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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 />

Bruce Katz tells University Circle -- density, transit will attract private-side investment

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/10/14 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

When last here (at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History) Bruce Katz offered a glimpse of why he thinks Cleveland is poised for regeneration through an urban, placemaking strategy dubbed “Innovation Districts.”

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A place for transit in Public Square, Group Plan director assures

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/05/14 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Transit, Vibrant cities

Now that the $32 million Public Square redesign is becoming a reality, who is leading the project and what is the vision it expresses for downtown are just two of many questions the public is asking.

Flight of fancy<br />Public Square as re-imagined by James Corner, the design firm behind New York's High Line.Postcard perfect<br />An early 20th century painting of Public Square depicts its importance as a hub of transit. Image: public domain.Transit will stay<br />The plan presented to Cleveland Planning Commission in October, 2014 calls for consolidating and moving bus stops to the periphery and ring road around Public Square.Green space<br />Public Square today as seen from the Northeast quadrant. Image: GCBL.

Nelson/Nygaard's big reveal for University Circle: "(Y)our mission is not parking"

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/29/14 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

By now, you've probably heard that University Circle is doing a transportation study. Formally, it’s called the Moving Greater University Circle Transportation & Mobility Study. But, what is it? And how exactly could it help make University Circle a more inviting place to walk, bike, take transit, or drive? We spoke to David Fields, Principal of Nelson/Nygaard, the planning firm that...

Share alike<br />Bike share in University Circle adds to the mobility optionsRapid improvements<br />The new University-Cedar Rapid station

New principles for parking could be applied in University Circle

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/02/14 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

University Circle is studying how to reduce the impact of cars as it gets more urban in its development. The conclusions from the first phase of a landmark study were discussed this week by the major institutions that have the most at stake. The transportation demand management study conducted by the firm NelsonNygaard is looking at where and how the district’s...

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