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The long view: How University Circle flood became an issue of regional concern

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/17/18 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Climate, Land, Water

Sunday's rains flooded out parts of Cleveland—cars were seen literally floating along Euclid Avenue, that is, if they could reach University Circle at all with multiple road closures causing a Monday morning ruckus. By Tuesday, the area dodged another episode as rain turned to snow. Before the next spring torrent arrives, let’s talk about what extreme weather events like this...

<br />Heavy rains mix with raw sewage in Doan Brook<br />Regime shift in hydrological systems. Image: Marina Alberti.<br />Slow and fast variables. Urban patterns have complex impacts on variables that change slowly in response to long-term processes (e.g. mitigating floods) and that constrain the response of fast variables (e.g. land cover change), generating a shift in the hydrological regime. Image Marina Alberti.

City hopes complete streets address "structural racism" of infrastructure

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/21/18 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transportation

Since it launched in 2003, complete streets has ignited a nationwide movement to redesign roads to be more equitable; over 300 jurisdictions have passed laws that recognize how people use streets for commerce, socializing, walking and moving around without the aid of a car. Cities, towns and suburbs have codified complete streets as law — directing their departments of public...

<br />East 79th Street in Cleveland has received little investment<br />Early plans for a new urban highway in Cleveland, in the same corridor as the previous photo of East 79th Street.

Aspiring EcoDistrict, MetroHealth should draw inspiration from neighbor

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/20/18 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Transform

MetroHealth System’s Campus Transformation Plan, released this month, aims to soften the concrete surface of the Cuyahoga County owned hospital acreage at W. 25th Street in Cleveland’s Clark-Fulton neighborhood.

<br />Currently MetroHealth fronts West 25th Street (left) with lots of asphalt<br />The vision for transforming MetroHealth is better, but does it go deep green?<br />Ohio City Farm has transformed an ill used yard behind a county public housing high rise.

Major Cleveland consortium chimes in on sprawl, other divides

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/12/18 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Transform

The Fund for Our Economic Future’s “Two Tomorrows” report, like Cleveland State University Levin College of Urban Affairs professor, Tom Bier’s book "Housing Dynamics in Northeast Ohio: Setting the Stage for Resurgence," offers an indictment of trends in Northeast Ohio’s economy. It also provides specific recommendations on how to turn things around. It is the type of report intended to...

<br />From a 2016 Center for Neighborhood Technology report on the economic impact of connecting jobs and transit. Akron riders board a Metro bus. 

Improving transit in Akron-Summit County could gain the region $8 million, and give a lift to households in poverty.

Separated bike lanes would make drivers and cyclists happy

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/02/18 @ 7:00pm  |  Posted in Biking

Jonathan Maskit unabashedly takes the lane on his bike commute from town, up a hill, to Denison University where he’s an associate professor of philosophy and writing a book that navigates why that deceptively simple act, of a cyclist moving from the unswept margin to the space of the road that it is allowed to be as a legally recognized...

The biking philosopher<br />Denison professor Jonathan Maskit explains when bikes were invented in Germany in the early 1800s they shared the road with horse drawn carriages and people.<br />A barrier separated bike lane in Indianapolis has made biking there very popular.

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