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The next seven walkable, urban places in Cleveland

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/17/15 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

When walkable urbanism expert Christopher Leinberger scanned the landscape of Northeast Ohio during a visit here two years ago, he found it lacking. Given its size, Greater Cleveland should have two or three times more walkable, urban places to meet growing demand, he said.

Parking crater<br />Cleveland's best opportunity for a WalkUp is just west of Public Square.New station<br />A new Rapid station under construction at Mayfield Road right near the proposed Intesa development.The future?<br />A proposal for a mixed use development near the W. 25th Rapid Station would replace an auto-oriented shopping strip mall.

Cleveland Heights aims to be first suburb with complete streets

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/25/15 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

When complete streets landed in Cleveland more than three years ago, it created a ripple that is being felt now in the suburbs.

<br />Lee Road in Cleveland Heights. Image: Greg Slawson.<br />Cleveland Heights participates in 2014 Bike to Work Day. Image: Heights Bicycle Coalition.<br />Bike corrals (yellow on-street racks) in downtown Lakewood.

Cleveland's 1969 highway revolt sheds light on Opportunity Corridor

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/19/15 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

Ask Clevelanders, what is the most important environmental story in the city’s history? Most will tell of the burning river and how it raised a national awareness of the environment. But, there is another important moment in Cleveland history that, like the last fire in 1969, can and perhaps should shape our thinking today.

Saved<br />Horseshoe Lake was preserved by Cleveland, Shaker and Cleveland Heights when they turned back plans for a highway. Image: Greg Slawson Highway revolt<br />The proposed I-280 highway in 1969 includes the western portion of today's Opportunity Corridor.Damage done<br />Interstate 90 rent neighborhoods and city in two. Aerial photo from Cleveland State University collection.

Cleveland's Uptown earns top Silver TOD Score

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/30/15 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

Moving on Up<br />Phase One of the Uptown development in Cleveland, a TOD Scorecard Silver earner.BRT in CLE<br />The HealthLine bus-rapid transit and new condo development at the edge of UptownBlank slate<br />Vacant land near the site of the East 105 and Quincy Red Line Rapid Station in Cleveland, Ohio. Image: Google.Uncertain future<br />Greater Cleveland RTA is trying to decide if it spends $16 million to upgrade this Rapid Station at E. 79th St. (less than a mile from the $331 million urban highway project known as Opportunity Corridor).More TOD to come<br />The Cleveland Clinic showed this concept for infill development within the Opportunity Corridor at E. 105th Street (about .5 miles to a Rapid Station). Image: Ohio Department of Transportation.

The TOD Standard bearers at the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy (ITDP) think they’ve found the answer to how sustainable a development can be. The ITDP, founded in 1985, is a high-powered think tank on “environmentally sustainable and equitable transportation policies and projects worldwide.” Its current board is lead by Enrique Peñalosa, the former mayor of Bogotá, Colombia, and includes...more

Ohio's conspicuous absence from Innovative DOT report

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/19/15 @ 11:30am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

We tend not to think of Departments of Transportation as hotbeds of innovation. And that’s too bad. Because state DOTs in a handful of cases have been active in creating vibrant, bike and transit-connected places (see Minneapolis and Davis, California—considered the most bike friendly cities in America). This is a story about how DOTs overcame Cold War-era thinking, and, just...

<br />Examples of highway induced sprawl in Northeast Ohio<br />

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