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January 13 2014

Trying to Dethrone the Automobile in Bordeaux, Aquitaine, France

January 13th, 2014Posted by 

Ten years after putting the tram network into service and completely reworking the bus system, the results are discouraging. In Grand Bordeaux, two-thirds of transportation is still done in individual automobiles. Here are the reasons for this situation and a few suggestions for improvement. 1. The car has remained king in the urban area Every […]

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January 09 2014

KCP&L Using Complexity to Simplify Problems with the SmartGrid

January 9th, 2014Posted by 

The energy industry is a gigantic web of information and non-linear processes that have different networks, feed-ins, and balances between supply and demand on a second-by-second basis. Even at the city level, providing power adequately to all citizens and incurring minimal losses is a challenge all in itself. In the context of global emissions, energy […]

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January 09 2014

A Farewell to The Grid, from Gina Kiani of the East Bay, California

January 9th, 2014Posted by 

It’s hard to believe that my internship with Global Site Plans (GSP) has come to an end. Being a contributor to The Grid has helped me hone my skills as a writer; to more effectively convey and articulate my topics of interest. Focusing on topics of urban planning, through the lens of sustainability and geographic information […]

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January 08 2014

A Light Rail System for Montreal by 2018? Impossible, Say Officials

January 8th, 2014Posted by 

The decision to bring to abandon the timelines set for the future Champlain Bridge is forcing everyone to sit down and go back to the drawing board. The decision made by the committee for a proposed light rail project last Wednesday was just as sudden as it was devastating. They concluded that it is simply […]

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January 06 2014

The 2015 Pan Am Games’ True Legacy for Toronto

January 6th, 2014Posted by 

On July 10th 2015, Toronto takes center stage. Toronto will be hosting the 2015 Pan American/Parapan American Games, the third largest sporting event after the Olympics and the Asian Games. The city will welcome almost 9,300 athletes and 1.2 million ticket holders. With a lot of planning and the construction of state-of-the-art sports facilities underway, […]

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January 06 2014

The Alleys of Quebec City, Canada: Lagging Behind their Montreal Counterparts

January 6th, 2014Posted by 

The program for beautifying the alleys of Quebec City has found little success in Limoilou. There is so little happening that $600,000 of available funds are sitting in the city’s coffers. “The program does not work at all” explained the official responsible for the report, Sonia Ratté, during a recent plenary committee meeting. “The challenge […]

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January 03 2014

Will Nairobi Maintain its Status as the “Green City in the Sun?”

January 3rd, 2014Posted by 

There is something distinctly noticeable when you look at a map of Nairobi. The southern line of the metropolitan area is bordered by a national park, while the southern line of the Central Business District is bordered by an urban park, golf course, and an array of sports grounds. Nairobi, Kenya is known as the […]

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December 31 2013

Shrinking the Gap Between China’s First-Tier Cities and Other Cities

December 31st, 2013Posted by 

On December 18, 2013, Yi Peng, Director of the International Financial Seminar Urbanization Research Center hosted an online webinar to answer questions about China’s urbanization policies. During the webinar, Yi Peng pointed out that even though three of the biggest cities in China, which include Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou, have accumulated very large populations, they […]

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December 27 2013

Farewell to The Grid, from Minneapolis’ Abbey Seitz

December 27th, 2013Posted by 

Having lived in Minnesota for the entirety of my life, I did not think there was much more I could learn about this state. I associated the suburbs with my past, and I sought to find new adventures in far-off cities. However, after coming home to Minnesota, and moving to Minneapolis, I realized that I […]

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December 26 2013

Oakland Among Five California Cities Awarded in First Round of Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities

December 26th, 2013Posted by 

The Rockefeller Foundation announced their 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge during their 100th birthday on May 14th, 2013. Following over 1,000 registrations and 400 applications from cities around the world, the first group, having “demonstrated a dedicated commitment to building their own capacities to prepare for, withstand, and bounce back rapidly from shocks and stresses,” […]

