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State policies for sustainable cities and transportation in Ohio

David Beach  |  02/22/16 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

Over the years and decades we’ve participated in many regional planning projects that have documented the costs of sprawling, haphazard growth in Ohio. Solutions have been elusive. But here are some positive changes the state can make right now.

Building on assets<br />Sustainable land use means focusing policies to promote the redevelopment of existing places, such as the Marcel Breuer-designed former Ameritrust tower on the left (now The 9) and the historic Schofield Building (now a Kimpton Hotel) on the right, both in downtown Cleveland.

Hidden costs in Northeast Ohio sprawl revealed

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/28/15 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

Moving to a new home in Geauga County might come with a warning label—about the costs of living in a car reliant location. For example, a Geauga resident might be exposed to four times the risk of dying in a car crash than a resident of a large city. In its "Analysis of public policies that unintentionally encourage sprawl," The New Climate...

Death and taxes<br />A Geauga County resident (far right) has four times the risk of dying in an auto related accident than a New York City resident (far left). Source: Todd Litman.

Turn dying mall into walkable town center, Cleveland Heights group says

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/05/15 @ 10:30am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

These are tough times for malls and shopping centers in America. Mostly, they are struggling with relevancy as millennials express a preference for places that blend seamlessly into their daily comings and goings.

Putting the town back into the center<br />The empty Wal-Mart store at Severance Town Center. Image: Google.

Cleveland considers a zoning update to allow more urbanity

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/22/15 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

On the date (October 21, 2015) that Marty McFly set the Delorean time machine to land in “Back to The Future, Part II” Cleveland considered taking its zoning code back to a place that will support more urban, walkable places. Since the 1920s, zoning has moved cities like Cleveland and the main street depicted in the Hollywood blockbuster light years away...

<br />Clevelanders on a bike to work day moving through the urban space of Gordon Square.

Columbus moves toward mode shift

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/19/15 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

The Columbus region has a plan to link transportation funding to new environmental goals. It has already started to redraw the map for roads that go outside of the urban area.

<br />Highway in to Columbus, OH. Image: City Data.

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