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Best and worst moments of 2015

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/30/15 @ 12:00pm

It was a tumultuous year. There was plenty to cheer (the Lake Erie wind farm, the Ohio Supreme Court stormwater case, for example) and reasons to jeer (the Ohio renewable energy freeze, the “backwards” bike lane in Cleveland). Check out our list: See what did and didn’t make your top moments in sustainability. And let’s think about how we can...

<br />Hundreds of Akronites had a dinner party on a near deserted highway that runs through the city in an effort to reimagine what it could be. Image: Jason Segedy.

Hidden costs in Northeast Ohio sprawl revealed

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/28/15 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

Moving to a new home in Geauga County might come with a warning label—about the costs of living in a car reliant location. For example, a Geauga resident might be exposed to four times the risk of dying in a car crash than a resident of a large city. In its "Analysis of public policies that unintentionally encourage sprawl," The New Climate...

Death and taxes<br />A Geauga County resident (far right) has four times the risk of dying in an auto related accident than a New York City resident (far left). Source: Todd Litman.

Natural Cleveland: December and January

Jill Collins  |  12/18/15 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Explore, Plants & animals, Natural Cleveland

A lot of people think "Cleveland" and "nature" are mutually exclusive. But they're not—by a long shot. Everywhere you look, from cemeteries to tiny city lawns to abandoned industrial sites, nature asserts itself in Cleveland in ways both glorious and subtle. Clevelanders, like people everywhere, live on the land. We're just not as accustomed as others to seeing it. That's...

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Set sites on mode mix, David Beach urges regional transportation agency

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/17/15 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Transportation choices

Is the mega Cleveland region ready to tap the brakes on decades of sprawl-inducing investments? Some are advocating that Northeast Ohio’s transportation agency, NOACA, help the region move in that direction.

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Midwest cities could be first to meet climate pact

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/15/15 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Transform

Cities are on the vanguard of the new global climate pact signed in Paris. More specifically, cities in the Rust Belt have the most to gain from COP21. COP21, the world’s first climate commitment, could turn cities into a platform for ways to meet the immense challenge of what to do, Next City writes in The Urban Planner’s Guide to Living...

<br />Smart Growth America report on rebuilding downtowns highlights Gordon Square in Cleveland.

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