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Making better places: A citizen's guide from 2004 returns

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/08/13 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

In 2000, EcoCity Cleveland endeavored to find a common language that describes where we want to live, and why. Think of it as a Rating the Places We Love instead of Rating the Suburbs.

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An uninterrupted chain of sprawl from Cleveland to Kent

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/01/13 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transform

I went to see the next wave of suburban sprawl in Northeast Ohio over the weekend.

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Why we aren't seeing more walkable urbanism in Northeast Ohio

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/19/13 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

Similar to Leonardo Fibonacci decoding the natural world’s pattern language, Form Based Codes are a meta tool that is supposed to derive order and efficiency in a developing metropolis. Architects and urban planners have boiled it down to The Transect—an illustration that expresses the ideal form of a region as it develops outward—from a very dense core all the way...

Cookie cutter development<br />Would a Form Based Code ensure a green development in suburbs like South Euclid?Going for walkable<br />Twinsburg, OH hired Congress for New Urbanism to redesign their main drag as a walkable town center.The Transect<br />An ideal city form expressed visually. Image: bettercities.net

Mid-tier cities like Cleveland will rise again during the urban century

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/10/13 @ 11:45am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

The old narrative about the mobility of Americans driven by big companies is being challenged by an emerging, inter-generational story that says we're moved by "aspirational geographies." In cities, that translates in to living close to the action; a lifestyle measured in feet rather than miles.

Downtown urban center<br />The centers of Cleveland, Akron and other cities are the vibrant hearts of the region.  Villa Carabelli in Little Italy<br />Infill development is restoring well-designed density to Cleveland neighborhoods. Cyclist at Market Square in Ohio City<br />Cities make low-energy, low-mileage lifestyles possible. Tremont stroll<br />Young families are choosing city life in neighborhoods like Tremont in Cleveland.Historic county seat<br />In rural areas, town centers like Chardon are locations for redevelopment. City and country<br />One of the best ways to conserve farmland and natural areas is to build great cities that attract more people.

The next act of a generation of doubt and decline in Cleveland

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/04/13 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

If only there were some way of making travel compulsory. Northeast Ohioans especially would benefit from getting out of the “Rust Belt” and seeing what a boom town looks like.

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