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Fighting foreclosure with Green Neighborhoods

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/27/12 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Transform

The city of South Euclid's Green Neighborhood Initiative combines green building and productive reuse of vacant land to stabilize neighborhoods hard hit by the foreclosure crisis. As of early 2012, city is halfway toward its goal of buying, at bargain prices, 10 homes from the Cuyahoga County Landbank, rehabbing them to Enterprise Green Community standards or razing and converting vacant...more

Turning a 50s mall into a town: a look at sprawl repair prototypes

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/22/12 @ 8:00am  |  Posted in Reuse, Transform

What are other parts of the country doing to breathe new life into obsolete, 1950s-era shopping centers like Severance Town Center in Cleveland Heights? Now that Wal-Mart has signed on to anchor the Oakwood big box development a few miles away-and certain to go dark at Severance-the end, is it nigh for Severance? What is a smart response to ensure...more

What could live smaller, work closer trend mean for sprawl region?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/20/12 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Transform

Consider this: How will American cities and suburbs ride out the recession and come out stronger? The Urban Land Institute suggests in the report, "What's Next: Real Estate in the New Economy" a development trend that could have tremendous implications for Northeast Ohio-if civic leaders, developers and the region's large employers choose to listen. The ULI report concludes that, "intensifying demand...more

Shaker to finish never-realized town center with $18 million makeover

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/16/12 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transform

Call it sprawl repair, or rethinking suburbs to be more attractive to the next generation. More examples of retrofitting dead shopping malls, like Randall Park, or a strip mall into a walkable, town center are cropping up across the country and here in Cleveland. The recession and new demographic trends-like college grads flocking to vibrant, but affordable, communities-are fueling demand for...more

Are urban growth boundaries more equitable?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/30/11 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Transform

Ron Sims learned a lot about the rise and fall of metro areas like Cuyahoga County as executive of King County, home to Seattle and an urban growth boundary, and during his recent stint as deputy secretary of HUD. Drawing a line at King County's border beyond which no development can go has slowed sprawl, he said. But not long...more

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