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University Circle has a strategy to manage congestion: mode shift, housing

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

University Circle is taking seriously the commitments that the City of Cleveland and the regional transportation agency, NOACA, have made in establishing goals to reduce carbon emissions from buildings and transportation, according to consultants helping them manage growth while introducing alternative transportation services in the quickly developing district.

<br />This typical scene happens nightly in University Circle. The north-south traffic jam stretches for miles, and indicates a gap in housing market, and a lack of transportation options. <br /><br />

University Circle takes on its parking problem

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/06/15 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

University Circle has a parking problem—it has too much. More specifically, it has too much parking 90% of the time, and not enough smart technology (yet) being deployed for the few, peak hours when visitors and residents might compete for one of the district’s 35,000 on- and off-street parking spaces. That can be fixed. Without falling back on the expensive option...

Parking isn't the problem<br />University Circle is boosting the visibility of parking and pedestrian places since conducting a comprehensive transportation plan.<br />This surface parking lot at Mayfield and E. 117th Street is slated for development. Plans call for a 700-space parking garage.<br />The courtyard between MOCA and Uptown turned a parking lot into a vibrant gathering space.<br />The newly opened Little Italy Rapid Station. Integrating the station into University Circle is one of the recommendations in its parking management plan.<br />University Circle has added lots of signs pointing out the existing public parking in an effort to combat the perception of a parking shortage. <br />University Circle has added four car-share cars in the last year. Carshare can reduce the number of cars, and parking spaces, needed. <br />The city has added auto pay for the on-street parking at Uptown. To encourage turnover of spots, they have a higher rate of $.075 an hour with a maximum of two hours.<br />Bike racks are being installed at many University Circle destinations and residences.<br />A comprehensive parking inventory showed that the problem with parking in University Circle may be a perception that there's not enough. Too much of a good<br />Multiple shuttle bus services operate in University Circle. Making sense,  consolidating, or raising the visibility of the general public facing system is needed.<br />According to a parking inventory conducted in University Circle in 2015, by the firm NelsonNygaard, there is excess capacity and adequate capacity (at or below 85% full) in most of the parking lots and garages.
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Youngstown kicks off Better Blocks series

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/28/15 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transform

The first Better Block event in Youngstown was held on Saturday, September 26th, on Mahoning Avenue on the West Side. The street was completely transformed for the day with bike lanes, street trees, outdoor seating, live music, a farmer's market, a cafe, and two art galleries.

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Least walkable Northeast Ohio neighborhoods: should come with a Surgeon General's warning

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/09/15 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Walking

The U.S. Surgeon General today launched "Step It Up" a campaign to address why, even though 60% of Americans reported walking for transportation or leisure in the last week, most of them also confess that streets prevent them from walking more. More Americans would let their kids walk to school if they didn’t fear letting them cross streets where cars...

Golf anyone?<br />An apartment complex in Broadview Heights.The sidewalk ends<br />Pepper Pike notoriously snubs the sidewalk<br />Broadview Road is indeed broad and fast, but it also has a bike lane, bus shelter and sidewalks. Imagine if the apartments also had a place.A stroad <br />Lorain Avenue in Fairview Park, Cleveland acts as a fast moving moat between residents and the park.Stuck in the middle<br />Could Maple Heights turn its fortunes around with a radical, walkable makeover?

In Akron, redrawing the lines on Main Street renews a social contract

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/28/15 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Vibrant cities, Walking

In May, Akron pulled off one of the biggest Better Blocks in recent memory. A group of citizens and some well-placed city officials temporarily reconfigured a portion of the city's Main Street with temporary, “green” bike lanes, filled in seven vacant storefronts with pop up shops, found a space for a farmer’s market and soccer fields in vacant lots, and...

One better<br />The Better Block in the North Hill area of Akron. Image: Fitzwater Photography.

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