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Least walkable Northeast Ohio neighborhoods: should come with a Surgeon General's warning

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/09/15 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Walking

The U.S. Surgeon General today launched "Step It Up" a campaign to address why, even though 60% of Americans reported walking for transportation or leisure in the last week, most of them also confess that streets prevent them from walking more. More Americans would let their kids walk to school if they didn’t fear letting them cross streets where cars...

Golf anyone?<br />An apartment complex in Broadview Heights.The sidewalk ends<br />Pepper Pike notoriously snubs the sidewalk<br />Broadview Road is indeed broad and fast, but it also has a bike lane, bus shelter and sidewalks. Imagine if the apartments also had a place.A stroad <br />Lorain Avenue in Fairview Park, Cleveland acts as a fast moving moat between residents and the park.Stuck in the middle<br />Could Maple Heights turn its fortunes around with a radical, walkable makeover?

In Akron, redrawing the lines on Main Street renews a social contract

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/28/15 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Biking, Vibrant cities, Walking

In May, Akron pulled off one of the biggest Better Blocks in recent memory. A group of citizens and some well-placed city officials temporarily reconfigured a portion of the city's Main Street with temporary, “green” bike lanes, filled in seven vacant storefronts with pop up shops, found a space for a farmer’s market and soccer fields in vacant lots, and...

One better<br />The Better Block in the North Hill area of Akron. Image: Fitzwater Photography.

Where Cleveland young and brainy want to be

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/06/15 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

Cleveland is in the midst of an impressive moment of “brain gain” even as the overall population declined 17% in the first decade of the Millennium.

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It's always sunnier in Akron: where road diets are legal

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/08/15 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

There’s a Cleveland folktale that it’s always sunnier in Akron. We like to believe that the micro-climate along the lake affects everything from cloud cover to lake effect snow to our sub-culture. Is it possible the confluence of lake and river affect as much the geography of space and mindset?

Legalize it<br />The road diet that the city of Lakewood is boldly proposing for safety and vibrancy reasons on Madison Avenue.<br />The current stretch of Madison Avenue in Lakewood, OH.

University Circle to test seven road diets

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/18/15 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

University Circle will cap the second phase of a sweeping, “Moving Greater University Circle Transportation and Mobility Study” by performing surgery on seven of the most dangerous intersections in the area.

<br />A pedestrian scurrying across East Boulevard near Cedar would benefit from a pilot project to narrow and square off this intersection.<br />Part of the first site of temporary improvements to road safety, closing one of four lanes of MLK at Cedar will be tested.<br />Highway like slip lanes like this one would be temporarily closed under a plan by University Circle to calm traffic and make streets safer.<br />Students from John Hay High School (pictured) plus Case and Cleveland School of the Arts walk and bike in the area.  <br />The plan calls for t-ing off intersections like this one at Mayfield and Euclid the site of MOCA and Uptown.<br />This intersection, at Stokes and Chester, would be normalized or squared off. It is the site of future development.<br />The intersection of East Boulevard and Bellflower will get a large speed hump known as a speed table.<br />The intersection at the top of Cedar Hill between Cleveland and Cleveland Heights will be narrowed and lanes made more predictable.<br />Juniper Road will continue as a one-way street like it is at the end and beginning of semester at Case. <br />This cut through lane known as Liberty would need further study before closing it as recommended for pedestrian safety improvements in University Circle.
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