Cleveland considers a zoning update to allow more urbanity

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/22/15 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

On the date (October 21, 2015) that Marty McFly set the Delorean time machine to land in “Back to The Future, Part II” Cleveland considered taking its zoning code back to a place that will support more urban, walkable places. Since the 1920s, zoning has moved cities like Cleveland and the main street depicted in the Hollywood blockbuster light years away...

<br />Clevelanders on a bike to work day moving through the urban space of Gordon Square.

A big cycling circuit for Cleveland, Near West Side gains ground

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/20/15 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Biking

No one project defines Cleveland’s 80 miles of Bikeways by 2017 Plan: Bike lanes have been popping up all over the city—from E. 22nd to Superior Avenue to E. 72nd Street. But if a candidate has to be found, the Near West Side’s effort to line up a network of bike lanes and paths could be a contender. And while Cleveland...

<br />The Redline Greenway would bring a New York High Line experience to Cleveland. <br />The scenery of the Redline Greenway<br /><br />Conceptual design, approved by the City of Cleveland, for the Lorain Avenue cycle track<br />The City of Cleveland prepares the W. 25th Street bike lane.<br />A family enjoys the Detroit Avenue bike lane in Cleveland.

Columbus moves toward mode shift

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/19/15 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

The Columbus region has a plan to link transportation funding to new environmental goals. It has already started to redraw the map for roads that go outside of the urban area.

<br />Highway in to Columbus, OH. Image: City Data.

University Circle has a strategy to manage congestion: mode shift, housing

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/15/15 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

University Circle is taking seriously the commitments that the City of Cleveland and the regional transportation agency, NOACA, have made in establishing goals to reduce carbon emissions from buildings and transportation, according to consultants helping them manage growth while introducing alternative transportation services in the quickly developing district.

<br />This typical scene happens nightly in University Circle. The north-south traffic jam stretches for miles, and indicates a gap in housing market, and a lack of transportation options. <br /><br />

Key Bank invests in GHG reductions, Case toward carbon neutrality

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/09/15 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy, Green buildings

Publicly traded banking giant, Key, and the namesake of Cleveland’s University Circle, Case Western Reserve University, are adding significant pieces to their sustainability portfolio at a time when “corporate responsibility” has taken on greater visibility, from the classroom to the boardroom.

<br />Case campus with wind turbine and coal-fired power plant in foreground.<br />Motorcars Honda received a $1.6 million loan from Key Bank for this 335-Kw solar canopy at their Cleveland Heights dealership.

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