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April 26 2013

Forgotten History: The Cincinnati Social Unit Experiment

April 26th, 2013Posted by 

Brighton – a small, tightly woven community of artists and art galleries, is located Northwest of Over the Rhine and downtown Cincinnati. It retains a ghostly atmosphere – a quiet neighborhood, where age-old nineteenth century Italianate buildings sit dormant against a backdrop of a modern city, now beginning to regain its former prominence. Walking these […]

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April 15 2013

Rural Parks: Homes to Passive Community Depreciation

April 15th, 2013Posted by 

Previously, we discussed urban parks and how cities can mitigate issues created by time and light circumstances. This week we’ll be examining rural parks. Cheney, Washington, about 20 minutes outside of downtown Spokane, Washington.  is home to Eastern Washington University, and maintains a classic, rural university town setting. During the day, Cheney’s park system is […]

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April 14 2013

Seeking Spring 2013 Internship Applications: Environmental Design Blogger

April 14th, 2013Posted by 

Do you have a unique specialty in the field of environmental design? Do you currently live in a town or city that has not/or is currently not being covered by another blogger? Have you successfully managed social media platforms? Do you have a passion for writing and want to learn how to successfully blog? If […]

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April 01 2013

Urban Parks Affected by Time and Light

April 1st, 2013Posted by 

How does time and light affect our urban parks? During the day, Spokane, Washington’s Riverfront Park is filled with children and their parents on the giant “Radio Flyer” statue/playground equipment piece, cyclists and runners on the paved paths, elderly folks watching the geese in the Spokane River which runs through the middle of the park, […]

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March 15 2013

Cincinnati Bockfest Proudly Heralds German Brewing Heritage

March 15th, 2013Posted by 

During the twilight of the 1880s, Cincinnati, OH, (the Queen City) was internationally celebrated as one of the most prolific centers for beer brewing in the United States. According to Michael D. Morgan, Author of Over the Rhine: When Beer was King, Cincinnati, during this pinnacle era, was chief among the Great American Brewing cities. The city […]

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February 04 2013

The Lost Downtown Demographic

February 4th, 2013Posted by 

Teens and young adults want to go out with their friends, and they like to stay out as late as possible. That’s a fact of life. But where do most of these teens and young people spend their time? Preferably somewhere they can park their hand-me-down, four-wheeled, newfound freedom machine: the automobile. But, their weekend […]

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January 07 2013

3 Ways Spokane, WA is 20 Years Behind Portland, OR

January 7th, 2013Posted by 

Today, Spokane, Washington and Portland, Oregon are home to multiple universities, both public and private. They also have a reputation with their locals for having quality live performances and concerts featuring local, as well as popular, artists. Both have their respective small coffee roasters that most residents are loudly proud of, Stumptown and Thomas Hammer. […]

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December 19 2012

Nailing the Basics: Five Ways Elton Consulting Demonstrates How to Do a Website Right

December 19th, 2012Posted by 

While I don’t have a background in design, I know a good website when I see one. Elton Consulting Group is a planning firm with three offices in Australia. In addition to consulting services, Elton Consulting Group operates a news bulletin called Urban Affairs. Here are five things that make their website stand out. 1. […]

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December 11 2012

Review of “Writing About Architecture, Chapter 2: What Should a Museum Be?”

December 11th, 2012Posted by 

Museums have recently become a hallmark topic in the teaching of architecture, as many architecture schools tend to include several museum projects in their design studio curricula, and that shouldn’t surprise anyone since we live in an age of the museum as a paradigmatic architectural and cultural enterprise. With the increasing popularity of critical writing, […]

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December 10 2012

Wheels of Progress Website Critique

December 10th, 2012Posted by 

Wheels of Progress, a 501(C)3 organization, has a simple mission “to create affordable, accessible, supportive housing and transformative environments for people with physical disabilities.” One may not have guessed this noble cause from first impressions of its website. Here are a few suggestions to update and modernize, Wheels of Progress: 1. “Splash pages” or “splash […]

