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Tiny homes coming to Cleveland EcoVillage

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/30/15 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Transit, Green buildings, Walking

Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization (DSCDO) and Citizens Bank have plans to build Cleveland’s first two tiny homes. Tiny homes—on trailers or on hard-to-build lots—are popping up across the U.S. They’ve had their Portlandia moment. Shareable reports that 11 tiny home villages are in design or under construction.

Small is beautiful<br />Final design for the tiny home slated for the Cleveland EcoVillage. Image: Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization.<br />Cleveland tiny home is based on Colorado firm Tumbleweed's Widbey model. Image from Tumbleweed (shown with modifications).

Transit is greener, national study confirms

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/25/15 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Transit

Transit systems in the U.S. are reducing the greenhouse gases that are the leading cause of climate change. Without them, American cities would be even bigger producers of air pollution and sprawl. That's the conclusion of a new, landmark study from the Transportation Research Board (TRB) which confirms the very bedrock ideas held about transit—starting with its measurable effect on the...

Greener way to go<br />Natural gas fueled bus in Cleveland.

As Pittsburgh grows its transit use, Cleveland struggles

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/01/15 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Transit, Transportation choices

For many Northeast Ohioans, transit exists only at the extremes: either it’s a luxury or a lifeline. For many, their interaction with transit involves driving to a train station in the suburbs, parking their car (for free) and riding a train when they want to go to a ballgame or to save on the cost of a monthly parking pass...

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The makers of Cleveland's real-time transit app

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/29/15 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Transit

The story behind Cleveland’s real-time transit app, which launched this month, evolved from an idea that has long floated in the ether. It took a small band of “civic hackers” to make a wedge that could open the data and some minds at transit agencies.

<br />Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority HealthLine. Image: Jerry Masek.

Cleveland could become a test market for equity in transit

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/15/15 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Transit

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority posted growth in overall ridership for the fourth straight year, providing just shy of 50 million rides in 2014. RTA did this despite waning state funding support and flagging county sales tax receipts, which account for 70% of its revenue.

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