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Ohio, take action on vibrant cities

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/12/13 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

Ohioans for Transportation Choice coalition asked lawmakers recently to support vibrant cities—to move more people to work and to keep our air clean—by making a fair allocation of $75 million (from the billions we spend on transportation every year). We're asking for a modest 2% of the budget to invest in better transit connections and walkable cities. For more background, see the...

Making connections<br />Covered bike parking at a Greater Cleveland RTA station in Lakewood helps people combine bike and transit trips. Model corridor<br />Cleveland's Euclid Corridor features bus rapid transit, bike lanes, a free trolley and an enhanced pedestrian environment.Complete Street plans<br />Fleet Avenue in Cleveland's Slavic Village neighborhood is scheduled to get a makeover with bike lanes, better crosswalks, street trees and wider sidewalks.Access for all<br />This concept for multi-purpose path on the new Cleveland Innerbelt Bridge inspired a major bike-pedestrian improvement on the nearby Lorain-Carnegie Bridge.Placemaking<br />Greater Cleveland RTA is rebuilding Red Line Rapid Transit stations, such as this one at University Circle, to better connect to the surrounding neighborhood and  be an anchor for development. Better ride<br />The RTA Health Line in Cleveland is the region's first bus-rapid transit service, and it features articulated, hybrid-drive vehicles that move more riders than regular buses.

Rebuilding in Cleveland trended up

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/25/13 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

Building houses on previously developed land showed signs of growth in Northeast Ohio during the five year period of 2005-2009.

Moving in<br />Residential infill development on Euclid Avenue in Cleveland. Image: GCBL

What's sustainable makes you happy

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/20/13 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Live

Walkable cities, says Jeff Speck, trump ‘drivable sub-urbanism’ in delivering economic, health and environmental benefit.

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How much walkable urbanism is enough?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/05/13 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, NEO Sustainable Communities

We still hold that the Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium has the unenviable task of getting our region to face its demon—unchecked sprawl, fueled by highway expansion. And to acknowledge that our assets—parks within a mile for 90 percent of us and well-built city centers—are the building blocks to our future prosperity.

Great Bennies<br />Sasaki calculates the big benefits of the Euclid Corridor. The firm consulted on the street scape and BRT design. (Photos: Sasaki Associates).<br /><br />Take me to the river<br />Sasaki produced a riverfront revitalization plan for PittsburghGot game<br />Sasaki produced a plan to build a district around Ohio State's Horseshoe.

Vote and we'll pop up Ohio City and Asia Village

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/28/13 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

GreenCityBlueLake is like the central nervous system for sustainability in NEO. We don’t often blog about projects in which we’re partners, but Mobile Encounters—pop-up cultural districts in Cleveland’s Asia Village and its Ohio City neighborhood—are potentially significant. But they need your vote before they can happen.

High times<br />Pop Up Rockwell employed clever public art to solicit feedback. Photos: CUDC.Rockwell rollin<br />Cyclists like this staffer at Downtown Cleveland Alliance got to test ride the cycle track (two-way bike lane).Soaking it in<br />Kent State students designed the BiFi bench: Part bioretention, part WiFi hotspot.Greening the street<br />Reusable artificial turf buffered the street from the bike lane.Making it count<br />Robert Mavec (center), Commissioner of the Division of Streets for the City of Cleveland, participates in a complete streets training during Pop up Rockwell.Pure joy<br />What beats riding fast and free on a city street redesigned for multi-modal transportation?

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