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Cleveland's Uptown earns top Silver TOD Score

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/30/15 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

Moving on Up<br />Phase One of the Uptown development in Cleveland, a TOD Scorecard Silver earner.BRT in CLE<br />The HealthLine bus-rapid transit and new condo development at the edge of UptownBlank slate<br />Vacant land near the site of the East 105 and Quincy Red Line Rapid Station in Cleveland, Ohio. Image: Google.Uncertain future<br />Greater Cleveland RTA is trying to decide if it spends $16 million to upgrade this Rapid Station at E. 79th St. (less than a mile from the $331 million urban highway project known as Opportunity Corridor).More TOD to come<br />The Cleveland Clinic showed this concept for infill development within the Opportunity Corridor at E. 105th Street (about .5 miles to a Rapid Station). Image: Ohio Department of Transportation.

The TOD Standard bearers at the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy (ITDP) think they’ve found the answer to how sustainable a development can be. The ITDP, founded in 1985, is a high-powered think tank on “environmentally sustainable and equitable transportation policies and projects worldwide.” Its current board is lead by Enrique Peñalosa, the former mayor of Bogotá, Colombia, and includes...more

Despite growth, Greater Cleveland RTA forced to cut direct service from suburbs to downtown

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/29/15 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Transportation choices

Cuts coming<br />RTA will cut its remaining direct to downtown suburban bus service on March 1, 2015.

First, the good news: The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Agency (GCRTA) reported this week that—polar vortexes aside—2014 saw positive growth in transit riders, totalling 49.25 million. RTA has charted four straight years of growth in a tough economic climate, with the largest increase, a big 6.7%, coming in Paratransit riders who, because of their disabilities, are unable to independently travel...more

Stockyards rising: Can a maker economy revitalize this Cleveland neighborhood?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/22/15 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Local food system, Eating local

Molly and Pat Murray are extending a family tradition rooted in Cleveland’s Stockyards neighborhood.

Food is bond<br />Molly and Pat Murray at their Wake Robin Fermented FoodsThe incubator<br />The Hildebrandt Building on Cleveland's Near West SideMaking cabbage<br />Wake Robin ships its fermented foods to local grocers.The Next Generation<br />Bill Hildebrandt in the test kitchen built out of a century old space that once processed the City of Cleveland's meat.

Cuyahoga County ventures into Complete Streets

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/21/15 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Transportation choices

When the City of Cleveland adopted Complete Streets in 2011, it activated a conversation in Northeast Ohio.

Green and Complete<br />Complete Streets in Cuyahoga County could look like this concept for the East Side Greenway

Ohio's conspicuous absence from Innovative DOT report

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/19/15 @ 11:30am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

We tend not to think of Departments of Transportation as hotbeds of innovation. And that’s too bad. Because state DOTs in a handful of cases have been active in creating vibrant, bike and transit-connected places (see Minneapolis and Davis, California—considered the most bike friendly cities in America). This is a story about how DOTs overcame Cold War-era thinking, and, just...

<br />Examples of highway induced sprawl in Northeast Ohio<br />

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