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December 04 2012

2013 CNU Charter Awards Announcement

December 4th, 2012Posted by 

For over a decade, the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) has given professionals and students in architecture, landscape, and urban design the opportunity to compete across multiple categories for the annual CNU Charter Awards. The Charter Awards honor a select number of winners, honorable mentions, and two grand prize winners: one professional and one […]

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November 28 2012

Twitter Chat Frequency, Topics, and Promotion: A Guide for Architecture and Urban Planning

November 28th, 2012Posted by 

There are a few questions to ask yourself before you run out and start a twitter chat of your own. After establishing your unique why, previously covered, you should consider what kind of commitment you are willing to make and how to implement it. Remember, part of establishing a successful twitter chat is creating a […]

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November 12 2012

The Top 3 Similarities Between Spokane/Spokane Valley’s and Vancouver/Portland’s Metropolitan Relationships

November 12th, 2012Posted by 

Metropolitan areas always have a dominating, bustling municipality at the heart. These regional strongholds, with their loud industrial and commercial districts in which crime is common, soon sprouted the desire in residents to get the heck out of there and move outwards to a cheaper, suburban lifestyle. A “stronghold” is a larger, older municipality than […]

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October 29 2012

The North-South Dilemma: US 395 Struggles Through Spokane

October 29th, 2012Posted by 

Locally known as the North-South highway, “North Spokane Corridor,” has been well over 50 years in the making. Since the onslaught of the automobile on the American urban landscape, Spokane has always assumed their future held a four-lane highway to the East-West in I-90 to Idaho, and another going North-South in US 395 to Canada; […]

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October 23 2012

Online Participation Tools Within Urban Planning: A Quick Fix for Local Problems?

October 23rd, 2012Posted by 

Do you have a problem? Mark it on the map and we’ll take care of it – if you vote for us. Prior to Germany’s Berlin Senate election in 2011, the Green Party presented an interactive online tool that people could use to suggest changes for the urban environment. More than 800 requests were sent […]

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September 27 2012

Lillian Mathews: So Long, Farewell to The GRID

September 27th, 2012Posted by 

Writing is a vehicle. And it continues to drive me, from the place I began, to where I am heading today. Hard to believe, but six months have passed since I began my blogging position with The Grid. Just a few months ago, I was a senior in college, interested in pursuing a path that […]

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September 25 2012

Community Colleges And The E.D.A: Working Together For Economic Development in Mammoth Lakes, California

September 25th, 2012Posted by 

Economic development is the practice of inspiring private investment, retaining, and creating jobs. Economic development specialists and urban planners focus on economic development, work towards promoting entrepreneurship and small business development, implementing tax incentives for development projects, and expanding employment opportunities for local residents. In Mammoth Lakes, CA the current economic development strategy is to […]

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September 19 2012

Top 10 Architecture Firms to Follow on Twitter

September 19th, 2012Posted by 

As President Barack Obama’s recent acceptance speech showed us, Twitter has become one of the largest social networking services in media today.  His speech broke the twitter record with 52,756 tweets per minute and generated roughly 4 million tweets. In the realm of architecture, twitter can be used to promote, inform, and create dialogue with […]

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September 12 2012

Spokane’s Rich History of the Adoption and Destruction of Rail Transportation: Please Be Doomed to Repeat!

September 12th, 2012Posted by 

In April 1888, the first streetcar line in Spokane, Washington was built for Browne’s Addition, a neighborhood just one-mile West of downtown.  The terrain is level and easy to maneuver for the less-powerful engines. It was built to attract mining and timber barons to the then-newly built mansions in the subdivision. It was drawn by horses and was […]

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August 31 2012

Time for Good: A Humanitarian Social Platform in Istanbul, Turkey

August 31st, 2012Posted by 

Have ever you tried to get services without using any regular exchange tools like money? Have you been to a bank where your savings are deposited as in units of “time?” Zumbara is a social platform where you exchange services with other people and are paid by time as currency instead of money. Saved hours […]

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