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Ten big projects that are bringing bikes and transit back to cities

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/10/14 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transportation choices

It seems like every city in the U.S. has a plan or a conversation going about building density and walkability back into their downtowns. In 2009, the federal government acknowledged the historic shift back to cities, America's reduction in driving and the need to build vibrant places that are less car dependent with a new, billion dollar sustainable transportation fund.

Hot in Pittsburgh<br />Pittsburgh is converting its Hot Metal Bridge to a bike and pedestrian facility leading to a new park at a former steel mill.

Image: wikimapia.orgBring the center back<br />Oklahoma City will renovate this Amtrak station as an inter-modal transit facility and introduce new bus and local transit service.From pass through to walkable<br />The Town of Olean, New York is calming traffic and introducing walk and bike facilities to its main street.

Image: Walkable OleanAll aboard<br />Cincinnati is building a streetcar that will link downtown, Over The Rhine neighborhood and at the river front.

Image: UrbanCincyTransit goes Uptown<br />Greater Cleveland RTA is building a Rapid station in Little Italy.

Image: GCRTABeach diet<br />Ft. Myers Beach, Florida introduced bike lanes without widening an existing road.

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Lessons for Cleveland in life-altering highway removals

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/04/14 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

GreenCityBlueLake has reported on and advocated for new models in ecological city design for Northeast Ohio for 25 years.

Concrete canyon<br />Seoul, Korea decided to remove this urban freeway that had buried a stream and created a big barrier for pedestrians.Return of nature<br />A naturalized stream replaced a freeway in the heart of Seoul

Why Northeast Ohio needs to be more VibrantNEO

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/27/14 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices, Land

In the past year, thousands of Northeast Ohioans imagined and sketched up how we want this place to look in the future. We participated in the Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium (NEOSCC) in the hope that it would devise a plan for sustainable growth.

California dreaming<br />San Diego has focused on developing in the city surrounding the huge Balboa ParkGreen in the city<br />Balboa Park in San Diego is a hugely popular green space and attractor of developmentPicture this<br />El Paso, Texas draft Thoroughfare Plan maps out the city's goal to become the least car-dependent city in the southwest.NEO carbon footprints<br />Map of household carbon footprints in Northeast Ohio by zip code (Source: UC Berkeley CoolClimate Network, Average Annual Household Carbon Footprint, 2013, http://coolclimate.berkeley.edu/maps)

Ride share apps are all the rage, but is Cleveland ready?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/26/14 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Transportation choices

“Disruptive” certainly describes the reception that ride-share smart phone apps Uber and Lyft have made in cities across the U.S. This week alone, the companies behind the two more popular apps that connect carpooling adults using mobile devices have been simultaneously praised and under attack.

Need a Lyft<br />Lyft ride share drivers adorn their cars with pink mustaches. Image from Lyft.

With United leaving, experts peg Cleveland for high-speed rail

Marc Lefkowitz  |  02/07/14 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Transportation choices

When United Airlines in dramatic fashion walked away from Cleveland and the city’s large investment—from infrastructure to the premium on tickets for “hub” bragging rights—many wondered, are we just the latest to pay the freight for a failing business model? The larger issue may be, what other option do cities have? What does Cleveland do to shore up its economic position—the...

Rail for the future<br />The Midwest High Speed Rail Association offers this vision for a network of high-speed trains linking the major and mid-tier cities including Cleveland.

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