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Cities that think like planets: An urban ecology framework for Cleveland

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/25/18 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Climate, Transform

“I suggest that most post-industrial cities are hybrid and unstable,” urban ecologist Marina Alberti states in her book, Cities That Think Like Planets. “We can drive them to ecological collapse.” A professor of urban design and planning and director of the Urban Ecology Research Lab at the University of Washington, Alberti explains how cities avoid such a fate and instead build...

<br /><br />Eco evolutionary dynamics in urbanizing ecosystems, e.g. changes in gene frequencies might translate into phenotypic trait changes. Image: Marina Alberti<br />Examples of urban eco evolution (from top row left to right) Dark-eyed junco, water flea, orb-weaving spider, white-footed mouse, crepis sancta, and earthworms. Image: Marina Alberti.

Here comes the sun, Ohio

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/20/18 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Clean energy

Much has been made about the energy sector’s convulsive shift of late, with Akron’s FirstEnergy practically begging state and federal authorities to regulate it again and save its bankrupt power generation arm, First Energy Solutions, which went all in on out-of-favor sources (coal and nuclear) when its competitors were sprinting toward cheaper or more socially desirable options (fracking gas and...

<br />The Erksine Family with a solar energy system from an OH Sun co-op purchase on their home in Delaware, Ohio.

The long view: How University Circle flood became an issue of regional concern

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/17/18 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Climate, Land, Water

Sunday's rains flooded out parts of Cleveland—cars were seen literally floating along Euclid Avenue, that is, if they could reach University Circle at all with multiple road closures causing a Monday morning ruckus. By Tuesday, the area dodged another episode as rain turned to snow. Before the next spring torrent arrives, let’s talk about what extreme weather events like this...

<br />Heavy rains mix with raw sewage in Doan Brook<br />Regime shift in hydrological systems. Image: Marina Alberti.<br />Slow and fast variables. Urban patterns have complex impacts on variables that change slowly in response to long-term processes (e.g. mitigating floods) and that constrain the response of fast variables (e.g. land cover change), generating a shift in the hydrological regime. Image Marina Alberti.

City hopes complete streets address "structural racism" of infrastructure

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/21/18 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transportation

Since it launched in 2003, complete streets has ignited a nationwide movement to redesign roads to be more equitable; over 300 jurisdictions have passed laws that recognize how people use streets for commerce, socializing, walking and moving around without the aid of a car. Cities, towns and suburbs have codified complete streets as law — directing their departments of public...

<br />East 79th Street in Cleveland has received little investment<br />Early plans for a new urban highway in Cleveland, in the same corridor as the previous photo of East 79th Street.

Aspiring EcoDistrict, MetroHealth should draw inspiration from neighbor

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/20/18 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Transform

MetroHealth System’s Campus Transformation Plan, released this month, aims to soften the concrete surface of the Cuyahoga County owned hospital acreage at W. 25th Street in Cleveland’s Clark-Fulton neighborhood.

<br />Currently MetroHealth fronts West 25th Street (left) with lots of asphalt<br />The vision for transforming MetroHealth is better, but does it go deep green?<br />Ohio City Farm has transformed an ill used yard behind a county public housing high rise.

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