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April 27 2012

Final Thoughts: A Farewell to Everyone at The GRID and Global Site Plans

April 27th, 2012Posted by 

As my 6-month internship with Global Site Plans coasts to a gentle close this week, I find myself in a much different place than when I began blogging for the GRID in October 2011. In the beginning, I was a recent college grad still clinging to my Cornell days by hanging around Ithaca, New York […]

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April 13 2012

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design in New York City, New York

April 13th, 2012Posted by 

We’ve all had the experience of peacefully strolling along a city street at night, enjoying the scene around us. We’ve also had the experience of walking somewhere after dark where we feel unsafe, and hurrying to reach our destination. But what is it exactly that creates this dichotomy of experience? The urban planning theory of […]

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March 30 2012

Inserting Infrastructure: New York City’s Second Avenue Subway

March 30th, 2012Posted by 

The subway system in New York City is one of the most extensive public transit systems in the world. Nonetheless, the number of people living, working, and traveling through the East Side has been steadily increasing since the 1940’s and the Lexington Avenue Line (4, 5, and 6 trains) is now operating beyond its capacity. […]

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March 16 2012

BRT Corridors: A South American Innovation Takes Root in New York City, New York

March 16th, 2012Posted by 

Bogota, Curitiba, and Guayaquil are very different South American cities that share something in common: they have the most successful and longest-running BRT systems in the world. BRT stands for Bus Rapid Transit, which is an innovative, low-cost model for making buses run more like express subways. It combines the speed and reliability of fixed-rail […]

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March 02 2012

The New Public Spaces of New York City, New York

March 2nd, 2012Posted by 

Public space is an essential element for the sustainability, vitality and sanity of a dense urban environment like New York City.  In recent years, NYC’s urban planners and transportation engineers have made efforts to give back to people the spaces that were previously controlled by cars or abandoned industrial sites. Some of the most interesting […]

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February 17 2012

The Challenges of Campus Planning in New York City, New York

February 17th, 2012Posted by 

As a Cornellian, I was very excited back in December to hear about Cornell University’s winning bid to construct a technology and engineering campus in New York City (NYC). NYC will provide 10 acres of land on Roosevelt Island and $100 million in infrastructure improvements for the campus, which will exemplify the cutting edge of […]

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February 03 2012

The Challenges of Affordable Housing in New York City, New York

February 3rd, 2012Posted by 

Affordable housing, as defined by the U.S. government, enables qualified residents to put 30% of their income toward housing while the government subsidizes the rest of the cost. While New York City (N.Y.C.) upholds this basic principle, the conditions surrounding affordable housing often make its related costs unrealistic for low-income families. Contemporary affordable housing in […]

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January 20 2012

Barriers to Green Building in New York City, New York

January 20th, 2012Posted by 

Considering New York City, New York (NYC) contains 5.2 billion ft2 of built space parceled out among a million buildings, and that the building sector emits 79% of the city’s greenhouse gases, the importance of sustainability in its built environment is paramount. The Bloomberg administration’s 2007 PlaNYC effort, a comprehensive plan for the City’s largest issues […]

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January 06 2012

Capitalizing on Cayuga Lake: Waterfront Redevelopment in Ithaca

January 6th, 2012Posted by 

The potential for waterfront redevelopment has been a recent hot topic of debate here in Ithaca, New York. Ithaca’s waterfront consists of the southern end of Cayuga Lake, which is mostly parkland and upscale residential properties, and Cayuga Inlet flowing from the south into the lake, whose banks host a wider variety of industrial, recreational, […]

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December 23 2011

Transit-Oriented Redevelopment in Ithaca, New York

December 23rd, 2011Posted by 

The Downtown Ithaca Alliance has released the Downtown Ithaca 2020 Strategic Plan, which seeks to revitalize Ithaca, New York’s downtown business district and reposition the Ithaca Commons as a sustainable transit-oriented development (TOD) by upzoning the downtown area, adding more housing, and redesigning the Commons itself based on plans from the urban design and architecture […]

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December 09 2011

Ithaca is Gorges: Preserving Scenic Views in Ithaca, New York

December 9th, 2011Posted by 

Ithaca, New York in the Finger Lakes region is known for its natural beauty.  Its dramatic landscape of pastoral hills and valleys, deep gorges, rushing waterfalls, and glittering lakes have created many faithful residents and visitors passionate about protecting the area’s scenic resources. In places like Ithaca, urban planners, architects, and developers must be especially […]

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November 25 2011

The Shifting American Dream: New Trends in Housing Demand in Ithaca, New York

November 25th, 2011Posted by 

It is becoming clear that young people and retirees favor a compact urban lifestyle to the sprawl of suburbia, as the cultural value of owning a large home and multiple cars erodes in our resource-strapped contemporary world. On October 20, 2011 at Ithaca’s Downtown Housing Forum, the Danter Company, a real estate research firm, presented […]

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November 11 2011

Rails-to-Trails Projects Prove Successful in Ithaca, New York

November 11th, 2011Posted by 

“Rails-to-Trails” is an example of how urban planners and urban designers are repurposing abandoned rail corridors for use as pedestrian and bicycle trails. As of September 2010, there were 19,872 miles of rail-trails in the United States. Ithaca, New York is home to several rails-to-trails projects that offer active recreation opportunities, useful commuting alternatives, and […]

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