Ten big projects that are bringing bikes and transit back to cities

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/10/14 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transportation choices

It seems like every city in the U.S. has a plan or a conversation going about building density and walkability back into their downtowns. In 2009, the federal government acknowledged the historic shift back to cities, America's reduction in driving and the need to build vibrant places that are less car dependent with a new, billion dollar sustainable transportation fund.

Hot in Pittsburgh<br />Pittsburgh is converting its Hot Metal Bridge to a bike and pedestrian facility leading to a new park at a former steel mill.

Image: wikimapia.orgBring the center back<br />Oklahoma City will renovate this Amtrak station as an inter-modal transit facility and introduce new bus and local transit service.From pass through to walkable<br />The Town of Olean, New York is calming traffic and introducing walk and bike facilities to its main street.

Image: Walkable OleanAll aboard<br />Cincinnati is building a streetcar that will link downtown, Over The Rhine neighborhood and at the river front.

Image: UrbanCincyTransit goes Uptown<br />Greater Cleveland RTA is building a Rapid station in Little Italy.

Image: GCRTABeach diet<br />Ft. Myers Beach, Florida introduced bike lanes without widening an existing road.

Image: Streetsblog

"Parking craters" are costing cities like Cleveland millions, study finds

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/09/14 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

Every March, fans from sustainable transportation web site, Streetsblog, dutifully fill in their brackets for a tournament they call “Parking Madness.” Participants send in their pictures of enormous parking lots that look at home at a suburban big box center. Except they come from places like St. Louis, Tulsa (the 2013 champion), El Paso, Buffalo, and Cleveland.

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Who is trying to bring down Ohio's Renewable Energy law?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/08/14 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Clean energy

Mainstream media coverage of Ohio’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS)—which is again under attack in the state’s General Assembly—has missed important facts about who stands to gain (and lose) from a clean energy policy, says Media Matters for America.

Big push for wind<br />Honda installed two wind turbines capable of generating 10 percent of the power at its Russell's Point, Ohio transmission manufacturing facility.

Best and worst places to survive climate change

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/07/14 @ 2:00pm

Cleveland may have a natural edge if its stable climate can withstand the ravages of climate change. A new report finds it might have more flooding but also overflowing gardens.

Here comes the rain<br />Five of the world's top ecologists map data from IPCC to find the best and worst places to survive climate change. This shows a predicted distribution of precipitation.In the red<br />The megaregions of the US will suffer the worst from climate change because of rising sea levels, drought and overconsumption.

Lessons for Cleveland in life-altering highway removals

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/04/14 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

GreenCityBlueLake has reported on and advocated for new models in ecological city design for Northeast Ohio for 25 years.

Concrete canyon<br />Seoul, Korea decided to remove this urban freeway that had buried a stream and created a big barrier for pedestrians.Return of nature<br />A naturalized stream replaced a freeway in the heart of Seoul

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