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This Week 2.27.15

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/27/15 @ 11:00am

Chuck Marohn is a licensed engineer in Minnesota and he also writes the blog Strong Towns. This week, he discusses what happened when America turned away from streets that "build wealth" in favor of fast roads. Now that his state DOT is facing fiscal insolvency, he’s trying to make sense of why his town of Brainerd wants to spend money...more

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.

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