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January 05 2015

Connecticut Municipalities Mandated to Join Regional Planning Authorities

January 5th, 2015Posted by 

Unlike most of the United States, Connecticut has no system of county governance. While a regional, “county” government once existed (ceasing in 1960), it didn’t hold much power and had very few functions. Under the laws of the state constitution, 169 towns hold powers similar to that of a city and manage their own administration. To […]

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January 05 2015

Galway, Ireland Turns to its Community in Struggle Against Sprawl

January 5th, 2015Posted by 

As long as cities have existed there has been urban sprawl. In Galway, Ireland a dramatic increase in the city’s urban sprawl began in the 19th century, when labourers flocked from the countryside to work in the new factories that were then springing up. Large developments of small terraced houses began to appear, and new […]

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January 01 2015

An Ambitious Project to Open Access for Swimming in the Historic Center of Berlin

January 1st, 2015Posted by 

In Germany, a project supported since 2012 by the Flussbad Berlin association aspires to make swimming in the river possible in the heart of the Berlin capital. It could come to fruition between now and 2018. Imagined in 1997 by two architects, the brothers Jan and Tim Elder, the project proposes building a natural pool in the […]

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December 30 2014

New Housing to Replace Former Hospital in Annecy, France

December 30th, 2014Posted by 

On November 28, 2014, renovation became legal on the site of the future Trésums neighborhood in Annecy, France. This decision came through from the State Council after a long judicial saga. On the site, asbestos removal is currently taking place, and the deconstruction of the former hospital will soon follow. All of this will leave room […]

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December 29 2014

More than Half of the World’s Zoroastrians Call Mumbai, India Home

December 29th, 2014Posted by 

We have all heard about the famous Persians Xerxes, Cyrus and Darius the Great. They were recorded by ancient Greek historians, and were even referenced heavily in the Bible. But whatever happened to their descendants? The short answer is they moved to Mumbai. Mumbai (or Bombay) in India is home to the largest Zoroastrian community in […]

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December 26 2014

Moissy-Cramayel, France’s Citizens Petition the Deteriorated State of their Downtown

December 26th, 2014Posted by 

A petition was launched in November 2014 by the citizens and business owners of Moissy-Cramayel, France. By and large, they note the lack of security and upkeep in the center of town. The Mayor, Line Magne, promises changes but asks for time. The title of the petition, addressed to the mayor, was “No to A Dirty and Unsafe […]

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December 26 2014

Residents’ Associations Grow From the Poor Delivery of Services in Nairobi, Kenya

December 26th, 2014Posted by 

The last two decades have seen the development and growth of the City of Nairobi at sporadic levels. The population of the city has grown from 350,000 in 1963 to 3.5 million people today. This has naturally led to the development and growth of more residential areas in low, middle and high income areas. Together, with […]

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December 24 2014

Three Developments Respond to Chronic Homelessness in Los Angeles, California

December 24th, 2014Posted by 

The issue of homelessness has largely been ignored in Los Angeles. Tactics such as criminalizing and physically displacing homeless individuals have been the methods of choice. With the combined effects of a growing homeless population, a decrease in the overall number of affordable housing units, and a reliance on ineffective methods of handling the homeless population, the issue […]

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December 23 2014

Tiny & Historical “Shoebox” Houses Face Development Pressure in Montreal

December 23rd, 2014Posted by 

“Shoe boxes,” the little houses that have survived the passage of time in Montreal, tend to attract attention. In the urban landscape, they seem out of place. In order to better get to know the history of these little houses, we met with three of their owners. They were all chosen by chance during a […]

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December 19 2014

“The Gathering” Results in Remarkable Population Increase for Galway, Ireland

December 19th, 2014Posted by 

Situated on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean overlooking Galway Bay and the majestically beautiful Burren National Park, Galway, Ireland has always been one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland. However, in recent decades Galway has also become a popular location to live and work year-round. The population of the city has expanded 58.5% […]

