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Natural Cleveland: June

Jill Collins  |  06/06/16 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Natural Cleveland

Natural Cleveland is produced by Jill Collins and Justin Glanville. Jill is an urban naturalist and illustrator. Justin is a writer and urban planner. Clevelanders, like people everywhere, live on the land, they note. We're just not as accustomed as others to seeing it. That's a miss, because understanding the land can help us connect more deeply to the world and...

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"The trends suck" and other reasons why Northeast Ohio needs to shift its priority

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/02/16 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Transportation choices

$12.2 billion is the ballpark Northeast Ohio will be playing in for transportation in the coming 20 years. Grace Gallucci, Executive Director of NOACA, the agency overseeing that investment, made a few observations yesterday at its first public meeting on the region’s Long Range Transportation Plan. Gallucci offered that transportation has a lot to do with the shape a region finds...

<br />If we follow current trends, Northeast Ohio will have more of this.

Talking points for the coming NEO transportation plan

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/31/16 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Transportation choices

There are great expectation that Northeast Ohio will adopt a new language as it starts talking about a long range transportation plan. It could speak volumes for cars or speak up for streets as social spaces and healthy places. Advocates for the latter approach are hoping the region’s transportation agency, NOACA, finds some good answers to its question, "how would you...

<br />Northeast Ohio had very little congestion on its roads (in red) in 2008.The past is not destiny<br />Northeast Ohio forecast spending lots of money relieving congestion in areas opened up for development by highway expansion and new roads in exurbia.<br />NOACA developed this matrix of congestion mitigation strategies in its 2013 long range plan.

Natural Cleveland: May

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/16/16 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Natural Cleveland

May is the perfect month to take your lunch to a park bench and admire the city.

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As Cleveland considers transit oriented development, parking reqs could be its biggest barrier

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/13/16 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

At a recent meeting focused on raising the bar for transit-oriented development (TOD) in Greater Cleveland, good suggestions were made to improve conditions around transit stations for development.

<br />Uptown Cleveland won a transit oriented development award for adhering to TOD guidelines that encourage walking and the presence of transit.<br />The Mayfield Road Rapid Station could spur efforts for more transit oriented development in Little Italy and University Circle. <br />A vintage photo of the surface parking lots in downtown Cleveland between Public Square and The Warehouse District.

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