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Does Northeast Ohio need a "recovering engineers" club?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/01/15 @ 11:15am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

There are a lot of professed “recovering traffic engineers” at this year’s Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) happening in Dallas. It’s a nice bit of self-deflection because this is a safe zone for engineers and developers to profess full throated support for “building places people love” as the CNU tag line goes.

West Palm before<br />A derelict building before West Palm Beach started reimagining its streets and places.West Palm after<br />The same place today is a vibrant, public placeRecovering engineers eye exam<br />Ian Lockwood developed this chart to check engineers speak and community values.

Think small: How Tactical Urbanism plans to help cities

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/30/15 @ 12:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

Jason Roberts is standing before a seated assembly in a vacant storefront in the hipster enclave of Deep Ellum, Dallas a few miles from Oak Cliff where he first acted on an idea to reverse decades of decline on a derelict city block. Roberts thinks he’s cracked the code on what unloved city streets need; if not to change the...

<br />One of the first Better Block pop ups in Oak Cliff, Dallas from 2010.

No measure of where this could go: Ohio hopes to get smarter about transportation

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/10/15 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

Ohio’s $7 billion roadbuilding budget is a sop to highways of dubious value—chief among them the $429 million “bypass” of the town of Portsmouth (pop. 20,000). But it may be the last gasp of a dying industry. When Congress last approved a transportation bill, in 2012, it came with an important caveat —the Highway Trust Fund is insolvent; time for some...

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Three fixes for highway happy Ohio

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/08/15 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

We’ve looked over Ohio’s five-year, $7 billion transportation budget and found it lacking any real vision for how to make the state more sustainable. Sustainable transportation leads to vibrant cities and towns; it needn't encourage more driving on an ever-expanding network of highways and roads.

<br />Typical low density development near highway interchange on I-271 in Northeast Ohio. It's expensive to build, with little rate of return.

Cleveland's award-winning TOD faces challenge: A car-oriented development next door

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/02/15 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Transit, Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

To great fanfare, a mixed-use development slated to go over a surface parking lot in the heart of University Circle got the green light this week. The Intesa development secured backing from the Cleveland-Cuyahoga Port Authority to build an 11-story residential tower with 196 apartments and a 470-space parking garage in the first phase of the project. A later phase...

<br />Uptown is recognized nationally for its design and transit orientation.<br />Uptown mixes culture, dining, entertainment and living in a walkable environment.<br />An early sketch of the Intesa development shows a mixed use building with a massive parking structure.<br />Site of the future Intesa development.<br />University Circle has sufficient parking; the challenge is pointing out where it is to distracted drivers.<br />Uptown has a small parking lot tucked behind the buildings.<br />Mayfield Road Rapid Station will open in 2015.

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