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Crocker versus Battery Park - is there any comparison?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/19/14 @ 4:15pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

The plan seemed simple enough. The three of us urban types would meet at John’s house near the Shoreway for a three-hour tour of the region’s premier example of a lifestyle center, Crocker Park, and infill development, Battery Park. An online conversation about “authenticity”—finding that ineffable quality that speaks to the quirk of a place or perhaps pays respect to...

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Cities that attract bikers and walkers are tapping into better intelligence

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/13/14 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Walking

Faced with questions of, can we count on people biking and walking if places are built with these “modes” in mind, cities historically turned to planning tools that, it turns out, failed to provide a definitive “yes.” City planners have been hamstrung, until recently, by inadequate tools for predicting how, for example, an area with a high Walk Score translates into...

Walk this way<br />Arlington, Virginia has won smart growth awards for its mix of transit, bike and walking access.

Image: anomadslife.wordpress.com

Don't go there: Some cyclists question Same Rules, Same Road

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/08/14 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Biking

As more people try biking in Cleveland, they’re starting to see things from a new perspective: Up close to pavement conditions or traffic laws written for motor vehicles, for example. It has led to some interesting ‘a-ha‘ moments. Like the first time a pothole almost swallows a wheel or when a traffic signal never changes. What they’re confronted with is a...

A cycle track in The Netherlands<br />A cycle track in Montreal<br />Family on Detroit Avenue bike lane<br />

Toledo's water crisis ties to sprawl, green lawns and big Ag

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/04/14 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Clean water, Home landscaping, Water

National Public Radio reported this morning about the woes of Toledo, a city of 284,012 people who’ve had no drinking water for three days because of a toxin known as microcystis which comes from algea growing in Lake Erie. The algae is a by-product of synthetic fertilizer (and animal waste) from farms and from grass-filled yards where is being spread in...

Algae in Lake Erie in summer 2011<br />Algae blooms in Lake Erie<br />Toledo and the Maumee River<br />

Christina Vassallo: The stubborn cyclist

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/29/14 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Biking

GreenCityBlueLake is launching a new series of personal stories that shows how people in Cleveland are lowering their carbon footprint, but still leading "profitable" lives. Within the series, we offer "Car Free in CLE"—profiles of people living car free or car lite. We kick it off with this story of Christina Vassallo, Executive Director of SPACES Gallery.

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