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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).

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.

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

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