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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.

Where Cleveland young and brainy want to be

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/06/15 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

Cleveland is in the midst of an impressive moment of “brain gain” even as the overall population declined 17% in the first decade of the Millennium.

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It's always sunnier in Akron: where road diets are legal

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/08/15 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

There’s a Cleveland folktale that it’s always sunnier in Akron. We like to believe that the micro-climate along the lake affects everything from cloud cover to lake effect snow to our sub-culture. Is it possible the confluence of lake and river affect as much the geography of space and mindset?

Legalize it<br />The road diet that the city of Lakewood is boldly proposing for safety and vibrancy reasons on Madison Avenue.<br />The current stretch of Madison Avenue in Lakewood, OH.

University Circle to test seven road diets

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/18/15 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

University Circle will cap the second phase of a sweeping, “Moving Greater University Circle Transportation and Mobility Study” by performing surgery on seven of the most dangerous intersections in the area.

<br />A pedestrian scurrying across East Boulevard near Cedar would benefit from a pilot project to narrow and square off this intersection.<br />Part of the first site of temporary improvements to road safety, closing one of four lanes of MLK at Cedar will be tested.<br />Highway like slip lanes like this one would be temporarily closed under a plan by University Circle to calm traffic and make streets safer.<br />Students from John Hay High School (pictured) plus Case and Cleveland School of the Arts walk and bike in the area.  <br />The plan calls for t-ing off intersections like this one at Mayfield and Euclid the site of MOCA and Uptown.<br />This intersection, at Stokes and Chester, would be normalized or squared off. It is the site of future development.<br />The intersection of East Boulevard and Bellflower will get a large speed hump known as a speed table.<br />The intersection at the top of Cedar Hill between Cleveland and Cleveland Heights will be narrowed and lanes made more predictable.<br />Juniper Road will continue as a one-way street like it is at the end and beginning of semester at Case. <br />This cut through lane known as Liberty would need further study before closing it as recommended for pedestrian safety improvements in University Circle.
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California calling: A new citizen's agenda for transportation

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/04/15 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

California has started a national conversation about transportation as a place not a speed.

<br />A street in the West Village of New York would probably earn an F on the LOS scale, making it illegal to build today.<br />This is what good Level of Service looks like to a pedestrian in University Circle at the intersection of Stokes and Chester. <br />University Circle Transportation and Mobility Study is upfront about how improving streets for walking and biking will grade on the LOS scale.

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