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Is NEO slow to change?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/26/14 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transform

Lately, I’ve given considerable thought to why change appears to be glacially slow in Northeast Ohio when compared to how individuals think or even the outside world views us. How is it that we can see a constant stream of Facebook posts hailing Cleveland as the greatest place to live, meanwhile Northeast Ohio seems stuck debating, studying, waiting?

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Is Northeast Ohio hurt by too much parking (and what it can do about it)?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/24/14 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transform

Last week, a handful of students from Kent State University’s Landscape Design program plunked down a strip of fake grass and an old, white exercise bike over a street parking spot in front of the Peter B. Lewis Building at Case. The students were participating in Park(ing) Day, a decade-long experiment where people thinking about how much pavement parking creates...

<br /><br />Transit-oriented development<br />Case Parking Lot 45 on Mayfield Road is the site of a future mixed use development that includes 200 apartments and a 700 space parking garage.<br /><br />Rapidly improving<br />The Little Italy / Mayfield Road Rapid Station is going to make transit-oriented development a reality in University Circle.<br /><br /><br />

The CLE sustainability summit wish list: Top projects + priorities that emerged

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/19/14 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Transform

They came to dream big about Cleveland’s future, but in the end, the 500 people who participated in the city’s two-day sustainability summit crafted small, achievable ways of scaling up sustainability. To their credit, the well-contained proposals would lead to much needed programs in the broad tent of the green movement to localize food, reduce carbon from transportation, clean water,...

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Walk the talk: Cleveland turning more to sustainability

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/19/14 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Transform

Cleveland has been bending the arc of sustainability from aspiration to action lately. The city appears to be employing a strategy of tying green projects to its Climate Action Plan (CAP) while leveraging its capital budget.

Write the book<br />Cleveland Climate Action Plan lays out the vision and action steps the city will take to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent.

What Northeast Ohio needs to be more sustainable

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/31/14 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transform

What Cleveland and Northeast Ohio need to be sustainable is a better system than our current one for delivering what I’ll call authentic places. Currently, developers and their agents hold more of the cards than cities and citizens and therefore call more of the shots on how and where to build.

Build it better<br />Koningsplein, Amsterdam. Street nicely accommodates cyclists and mass transit as well as pedestrians. Courtesy of Better Cities & Towns, John Wily & Sons, John Massengale and Victor Dover, Street Design.Mid century legacy<br />Chester Avenue in Cleveland is designed primarily for cars at the exclusion of everyone else like pedestrians, cyclists and transit riders.

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