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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

GCBL's goals for 2019

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/20/13 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

SC2019, Cleveland’s biggest sustainability initiative, reaches its midway point at next month’s fifth annual summit (registration closes Sept. 24). It’s a time to take stock of how the city and its sustainability champions are doing. It’s also a moment to reflect on the goals that were set back in 2009. GreenCityBlueLake reaches back into its archive for a page written...

Walkable lakefront<br />The completion of Dike 14 as the Lakefront Nature Preserve will help toward the goal of improving access to Cleveland's shore.Greening your commute<br />Cleveland's transit system can play a role in lightening the carbon footprint of getting to work or play.The picture of sprawl<br />Urban sprawl threatens prime farmland and pristine natural areas throughout Northeast Ohio.

Make Opportunity Corridor a sustainable neighborhood

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/16/13 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

ODOT just released its Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the Opportunity Corridor. It is the justification for building an urban expressway between E. 55th Street and E. 105th Street. Imagine if Cleveland were talking about building not just a road, but a sustainable neighborhood.

A more suburban city<br />What is Cleveland's role in promoting multi-modal access in this $325 million expressway and industrial park in a historically walkable neighborhood? Remove the bottleneck<br />Can traffic choke points at E. 55th and I-490 be removed at far less cost?The superblock<br />Cleveland's land use plan in Opportunity Corridor does little to capitalize on its good transit connections.Cleveland's east side eco-village?<br />Could Opportunity Corridor keep the 60 households being displaced by the road and attract more people in a transit village around the Rapid station?No barriers<br />The current design of Opportunity Corridor places physical barriers to pedestrians and transit users.

Build more equal opportunity corridors

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/08/13 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

Northeast Ohioans are starting to absorb lessons and challenge “sacred cows” about any and all growth being good for the regional economy.

Make cycling safer <br />A biker in Cleveland's Lower Prospect Avenue area. Innerbelt tightening<br />An era of highway building seen in the Innerbelt Bridge -- helped or hindered Cleveland's growth? kickstarter<br />The $250 million beautification of Euclid and a new bus-rapid transit line helped turn ugly parking lots in to Uptown. At the waterfront<br />Opponents to Opportunity Corridor say completing the Cleveland lakefront is a higher priorityEmpty highway<br />Akron built a highway (SR 59) in the 1990s that is empty on most days.cool and vibrant<br />Vancouver, BC is one of the world's most livable cities and hasn't added a car lane since the 1970s.

What is walkable urbanism?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/17/13 @ 2:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

We’re often asked to define, what is walkable urbanism, and how does it relate to sustainability?

Visualizing density<br />In this image, the pattern of development in Shaker Heights (left) is compared to Boulder, CO (center) and a newer town, Glendale, AZ. All have similar density (4 housing units per acre), but varying street grids and architectural character. Image from nonprofit Lincoln Land Institute.Well designed density<br />A nice brick-lined street in Lakewood. When EcoCity Cleveland conducted a Built Environment Rating survey, this image was favored by most.Keeping it rural<br />This image of a road in Geauga County produced positive response in a 2004 Built Environment Rating survey.

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