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Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/22/16 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Water

The Great Lakes region may not be known as a hot bed of extreme weather events like those that buffet the Plains or swamp the coasts. But the Midwest is girding for climate change.

Super green lane<br />Sunset Avenue, the main drag of Butler University, just got a green spruce up. Indianapolis, Indiana green streets helped pay the $3 million project which has a porous pavement bike lane and 8,000 sq ft of linear rain garden. The alternative, conventional plan would have cost $3.5 million. Image: Williams Creek Consulting.A bridge to the future<br />Michigan City, Indiana wanted to do its part to clean up Lake Michigan and making its beach safe for swimming. A massive rain garden above and new sewer underground helped. Image: Alliance for the Great Lakes (which secured a $60,000 grant for the project).<br />Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District won its Ohio Supreme Court case to charge landowners a fee for their stormwater runoff. In part by digitizing its entire service area. Here, for example, is the Super Walmart at Steelyard Commons in Cleveland. <br />Nine Mile Creek in South Euclid before the city worked with Biohabitats, Inc. on what they call a regenerative stormwater conveyance. The creek was channeled into a concrete ditch. Image: Biohabitats, Inc.<br />Nine Mile Creek in South Euclid after its regeneration (not restoration) as the firm Biohabitats prefers to call it. Image: Biohabitats, Inc.<br />Milwaukee Water Commons is a citizen led effort to explore what it means to be a water city. They hold yearly summits and are working on a 10 year vision that the community gets to vote on. Image: Milwaukee Water Commons.Scranton Flats<br />The first publicly funded part of the Towpath Trail in Cleveland includes a 2,800 square foot nature shoreline. Image: Ohio & Erie Canalway
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Comparing transit in 10 Cleveland communities

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/20/16 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Transit

85.3% of all jobs in Cuyahoga County are located within a half-mile of a transit stop. That is well above the U.S. average of 61.1%. And yet, only 5.17% of commuters in the county use transit. Probably due to factors like the frequency—or how often the bus comes near to their home and their work—and what can be reached with...

<br />The AllTransit tool from Center for Neighborhood Technology displays many things about transit access - like this map showing jobs near transit in Cuyahoga County. <br /><br /><br /><br />

An urban agenda for Ohio

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/06/16 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

Inspired by a Tweet last week from Ohio Democratic Party Chair, David Pepper, calling for a new urban agenda in the Buckeye State, a group of urbanist bloggers from around the state have been responding with ideas. In addition to a post written on the subject by David Beach in February, here are some thoughts.

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Natural Cleveland: April

Jill Collins  |  04/05/16 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Natural Cleveland

Flowers are out and on the trees. The world is flowering. Everyone knows the daffodils. Most trees also flower even if they are quiet and unobtrusive, like oaks. If you know you are looking for a tree's flowers, you could stalk the tree to learn its phenology—the study of seasonal phenomena. Some tree flowers you might like, and notice more, like...

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Mode share makes car lite trip more viable

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/04/16 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Transit, Driving

Like many families, we took a trip over spring break. We made part of our plan to reduce both personal and environmental costs in our choice of transportation modes.

<br />On the platform of the Los Angeles Metro<br />View from Amtrak Pacific Surfliner.<br />At Union Station in Los Angeles<br />Streecar and cyclists in San Diego<br />Waiting room at Sante Fe train station in San Diego<br />Taxi in Tijuana, Mexico<br />Riding the Red Line home in Cleveland.
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