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August 19 2013

From Buena Vista, Colorado and Katie Poppel: A Farewell to the Grid

August 19th, 2013Posted by 

It’s important to look at every opportunity as a possible learning experience for self-improvement and a better understanding of one’s environment. Blogging for The Grid was definitely one if these experiences. First and foremost, The Grid allowed for my writing skills to grow and develop. I prided myself on my ability to write – and write […]

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August 02 2013

3 Thoughts to Take from Silent Spring Today

August 2nd, 2013Posted by 

“This book is an attempt to explain…” No book could be more pertinent to society as a whole than Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. Silent Spring, first published in 1962, celebrated fifty years in 2012 with a republishing by Mariner Books. The author, Rachel Carson, has been credited as “the mother of the environmental movement.” Even […]

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July 08 2013

Urban Planning in All Shapes and Sizes: Rural Urban Planning is Planning Too!

July 8th, 2013Posted by 

With Buena Vista’s South Main on the left, preserved open space surrounds the planned unit development (PUD.) This development follows the idea of the urban transect. When most think of ‘urban planning,’ small, (i.e. less than 5,000,) rural communities are not at the forefront of the conversation. Most might envision the original, square street grid, […]

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June 24 2013

Sprawl: Taking the Other Side of the Suburbia Argument

June 24th, 2013Posted by 

If you are interested in hearing the ‘other’ side’s point of view on suburbia and the concept of sprawl, I recommend Robert Bruegmann’s book – Sprawl: A Compact History (The University of Chicago Press, 2005). Sprawl is a proponent of the concept of sprawl and the suburban lifestyle. Bruegmann argues that sprawl (defined below,) is […]

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June 10 2013

With the Environment in Mind: Planting Guides

June 10th, 2013Posted by 

In the age of sustainability and more environmently-minded people, landscaping guides are more prominent now than in the past few decades. A landscape guide sets out specific plants pertaining to a certain region, city, or town. Their main purpose is to solidify the native and non-native species in a given area, including, but not limited […]

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May 13 2013

The Transportation Lifeline: US Highway 24

May 13th, 2013Posted by 

Buena Vista, Colorado has struggled in recent years with US Highway 24 – the primary transportation connection to other towns and cities. Highway 24 is one of the most well-known transportation corridors in south-central Colorado; it runs horizontally across Colorado connecting the western part of Interstate 70 to the eastern part, bypassing Denver to the […]

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April 29 2013

Jan Gehl’s Cities for People Reviewed: Two Copies for Giveaway

April 29th, 2013Posted by 

“Above all, do not lose your desire to walk.” – Søren Aabye Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher Danish architect, Jan Gehl’s, latest book, Cities for People (Island Press, 2010), explores the better designs of cities through designs for the people to live and work simultaneously. In this follow-up to Life Between Buildings (1971), Gehl explores the shifting […]

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April 29 2013

The First Fairtrade Town in Colorado

April 29th, 2013Posted by 

What does ‘Fairtrade’ mean? Can an entire town really become fair in all senses of trade? The basis of the Fairtrade movement is simple: help alleviate poverty in developing countries by paying premium for the goods we (‘developed’ countries) import. It’s the monitoring the ‘fairness’ within international business that is difficult to police. According to […]

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April 15 2013

“Living Streets” in Rural Colorado

April 15th, 2013Posted by 

Complete street design isn’t just for cities: rural communities can follow the theme, too. Living or complete streets reference street design practices incorporating all modes of transportation applicable to a specific street. For instance, public transportation, bicycles, sidewalks/walking, pedestrian “safe zones”’ basic automobiles, etc. are all taken into consideration. The over-arching goal is to make modern street […]

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April 01 2013

Wayfinding in Buena Vista, Colorado: The Struggles of a Small Community to Stand Out

April 1st, 2013Posted by 

Wayfinding, or environmental graphic design, is on the rise throughout the United States; Corbin Design and National Sign Plazas are just two firms to specialize in wayfinding systems. However, “way finding” is a term not often recognized in dictionaries, and a large amount of educated people still struggle with its definition. Wayfinding is more than […]

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March 18 2013

Rise in Global Temperatures Felt in Colorado

March 18th, 2013Posted by 

While not everyone is on board that climate change is a real issue, the effects are increasingly felt across the globe. From higher ocean levels to warmer temperatures, one cannot argue that the environment has not changed over the years, whether the belief that it is the fault of civilization or not. An article out […]

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March 04 2013

Preserving Chaffee County, Colorado Through Environmental Design

March 4th, 2013Posted by 

Preservation of one’s heritage plays an important role in environmental design, especially today. Architects, planners, and designers, in general, are strongly encouraged to incorporate the past, present, and future into their designs. Think about it, can you name a building or region that took into account none of its surroundings? (More than likely, no.) In […]

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February 18 2013

Blazing Trails in Buena Vista, Colorado

February 18th, 2013Posted by 

As discussed in a previous post, Revamping the Riverfront, residents of Colorado like to stay active. Whether it is public or private open space, skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, kayaking, or another outdoor activity, Colorado doesn’t lack opportunity. Recently, the town of Buena Vista has taken steps to strengthen its local trails system. First, one must realize […]

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February 04 2013

Revamping the Riverfront, The Buena Vista, Colorado Way

February 4th, 2013Posted by 

As more and more people aim to get out and get active, revamping public space is key. Parks and other planned open spaces for the public are becoming the hot spots for activity. While it is known that not all parks receive their fair-share of attention, Buena Vista Whitewater Park in Buena Vista, Colorado, once […]

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January 21 2013

The Growth of Downtown Buena Vista, Colorado

January 21st, 2013Posted by 

With the economy in its current slump, development has staggered its progress in the past decade. But not all new development has been stopped. Buena Vista, Colorado has, of course, been affected by the economic downturn, but South Main continues to progress into the neighborhood its founders dreamed in the past decade. As one of […]

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