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Replacing stereotypes of Cleveland at heart of Mobility Imperative

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/30/19 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

A review of Cleveland's Mobility Imperative: Designing for flow and meaningful interaction by Justin Glanville and Richey Piiparinen with support from the Cleveland Foundation.

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Mobility conversation heats up on highways, if they violated civil rights

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/29/19 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Transportation choices

A mobility conversation at the Cleveland City Club started out politely but ended with a painful reminder of how race and class were bound up in decisions involving billions of tax payer dollars.

<br />NOACA's update of the region's Long-Range Transportation Plan is an opportunity to change direction and promote better transportation choices.<br />Interstate 90 rendered neighborhoods in Cleveland into segregated areas. Aerial photo from Cleveland State University collection.

Cleveland and its suburbs are not smart growth, says Smart Growth president

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/26/19 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices, NEO Sustainable Communities

Cleveland got more than a few finger wags from the nation's leading smart growth advocate. Cleveland has its “hot spots” of growth that attract new residents. The common bond is their walkability, said Smart Growth America President, Calvin Gladney, speaking at the Cleveland City Club.

<br />Smart Growth America President Calvin Gladney at Cleveland City Club<br />A cyclists on Euclid Avenue which is vibrant and attractive thanks to its 2008 transportation investment that leveraged billions in private investment<br />

What causes transit to fail? Low density, lack of walkability, chronic underfunding...

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/29/19 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Transit, Vibrant cities, Transportation choices, Walking

Sure, transit has been perpetually underfunded in Ohio. But a big reason transit suffers is because of low-density development that follows highways into farmlands and forests at the metropolitan edge. A deliberate effort to sprawl rather than redevelop dense nodes works against transit.

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What goes into a complete street? Ask Cleveland Heights, the best 2018 complete street policy

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/17/19 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Transportation choices

Cleveland Heights wrote the best Complete Streets policy in the country in 2018.

<br />A plan to calm the Edgehill and Overlook intersection in Cleveland Heights is moving ahead...<br />The Edgehill and Overlook intersection improvement is under construction.<br />Cleveland Heights has a lot of transit users and their needs will be considered more clearly as a result of the city adopting a Complete Streets policy in 2018.<br />A bold idea to calm traffic on Mayfield Road includes a protected bike lane came from Cleveland Heights 2018 Master Plan.

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