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Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/15/13 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transform

A round up of sustainability news in Northeast Ohio on July 15, 2013.

Lower Prospect Avenue, Cleveland<br />A proposed skywalk will take feet from the street in the background. Image: Save Lower Prospect

  • When the city of Cleveland paints in the long-anticipated bike lanes on Detroit Avenue from W. 25th Street to Lake Avenue, it will demonstrate how sometimes the straightest line to sustainability is also the most cost-effective. Sources familiar with the project note that it will cost around $70,000 for the 1.7 miles of bike lanes on Detroit—that includes grinding off the pavement and painting the lanes (the cost would be lower if bike lanes are painted when roads are resurfaced). Imagine what a relatively small investment of a couple million dollars could do in creating a bike network throughout the city?
  • Cleveland Metroparks’ Green Streets project is working with watershed groups to plant rain gardens, free of cost, to homeowners along an entire street. The first project is underway in Parma, with assistance from nearby West Creek Conservancy. The Metroparks hopes it inspires other watershed groups to apply and keep the Green Streets rain gardens program going in Northeast Ohio.
  • The Municipality of Anchorage is offering to reimburse homeowners who install rain gardens 50 percent of the cost of installation (up to $750) based on availability of funds. Wouldn't it be nice if the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District had a similar "mini-grant" program for installing your own rain garden?
  • The Great Lakes are once again being eyed as a globally significant resource. This time, as a means to grow food for the world’s increasingly drought stricken areas. This article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette focuses on the important of water to the future of the Great Lakes. It also reminds us that keeping those water resources available for future farming, ironically, means altering the operation of the large agribusinesses that stand to gain from feeding the world, today. If that future is to become reality, the agribusiness practices of using too much fertilizer and then washing it into rivers and Lake Erie, causing a big dead zone from too much “nutrient loading” or phosphorous waste, will need to change to more organic farming.
  • Rooted in Cleveland, a new stand at the West Side Market selling local, seasonal and organic produce, opened last Friday.
  • Clevelanders for Transportation Equity is a grassroots group of citizens concerned about the Opportunity Corridor proposal.
  • Save Lower Prospect, a grassroots citizens group concerned about historic preservation, is opposing a skywalk from the Horseshoe Casino parking garage over Prospect Avenue that would punch through the Higbee Building, a Historic Landmark.
  • Slate ran an interesting article about the impact of “parking minimums.” It suggests that they unnecessarily inhibit growth of downtowns and provide an expensive subsidy to drivers. With an influx of urban residents, too much land is being devoted to parking. Cities have options to keep a balance between more residents and supplying parking. In their zoning code, most cities require developers to include a minimum amount of off-street parking. The author suggests this is a heavy handed regulation, and that the private market will be more effective without the code in supplying the needed parking.

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7 years ago

BikeCleveland, the regional bike advocacy group, posted this today about the Detroit Avenue bike lanes: "In response to our inquiries, the City has assured us that funding for the construction of the Detroit bike lanes is secured and that the project is being bid out to local contractors. Despite numerous requests, the closest we have gotten to an answer on a date is that the construction of the bike lanes will happen this summer.

You can help speed up the installation of the Detroit Avenue Bike Lanes by calling the Mayors Action Center at 216-664-2900."

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Moses Cleaveland
7 years ago

When does the City plan on painting the bike lane on Detroit Ave.? I thought this was supposed to be done last year. Is it going to happen? What's the reason for the delay?

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