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Growing smarter, not bigger

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/22/06 @ 11:00am

Cuyahoga County's population shrunk by 58,000 people and the surrounding counties grew by 40,000, The Plain Dealer reported yesterday.  The source for the story is the U.S. Census Bureau's mid-decade population estimates, which come out once a year in the summer.The media has been criticized in the past for using the mid-decade Census estimates, which have an error rate of plus or minus 3 percent....more

CityWheels a smart way to improve urban livability

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/20/06 @ 10:03am

Dave Brook is the Portland-based social entrepreneur who launched the first commercial carsharing venture in the U.S. and now consults and runs a popular carsharing blog. Brook was in town recently to offer wisdom to the nation's newest carshare operation, CityWheels, which was launched in Oberlin in February by EcoCity Cleveland transportation guru Ryan McKenzie (CityWheels just rolled out its first Cleveland cars this...more

Why some national retailers won't locate in urban areas

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/06/06 @ 11:26am

Rebuilding in city neighborhoods and first suburbs such as University Circle, Cleveland Heights and Shaker Heights requires developers with knowledge of issues such as environmental remediation, building at higher densities, and, in the case of commercial retail, finding anchor tenants. Anchor tenants are large operations that attract lots of shoppers who also patronize smaller stores in the district. Developers looking for anchor tenants have increasingly turned to national chain...more

Making infill, mixed-use development a reality

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/03/06 @ 10:56am

FutureHeights is running an opinion poll on what to do with the recently vacated Medic building on Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights. Consensus seems to be building that the area would be best served by a specialty food retailer like Trader Joes or Constantino’s as an anchor in a mixed-use development.Mixed-use can include housing units above the retail, which helps...more

First suburbs in a policy blind spot

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/23/06 @ 2:26pm

A full 20 percent or 52 million Americans live in first-ring suburbs, which face flight, crumbling infrastructure, and a serious lack of government assistance, according to a report released this week by the Brookings Institution. "Scholars and astute politicians, including Senator Hillary Clinton of Chappaqua and Thomas Suozzi, the Nassau County executive, have recognized that their turf exists in a policy blind spot, between...more

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