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Green ideas help CLE make national list of innovative cities

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/16/14 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transform

Cleveland is at an interesting point in its re-development as a city. Downtown appears to be in hyperdrive—with near-zero vacancy in living space and a continued push to build big projects. The Republican Party in 2016 is setting an artificial deadline to “finish” downtown, but their arrival seems vastly less important in the modern Cleveland narrative than another date—2019—the 50th...

On the road to recovery?<br />Cleveland and Lake Erie seen from the east side's lakefront. Image: GC Creative Studio.

Eastside Greenway would boldly expand bike-green access

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/15/14 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Connecting to nature

For the 18 suburbs and City of Cleveland who are collaborating on the Eastside Greenway, a special session in Cleveland Heights last night couldn’t have been a better exchange with those most likely to use an expanded bike network. Both sides dug into how four selected corridors could be improved as "a unified trail network that will link neighborhoods." A...

Green belt<br />Is South Belvoir Road ideal for a bike/greenway improvement project?Walking culture<br />The Indianapolis Cultural Trail brings biking, walking and big business  downtown.Eastside Greenway<br />The plan calls for a unified trail network that will link neighborhoods.

Akron transportation director, Jason Segedy's big vision for moving Ohio forward

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/13/14 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Transportation choices

In the epic struggle between states and metropolitan areas to control the shrinking pie of government funding, much is at stake. Underlying who gets what, transportation figures largely into how regions develop, i.e. do they sprawl or are they more walkable? Ever since Eisenhower presided over the national highway system in the late 1950s, states like Ohio have assumed a central...

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Green awakening: Our car-lite family decade

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/09/14 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Transit, Transform, Walking

Back in the good old days of 1999, I didn’t give a second thought to how I got around. Like many, I turned the key in the ignition every day; I couldn’t imagine hopping on a bike or walking to the corner to wait for the bus. I didn’t know I had a choice to be “multi-modal” when I entered...

Building confidence<br />My wife, Corrie Slawson, pulls our son in a bike trailer. She started riding a bike again in the last year.My green decade<br />The author in EcoCity Cleveland's former offices at Lorain and Fulton.Moving up<br />EcoCity Cleveland's second home, the third floor attic space of the Beach home.Green guru<br />David Beach and the solar array on the roof of the Cleveland Environmental Center which Beach helped bring into being.Sustainability center<br />The Cleveland Environmental Center, at Lorain and Fulton, was the city's first green building retrofit (opening in 2003).Breaking ground<br />Manda Gillespie (left) worked tirelessly to bring the Cleveland EcoVillage Townhomes (at W. 58th Street) into being.EcoCity days<br />The staff of EcoCity Cleveland before it became GreenCityBlueLake.
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Look who's living car lite in Cleveland

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/08/14 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Transit

2014 marks the 17th anniversary of Car-free in Cleveland. In celebration, we looked for people living car free or “car lite” in Northeast Ohio. We asked them, what makes it possible to live with or without a car—what do they need in order to do this? (feel free to share your car free in CLE story in the comments section below).

Bike daddy<br />Tom Starinsky bikes home with his daughter from the nearby Shaker Square Farmer's Market.Next cycle<br />The Starinskys chose to live where their kids could walk (or trike) to school.Legally green<br />Austin McGuan, center (green pants), participates in 2014 Bike to Work Day.Walking the talk<br />Dr. Aparna Bole takes the RTA to University Hospital where she's working to instill more sustainability.Fast times<br />Artist and Cleveland resident Elizabeth Emery in her racing days.

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