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.

Sprawl's hidden cost to Cleveland, a costly river clean up

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/23/15 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Transportation choices, Clean water, Connecting to nature

Imagine instead of retiring to a golf community, you had the choice of a small house in a beautiful park located on a reforested lot in Cleveland. Or in a community on a sustainable farm in the Cuyahoga Valley surrounded by forest on all sides. Is it a utopian dream? Or the new American dream?

<br />Soil being dredged from the Cuyahoga RiverConservation development<br />Two developments in Hiram preserve the woods by clustering the homes and placing a conservation easement on the land<br />The carbon intensity of Northeast Ohio (red equals more carbon emissions per household).

This week's headlines 2.20.15

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/20/15 @ 11:00am

<br />Morgana Run Trail in Slavic Village, the site of home redevelopment.<br />America's car fetish cools.<br />Pop Up Rockwell, a Better Block demonstration in Cleveland in 2012.

Many cities claim to be sustainable, but leaders, like the European Union’s Sustainable Towns and Cities, are basing plans on hard metrics like “carbon accounting” and area of green space per capita. (Sustainable Cities) Cleveland's Slavic Village, one of the hardest hit neighborhoods in America in 2007, has turned the corner and is selling market rate homes thanks to a new...more

Cleveland's 1969 highway revolt sheds light on Opportunity Corridor

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/19/15 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

Ask Clevelanders, what is the most important environmental story in the city’s history? Most will tell of the burning river and how it raised a national awareness of the environment. But, there is another important moment in Cleveland history that, like the last fire in 1969, can and perhaps should shape our thinking today.

Saved<br />Horseshoe Lake was preserved by Cleveland, Shaker and Cleveland Heights when they turned back plans for a highway. Image: Greg Slawson Highway revolt<br />The proposed I-280 highway in 1969 includes the western portion of today's Opportunity Corridor.Damage done<br />Interstate 90 rent neighborhoods and city in two. Aerial photo from Cleveland State University collection.

Apple to plum: Vision Zero bakes in biking and turns one

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/16/15 @ 2:00pm

I visited New York City last week to see what lessons I could glean from their Vision Zero campaign to reduce traffic fatalities involving cyclists, pedestrians and motorists to zero. Mayor Bill DiBlasio launched Vision Zero a year ago in New York, making it the most visible and wide-ranging effort to reach America from its origin in Sweden (other cities...

<br />A cyclist on the streets of lower Manhattan<br />A Citi Bike station in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan.<br />A protected bike lane on 2nd Avenue in Manhattan.<br />The Pulaski Bridge between Queens and Brooklyn will get a protected bike lane.<br />A cyclist traveling on a bike lane in Queens at night.<br />A protected bike lane in Queens connected to the Queensboro Bridge bike lane.<br />Flux Factory, Long Island City, Queens, New York

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