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Build more equal opportunity corridors

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/08/13 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

Northeast Ohioans are starting to absorb lessons and challenge “sacred cows” about any and all growth being good for the regional economy.

Make cycling safer <br />A biker in Cleveland's Lower Prospect Avenue area. Innerbelt tightening<br />An era of highway building seen in the Innerbelt Bridge -- helped or hindered Cleveland's growth? kickstarter<br />The $250 million beautification of Euclid and a new bus-rapid transit line helped turn ugly parking lots in to Uptown. At the waterfront<br />Opponents to Opportunity Corridor say completing the Cleveland lakefront is a higher priorityEmpty highway<br />Akron built a highway (SR 59) in the 1990s that is empty on most days.cool and vibrant<br />Vancouver, BC is one of the world's most livable cities and hasn't added a car lane since the 1970s.
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What is walkable urbanism?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/17/13 @ 2:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

We’re often asked to define, what is walkable urbanism, and how does it relate to sustainability?

Visualizing density<br />In this image, the pattern of development in Shaker Heights (left) is compared to Boulder, CO (center) and a newer town, Glendale, AZ. All have similar density (4 housing units per acre), but varying street grids and architectural character. Image from nonprofit Lincoln Land Institute.Well designed density<br />A nice brick-lined street in Lakewood. When EcoCity Cleveland conducted a Built Environment Rating survey, this image was favored by most.Keeping it rural<br />This image of a road in Geauga County produced positive response in a 2004 Built Environment Rating survey.

Making better places: A citizen's guide from 2004 returns

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/08/13 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

In 2000, EcoCity Cleveland endeavored to find a common language that describes where we want to live, and why. Think of it as a Rating the Places We Love instead of Rating the Suburbs.

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An uninterrupted chain of sprawl from Cleveland to Kent

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/01/13 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transform

I went to see the next wave of suburban sprawl in Northeast Ohio over the weekend.

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Why we aren't seeing more walkable urbanism in Northeast Ohio

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/19/13 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

Similar to Leonardo Fibonacci decoding the natural world’s pattern language, Form Based Codes are a meta tool that is supposed to derive order and efficiency in a developing metropolis. Architects and urban planners have boiled it down to The Transect—an illustration that expresses the ideal form of a region as it develops outward—from a very dense core all the way...

Cookie cutter development<br />Would a Form Based Code ensure a green development in suburbs like South Euclid?Going for walkable<br />Twinsburg, OH hired Congress for New Urbanism to redesign their main drag as a walkable town center.The Transect<br />An ideal city form expressed visually. Image: bettercities.net

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