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August 21 2013

Alex Riemondy’s Farewell to Global Site Plans and The Grid

August 21st, 2013Posted by 

I couldn’t have thought of a better way to kick off my journey to becoming an urban planner than writing for The Grid. Over the past year I have explored an array of planning and environmental design topics through blogging. Each topic has expanded my thinking of both simple and complex ideas, such as what truly makes a community, or what are some of the greatest […]

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August 07 2013

Lake Tahoe: A Product of the 1960’s Winter Olympics

August 7th, 2013Posted by 

Although discovered by John C. Fremont in 1844, the area of Lake Tahoe was slow to develop mainly due to its harsh winters and alpine location. However, as more people came west due to the Gold Rush, Lake Tahoe slowly began to develop into a tourist destination, especially when silver was found nearby in Virginia […]

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July 24 2013

Lakeview Commons Triumphs with Summer Placemaking in South Lake Tahoe

July 24th, 2013Posted by 

One of the greatest ways a city can bring a community together is through a public park. Public parks benefit our cities in many ways, from public health and recreational opportunities, to strengthening the bonds between friends and families. Most of us can remember when a park we frequented was torn down and converted into […]

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July 10 2013

Lake Tahoe Golf Course to Expand and Diminish Keeping Tahoe Blue

July 10th, 2013Posted by 

If you have ever visited Lake Tahoe, you have probably seen the bumper stickers “Keep Tahoe Blue.” Community members feel very strongly about preserving this national treasure. But over the years, the area has faced increased pressures from logging, gravel mining, and development pressures to make Tahoe a top tourist destination. Unfortunately, giving into these […]

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June 26 2013

Integrated Regional Water Management in the Sierra: Why it Matters

June 26th, 2013Posted by 

Planning for the future of our water supply has never been more critical. As we continue to face the challenges that lie ahead that contribute to water scarcity, such as climate change and over population, it becomes more and more important to properly manage our water. In the Sierra Nevada it is crucial to create […]

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June 12 2013

Safe Cycling in South Lake Tahoe: Making Bicycle Education a Part of the Solution

June 12th, 2013Posted by 

Hands down, I live in biking Mecca. From taking in the scenic overlooks from the view of my road bike, to getting lost in nature on all the different mountain bike trails that the area has to offer, Tahoe is truly a dream for a bicycle enthusiast. In the Sierra Region cycling of all sorts, […]

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May 29 2013

Moving into the Future: Planning for Wildfires in the Sierra Nevada Region

May 29th, 2013Posted by 

Following another dry winter in the Sierra Nevada Region, wildfire risks are on the rise in Northern California and the season has just begun. A study released by UC Merced found that fire risk in California will double over the next forty years, and potentially triple in the Sierra foothills by the end of the […]

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May 15 2013

Communities Working Together: The Lake Tahoe Sustainability Collaborative

May 15th, 2013Posted by 

“There is growing concern for the issue of sustainability — whether the Earth’s resources will be able to meet the demands of a growing human population that has rising aspirations for consumption and quality of life, while maintaining the rich diversity of the natural environment or biosphere.” – American Planning Association (APA) Communities across the […]

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May 01 2013

Writing on Buildings and Cities: A Review of Michael Sorkin’s “All Over the Map”

May 1st, 2013Posted by 

  Michael Sorkin is opinionated to the point, and passionate about protecting architecture from the politics that too often smother innovation. A well-known architectural critic, author of several hundred articles, professor, and principal of the Michael Sorkin Studio, Sorkin lives, eats — “architectural flesh has always proved tasty to me”, and breathes architecture and urban […]

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April 17 2013

How Water Trails Benefit Communities Across the United States

April 17th, 2013Posted by 

Water trails are defined by the North American Water Trails, as “a stretch of river, a shoreline, or an ocean that has been mapped out with the intent to create an educational, scenic, and challenging experience for recreational canoers and kayakers.” Here in Lake Tahoe, we have seventy-two miles of scenic shoreline that provides an […]

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April 03 2013

Four-Season Growing in an Alpine Climate: The Growing Dome at Truckee Community Farm

