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Get to work: Two Cleveland corporate relocations illustrate employment access inequities

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/12/17 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

Being able to practically get to a job is a measure of the usefulness and economic attractiveness of a city, concludes University of Minnesota in its annual ranking of how well U.S. cities provide access to jobs via transit. Transit access is a metric that matters—the report says—because 5% of all Americans use transit to commute to work, making it the...

Eaton before<br />Transit access from Eaton Corporation’s former headquarters at E. 12th Street and Superior in downtown Cleveland. Source: Mapnificent.comEaton after<br />Transit access from Eaton Corporation new headquarters in Beachwood / Chagrin/ I-271 corridor.

Color on the maps show a 30-minute transit trip at 8 a.m with a maximum of 10 minute walk on either end. The map tool works from data provided by RTA in the Google Transit format.American Greetings, before the move<br />Transit access from American Greetings old headquarters in Brooklyn (an inner-ring suburb of Cleveland).American Greetings after the move<br />Transit access from American Greetings new headquarters in Westlake/Crocker Park.

Color on the maps show a 30-minute transit trip at 8 a.m with a maximum of 10 minute walk on either end. The map tool works from data provided by RTA in the Google Transit format.

Cleveland gains more when Public Square is open to buses

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/02/17 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

Last week, federal authorities allegedly told the City of Cleveland that re-opening downtown Public Square to buses would honor their agreement (and help the city avoid a $12 million penalty). It provides impetus for the city to re-consider its ill-fated but well-intentioned decision.

<br />Cleveland Public Square during its grand re opening. Images: GCBL.<br /><br />

The Midway: Cleveland's green of redemption

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/19/16 @ 11:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

In the ‘70s, a TV commercial for a battery featured a celebrity spokesman (Robert Blake, I believe) who perched a 9-volt on his shoulder and growled, knock it off. I dare you. It seems like cities could take a page from the school of Blake. What do they have to lose.

The Midway<br />

"Retrofitting Suburbia" author to Cleveland: Be nimble

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/12/16 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

The suburbs have paradoxically brought together an image of safety and health; while time has proven them less capable in these areas than we may think. “Retrofitting Suburbia” co-author, Ellen Dunham-Jones, told a crowd at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History last Friday that there are plenty of fixes to help suburbia live up to its ideal. Dunham-Jones opened with the problem...

Eds and Meds again<br />Ellen Dunham-Jones presented Suburban Retrofit example of Vanderbilt Health, a dying mall that was brought back to life with a major medical center.

Retrofitting suburbia: Tips for Northeast Ohio

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/17/16 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Reuse, Vibrant cities

We wrote last week about what can be done (globally and locally) to fight climate change. We looked at an article published in Nature, where the authors argued to spend resources making the outer suburbs and small towns more environmentally friendly.

<br />A dead mall featured in Retrofitting Suburbia. Efforts to turn dying malls into new town centers feature prominently.

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