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Lydon, Roberts on the future of Tactical Urbanism

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/31/13 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

“The project delivery process in cities is fundamentally broken,” says Tactical Urbanism founder Mike Lydon.

Urban tactician<br />Jason Roberts sparked a national movement with the first Better Block pop up in Dallas. Riding bike share at Congress for New Urbanism in Salt Lake City.

Duany, Norquist call for New Urbanism renewal

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/30/13 @ 5:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

A city evolves like a forest from grass to savannah to climate forest, says Congress for New Urbanism co-founder Andres Duany. He calls it successional urbanism.

On a new track<br />Salt Lake City invested $300 million in its Trax light rail, a six-mile line that has spurred billions in development downtown.

What Peak Miles means for Cleveland

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/15/13 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

“God made the automobile. For the boys to drive past the pretty girls...” —Iron and Wine

Downtown urban center<br />The centers of Cleveland, Akron and other cities are the vibrant hearts of the region.  Villa Carabelli in Little Italy<br />Infill development is restoring well-designed density to Cleveland neighborhoods. Cyclist at Market Square in Ohio City<br />Cities make low-energy, low-mileage lifestyles possible. Tremont stroll<br />Young families are choosing city life in neighborhoods like Tremont in Cleveland.Historic county seat<br />In rural areas, town centers like Chardon are locations for redevelopment. City and country<br />One of the best ways to conserve farmland and natural areas is to build great cities that attract more people.

Transportation equity and the metrics of placemaking

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/10/13 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

What is placemaking, and how do you measure its progress? If placemaking is a value, an ineffable coming-to being for a place like E. 4th and W. 25th streets that make it attractive, is it possible to dissect it order to replicate it? For community developers, it's a very real question. While placemaking smacks of wonkish urban planner speak, local...

NEO bikes<br />1,183 kids in Cleveland's suburbs participate in 2013 Bike to School Day.Bike not bus<br />Hundreds of bikes outside Bay Village Middle School for 2013 Bike to School Day.

The high cost of free parking

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/09/13 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

Should bicyclists pay a tax to use the road? That question is being debated in Washington State where loads of Seattle residents bike as their primary form of transportation. While some cyclists may cheer the news—having been accused of mooching the public by using the road “without paying for it”—economist Todd Litman, in Planetizen, shows that now half of the money...

Bike lanes first<br />Bike lanes were prioritized ahead of on-street parking on Cleveland's Euclid Avenue.Carless in Cleveland<br />With poverty reaching in to the 60% range in some neighborhoods, carless rates average 25% but go as high as 60% in Cleveland.

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