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Transit in Ohio: You gotta be tough

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/09/15 @ 1:15pm

Moving in<br />A mixed-income housing unit is some of the private capital attracted to Euclid Avenue from the BRT line.

Ohio’s proposed $1 million annual (2016) increase in funding for transit is “piddling,” says transit advocacy group, All Aboard Ohio. The Buckeye State’s continued snubbing of transit flies in the face of sound judgement, adds a civil engineer with AECOM, the largest engineering firm in the United States. “Sadly, ODOT ignored its own study that it commissioned last year,” All Aboard Ohio...more

Headlines of the week 2.6.15

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/06/15 @ 11:00am

Ohio Senator Randy Gardner introduces a bill to establish an Office of Harmful Algae Management of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency with the aim of reducing phosphorus in Lake Erie. (Sentinel-Tribune) The Cuyahoga River has come a long way since its infamous burning river days. Recent tests found that water quality has improved dramatically although work remains to be done. (Cleveland...more

Eastside Greenway would improve biking in the suburbs

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/05/15 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Walking

The ambitious plan to connect eastern Cuyahoga County focuses its efforts on low-carbon mobility for the "access poor."

Car dependent<br />South Belvoir Boulevard in South Euclid. The Eastside Greenway would convert the lane near the median into buffered bike lanes. Greenway to go<br />A concept to road diet boulevards in suburban Cleveland. Access: who has it and who doesn't<br />Cuyahoga County Board of Health is aligning goals of the bike and pedestrian network with who has access (green) and who doesn't (red) to transit and public amenities like parks and community centers.

Solar powers Cleveland studio of Kalman & Pabst

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/03/15 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Green buildings

Seeing the light<br />Solar panels on the roof of Kalman & Pabst with Cleveland in the background. All images: K&P.<br />Kalman & Pabst co-owner Mike Wasserman<br />Inside the K&P studio space

Mike Wasserman can’t figure how other business owners come to different conclusions about investing in green technologies like the 137-panel solar array on the roof of their 100-year old warehouse in Cleveland’s Midtown neighborhood. The solar panels at Kalman & Pabst paid themselves off with energy savings three-and-a-half years after they were installed. In 2014, Wasserman and Craig Brown purchased the...more

Cleveland's Uptown earns top Silver TOD Score

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/30/15 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

Moving on Up<br />Phase One of the Uptown development in Cleveland, a TOD Scorecard Silver earner.BRT in CLE<br />The HealthLine bus-rapid transit and new condo development at the edge of UptownBlank slate<br />Vacant land near the site of the East 105 and Quincy Red Line Rapid Station in Cleveland, Ohio. Image: Google.Uncertain future<br />Greater Cleveland RTA is trying to decide if it spends $16 million to upgrade this Rapid Station at E. 79th St. (less than a mile from the $331 million urban highway project known as Opportunity Corridor).More TOD to come<br />The Cleveland Clinic showed this concept for infill development within the Opportunity Corridor at E. 105th Street (about .5 miles to a Rapid Station). Image: Ohio Department of Transportation.

The TOD Standard bearers at the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy (ITDP) think they’ve found the answer to how sustainable a development can be. The ITDP, founded in 1985, is a high-powered think tank on “environmentally sustainable and equitable transportation policies and projects worldwide.” Its current board is lead by Enrique Peñalosa, the former mayor of Bogotá, Colombia, and includes...more

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