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University Circle to test seven road diets

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/18/15 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

University Circle will cap the second phase of a sweeping, “Moving Greater University Circle Transportation and Mobility Study” by performing surgery on seven of the most dangerous intersections in the area.

<br />A pedestrian scurrying across East Boulevard near Cedar would benefit from a pilot project to narrow and square off this intersection.<br />Part of the first site of temporary improvements to road safety, closing one of four lanes of MLK at Cedar will be tested.<br />Highway like slip lanes like this one would be temporarily closed under a plan by University Circle to calm traffic and make streets safer.<br />Students from John Hay High School (pictured) plus Case and Cleveland School of the Arts walk and bike in the area.  <br />The plan calls for t-ing off intersections like this one at Mayfield and Euclid the site of MOCA and Uptown.<br />This intersection, at Stokes and Chester, would be normalized or squared off. It is the site of future development.<br />The intersection of East Boulevard and Bellflower will get a large speed hump known as a speed table.<br />The intersection at the top of Cedar Hill between Cleveland and Cleveland Heights will be narrowed and lanes made more predictable.<br />Juniper Road will continue as a one-way street like it is at the end and beginning of semester at Case. <br />This cut through lane known as Liberty would need further study before closing it as recommended for pedestrian safety improvements in University Circle.

California calling: A new citizen's agenda for transportation

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/04/15 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

California has started a national conversation about transportation as a place not a speed.

<br />A street in the West Village of New York would probably earn an F on the LOS scale, making it illegal to build today.<br />This is what good Level of Service looks like to a pedestrian in University Circle at the intersection of Stokes and Chester. <br />University Circle Transportation and Mobility Study is upfront about how improving streets for walking and biking will grade on the LOS scale.

Does Northeast Ohio need a "recovering engineers" club?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  05/01/15 @ 11:15am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

There are a lot of professed “recovering traffic engineers” at this year’s Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) happening in Dallas. It’s a nice bit of self-deflection because this is a safe zone for engineers and developers to profess full throated support for “building places people love” as the CNU tag line goes.

West Palm before<br />A derelict building before West Palm Beach started reimagining its streets and places.West Palm after<br />The same place today is a vibrant, public placeRecovering engineers eye exam<br />Ian Lockwood developed this chart to check engineers speak and community values.

Think small: How Tactical Urbanism plans to help cities

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/30/15 @ 12:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities

Jason Roberts is standing before a seated assembly in a vacant storefront in the hipster enclave of Deep Ellum, Dallas a few miles from Oak Cliff where he first acted on an idea to reverse decades of decline on a derelict city block. Roberts thinks he’s cracked the code on what unloved city streets need; if not to change the...

<br />One of the first Better Block pop ups in Oak Cliff, Dallas from 2010.

No measure of where this could go: Ohio hopes to get smarter about transportation

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/10/15 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Vibrant cities, Transportation choices

Ohio’s $7 billion roadbuilding budget is a sop to highways of dubious value—chief among them the $429 million “bypass” of the town of Portsmouth (pop. 20,000). But it may be the last gasp of a dying industry. When Congress last approved a transportation bill, in 2012, it came with an important caveat —the Highway Trust Fund is insolvent; time for some...

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