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Cleveland celebrates nature nearby

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/31/17 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Home landscaping, Connecting to nature, Land

2017 is the year Cleveland turns its attention to “vibrant green space.” Since 2008 when the city launched a ten-year plan called Sustainable Cleveland 2019 (SC2019), the city’s Office of Sustainability has organized events and activities around a major sustainability theme. Cleveland can lay claim to one of the more longstanding commitments to sustainability. SC2019‘s big event is the annual sustainability...

Path into nature<br />The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail is the recreational spine of Northeast Ohio and one of the most popular trails in the country.Field trip<br />To combat nature deficit disorder, educational programs need to immerse kids in nature. (Photo by Cleveland Metroparks)Into the woods<br />Hiking at Lake Metroparks' Chapin Forest Reservation.Botany field trip<br />Jim Bissell, curator of botany at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, identifies a plant at Holden Arboretum. Growing hobby<br />Birders crowd the boardwalk at Magee Marsh to watch warblers and other spring migrants that stop at the marsh before crossing Lake Erie to northern breeding grounds. Lakefront access<br />One of the region's top goals should be greater public access to Lake Erie.
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Cities rethink parking. How Cleveland can benefit

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/21/17 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transportation

With transit holding steady and cycling surging, cities find themselves in an interesting position. They’d like to encourage more of this kind of “mode shift”—but how? Inevitably, the stickiest of all wickets is parking. Cities large and small are being advised to place parking within a larger conversation. Like Cleveland’s University Circle district, which conducted a detailed parking study in coordination...

Parking crater<br />Much of downtown Cleveland looks like a giant parking lotPower to the people<br />Case will release a new master plan that puts a greater foot forward to encourage walking.Bike this way<br />In 2012, Cleveland participated in a pop up two way cycle track on Rockwell. It was an innovative idea to encourage more biking in the city.

The long distance affair for transit

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/10/17 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Transit, Vibrant cities

A healthy debate is swirling around Northeast Ohio's “spatial mismatch” between people seeking work and the employment centers where jobs are moving. The debate centers on the role of transit to connect households in Cleveland’s urban core—up to 40% of which are car free—to jobs that are increasingly moving out to the periphery of the metropolitan area.

Rail runs through it<br />Solon, Ohio has gained manufacturers like Stouffers. Transit is limited from Cleveland. A freight line (seen here) was studied for its commuter rail feasibility in 2002.Little there<br />A low density suburban development in Northeast Ohio typifies the challenge of increasing transit.

We (nearly) all agree global warming is happening, so why the silence?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/03/17 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Climate

When Yale University started its Program on Climate Change Communication in 2008, sentiment on climate change was running high. Of the 18,000 individuals polled, 71% said they believed it was happening.

Red zone<br />America believes that global warming is happening, according to a poll conducted by Yale University of 18,000 individuals.Who's talking<br />Americans are talking less about global warming in most parts of the country (purple), despite wide scale believe that its happening, according to the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication.

Landmark 70s environmental laws cleaned Cleveland, Cuyahoga River, and Lake Erie

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/17/17 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Transform

Today we participate in the #DayofFacts—a national campaign started by two museum professionals concerned about forces that have questioned the fact-finding nature of science. In their statement on why they are joining 200 museums and science-based institutions in posting facts derived from scientific inquiry, The Newbury Library writes: “We hope to engage in a dialogue on what counts as a fact and...

Cleveland then<br />An aerial view of Cleveland where the Cuyahoga River flows into Lake Erie. The image is from before the Clean Water Act, when pollution was routinely dumped into the river.Cleveland now<br />The Clean Water and Clean Air acts helped Cleveland clean the environment and still maintain a steel industry.

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