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When Cleveland invests in transit-oriented development, it succeeds

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/13/17 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Transit, Vibrant cities

Cities that are jumping on transit are glad they did. Transit attracts "environmentally conscious, outgoing people, largely in their 30s and 40s, who are open to taking transit but find the service inconvenient or inadequate," a 2014 national poll found. "Policymakers and transit providers could most easily increase transit ridership by focusing on this group."

Smart line<br />Cleveland State University and RTA invested in major upgrades to its #55 bus to serve a young population interested in transit resulting in a 43 percent increase to ridership.Down and out<br />Sprawl without growth has left Greater Cleveland with a legacy of vacant units, mounting transportation costs, government debt, and tens of thousands of excess properties. Perversely, these development trends hurt municipal revenues and cripple local capacity to regulate land use development and transportation investments. Nevertheless, the Ohio Department of Development and NOACA project these trends to continue through 2030.

10 big things Northeast Ohio can do in 2017 to be more sustainable

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/20/17 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Transform

Here is GreenCityBlueLake's analysis of the sustainability priorities and actions that Northeast Ohio can follow to get ahead in 2017.

Vacant to green<br />Underutilized land behind public housing in Ohio City became a massive urban farm. A model for more urban farming on vacant land in Cleveland. Image: Donna Turner Ruhlman. Movin out<br />Eaton Corporation moved its headquarters from the city to the suburbs exacerbating job sprawl and inequitable access in Northeast Ohio.Way to go!<br />Cleveland should complete its 70 mile bikeways plan in 2017 if it keeps on the pace it set in 2016 when it painted 16 miles of bike lanes.

Get to work: Two Cleveland corporate relocations illustrate employment access inequities

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/12/17 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

Being able to practically get to a job is a measure of the usefulness and economic attractiveness of a city, concludes University of Minnesota in its annual ranking of how well U.S. cities provide access to jobs via transit. Transit access is a metric that matters—the report says—because 5% of all Americans use transit to commute to work, making it the...

Eaton before<br />Transit access from Eaton Corporation’s former headquarters at E. 12th Street and Superior in downtown Cleveland. Source: Mapnificent.comEaton after<br />Transit access from Eaton Corporation new headquarters in Beachwood / Chagrin/ I-271 corridor.

Color on the maps show a 30-minute transit trip at 8 a.m with a maximum of 10 minute walk on either end. The map tool works from data provided by RTA in the Google Transit format.American Greetings, before the move<br />Transit access from American Greetings old headquarters in Brooklyn (an inner-ring suburb of Cleveland).American Greetings after the move<br />Transit access from American Greetings new headquarters in Westlake/Crocker Park.

Color on the maps show a 30-minute transit trip at 8 a.m with a maximum of 10 minute walk on either end. The map tool works from data provided by RTA in the Google Transit format.

U of Akron Biomimicry pioneers unlock nature's secrets

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/11/17 @ 12:15pm  |  Posted in Transform, Stuff

Since first realizing how to craft with fire, mankind has explored and built to amazing heights. The danger is in unleashing all the fire at once.

<br />Emily Kennedy and Bill Hsiung, two of the first three graduates from University of Akron with a PhD in Biomimicry.

Danger by design: Cleveland's deadliest roads

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/10/17 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Walking

138 Clevelanders were killed by a motor vehicle while walking on area streets between 2005 and 2014, Smart Growth America reports in Dangerous by Design 2016.

<br />A heat map of where pedestrian fatalities occurred in Greater Cleveland, 2005 - 2014. Data: Smart Growth America.

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