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What's sustainable makes you happy

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/20/13 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Live

Walkable cities, says Jeff Speck, trump ‘drivable sub-urbanism’ in delivering economic, health and environmental benefit.

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How much walkable urbanism is enough?

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

We still hold that the Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium has the unenviable task of getting our region to face its demon—unchecked sprawl, fueled by highway expansion. And to acknowledge that our assets—parks within a mile for 90 percent of us and well-built city centers—are the building blocks to our future prosperity.

Great Bennies<br />Sasaki calculates the big benefits of the Euclid Corridor. The firm consulted on the street scape and BRT design. (Photos: Sasaki Associates).<br /><br />Take me to the river<br />Sasaki produced a riverfront revitalization plan for PittsburghGot game<br />Sasaki produced a plan to build a district around Ohio State's Horseshoe.

Vote and we'll pop up Ohio City and Asia Village

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/28/13 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

GreenCityBlueLake is like the central nervous system for sustainability in NEO. We don’t often blog about projects in which we’re partners, but Mobile Encounters—pop-up cultural districts in Cleveland’s Asia Village and its Ohio City neighborhood—are potentially significant. But they need your vote before they can happen.

High times<br />Pop Up Rockwell employed clever public art to solicit feedback. Photos: CUDC.Rockwell rollin<br />Cyclists like this staffer at Downtown Cleveland Alliance got to test ride the cycle track (two-way bike lane).Soaking it in<br />Kent State students designed the BiFi bench: Part bioretention, part WiFi hotspot.Greening the street<br />Reusable artificial turf buffered the street from the bike lane.Making it count<br />Robert Mavec (center), Commissioner of the Division of Streets for the City of Cleveland, participates in a complete streets training during Pop up Rockwell.Pure joy<br />What beats riding fast and free on a city street redesigned for multi-modal transportation?

Will American metro regions pull back from the apocalypse

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/16/13 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

Americans harbor a secret wish to be liked in the world. We want a fair but honest assessment when foreign nationals hold up a mirror and judge us. It explains why obscure 19th century French historian Alexis de Tocqueville lives on; for zingy one-liners like: “The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but...

Blight fight<br />Foreclosures are spreading from city to suburbs in Cleveland. Photos: GCBLPlan B<br />Thousands of abandoned homes are slated for demolition across Northeast OhioGreen at last<br />Some vacant properties take decades to clear for reuseNo empty promise<br />The bootstrap Rid All Green Partnership is turning out tons of food in a distressed Cleveland neighborhood

Time to get excited about regional planning in Northeast Ohio

David Beach  |  11/28/12 @ 8:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

Imagining a better future<br />A recent  workshop of the Quality Connected Places work stream of the Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium.

Some of us have been part of numerous “regional visioning” projects over the years (see our back issues of the EcoCity Cleveland Journal for some essential history), and we’ve grown pretty cynical about planning processes that aim to think rationally about where development makes economic and environmental sense in fragmented Northeast Ohio. But it might be time to ditch the cynicism,...more

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