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January 23 2014

Kansas City, Missouri’s Mayorial Climate Action Plan

January 23rd, 2014Posted by 

Currently there is no universal agreement on the degree, cause, or the severity of climate change. There is, however, a significant agreement on the rise of global emissions due to the quantitative aspects of measures and their contribution to these changes. Regional industries are all highly impacted by climatological change or are subject to likely regulatory or […]

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January 20 2014

Community Participation in Sustainable Development in Nantes, Pays de Loire, France

January 20th, 2014Posted by 

Take a bit of sustainable transportation, a dash of accessible pedestrian walkways, green energy, developed waste management, not to mention eco-neighborhoods managed by participatory policies, and you will have a sustainable city. Too simple? Of course, a perfect recipe does not exist, all the more considering that the field is constantly changing. Cities are therefore […]

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January 14 2014

Experiencing Streets, Parks, and Plazas: A Review for “How to Study Public Life”

January 14th, 2014Posted by 

As cities compete to attract new residents and businesses, the importance of vibrant public spaces is undeniable. Organizations like Project for Public Spaces and The Better Block have demonstrated that when communities invest in their streets, parks, and plazas, the rewards are tremendous. But what makes a good public space? How does one understand the […]

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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

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 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 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 26 2013

Building Sharing Communities & Cities: Recapping #thegrid Twitter Chat on Sharing

December 26th, 2013Posted by 

Last week, Global Site Plans’ The Grid co-hosted a Twitter Chat about the sharing transformation. In cities and towns across the world, people are trading in the traditional producer-consumer relationship in exchange for practices that create a more accessible and equitable distribution of resources to larger populations.  To get some expert insight on the topic, […]

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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

Farewell to The Grid, from Meg Mulhall

December 20th, 2013Posted by 

My first post for Global Site Plans was published in January. I was eager to write for The Grid, and treated it as an opportunity to explore the urban planning issues and interface with those involved in Ann Arbor and Detroit, Michigan. In that first post I asked, “What are some more balanced revitalization proposals […]

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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

Taking the Bus in Quebec City, Canada: From Wishful Thinking to Action

December 18th, 2013Posted by 

Attitudes toward urban lifestyles are rather hostile in Quebec City. Our mayor proved this point when exiting a recent electoral debate organized by the Chamber of Commerce of Quebec. The slip up: “I’m not sure that you could find 100 people who would dream of taking the bus.” In other words, who would be able […]

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December 17 2013

The Transformation of Conflict: Urban Displacement in Colombia

December 17th, 2013Posted by 

In previous posts I’ve discussed the situation of Colombian cities and a country that after decades of conflict is finally witnessing a resolution to its problems. And for the first time in years, has started talking about a future of development and welfare for all its citizens. However, many problems can’t be ignored with a […]

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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 16 2013

Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges Spurs Sustainable Higher Education

December 16th, 2013Posted by 

The Princeton Review has added another tool in it’s arsenal for higher education applicants: a guide to environmentally-friendly schools. On the list of the ‘Guide to 322 Green Colleges,’ is a school in the Dallas-Ft. Worth (D-FW) metroplex: the University of Texas at Dallas. Created in partnership with the US Green Building Council (USGBC), the […]

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December 13 2013

Minneapolis Sees a Rise in Crime and Responds with Trees

December 13th, 2013Posted by 

While forestry is often perceived as an activity that is based solely in rural areas, it has recently been recognized in urban areas. Many know the importance of green space in the city for purposes such as creating recreational areas, aesthetic value, and ecological flourishing; but the public’s knowledge of the importance of trees is […]

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December 12 2013

Development at University Village at UC Berkeley: Should it Continue to be Stalled?

December 12th, 2013Posted by 

In development since 2007, the UC Village project is still tackling hurdles before the Albany Planning Commission. The mixed-use development on 6.3 acres of land, owned by the University of California Berkeley, is proposed on two parcels of San Pablo Ave.; a grocery store and retail to the North of Monroe Street and a senior […]

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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 09 2013

Closure of The Champlain Bridge: Transportation Sustainability in Montreal, Quebec

December 9th, 2013Posted by 

It’s hard to look past the topic of the week: the Champlain Bridge! The closure of several lanes on the bridge deck caused huge traffic jams over several kilometers at the beginning of the week, with the same happening at all road accesses crossing the St. Lawrence River. And that is only the start of […]

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