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An urban agenda for Ohio

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/06/16 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

Inspired by a Tweet last week from Ohio Democratic Party Chair, David Pepper, calling for a new urban agenda in the Buckeye State, a group of urbanist bloggers from around the state have been responding with ideas. In addition to a post written on the subject by David Beach in February, here are some thoughts.

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Seeking walkable urbanism Cleveland finds form based code to its liking

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/08/16 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

City leaders announced plans to update Cleveland’s zoning to a form-based system at a presentation held at Cleveland State University Levin College of Urban Affairs last week. Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley kicked off the meeting, remarking that the Market District in Ohio City and East 4th Street downtown are where locals take visitors to impress them.

<br />Image from City of Cleveland presentation on form based code.<br />Snout town homes on West 58th and Bridge in Cleveland are not pedestrian friendly. A form based code would prevent this design from occurring.<br />East Fourth Street in Cleveland has the DNA of a walkable street. Image: City of Cleveland.

State policies for sustainable cities and transportation in Ohio

David Beach  |  02/22/16 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

Over the years and decades we’ve participated in many regional planning projects that have documented the costs of sprawling, haphazard growth in Ohio. Solutions have been elusive. But here are some positive changes the state can make right now.

Building on assets<br />Sustainable land use means focusing policies to promote the redevelopment of existing places, such as the Marcel Breuer-designed former Ameritrust tower on the left (now The 9) and the historic Schofield Building (now a Kimpton Hotel) on the right, both in downtown Cleveland.

Hidden costs in Northeast Ohio sprawl revealed

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/28/15 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

Moving to a new home in Geauga County might come with a warning label—about the costs of living in a car reliant location. For example, a Geauga resident might be exposed to four times the risk of dying in a car crash than a resident of a large city. In its "Analysis of public policies that unintentionally encourage sprawl," The New Climate...

Death and taxes<br />A Geauga County resident (far right) has four times the risk of dying in an auto related accident than a New York City resident (far left). Source: Todd Litman.

Turn dying mall into walkable town center, Cleveland Heights group says

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/05/15 @ 10:30am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

These are tough times for malls and shopping centers in America. Mostly, they are struggling with relevancy as millennials express a preference for places that blend seamlessly into their daily comings and goings.

Putting the town back into the center<br />The empty Wal-Mart store at Severance Town Center. Image: Google.

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