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With form-based code, cities hope to keep all sides happy

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/07/19 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

At last night’s Cleveland Heights Architectural Board of Review, a roomful of residents showed up to lodge complaint against the Top of the Hill development as currently proposed. While local business owners, like Cedar-Fairmount Special Improvement District President, Sal Russo, also appeared, to speak in support, the mainstay of comments seemed to focus on the mass and height of the...

<br />The Top of the Hill development rendering.

Beyond reptilian - freeing parking from cities

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/03/19 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

Most urban planners don’t get their own cartoon character or form a following of groupies, but then UCLA Professor Donald Shoup doesn’t think like most planners. When it comes to unpacking parking — and how whole cities and suburbs have been built around it — Shoup isn’t boxed in. Parking is a science, and Shoup's book, The High Cost of Free...

<br />Downtown Cleveland, the Warehouse District, circa 1990, still looks largely the same today because of the surface parking crater.

Great Lakes Cycle paintings astound, deepen concern

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/30/18 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Clean water, Connecting to nature

The Great Lakes Cycle, a suite of giant paintings now on view at MOCA Cleveland, acts as a guide and a warning about what spawns from a lack of awareness — of what it means to be a model citizen living within the world’s largest freshwater ecosystem. If we’re not careful, it will devolve into a Jacques Cousteau nightmare. By drinking...

Pioneers<br />Alexis Rockman, 2017, oil and acrylic on wood panel. 72 x 144 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Sperone Westwater, New York.

"Curiosities for the Anthropocene" is an unforgettable book

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/26/18 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in CLE 2050

In the future, archeologists will dig up what buries our current epoch, which has been named “the Anthropocene,” and wonder what human devices, chemical traces, and manufactured landscapes say about a species that was able to put an indelible mark on the planet. If we are not here or if we forget, we’ll have books like Future Remains: A Cabinet...

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Erie shaped over time, by friends and foes

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/08/18 @ 4:15pm  |  Posted in Clean water, Water

Because it is shallow and warm, Erie is the most biologically diverse of the Great Lakes. 15,000 years ago, the lake formed as retreating mile-high glaciers scoured the land. Only 24 feet from the hard limestone in the western basin, but shale in the east basin is more pliable and went down 210 feet. Arguably, Lake Erie’s next geological event of...

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