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In rebuilding, Cleveland looks just below its feet

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/29/12 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Clean water

<br /><br /><br />Green underfoot<br />A massive stormwater retention system goes in below the parking lot of the Marriott in University Circle. Photo: GCBL.

When rebuilding a city wracked by sprawl, loss of investment and social disorder, where do you begin? There’s a line of thinking that says you hark back to what’s elemental in this place. It has begun to permeate Cleveland’s vacant land reclamation efforts where advocates and agents with some resources to spend are looking to the land’s ecological service –...more

Future waterfront - green and industrial

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/30/12 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

Irishtown Bend After<br />Irishtown Bend Before<br />

PD writer Steven Litt makes a strong case for regionalism in the form of a $90 million levy the Port of Cleveland wants county voters to pass for new investments in the Flats and to the lakefront. "It would safeguard existing industrial activities on the river and lake and help open up the waterfronts for everyone." He notes that it would bolster...more

Will Northeast Ohio choose more sprawl?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/17/12 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

A thing is about to happen that hasn't in an age. Americans under 35 and over 65 are rejecting a large house in sprawlsville for a small house/condo in a walkable neighborhood. A National Association of Realtors survey confirms that prospective homebuyers favor a smart growth community by 57%. If Americans favor smart growth, what explains the 54% (35-49 year olds)...more

Good urban form is more resilient

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/19/12 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

· The latest renaissance in Lakewood's downtown shows that investment in cities with good urban form will prove to be better placed than in development based on large lot zoning, gobbling up green space, propped up by highway expansion. Lakewood's housing density offers the city's commercial districts a stable base from which it can grow when investment creeps back in....more

MowGoats another Cleveland first

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/04/12 @ 11:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

The outgrowth of Cleveland's efforts to 're-imagine' vacant land beginning in 2007 has been a breeding ground for good old fashioned American self sufficiency. ReImagine has produced a steady stream of ideas-many won't ever leave the urban designer's sketch pad, but they're some of the boldest we've seen in years. They stretch from keeping in place a demolished home's masonry...more

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