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Bike counts: can they slim your street?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/04/10 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Biking, Vibrant cities

We've come to expect our streets filled with cars, which leaves little room to imagine how they would look otherwise. An image used by the planning department in Muenster, Germany, compares the space required in a city to move the same amount of people by car, bike, bus and subway. It's more than a parlor trick for urban planners. Beyond...more

Cleveland: frontier becomes us

Richey Piiparinen  |  07/31/10 @ 5:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

Cleveland's fabric was hurt by past urban development that focused on squeezing gain out of our assets in spite of their worth. More recently, a more organic approach to planning and design has sparked a movement of growing Cleveland through its vacancy, with the intent to mend those cuts in our urban ecology that need sown. Click the...more

Resiliency: They are all witnesses

Richey Piiparinen  |  07/21/10 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

Losing LeBron was not the loss. It came before that. And the reasons we near-begged him to stay dealt with those absences we're still trying to figure out… Unemployment, vacancy, inaccessibility, disecology-these were the hits to our break. But then came James-the antidote to our sickness in a superhero world: I mean why build up neighborhoods when we can clap after...more

Can Clevelanders make a living in concert with life?

Richey Piiparinen  |  07/10/10 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

Cleveland's natural resources enabled the pinnacle of us as a city of machines and built steel-of paychecks. But we taxed these resources, in fact squeezed the life out of them until we made bodies of water that burned. It was a parasitic mentality: we made a living at the expense of life. But then even that livelihood left, the joblessness...more

Cleveland: Do we have a future if we never leave our past?

Richey Piiparinen  |  06/23/10 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

Part 1 of a two-part series focusing on developing a method of urban therapy for a Cleveland catharsis Cleveland's narrative is still stuck in the shadow of its concern that the other shoe will soon drop. And so like anyone or any group hunched in a position of defense, the aim then is often to restrict the flow around us, if...more

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