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Cleveland ponders smart growth and complete streets as an antidote to abandonment

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/02/13 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices, NEO Sustainable Communities

Smart Growth America president Geoffrey Anderson assured Cleveland that it can learn from other slow market cities how to reposition itself, and compete for talent, with a focused investment on complete streets. “Market economies will move faster, and laggards will be left behind,” he told a small crowd gathered at Levin College to hear Cuyahoga County’s plans to pursue Complete Streets. Even...

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.
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Clean Ohio shows big returns from land preservation and brownfield redevelopment

David Beach  |  05/01/13 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Connecting to nature

The Clean Ohio Fund – the state’s primary funding source for open space conservation, farmland preservation, brownfield revitalization, and trail creation – has been a popular program. Now two independent studies have documented how the program generates big returns for the state’s economy.

Future segment of the Towpath Trail<br />A grant from the Clean Ohio Fund is helping to protect and restore this key section of riverfront along the Cuyahoga River on the Scranton Road Peninsula in Cleveland. It's one of many critical greenspaces purchased with Clean Ohio funds in Cuyahoga County.

Northern Ohio is drifting into an abandonment crater

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/30/13 @ 2:15pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices, NEO Sustainable Communities

If Northeast Ohio doesn’t correct course soon, its future will be stained with abandonment. Analysis provided by Boston firm Sasaki & Associates for the Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities show abandoned property in the 12-county region, including Cuyahoga County where it mushrooms from 26,000 today to many multiples of that by 2040.

<br /><br />Abandoned in the city<br />Construction of homes in new communities has outpaced household growth, causing surplus old homes to be abandoned and the region's urban cores to decline.Encouraging, but not enough<br />Walkable, mixed-use redevelopment projects, such as Uptown in Cleveland's University Circle, are encouraging, but they are not happening at a large enough scale to counter-balance the loss of urban population and tax base.

Walkable communities? Maybe down the road

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/23/13 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

When he looked recently at the long list of roads that NOACA, Northeast Ohio's transportation funder, will dole out to fix, expand or widen, GreenCityBlueLake Director David Beach wondered, what does this seemingly random list of projects add up to? Will it produce a lower-carbon transportation system?

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.
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Does Northeast Ohio like business as usual?

David Beach  |  04/17/13 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

Northeast Ohio has lost 7 percent of its population since 1970, while increasing the area of developed land by 33 percent, or 400 square miles. This sprawl without growth has emptied the region’s central cities and created a host of fiscal, environmental, transportation, and social problems. Do you want more of this suburban pattern development in the coming decades? Or do...

Abandoned in the city<br />Construction of homes in new communities has outpaced household growth, causing surplus old homes to be abandoned and the region's urban cores to decline.Encouraging, but not enough<br />Walkable, mixed-use redevelopment projects, such as Uptown in Cleveland's University Circle, are encouraging, but they are not happening at a large enough scale to counter-balance the loss of urban population and tax base.

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