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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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Euclid Corridor recognized for safety, economic benefits

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/26/15 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

Euclid Avenue is living up to its HealthLine moniker. The group leading the charge for complete streets is reporting that money flowed and safety improved from 37 completed projects, including Cleveland’s Euclid Avenue. Completed in 2008, before the city had a complete streets law, the impact of the Euclid Corridor Transportation Project goes beyond the growing figure of $5.8 billion of...

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The next seven walkable, urban places in Cleveland

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/17/15 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

When walkable urbanism expert Christopher Leinberger scanned the landscape of Northeast Ohio during a visit here two years ago, he found it lacking. Given its size, Greater Cleveland should have two or three times more walkable, urban places to meet growing demand, he said.

Parking crater<br />Cleveland's best opportunity for a WalkUp is just west of Public Square.New station<br />A new Rapid station under construction at Mayfield Road right near the proposed Intesa development.The future?<br />A proposal for a mixed use development near the W. 25th Rapid Station would replace an auto-oriented shopping strip mall.

Cleveland Heights aims to be first suburb with complete streets

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/25/15 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

When complete streets landed in Cleveland more than three years ago, it created a ripple that is being felt now in the suburbs.

<br />Lee Road in Cleveland Heights. Image: Greg Slawson.<br />Cleveland Heights participates in 2014 Bike to Work Day. Image: Heights Bicycle Coalition.<br />Bike corrals (yellow on-street racks) in downtown Lakewood.

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