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Mobility conversation heats up on highways, if they violated civil rights

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/29/19 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Transportation choices

A mobility conversation at the Cleveland City Club started out politely but ended with a painful reminder of how race and class were bound up in decisions involving billions of tax payer dollars.

<br />NOACA's update of the region's Long-Range Transportation Plan is an opportunity to change direction and promote better transportation choices.<br />Interstate 90 rendered neighborhoods in Cleveland into segregated areas. Aerial photo from Cleveland State University collection.

Cleveland and its suburbs are not smart growth, says Smart Growth president

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/26/19 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices, NEO Sustainable Communities

Cleveland got more than a few finger wags from the nation's leading smart growth advocate. Cleveland has its “hot spots” of growth that attract new residents. The common bond is their walkability, said Smart Growth America President, Calvin Gladney, speaking at the Cleveland City Club.

<br />Smart Growth America President Calvin Gladney at Cleveland City Club<br />A cyclists on Euclid Avenue which is vibrant and attractive thanks to its 2008 transportation investment that leveraged billions in private investment<br />

Climate conversation in Cleveland gets candid

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/25/19 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Climate

“We will have 1,000 years of rising global temperatures,” David Orr, distinguished professor emeritus of Oberlin College’s Environmental Studies program led off a Candid Conversation on Climate Change at the Cleveland 2030 District and American Institute of Architects event. “We’ve cast a long shadow on our children’s future.”

<br />David Orr described how the Adam J. Lewis Environmental Center that he helped design in Oberlin in 2000 produces 45% more energy than it consumes thanks to solar power and energy efficient design. And that is 20 year old technology, he added, we know how to do this.

Museum devoted to climate that also lives its ideals

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/05/19 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Climate

Perched on an island in the St. Lawrence River between two sides of Montreal, the Biosphere that Buckminster Fuller designed for the World Fair, Expo 67, and in 1991 was up-cycled as a museum focused on the environment says and does a lot about one hot topic.

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Montreal may be approaching Goldilocks density but Cleveland could too

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/03/19 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

When we revisited Montreal, Canada it reminded me of what I like about cities, especially those that strike a balance between density and livability.

<br /><br /><br />Mid range density in the form of townhomes covers miles inside the city of Montreal<br />Electric vehicle charging station and compost bins are part of the public infrastructure in Montreal.<br />The Metro in Montreal is fast frequent and well used

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