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Pedestrians take priority in Public Square

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/30/16 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Walking

Today’s (11 a.m.) dedication of the $50 million Public Square renovation highlights the importance of pedestrian space in cities. It is a major investment in a public space that de-emphasizes the car, right in the center of Cleveland. Cars and buses will no longer drive north and south on Ontario Avenue. East-West is reserved for buses on Superior Avenue during rush...

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Moving The Midway to the center of Cleveland's transportation agenda

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/29/16 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Vibrant cities

The Cleveland Planning Commission kicked off a series of public meetings on the feasibility of the Midway, a dream hatched three years ago by a pair of "avid cyclists" who proposed a network of protected bike lanes surrounded by green space that would run right down the middle of the road.

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As Cleveland considers transit oriented development, parking reqs could be its biggest barrier

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/13/16 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

At a recent meeting focused on raising the bar for transit-oriented development (TOD) in Greater Cleveland, good suggestions were made to improve conditions around transit stations for development.

<br />Uptown Cleveland won a transit oriented development award for adhering to TOD guidelines that encourage walking and the presence of transit.<br />The Mayfield Road Rapid Station could spur efforts for more transit oriented development in Little Italy and University Circle. <br />A vintage photo of the surface parking lots in downtown Cleveland between Public Square and The Warehouse District.

An urban agenda for Ohio

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/06/16 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

Inspired by a Tweet last week from Ohio Democratic Party Chair, David Pepper, calling for a new urban agenda in the Buckeye State, a group of urbanist bloggers from around the state have been responding with ideas. In addition to a post written on the subject by David Beach in February, here are some thoughts.

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Seeking walkable urbanism Cleveland finds form based code to its liking

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/08/16 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

City leaders announced plans to update Cleveland’s zoning to a form-based system at a presentation held at Cleveland State University Levin College of Urban Affairs last week. Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley kicked off the meeting, remarking that the Market District in Ohio City and East 4th Street downtown are where locals take visitors to impress them.

<br />Image from City of Cleveland presentation on form based code.<br />Snout town homes on West 58th and Bridge in Cleveland are not pedestrian friendly. A form based code would prevent this design from occurring.<br />East Fourth Street in Cleveland has the DNA of a walkable street. Image: City of Cleveland.

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