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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)

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.

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