Car dominance is not a uniquely Cleveland challenge, Penalosa assures

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/23/16 @ 2:00pm

“Change is hard,” Gil Penalosa told several hundred Clevelanders, including its leader, Mayor Frank Jackson, at the Sustainable Cleveland Summit this week. Penalosa worked with his brother, Enrique Penalosa, former Mayor of Bogota, Columbia to shift the focus from a single mode, driving, to more equitable transportation choices.

<br />Ciclovia, an open streets event that happens every Sunday in Bogota, Columbia. Image: Bike Auckland.

Science offers a window into climate change

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/12/16 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Explore

As coastal cities are caught off guard by “sunny day floods,” no less subtle evidence that climate changes is being felt across the U.S. has scientists, naturalists and policy makers raising concerns. They say, climate change is no longer a theoretical idea; it is being felt in the form of more severe floods, drought, and temperature swings. All up and down...

<br /><br />Images: Cleveland Museum of Natural History

A safer way: Road diets

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/09/16 @ 11:00am

There’s evidence that road diets have a positive effect on traffic crashes while addressing important questions of equity and climate change, an official with the Federal Highway Administration told a group in Cleveland this week. Road diets—defined as the “narrowing or elimination of travel lanes on a roadway to make room for pedestrians and bicyclists”—are a hot topic as cities strive...

<br />Euclid Avenue in Cleveland is a good example of the benefits of a road diet.

Natural Cleveland: September

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/06/16 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Natural Cleveland

Here is the September installment of Natural Cleveland, a field guide of sorts for the urban naturalist and nature lovers. Illustrations and text by Jill Collins; editing by Justin Glanville.

<br />Yellow apple<br />All illustrations: Jill Collins<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Orange apple<br />Red apple<br />striped apple<br />

Lead exposed: A public crisis comes home

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/02/16 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Home renovation

If Flint, Michigan's lead poisoning crisis cracked the nation’s eyes open to what being exposed to a pervasive toxin means, public officials could see it coming. Lead exposure has been unfolding across America, particularly in its urban centers, for decades. While Lead had a lot of advantages for manufacturers—paint makers liked it because it sped drying and increased durability—health experts had...

<br />Lead paint peeling and exposed on a house in Cleveland. Image: GCBL.

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