Cleveland's Latest Eco-Friendly Project Lacks One Key Thing: Money

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Cleveland may be on the verge of approving legislation that would require all future street construction to get friendlier to the environment — and especially to bicycle lovers.

It’s called the Complete and Green Streets initiative, and it’s winding its way to city council after a summer of committee debate.

“The bicycling community has been waiting for this for a long time,” says councilman Joe Cimperman.

Among the covered improvements would be increased bike lanes, bus-friendly upgrades to streets, and permeable pavement or cistern-like plantscapes that filter storm water before redirecting it into the soil.
The small problem, as always, will be paying for it. Only two U.S. cities — North St. Paul and Seattle — have mandated similar measures, and neither of them happens to be broke.

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