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December 06 2013

Detroit Controversy over Converting I-375 into a Pedestrian-Friendly Surface Road

December 6th, 2013Posted by 

Detroit, Michigan is at a crossroads of urban development. I’ve covered the many urban planning controversies being discussed in the area: development and gentrification in Midtown and Downtown, transit problems, and increased bicycle use among them. If you’re interested in following a case study of urban ills and opportunity in the new American context, Detroit […]

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December 06 2013

Who is to Blame for Nairobi’s Water Shortages?

December 6th, 2013Posted by 

Do all people have access to the water they need? The City of Nairobi draft master plan of 2013 acknowledges shortage of water supply and lack of sufficient infrastructure for water provision as a major problem. Nairobi’s water comes from Sasumua Dam, Thika Dam, Ruiru Dam and Kikuyu Springs, all located outside the city. Ground […]

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December 05 2013

Planning Mixed-Income Communities: 5 Ways Yesler Terrace Does it Better

December 5th, 2013Posted by 

Can the barriers between people at different income levels be broken by simply having them live near each other? Seattle is attempting to answer this question through planned mixed-income communities. Yesler Terrace is a bold project operated by the Seattle Housing Authority. It aims at completely redefining the area, which happens to be the oldest public […]

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December 04 2013

Demolition and Development: 52 Rue Montesquieu in Lyon, Rhône-Alpes, France

December 4th, 2013Posted by 

On November 18th, the community board of Lyon passed a decision that proved to be controversial in the neighborhood of La Guillotière, in the city’s 7th arrondissement. As part of the redevelopment project for the Mazagran sector, the matter in question is the demolishment of the building located at 52 Rue Montesquieu. A portion of […]

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December 02 2013

Homelessness on the Rise: 13,500 Tenants Evicted in Greece

December 2nd, 2013Posted by 

Athens and other major Greek cities, due to the economic crisis, are experiencing a sad mismatch between the increase of the overall homelessness and the rise of vacant buildings. Many middle- and lower- class people of moderate educational backgrounds that before the economic crisis could live in relatively good standards, now populate the decadent streets […]

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November 28 2013

Place-Making for Peace in Oakland, California

November 28th, 2013Posted by 

A Place for Sustainable Living hosted Festival of the Commons, a neighborhood place-making block party in the Golden Gate District of Oakland on November 9, 2013. This celebration on about three blocks of closed-off streets, featured multiple on-going projects open for public involvement such as urban garden installations, up-cycling recycled materials into the building of public mud-packed […]

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November 28 2013

A Self-Contained Urban Lot: Food, Water, Electricity & Community in Kansas City

November 28th, 2013Posted by 

In mid-2008, DST Systems planned to construct a rain garden at 18th and Broadway, in the historic Crossroads Art District just south of downtown Kansas City, MO. Partnering with 360 Architecture, the plans evolved to showcase the sustainability of living spaces and green practices, transforming a vacant lot into a self-resourceful and reliant innovative urban community garden […]

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November 27 2013

Cruising Down the Green Lane: Recapping #thegrid Twitter Chat on Bicycle Infrastructure in Cities

November 27th, 2013Posted by 

Last week, Global Site Plan’s The Grid co-hosted a TweetChat with The Green Lane Project about implementing bike infrastructure in cities. Over forty bike-enthusiasts joined us to share their wisdom on the topic. What came about was a fast-paced, hour-long discussion that revealed five major trends within the bicycle advocacy movement. 1) Cities Must Have […]

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November 27 2013

Architect Michel Cantal-Dupart Warns of Grand-Paris’ Mediocrity

November 27th, 2013Posted by 

To reduce Grand Paris to metro and train lines is to forget the demands for integration made by neighborhoods, and also solidarity with our less affluent fellow citizens. It ignores the imperative to conduct urban planning, and it is also an assault against residents. All of this is summarized in a twenty page report given […]

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November 27 2013

Boston: The Importance of Not Being Just a “Fair-Weather” City

November 27th, 2013Posted by 

People who live in and visit the Boston area are spoiled for public spaces, for places to enjoy nature, to play, relax, read, picnic, and engage with others. The city’s streets abound with quirky street festivals, public libraries, and dogs and children playing with Frisbees along the esplanade of the Charles River. Yet how many […]

