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July 24 2015

Marseille, France Increases Wayfinding for Bicyclists and Pedestrians

July 24th, 2015Posted by 

There is great news for those who choose to bike to work in Marseille, France. Specific signs for pedestrians and bikers have just been installed along the Promenade de l’Huveaune. With all the work being done for the new Vélodrome Stadium, a new walk and bike path has been created along Huveaune River between the Michelet Boulevard […]

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July 24 2015

UNESCO Classification of Le Havre, France Makes Life Difficult for Some Residents

July 24th, 2015Posted by 

Ten years after its UNESCO classification, people unanimously agree that the Auguste Perret style has led to a more positive perception of Le Havre, France. However, several dissonant voices express that it is not always easy to live in such a monument. “I am not afraid to say it: I would prefer to not have […]

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July 23 2015

Will Metro’s TOD Projects Gentrify Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles?

July 23rd, 2015Posted by 

In December of 2013, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) issued separate Request for Proposals (RFPs) for three Metro-owned sites in Boyle Heights. Since then, Metro has announced several transit-oriented development projects by the Gold Line stations. Specifically, these are the Mariachi Plaza Commercial Development, The Santa Cecilia Apartments, Las Mariposas Apartments, Los […]

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July 23 2015

Neon Signs Around the World are Facing Extinction – or Preservation?

July 23rd, 2015Posted by 

The retro neon signs that adorn old businesses are becoming more and more rare in our cities. Even in New York they are seen as an endangered species. The Guardian recently wrote about how “Subway Inn” on Lexington Avenue was added to the list of the deceased. “New York used to be synonymous with neon […]

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July 22 2015

Where is the Largest Playground in the World for Adults?

July 22nd, 2015Posted by 

The City Museum’s founders, Bob and Gail Cassily, purchased a 750,000 square foot building in 1983 for sixty-nine cents per square foot in downtown St. Louis. Back then, the mostly vacant structure held the former International Shoe building offices and its ten-story warehouse. The couple renovated the building, and in 1997, opened the City Museum. […]

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July 21 2015

Strasbourg, France to Re-reveal Plans for Notre-Dame Cathedral

July 21st, 2015Posted by 

On the thousand-year anniversary of the Notre-Dame Collection Foundation, (the organization that supports Strasbourg, France’s Notre-Dame Cathedral), the foundation’s museum is equipping itself with two new rooms that will hold the drawings and plans for the cathedral, dating back to the middle ages. Inaccessible to the public since 1989, these showpieces will once again be […]

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July 16 2015

The Olympics Settle in at Montreal, Canada’s City Center

July 16th, 2015Posted by 

The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) inaugurated the Canadian Olympic House at 500 West Rene-Levesque Boulevard in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. La Presse had access to a guided visit of the place little before its opening. Here are some salient facts about it. The Best Montreal Presence The idea for the House began to germinate in the […]

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July 10 2015

São Paulo, Brazil’s City Squares to be Managed through Citizen Participation

July 10th, 2015Posted by 

Management of public squares in São Paulo, Brazil will now be held in a shared manner, involving not only the role of the government, but also the participation of the citizens for the use, implementation, revitalization, reconstruction, financing and conservation of these spaces. The measure, whose objective is to guarantee the quality of the squares […]

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July 10 2015

Businesses Partner for Florianópolis, Brazil’s Island-wide Composting Movement

July 10th, 2015Posted by 

Both of rural origins and in love with the island, Celina Beltrame, 65, and Maria Helena Spindler, 62, live at opposite points of the island of Florianópolis, Brazil, but have many other things in common. One of these is the satisfaction of getting their hands dirty every day in growing crops without agrotoxins. Free of […]

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July 10 2015

Survey of Alleyway Usage Launched this Summer in Limoilou, Quebec

July 10th, 2015Posted by 

On the brink of revising its policy on alley greenery, Quebec City, Quebec entrusted the organization Votepour.ca with conducting a large survey of citizens and businesses in the neighborhood of Limoilou, in order to better understand their needs, how they use alleys, and the projects associated with their communities. How do we use the Limoilou’s alleys? […]

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July 10 2015

All Forms of Transportation Prioritized over Pedestrians in Fortaleza, Brazil

July 10th, 2015Posted by 

Fortaleza is the fifth most populous city in Brazil and the ninth largest urban area, with 2.5 million people and 193.4 million square kilometers, respectively. The capital of the northeastern state of Ceará, it stands as the richest city of the region and the tenth in the national ranking. Yet its metropolitan region, with 3.8 […]

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July 09 2015

Is Inglewood, California the Next City to Have a New NFL Stadium?

