. 79th Street Red Line Rapid station Rock of ages<br />Mt. Sinai Baptist Church is an anchor of the community on Woodland AvenueMoving in<br />Salt Lake City, Utah attracted two multi-million dollar malls with its streetcar lineNew University Circle<br />City leaders hope the Opportunity Corridor spurs the Cleveland Clinic to expand into the surrounding neighborhood on E. 105th StreetThe way it was<br />E. 55th and Woodland in the 1940s was still a dense neighborhood but the automobile was changing its character

Cleveland east siders say 'no' to suburban access road

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/04/13 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

The plan to build a highway extension through the city of Cleveland turned out a large group of residents and sustainability advocates unanimously opposed to the $331 million project at this week’s ODOT public hearing on its environmental impact.

Big No<br />A large, vocal group of residents on Cleveland's east side expressed their opposition to Opportunity Corridor.Another way<br />Woodland Avenue is a wide existing road that was part of the alternatives to Opportunity Corridor.Holding promise<br />Vacant land waiting to be redeveloped on Woodland Avenue.Finding another way<br />The area around Opportunity Corridor has three Rapid lines and stations like the E. 79th Street Red Line seen here that need reinvestment.Crumbling<br />The E. 79th Street Red Line station

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