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Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson envisions unified Public Square as symbol of greener city

10/29/11 | Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer

Park and bike advocates are pleased by the mayor’s focus, but say that Cleveland is playing catchup.“On complete streets, we didn’t lead the pack on that,” said Brad Chase, program manager for Green City Blue Lake, a think tank on environmentally conscious development at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.Chase also said that while bike advocates are pleased that the Ohio Department of Transportation is adding a $6 million bike lane to the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge, they’re disappointed that the city recommended trimming bike lanes from parts of a makeover of the West Shoreway to cut costs on the $104 million project.Elsewhere, progress on bike paths is slow. In 2007, the city established the goal of creating 180 miles of bike paths, but so far, only 30 miles have been built. The effort to finish the northermost section of the 110-mile Towpath Trail, now nearly complete south of the city, has languished for a decade.Nevertheless, Chase gives the mayor credit for trying to change the character of an aging and shrinking industrial city.

http://blog.cleveland.com/architecture/2011/10/cleveland_mayor_frank_jackson.html

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