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Midwest cities could be first to meet climate pact

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/15/15 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Transform

Cities are on the vanguard of the new global climate pact signed in Paris. More specifically, cities in the Rust Belt have the most to gain from COP21. COP21, the world’s first climate commitment, could turn cities into a platform for ways to meet the immense challenge of what to do, Next City writes in The Urban Planner’s Guide to Living...

<br />Smart Growth America report on rebuilding downtowns highlights Gordon Square in Cleveland.

8 ways technology has disrupted transportation

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/07/15 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Transportation

Technology and the “share” economy have promised to make even the most car-dependent places free to pursue other roads. Governing wrote an excellent piece recently about how technology can be a disruptive force that will redefine the city in this century.

<br />Car share in service at Case.

These Cleveland neighborhoods are greener than Portland

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/04/15 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Driving

Northeast Ohioans drive their vehicles 20,592 miles per year—just under par with the rest of America at 21,377 vehicle miles traveled (VMT) per year.

<br />A sampling of neighborhoods in Cleveland that are driving fewer miles per year than Portland. Information provided by Center for Neighborhood Technology.<br />Transit use as a percent of the population in a sample of Cleveland area neighborhoods (versus Portland). Information from Center for Neighborhood Technology.

Suburb or city, you may live in a job disadvantaged neighborhood

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/03/15 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Transportation choices

The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland produced this interactive map that shows how accessible jobs are from your neighborhood. Double click on the map to zoom in to your neighborhood to see its job access. (Click the home icon to return to the large map)

A market for renewables opens in Ohio where coal gets more help

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/02/15 @ 9:45am  |  Posted in Clean energy

For critics of the “ratepayer bailout” that Ohio handed to FirstEnergy for its aging, dirty coal power this week, an answer may be to stimulate the market for alternatives. Because of Ohio’s deregulated energy market, more homeowners have been introduced to the option of shopping for green power in recent years.

<br />Cleveland area homeowners could purchase power from wind farms like this one in Illinois.

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The best bike trails

The best bike trails >

Find out where are the most interesting bike rides in Northeast Ohio

Find local food

Find local food >

Explore local food resources and a map of farmers markets in Northeast Ohio

Maple sugaring as spring rite

Maple sugaring as spring rite >

See sugar maples tapped for syrup and celebrate this old local tradition