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March 19 2012

Taking on a New Role with The Grid: Twitter Community Manager

March 19th, 2012Posted by 

When I was first asked one year ago to write for The Grid, I was nervous, yet excited to be part of a new voice for design on the web.  As I became more comfortable with the position and began to write more regularly, I have been able to use my column to inspire and […]

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March 05 2012

Madrid Rio: An Exemplar in Great Urban Public Space

March 5th, 2012Posted by 

Imagine taking one of the busiest highways in your city, sinking it underground, and replacing it with a dynamic urban park that caters to residents of all ages and backgrounds. Now imagine designing and building this feat of engineering in less than a decade. While most cities would find this task impossible to complete (ask […]

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January 23 2012

Despite Setbacks, Philadelphia Makes Big Strides in Responsible Urban Planning

January 23rd, 2012Posted by 

Normally, I use this column to write about social media trends in planning, and highlights of local planning efforts close to home, but last week, a headline in the local campus paper alarmed me. According to the Daily Pennsylvanian, Philadelphia had the highest homicide rate in the country of the nation’s 10 most populous cities. […]

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January 09 2012

Planning and Architecture Blogs You Should be Reading, Part 2

January 9th, 2012Posted by 

In my last post, I suggested a few of my favorite general planning and architecture blogs.  However, this only skims of the surface of the general design community.  Now that you’ve gotten yourself acquainted with the basics, it’s time to dig deeper into the more specific, niche-oriented blogs. As any planner will tell you, cities […]

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December 26 2011

Planning and Architecture Blogs You Should be Reading, Part 1

December 26th, 2011Posted by 

As the semester winds down for design schools and budding planners and architects work their way through final reviews and exams, winter break arrives with nothing do to but eat, sleep, and read for pleasure.  One thing I like to do during the “off-season” (so to speak) is catch up on some of my favorite […]

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December 12 2011

Connect with The Grid on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn

December 12th, 2011Posted by 

We know that you love reading new articles on The Grid right here on our site, but did you know that you can also keep up with your favorite stories and writers “off the grid” on your favorite social networks?  The Grid now goes wherever you go, with multiple social media streams to keep you informed […]

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November 28 2011

Philadelphia Set for Transit Payment Upgrade

November 28th, 2011Posted by 

Two weeks ago, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) Board voted to award a nearly $130 million dollar contract to ACS Transport Solutions Group to install a modernized fare system for Philadelphia’s public transportation infrastructure. The move is seen largely as a response to the city’s “outdated” fare collection system, reliant heavily on tokens and […]

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November 14 2011

What the High Line Means for America’s Urban Parks

November 14th, 2011Posted by 

As mentioned earlier on this blog, the success of New York’s High Line and recent extension has brought in more attention, investment, and tourists to Manhattan’s Chelsea and Meatpacking neighborhoods. And while New York enjoys the fruits of its labor, other cities across North America are looking to achieve similar results through comparable projects. Using […]

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November 01 2011

How Urban Planners Use Social Media to Engage Stakeholders

November 1st, 2011Posted by 

Two weeks ago, I discussed the various ways that urban planners and firms use social media to reach out and interact with public audiences (i.e. Facebook and Twitter).  While using these platforms is a good way of creating a base and engaging with users, knowing how to use these methods correctly and in the right […]

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October 18 2011

Best Uses of Social Media for Urban Planning

October 18th, 2011Posted by 

From the beginning of its practice, planning has always been a discipline of engagement.  Without engaging and interacting with city residents and constituents, planners would be lost with regards to making effective decisions and city plans.  Now, with technology virtually omnipresent and more of these residents having access to data and city information, it’s imperative […]

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October 04 2011

“Future Cities: Creating Tomorrow’s Urban World” to Showcase, Inspire Sustainable Urban Development

October 4th, 2011Posted by 

This month, hundreds of enlightened planners, urbanists, and economists will be flocking to Stockholm to partake in Future Cities, a two-day conference that hopes to answer the questions and problems that have arisen as a result of fast urbanizing global society.  According to the conference’s website, there are many reasons why such a colloquium is […]

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September 20 2011

High Line Continues to Dazzle New Yorkers

September 20th, 2011Posted by 

Earlier this summer, New York City saw the opening of the second part of the High Line, an elevated park on Manhattan’s West Side that, since 2009, has been dazzling New Yorkers and visitors alike.  With the new section now open, the park now stretches over 1-mile from the Meatpacking District and winds its way […]

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September 06 2011

“Summer Streets” Take New York City: A Model for Walkability and Connectivity

September 6th, 2011Posted by 

For the fourth year in a row, the City of New York transformed some of its most heavily trafficked streets into a network of pleasant pedestrian plazas and recreational byways.  Inspired by modern public space and urban design projects such as Paris Plage, Summer Streets, which ran for three consecutive Saturday this past August 2011, showcased […]

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August 23 2011

Redefining Urbanism: BMW Guggenheim Museum Lab

August 23rd, 2011Posted by 

In August 2011, the BMW Guggenheim Lab made its formal debut on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.  A collaboration between BMW Corporation and the Guggenheim Museum, the lab hopes to redefine and rethink the modern concepts of urban planning and urban design through a series of exhibitions, games, and public events among other items. […]

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August 09 2011

City of Philadelphia Comprehensive Plan 2035: Thrive, Connect, and Renew

August 9th, 2011Posted by 

After months of research and development, the City of Philadelphia released its first comprehensive plan in June 2011, since the “1985 Plan” back in 1960.  The new city plan, which predicts how the city will look 25 years from now in 2035, focuses on the key ideas of thrive, connect, and renew.  But unlike the previous […]

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July 26 2011

A Quicker Commute on Trains and Buses: Social Media Aides Public Transportation

July 26th, 2011Posted by 

As technology becomes increasingly mobile, city residents are constantly in demand for information on the go.  But aside from their desire to Facebook and tweet anywhere, anytime, users are looking for ways to improve their commute, quicken their pace, and reach their destination faster.  Public agencies and private developers have responded to the call, creating […]

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June 28 2011

Urban Planning Schools: Implementing Social Media Curriculum

June 28th, 2011Posted by 

As social media continues to grow and become part of the architecture and planning disciplines, design schools are increasingly integrating these essential services and networks as part of their marketing and communication, but also in their curriculum.  With many design firms and city agencies incorporating these tools into their professional practice and branding, it is […]

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June 14 2011

Urban Planning Departments To Follow on Twitter

June 14th, 2011Posted by 

With more and more city residents becoming engaged in social media, municipal planning departments are taking notice. Across the country, many cities are responding to the trend by embedding themselves within social media networks and reaching out to constituents like never before. The cities are putting themselves out there on Twitter and allowing anyone to […]

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May 31 2011

Social Media Etiquette for Twitter

May 31st, 2011Posted by 

Twitter is a terrific micro-blogging platform that allows users to send 140 character messages to each other and the world. This form of social media allows for vast amounts of information to be sent in short bursts, but can also be a disaster for a user that may be new to the site. Even the […]

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May 04 2011

2011 APA Conference Goes Social Media Crazy Using Twitter

May 4th, 2011Posted by 

Three weeks ago, the American Planning Association (APA) held its annual conference in Boston.  Over 5,000 urban planning professionals and students shared their ideas, exchanged business cards, and learned about emerging trends in the profession.  This year, social media, particularly Twitter, played a big role in keeping conference attendees connected and aware of lectures, activities, […]

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