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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.

Cleveland considers a zoning update to allow more urbanity

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/22/15 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

On the date (October 21, 2015) that Marty McFly set the Delorean time machine to land in “Back to The Future, Part II” Cleveland considered taking its zoning code back to a place that will support more urban, walkable places. Since the 1920s, zoning has moved cities like Cleveland and the main street depicted in the Hollywood blockbuster light years away...

<br />Clevelanders on a bike to work day moving through the urban space of Gordon Square.

Columbus moves toward mode shift

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/19/15 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

The Columbus region has a plan to link transportation funding to new environmental goals. It has already started to redraw the map for roads that go outside of the urban area.

<br />Highway in to Columbus, OH. Image: City Data.

University Circle has a strategy to manage congestion: mode shift, housing

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/15/15 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

University Circle is taking seriously the commitments that the City of Cleveland and the regional transportation agency, NOACA, have made in establishing goals to reduce carbon emissions from buildings and transportation, according to consultants helping them manage growth while introducing alternative transportation services in the quickly developing district.

<br />This typical scene happens nightly in University Circle. The north-south traffic jam stretches for miles, and indicates a gap in housing market, and a lack of transportation options. <br /><br />

University Circle takes on its parking problem

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/06/15 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

University Circle has a parking problem—it has too much. More specifically, it has too much parking 90% of the time, and not enough smart technology (yet) being deployed for the few, peak hours when visitors and residents might compete for one of the district’s 35,000 on- and off-street parking spaces. That can be fixed. Without falling back on the expensive option...

Parking isn't the problem<br />University Circle is boosting the visibility of parking and pedestrian places since conducting a comprehensive transportation plan.<br />This surface parking lot at Mayfield and E. 117th Street is slated for development. Plans call for a 700-space parking garage.<br />The courtyard between MOCA and Uptown turned a parking lot into a vibrant gathering space.<br />The newly opened Little Italy Rapid Station. Integrating the station into University Circle is one of the recommendations in its parking management plan.<br />University Circle has added lots of signs pointing out the existing public parking in an effort to combat the perception of a parking shortage. <br />University Circle has added four car-share cars in the last year. Carshare can reduce the number of cars, and parking spaces, needed. <br />The city has added auto pay for the on-street parking at Uptown. To encourage turnover of spots, they have a higher rate of $.075 an hour with a maximum of two hours.<br />Bike racks are being installed at many University Circle destinations and residences.<br />A comprehensive parking inventory showed that the problem with parking in University Circle may be a perception that there's not enough. Too much of a good<br />Multiple shuttle bus services operate in University Circle. Making sense,  consolidating, or raising the visibility of the general public facing system is needed.<br />According to a parking inventory conducted in University Circle in 2015, by the firm NelsonNygaard, there is excess capacity and adequate capacity (at or below 85% full) in most of the parking lots and garages.
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