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November 26 2013

The Challenges of a Dutch Inclusive Neighborhood

November 26th, 2013Posted by 

The Netherlands has one of the most unique affordable housing programs in Europe. Affordable housing, which roughly translates to social housing (Sociale Huurwoningen) represents nearly 80% of the Dutch rental housing units. This portion accounts for about 33% of the current total housing stock. Affordable housing in The Netherlands is considered a right rather than […]

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November 26 2013

Phoenix Catches a Ride on the Walking School Bus

November 26th, 2013Posted by 

A Walking School Bus seems a little counter-intuitive at first glance, but it may be one of the most effective ways for cities, like Phoenix, Arizona, to spread awareness about walkable neighborhoods. With a group of kids, a couple of community volunteers, and a safe route to school, communities can reshape the next generation’s view […]

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November 20 2013

Three Reasons Why Non-Cyclists Should Be Pro-Bike

November 20th, 2013Posted by 

Let’s face it – not everyone rides a bike. According to a study from the National Household Travel Surveys, less than two percent of Americans cycle per day. That number will differ elsewhere, but the point is a small percentage of our human population is on a bicycle. Still, large measures are being taken to boost […]

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November 19 2013

Gourmet Mobile Food Truck Markets Abuzz in San Francisco

November 19th, 2013Posted by 

The trucks are parked, the crowd is hungry and the aroma is intoxicating. Welcome to Off the Grid, not to be confused with The Grid. The San Francisco Bay Area is fortunate enough to host twenty-three weekly markets, comprised of 150 mobile food vendors that feed foodies from far and wide decadent dishes that service […]

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November 14 2013

California’s Environmental Goals and Policy Report Finally Released

November 14th, 2013Posted by 

Since resuming Governor of California, the Environmental Goals and Policy Report (EGPR) was released under Jerry Brown thirty years behind schedule. The Governor’s Office of Planning & Research typically releases the report every four years, but has not completed drafted attempts since Brown’s last term in 1978. This report, titled California’s Climate Future, defines targets […]

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November 11 2013

Toronto’s 300 Sq. Ft. Condo Boom: A Great Place to Live, But for Whom?

November 11th, 2013Posted by 

The 300 square foot micro-condo is coming to Toronto. These small units will maximize the number of residential units available in an area with a high demand. For professionals who work long hours and spend little time at home, the conveniences of living in a walkable, mixed-use neighbourhood are more valuable than extra square footage. […]

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November 08 2013

Detroit Center MConnector Shuttles University of Michigan Students to Detroit

November 8th, 2013Posted by 

The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor provides buses for students to more easily traverse the multiple campuses spread across the city. And now the University is making it easier for students to engage with the City of Detroit, situated only forty miles east of Ann Arbor. This fall they launched the MConnector project that […]

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November 06 2013

From Excess to Excise: How Australian’s Behaviour Has Lead to Significant Alcohol Excises

November 6th, 2013Posted by 

When you think of what Australia’s past times are, you often think of beaches, the great outdoors and football. However, what has become a tainted trend in recent years has been the drinking problem that has formed part of the ‘Aussie culture’. Alcohol usage has become more and more recognized by state and federal government […]

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November 05 2013

Can Architecture Resolve Conflict?: The Legacy of Northern Ireland’s Peace Walls

November 5th, 2013Posted by 

A key element within architecture that can create a beautiful sense of enclosure or an intimidating space, are walls. In Northern Ireland the wall symbolises a history of conflict and separation, associated with the violent events of The Troubles. The conflict was territorial, not religious, between Irish Nationalist (mostly self-identified as Irish and/or Roman Catholic) […]

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October 31 2013

Oakland, California: Revitalization and Retail Expansion on Broadway

October 31st, 2013Posted by 

As recognized by the city itself, “Oakland has long been the nation’s largest underserved Trade Area for comparison goods… export(ing) 75% of its potential sales… or roughly $1 billion in sales every year, to the neighboring communities of Emeryville, San Leandro, San Francisco, and Walnut Creek.” The city hopes to begin resolving this issue with the […]

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