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Will Northeast Ohio choose more sprawl?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/17/12 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

A thing is about to happen that hasn't in an age. Americans under 35 and over 65 are rejecting a large house in sprawlsville for a small house/condo in a walkable neighborhood. A National Association of Realtors survey confirms that prospective homebuyers favor a smart growth community by 57%. If Americans favor smart growth, what explains the 54% (35-49 year olds)...more

Good urban form is more resilient

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/19/12 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

· The latest renaissance in Lakewood's downtown shows that investment in cities with good urban form will prove to be better placed than in development based on large lot zoning, gobbling up green space, propped up by highway expansion. Lakewood's housing density offers the city's commercial districts a stable base from which it can grow when investment creeps back in....more

MowGoats another Cleveland first

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/04/12 @ 11:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

The outgrowth of Cleveland's efforts to 're-imagine' vacant land beginning in 2007 has been a breeding ground for good old fashioned American self sufficiency. ReImagine has produced a steady stream of ideas-many won't ever leave the urban designer's sketch pad, but they're some of the boldest we've seen in years. They stretch from keeping in place a demolished home's masonry...more

What's the best path to retrofit Cleveland suburbia?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/30/12 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

Recently, I was chatting with a good friend about his family vacation plans-they were vacillating between Disney World and New York City. Ultimately they decided on Orlando because the castle in the sky was better suited to their 6-year old. Isn't it interesting that two of the top American getaways involve fantasizing about 1) the idyllic German village of Regensburg (Walt's...more

City's zoning overhaul targets sustainable development

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/30/12 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Home landscaping

Zoning is a powerful tool for cities. It shapes development and establishes priorities for how land is used. It can subtly shift social patterns that lead to a better life. But, left to languish, it can have the opposite effect. And that's why zoning needs to be updated-as the City of Cleveland Heights did this week-to reflect the values of...more

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