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Youngstown kicks off Better Blocks series

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/28/15 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transform

The first Better Block event in Youngstown was held on Saturday, September 26th, on Mahoning Avenue on the West Side. The street was completely transformed for the day with bike lanes, street trees, outdoor seating, live music, a farmer's market, a cafe, and two art galleries.

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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.

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