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Cleveland celebrates nature nearby

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/31/17 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Home landscaping, Connecting to nature, Land

2017 is the year Cleveland turns its attention to “vibrant green space.” Since 2008 when the city launched a ten-year plan called Sustainable Cleveland 2019 (SC2019), the city’s Office of Sustainability has organized events and activities around a major sustainability theme. Cleveland can lay claim to one of the more longstanding commitments to sustainability. SC2019‘s big event is the annual sustainability...

Path into nature<br />The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail is the recreational spine of Northeast Ohio and one of the most popular trails in the country.Field trip<br />To combat nature deficit disorder, educational programs need to immerse kids in nature. (Photo by Cleveland Metroparks)Into the woods<br />Hiking at Lake Metroparks' Chapin Forest Reservation.Botany field trip<br />Jim Bissell, curator of botany at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, identifies a plant at Holden Arboretum. Growing hobby<br />Birders crowd the boardwalk at Magee Marsh to watch warblers and other spring migrants that stop at the marsh before crossing Lake Erie to northern breeding grounds. Lakefront access<br />One of the region's top goals should be greater public access to Lake Erie.

The bad business of Northeast Ohio sprawl

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/21/15 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Land, Transportation

The Fund for Our Economic Future is working on a report titled, “The Geography of Jobs” which looks at sprawl in Northeast Ohio along two lines: How it affects the economy and the economically disadvantaged. A central finding is the average job hub for a Clevelander is a 20-minute drive or 75-minute transit trip away.

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Why Northeast Ohio needs to be more VibrantNEO

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/27/14 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices, Land

In the past year, thousands of Northeast Ohioans imagined and sketched up how we want this place to look in the future. We participated in the Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium (NEOSCC) in the hope that it would devise a plan for sustainable growth.

California dreaming<br />San Diego has focused on developing in the city surrounding the huge Balboa ParkGreen in the city<br />Balboa Park in San Diego is a hugely popular green space and attractor of developmentPicture this<br />El Paso, Texas draft Thoroughfare Plan maps out the city's goal to become the least car-dependent city in the southwest.NEO carbon footprints<br />Map of household carbon footprints in Northeast Ohio by zip code (Source: UC Berkeley CoolClimate Network, Average Annual Household Carbon Footprint, 2013, http://coolclimate.berkeley.edu/maps)

Sewer District strikes back; Cincy streetcar derailed (again); 'eastward ho' for RTA; shrinking city returns

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/14/13 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Transit, Clean water, Land

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District is fighting a court order to shut down its “green” stormwater program; this week, it asked the Ohio Supreme Court to hear its case.

Back to the land<br />How big of a role will urban farms like the Ohio City Farm play in Cleveland's vacant land crisis?<br />The damage done<br />Doan Brook on the east side of Cleveland overflowing its banks during a heavy rain.

Raising Rockefeller's status

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/29/13 @ 3:45pm  |  Posted in Land

In Cleveland’s boom years, Rockefeller Park was the site of boating couples in seersucker suits and straw hats, hoop skirts and parasols floating lazily on wooden skiffs down Doan Brook. Ninety-seven years ago, the city built its Cultural Gardens here to give place to its proud immigrant clans.

Cleveland's Central Park<br />Entry to Rockefeller Park at E. 105th StreetGoose lagoon<br />The lagoon in Rockefeller Park is a popular spot for an annual fishing derby, and for flocks of geese.Out of sight<br />Doan Brook emerges from under E. 105th Street in Rockefeller Park. A $2 million project will restore some of this section's natural features.Greening the future<br />Proposed water feature in Rockefeller Park.
Image: Siteworks and McKnight & Associates, Inc.Celebrating culture<br />The Cleveland Cultural Garden will be the site of an arts and music festival, WorldFest, on Aug. 24 & 25, 2013. Image: McKnight & Associates.One World Day<br />The Cleveland Cultural Gardens celebrates the city's diverse union of people.

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