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Think small: How Tactical Urbanism plans to help cities

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/30/15 @ 12:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

Jason Roberts is standing before a seated assembly in a vacant storefront in the hipster enclave of Deep Ellum, Dallas a few miles from Oak Cliff where he first acted on an idea to reverse decades of decline on a derelict city block. Roberts thinks he’s cracked the code on what unloved city streets need; if not to change the...

<br />One of the first Better Block pop ups in Oak Cliff, Dallas from 2010.

No measure of where this could go: Ohio hopes to get smarter about transportation

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/10/15 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

Ohio’s $7 billion roadbuilding budget is a sop to highways of dubious value—chief among them the $429 million “bypass” of the town of Portsmouth (pop. 20,000). But it may be the last gasp of a dying industry. When Congress last approved a transportation bill, in 2012, it came with an important caveat —the Highway Trust Fund is insolvent; time for some...

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Three fixes for highway happy Ohio

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/08/15 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

We’ve looked over Ohio’s five-year, $7 billion transportation budget and found it lacking any real vision for how to make the state more sustainable. Sustainable transportation leads to vibrant cities and towns; it needn't encourage more driving on an ever-expanding network of highways and roads.

<br />Typical low density development near highway interchange on I-271 in Northeast Ohio. It's expensive to build, with little rate of return.

Cleveland's award-winning TOD faces challenge: A car-oriented development next door

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/02/15 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Transit, Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

To great fanfare, a mixed-use development slated to go over a surface parking lot in the heart of University Circle got the green light this week. The Intesa development secured backing from the Cleveland-Cuyahoga Port Authority to build an 11-story residential tower with 196 apartments and a 470-space parking garage in the first phase of the project. A later phase...

<br />Uptown is recognized nationally for its design and transit orientation.<br />Uptown mixes culture, dining, entertainment and living in a walkable environment.<br />An early sketch of the Intesa development shows a mixed use building with a massive parking structure.<br />Site of the future Intesa development.<br />University Circle has sufficient parking; the challenge is pointing out where it is to distracted drivers.<br />Uptown has a small parking lot tucked behind the buildings.<br />Mayfield Road Rapid Station will open in 2015.
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Euclid Corridor recognized for safety, economic benefits

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/26/15 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

Euclid Avenue is living up to its HealthLine moniker. The group leading the charge for complete streets is reporting that money flowed and safety improved from 37 completed projects, including Cleveland’s Euclid Avenue. Completed in 2008, before the city had a complete streets law, the impact of the Euclid Corridor Transportation Project goes beyond the growing figure of $5.8 billion of...

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