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December 26 2013

Cities and Climate Change: Kansas City, MO Perspectives on a Global Issue

December 26th, 2013Posted by 

Cities have gained considerable importance in the dialogue of climate change and environmental sustainability. A majority of the earth’s growing population is projected to live in cities. Not only are they responsible for a majority of earth’s energy and resource consumption, cities also subsequently produces the highest amount of wastes and emissions, and are therefore […]

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December 23 2013

Pedestrian Blues: Walking in Paris, France

December 23rd, 2013Posted by 

In Paris proper, 60% of travel is done by foot. In order to make the movement of pedestrians easier and safer, especially for the most vulnerable, the city has carried out a number of developments over the past decade. Such developments include widening sidewalks, shortening crosswalks, lowering sidewalks, and creating shared spaces. Nevertheless, pedestrians still […]

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December 20 2013

The “Man-Eat-Man” Mentality of Nairobi Roads

December 20th, 2013Posted by 

The traffic lights go red, and drivers continue to drive. Only a near collision with another vehicle will make someone stop. The Nairobi road culture is interesting, a culture where red may mean go and green may mean stop. Even with the new digital traffic lights that synchronize and indicate time, drivers will try to […]

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December 18 2013

The Role of Beauty in Infrastructure: Kazakhstan’s Almaty Metro Inspires

December 18th, 2013Posted by 

I recently rode the Almaty Metro, in Kazakhstan, at present a single-line subway that opened in 2011 after being under construction since the late days of the Soviet Union. Exiting at Almaly station, I was captivated by a stained-glass mural, which led me to contemplate the role of beauty in infrastructure–specifically in American subway station […]

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December 17 2013

Integrating Western China’s Urbanization with the New Silk Road

December 17th, 2013Posted by 

Chinese Academy of Social Sciences recently published the Western China Development Report, which shows that the urbanization rate in Western China reached 44.93% in year 2012, compared to 60% in the Eastern China. The central government proposed to integrate urbanization in western China with the development of the “New Silk Road.” Among all the agendas, international […]

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December 16 2013

Toulouse, Midi-Pyrénées, France, and (Old) New Forms of Transportation

December 16th, 2013Posted by 

The magazine Ville Rail & Transports has recently singled out the Toulouse Metropolitan Area’s programs by awarding them with the “New Forms of Transportation” prize. It is time to express appreciation for everyone involved in these policies. This distinguished project has been based on a great deal of voluntary action. It’s interesting to note that […]

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December 12 2013

Financial Feasibility of Green Building Retrofits: The Case of Kansas City, Missouri

December 12th, 2013Posted by 

“Green” or “sustainable” buildings use key resources like energy, water, materials, and land much more efficiently than buildings that are simply built to code. Dimensions such as site planning, indoor environmental air quality, materials, resources and water efficiency are some things these new breeds of built environment take into account. The process begins with the […]

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December 11 2013

Prospects for a Tunnel Beneath the Harbor in Geneva, Switzerland

December 11th, 2013Posted by 

In the beginning, Michèle Künzler, a state councillor formerly employed in the Department of the Interior and Mobility, implied that voting for the “Let’s Save our Parks” initiative could condemn the project for a tunnel under the city’s harbor. I have to say that hearing the representative from the Verts, an ecological political party, utter […]

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December 10 2013

Super Bowl 46 Spurs Development and Change in Indianapolis

December 10th, 2013Posted by 

In February of 2012, Indianapolis hosted the Super Bowl, which is arguably one of the biggest games in American Sports that occurs every year. Residents were confident in the city’s ability to host such an important event, while outsiders and visitors were skeptical about a Super Bowl in the Midwest’s Hoosier State. It’s no secret […]

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December 10 2013

Reimagine Phoenix: Boosting the Economy with Trash

December 10th, 2013Posted by 

Phoenicians have been searching high and low for a new identity to give to their sprawling Bird on Fire, branded by Andrew Ross in 2011 as the “World’s Least Sustainable City.” Last year, the City of Phoenix, Arizona State University (ASU), and St. Luke’s Health Initiative decided it was time to Reinvent Phoenix through transit-oriented […]

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