July 9th, 2015Posted by 

The last time Los Angeles had a football team was in 1994, when both the Raiders and Rams called it their home. Since then, proposals for a team have come and gone. Of course, one of the key factors for alluring a professional football team is the venue. Recent proposals for the construction of a […]

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July 09 2015

Urban Camping Could Become A Reality at the Old Port of Montreal, Canada

July 9th, 2015Posted by 

“I like to camp because I don’t like sleeping at home. It’s boring,” says Ilyes, 6. Her family jumped on the occasion to camp for the first time. On the site, there is little space between the tents and the traffic nearby, but nothing can discourage the campers. Nathalie, who brought her two daughters, loves […]

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July 09 2015

The Urban Park and Ponds of Cesson-la-Foret, France to Undergo Restoration

July 9th, 2015Posted by 

Created in the 1970s, the urban park of Cesson-la-Foret, France began to have a real need for renovation. The elected officials of the agglomerations of Senart and Cesson have just approved the rehabilitation project for the park and its ponds. This site was designed on an old wooded area following the urbanization of the neighborhood […]

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July 09 2015

Toulon, France Developers Await Approval for Dubai-Style Artificial Island

July 9th, 2015Posted by 

A Varois architect is counting on installing a vast floating island in the harbor of Toulon, France. He contends to have received an initial agreement and estimates that it will take 10 years to complete this tourism-minded project. There are already the Palm Jumeirah and The World, two immense artificial archipelagos created on the open […]

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July 08 2015

The Grid’s Top 20 Urban Planning Websites of 2015 – Highlighting the Top 10

July 8th, 2015Posted by 

For the fourth year in a row, Global Site Plans’ The Grid is pleased to give you the list of the year’s Top 20 Urban Planning Websites. These URL’s are for those passionate about making cities thriving, successful places to live, work, and play. Each site offers their own unique twist on the issues our […]

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July 08 2015

São Paulo, Brazil Celebrates Grand Opening of Avenida Paulista’s Ciclovia

July 8th, 2015Posted by 

The Avenida Paulista Ciclovia opened on Sunday, June 28th with a ceremony attended by São Paulo’s Mayor Fernando Haddad and the Municipal Secretary of Transportation, Jilmar Tatto. From 10 AM to 5 PM, the street was closed to transit in both directions. See photos from the opening of the Avenida Paulista Ciclovia. A little before […]

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July 08 2015

“Pedestrian, I Care!” Campaign Reduces Deaths by 40% in Campo Grande, Brazil

July 8th, 2015Posted by 

The use of crosswalks and the work done with motorist transit education have been important factors in the decrease of pedestrian deaths on the streets of Campo Grande, Brazil. This finding comes from “Pedestrian, I Care!” campaign results, created by Agetran (Municipal Agency of Transport and Transit) and Detran-MS (State Department of Transit), which revealed […]

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July 08 2015

New Bill Places Public Open Spaces at Risk of Development in São Paulo, Brazil

July 8th, 2015Posted by 

The environmental working group of the Our São Paulo Network and the Institute of Health and Sustainability have released a manifesto in defense of green urban spaces. The document critiques certain articles of the city’s new zoning law, which opens the possibility of using the city’s green spaces for installation of public facilities. The manifesto […]

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July 07 2015

Dalat, Vietnam: The City of Flowers & French-Vernacular Architecture?

July 7th, 2015Posted by 

While investigating landscape architecture in Saigon and Vietnam’s other cities, one is inevitably led back to Dalat, a small town in Vietnam’s south central highlands. It is here that many of the perennial plants used in urban planting schemes are grown, as well as many of the cut flowers sold on the streets of Vietnam. Indeed, Dalat is […]

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