The suburbs have paradoxically brought together an image of safety and health; while time has proven them less capable in these areas than we may think. “Retrofitting Suburbia” co-author, Ellen Dunham-Jones, told a crowd at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History last Friday that there are plenty of fixes to help suburbia live up to its ideal. Dunham-Jones opened with the problem...
53% of Americans live in suburbs. World War II is considered an important demarcation line. Pre-war suburbs are mixed-use with walkable town centers and neighborhoods of the streetcar variety. Think Cleveland Heights and Lakewood. After 1945, development shifted radically — to automobile-oriented housing with various types of single-use commercial development along arterial highways.
Reducing energy use at home is universally accepted as a top-tier decision acting in defense against climate-disruptive greenhouse gases. It could have the added benefit of making your home more comfortable.
“Why doesn’t Cleveland have more bike infrastructure?” my friends who are transportation cyclists ask me over drinks. “What do you mean?” I respond, telling them that Cleveland will paint 16 miles of bike lanes this year. “We don’t mean more bike lanes necessarily,” they say, adding “when we go to other cities, we see a lot of things they’re doing to encourage...more
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