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The Challenges Of Green Planning For Cleveland Water

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 10:25 AM

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Green projects could transform vacant lots in a city like Cleveland, but that does not mean they are easily implemented. Ideastream's Tony Ganzer spoke about this with Terry Schwarz, director of Kent State University's Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative. She says in considering green options, it depends on what a city is trying to do.

Vacant lots are a big problem for cities that have hemorrhaged population, like Detroit and Cleveland.  Quest Ohio looked at ways some researchers are blending green strategies to help in those kinds of cities.

That these green projects are possible in a city like Cleveland does not mean they are easily implemented.  The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, an occasional WCPN underwriter, has been criticized for opting for an underground tunnel for storm water overflow, rather than at least initially giving these green projects due consideration.  There is now talk that perhaps a combination of old and new techniques would be the better option. 

Ideastream’s Tony Ganzer spoke about this with Terry Schwarz, director of Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative.  She says in considering green options, it depends on what a city is trying to do.

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