Marc Lefkowitz
Marc Lefkowitz

Stories by: Marc Lefkowitz

Marc Lefkowitz is a sustainability consultant with more than 15 years of experience writing, speaking and advocating for a more sustainable Northeast Ohio. He served as Director of the GreenCityBlueLake Institute and editor of its well-known blog at He has a B.A. in English from Ohio State University and an M.A. in urban planning from Cleveland State University. He is a regular bike commuter and transit rider. Photo: Liz Cooper.
Curb the violence: CDCs and residents come together to promote safe communities
The rise in violence that occurred in Cleveland in 2020 reflected a very difficult year, but that has not deterred residents and professionals from addressing it with care. 
Long shot: Vaccination campaigns move at the speed of trust
Despite putting their own health at risk throughout the pandemic, some healthcare providers, as well as certain minority groups, are not quite ready to trust the COVID-19 vaccinations for themselves. The experts are working to build their trust.
A major transportation makeover for West 25th Street is taking shape
RTA is leading the final stage of 25 Connects—a plan to redevelop West 25th Street between the West Side Market and the MetroHealth campus for a more transit-oriented district.
The Future is Now: Urban Land Institute to host seminar on what cities will look like after COVID-19
Experts will gather virtually at the "Building the 21st Century: The Future is Now" symposium in early March to discuss what downtown will look like after the pandemic—with many businesses already planning to continue remote working permanently. 
Celebrate the February holidays and beat the winter blahs with arts and culture activities
It may be cold and snowy outside, but there's plenty to do in Cleveland that will shake off the winter blues.
Cuyahoga County earmarks funds for road repairs in high-poverty neighborhoods
Cuyahoga County plans to invest millions into road repairs in neighborhoods most in need, basing the choices on economic health, poverty level, poor road conditions, and traffic.
When the Towpath comes to town: Cleveland neighborhoods envision trail’s economic and social impact
As the Towpath Trail Extension Project nears completion, community development leaders envision how connectivity will make a social and economic impact on their neighborhoods and residents.
Suburban minority restaurant owners look to funding to keep doors open
The pandemic has hit the restaurant industry particularly hard, and even with $7.5 million in Cuyahoga County CARES act funding set aside for small business, many minority-owned suburban eateries are struggling to stay in their communities.  
The Color of Law: Author talks about racism in the law and America’s public policy history
Richard Rothstein, author of "The Color of Law," recently gave a webinar to talk about a missing chapter in American History books—the chapter that tells about systemic racism in U.S. public policy.
Guest Column: Looking at the environmental silver lining, and lessons learned, in coronavirus
Guest columnist Marc Lefkowitz, director of Green City/Blue Lake,  reflects on COVID-19's positive impact on the environment and the lessons we can take away moving forward.