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December 19 2014

Bécancour, Quebec, Canada Unveils New Brand Identity

December 19th, 2014Posted by 

The City of Bécancour in Quebec, Canada has just announced that, as promised, it has created a new visual identity for itself. This includes a graphic platform and signature, created to completely redefine the city. The goal, from the beginning, was to revise and standardize the city’s image. This reflection comes from Bécancour’s 2014 economic […]

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December 19 2014

Why Some Mumbai, India Slum Dwellers Prefer Slums to Condos

December 19th, 2014Posted by 

Slum Dog Millionaire, a fictional movie about a boy from Mumbai’s slums who miraculously makes it big on India’s version of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” was revered by Western critics and reviled by most Indian viewers. Why the divide? To get to the heart of it, I realized actually going to Mumbai (India) seemed […]

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December 18 2014

Three Phase Cable Car System to Lift Burden from New York City Subway System

December 18th, 2014Posted by 

A New York developer is proposing building several urban cable car lines between Brooklyn and Manhattan in order to stem the growing congestion of the subway lines that run through the heart of the city. The idea of an urban cable car in New York is not new. The Big Apple has actually had its […]

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December 17 2014

Inland Empire, California Region Struggles to Rebrand its Poor Public Image

December 17th, 2014Posted by 

Businesses, cities, and even sports teams sometimes change their names to better identify with or separate themselves from a certain image or community.  A name can carry with it a strong impression of community identity, whether or not it is accurate. While its boundaries may vary, depending on with whom you speak, the Inland Empire is […]

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December 16 2014

Social Media & Digital Media Marketing Spurs The City of Quebec’s Rebranding

December 16th, 2014Posted by 

The City of Quebec is beginning a vast overhaul of its visual identity in order to refresh its image and stay up to date with social media. But there will be no alteration of the famous little boat on the city’s logo. “In no case will the logo be modified or altered,” confirms representative David O’Brien. “The […]

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December 12 2014

Recognition of Slum Dwellers is Essential for Urban Development in Nairobi, Kenya

December 12th, 2014Posted by 

Access to safe, sanitary, affordable housing and basic infrastructure is a basic human right. In colonial Africa, Africans were limited to living in segregated, poorly planned areas. After independence, in cities like Accra, (Ghana), Lusaka (Zambia), and Harare (Zimbabwe) rich Africans moved to European and Asian residential areas, while the poor (and increasing urban migrants) were […]

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December 11 2014

Gentrification and Dislocation of Los Angeles’ Urban Poor Leading to Homelessness

December 11th, 2014Posted by 

Known for being a city of extremes, Los Angeles has an extremely high homeless population. In 2013, it was estimated that 54,000 individuals were homeless within Los Angeles County. Government officials are still uncertain as to whether that number is an accurate estimate due to the difficulty of conducting a complete survey of the population. Many homeless […]

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December 10 2014

Modern Pockets in a Wanting City: Private & Public Spaces in Phnom Penh

December 10th, 2014Posted by 

Crossing the threshold from a street into a private space in the city of Phnom Penh is like stepping into the country’s future. Contemporary architectural design is giving the city a vibrant facelift and creating an international style of quality architectural spaces – but only from the interior. Much of Cambodia’s capital city is left in the […]

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December 09 2014

Folding Bikes Allowed on Trams & Buses for the First Time in Caen, France

December 9th, 2014Posted by 

Up until now, bikes have not been allowed on public transportation in the Caen agglomeration in Caen, France. They have recently started to find their place, but only folding bikes will be allowed on buses and trams. Beginning on Dec. 1, 2014, the rules concerning bikes on public transportation evolved. “Following users’ requests and a […]

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December 08 2014

The Tomorrow Plan: Des Moines, Iowa’s Attempt at Regional Planning

December 8th, 2014Posted by 

In 2011, the Des Moines Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) initiated an attempt at regional planning for the Greater Des Moines area, the goal being to coordinate planning efforts among municipalities in order to promote sustainability in the region. This project is known as the Tomorrow Plan, a title that looks to the future. While this […]

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