April 3rd, 2013Posted by 

“No matter where you are, what your constraints are, you can make it happen.” – Susie Sutphin, Farm Manager at the Truckee Community Farm The Tahoe Food Hub has a vision: to create a “hub for all sustainable food initiatives that promote social, economic and environmental responsibility in our food system.” With help from its community […]

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March 20 2013

How Corporate America Can Save The Planet: One Building at a Time

March 20th, 2013Posted by 

How can we encourage businesses to make the commitment towards sustainable building practices? Well, to start, at the very least, by showing them the savings that they could make if they invested in green design and technology for their business. Embassy Suites in South Lake Tahoe has this right idea in mind. The second largest […]

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March 06 2013

The Politics of Land Use: South Lake Tahoe, CA

March 6th, 2013Posted by 

Since 2005, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) has been actively working to develop a Regional Plan Update that supports the continued restoration of Lake Tahoe’s clarity and fosters land-use policies that promote sustainable growth. Facing pressure from the passage of Nevada Senate Bill 271, TRPA passed an update to it’s 1987 Regional Plan by […]

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February 20 2013

Keep Tahoe Blue: The Regional Challenges of Protecting the Largest Alpine Lake in North America

February 20th, 2013Posted by 

If you have ever been to Lake Tahoe, California, I’m sure you can agree with me that it is one of the most breathtaking spots in the U.S. Situated between Nevada and California, with seventy-two miles of shoreline and the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range as its backdrop, this alpine lake is known for both its […]

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February 06 2013

The Potential of Small Town Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning

February 6th, 2013Posted by 

The Jonathan Eshenour Memorial Trail is a twenty-two mile trail that travels through the heart of Hershey, PA, providing access to parks, neighborhoods, and commercial establishments. The trail was named after a local resident who lost his life in a bicycling accident in 1997. Along the pathway residents of Hershey memorialize their loved ones through […]

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January 23 2013

Do Environmentally Friendly Hospitals Increase Patient Welfare?

January 23rd, 2013Posted by 

Across the country hospitals are going green with the goal of creating healthier environments for patients and communities. The Penn State Hershey Medical Center is joining in on these green endeavors by committing to working towards LEED certification on all new building projects. The recent construction on the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital exemplifies this […]

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January 09 2013

Philadelphia Mural Arts Program Transforms Downtown Streetscapes

January 9th, 2013Posted by 

The Philadelphia Mural Arts Program began in 1984 as part of a campaign to eradicate graffiti citywide. Since then, over 3,000 murals have been created; each has become a distinctive part of the city’s landscape. In Philadelphia, mural making provides a unique opportunity for community engagement. It fosters relationships among community members, schools, grassroots organizations, […]

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December 26 2012

Pennsylvania Counties Lack a Voice in Local Drilling Decisions

December 26th, 2012Posted by 

In 2012 Pennsylvania passed Act 13, an act which mandated that local governments must allow drilling in all zoning districts and cannot ban or restrict gas development. Act 13 limits local government control and allows only individuals who own land and mineral rights in counties to participate in drilling decisions that will affect their communities. […]

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December 12 2012

A Review: Architectural Conjecture, Urban Speculation: The BLDGBLOG Book

December 12th, 2012Posted by 

The BLDGBLOG Book offers readers an exciting and unpredictable exploration of architecture in the broadest of contexts. Uninhibited by constraints, author Geoff Manaugh follows his line of interests wherever they may lead him, unlocking the possibilities of the future of architecture through his collection of narratives, interviews, images, and more. Ultimately, he challenges readers to join him in […]

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November 28 2012

Will Pennsylvania’s Capital City Ever Recover?

November 28th, 2012Posted by 

In October 2011 Harrisburg, Pennsylvania petitioned for bankruptcy after reaching debts of over $300 million,  quadruple its annual budget. The petition was denied by a federal judge, and claimed illegal, as the state or mayor did not sign off on the filing. Today, the city’s debt stands at over $340 million. A state ban that prevented Harrisburg […]

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