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"Secret to Great Cities and Towns" revealed for Cleveland

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/17/14 @ 11:45am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

In our last post, we wrote about cities like Cleveland that “hide” their good points when they don’t make their proximity known. We also wrote recently about the immense value to cities that plant street trees. Streets with tree canopies and cities with a well-placed wayfinding system will reveal Cleveland's “secrets,” encourage discovery on foot, and keep nature close to...

Return to a golden age<br />The Ponte Vecchio, Florence is a gathering spot the has inspired the likes of East Fourth Street in Cleveland. 

All images from the book, Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns, Dover and Massengale, 2014.Go organic<br />Instead of pruning it back, the lean in tree defines this small street in Oxford, England. 

Image from the book, Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns, Dover and Massengale, 2014.Streets alive<br />The live oaks in Savannah, Georgia grow into this street providing shade and natural calming devices. It would be illegal by today's standards.

Image from the book, Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns, Dover and Massengale, 2014.Only a wonk could love<br />A green street project in Brooklyn, NY fails the Dover and Massengale placemaking test. They say its designed to speed cars to the suburbs.A road longing<br />Dover proposed converting this suburban street, Johnny Dodds Boulevard in South Carolina, from an auto sewer to an economic powerhouse (view existing)Bring the people back<br />Proposed conversion of Johnny Dodds Boulevard in South Carolina into a multiway boulevard Going for broke<br />The city decided on the conventional approach, to widen Johnny Dodds Boulevard in South Carolina, despite the economics favoring the multiway boulevard.Great Cleveland streets<br />Hessler in University Circle has many of the elements of a great street.Little village<br />Little Italy in Cleveland is a comfortable place for a stroll despite the car traffic.Variety is the spice<br />Interesting storefronts and facades close to the street in this case Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights invite strolling.Leafy suburbs<br />Tall trees lend a long and straight street in Cleveland Heights variety and a sense of calm.

Legible London firm reveals Cleveland's secrets

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/15/14 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Transit, Vibrant cities, Walking

Cleveland and its visitor's bureau are working on a Seamless Cleveland wayfinding system that will connect the city's great destinations by foot, bike, bus, trolley and train.

Making Cleveland legible<br />Images from Seamless Cleveland: A wayfinding master plan<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />

"Parking craters" are costing cities like Cleveland millions, study finds

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/09/14 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

Every March, fans from sustainable transportation web site, Streetsblog, dutifully fill in their brackets for a tournament they call “Parking Madness.” Participants send in their pictures of enormous parking lots that look at home at a suburban big box center. Except they come from places like St. Louis, Tulsa (the 2013 champion), El Paso, Buffalo, and Cleveland.

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Lessons for Cleveland in life-altering highway removals

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/04/14 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

GreenCityBlueLake has reported on and advocated for new models in ecological city design for Northeast Ohio for 25 years.

Concrete canyon<br />Seoul, Korea decided to remove this urban freeway that had buried a stream and created a big barrier for pedestrians.Return of nature<br />A naturalized stream replaced a freeway in the heart of Seoul

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)

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