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"Retrofitting Suburbia" author to Cleveland: Be nimble

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/12/16 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

The suburbs have paradoxically brought together an image of safety and health; while time has proven them less capable in these areas than we may think. “Retrofitting Suburbia” co-author, Ellen Dunham-Jones, told a crowd at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History last Friday that there are plenty of fixes to help suburbia live up to its ideal. Dunham-Jones opened with the problem...

Eds and Meds again<br />Ellen Dunham-Jones presented Suburban Retrofit example of Vanderbilt Health, a dying mall that was brought back to life with a major medical center.

Retrofitting suburbia: Tips for Northeast Ohio

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/17/16 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Reuse, Vibrant cities

We wrote last week about what can be done (globally and locally) to fight climate change. We looked at an article published in Nature, where the authors argued to spend resources making the outer suburbs and small towns more environmentally friendly.

<br />A dead mall featured in Retrofitting Suburbia. Efforts to turn dying malls into new town centers feature prominently.

Northeast Ohio considers a new long-range transportation plan

Marc Lefkowitz  |  07/12/16 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

In many ways, Northeast Ohio has always stood at a crossroad. Between the Appalachian range and the Great Plains. Between a Great Lake and a river that connects to markets across the U.S. When it came to transportation, though, the outward course—the laying out literally hundreds of miles of roads into new, pristine lands—has led to one type of place...

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Pedestrians take priority in Public Square

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/30/16 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Walking

Today’s (11 a.m.) dedication of the $50 million Public Square renovation highlights the importance of pedestrian space in cities. It is a major investment in a public space that de-emphasizes the car, right in the center of Cleveland. Cars and buses will no longer drive north and south on Ontario Avenue. East-West is reserved for buses on Superior Avenue during rush...

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Moving The Midway to the center of Cleveland's transportation agenda

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/29/16 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Vibrant cities

The Cleveland Planning Commission kicked off a series of public meetings on the feasibility of the Midway, a dream hatched three years ago by a pair of "avid cyclists" who proposed a network of protected bike lanes surrounded by green space that would run right down the middle of the road.

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