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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)

Are legacy cities less likely to gentrify than global centers?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/28/14 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

Not convinced that gentrification was happening in St. Louis' “upwardly trending” neighborhoods, Todd Swanstrom and Hank Webber studied if legacy cities are more resistant to this strain. The public policy researchers at The University of Missouri and Washington University found that St. Louis' “rebound” neighborhoods do retain their diversity.

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Jim Rokakis has (15 million) answers to Cleveland's vacancy crisis

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/19/14 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

Detroit’s valiant attempt to not drown in vacant property is embodied in its Blight Authority, which deploys a fleet of 75 (American made) cars and 225 surveyors armed with iPads down emptied streets to snap GPS-encoded pictures of all 300,000 parcels. It may be the most ambitious effort to document the condition of every single building in a city, and...

Vacant to green<br />Koinonia, a large provider of homes to the disabled, worked with Cuyahoga County Land Bank to convert two and a half acres of vacant land in Old Brooklyn into an urban farm in 2012.

South Euclid again stays ahead of vacant properties, plus, wetlands grew at the edge of Lake Erie

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/14/14 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Climate, Vibrant cities, Home renovation, Plants & animals

A round-up of sustainability stories and opportunities for January 14, 2014.

Greening the suburbs<br />One of seven home rehabs that the city of South Euclid used  federal funds to bring back on the market.Wetlands watchers<br />Wetlands at Old Woman Creek in Lake Erie's west basin.

Out of the (shipping) box retail coming to Cleveland

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/25/13 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Zero waste

Cities reinvent themselves. And so the rise of small box—a project to retrofit steel shipping containers into micro-retail spaces for Cleveland’s Warehouse District—fits neatly in that category.

Playing small ball<br />Small box will plug experimental retail space over parking lots in the high-rent Warehouse District in downtown Cleveland If it can make it here<br />Dekalb Market in Brooklyn inspired the shipping crate retail project in ClevelandFaded glory<br />Shipping crate retail will be inserted on a parking lot where The Blackstone Building once stood in downtown Cleveland. Image from Cleveland Public Library Photo Collection.Very driven<br />The Cleveland Warehouse District today has a glut of parking at the center

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