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August 22 2015

A Farewell to The Grid from Lindsay Naughton in St. Louis, Missouri

August 22nd, 2015Posted by 

The opportunity to intern with The Grid gave me the chance to truly explore St. Louis, Missouri. With plans to open the National Blues Museum and create an international technology hub, to exploring the history of Forest Park and the city’s role in hosting the first US Olympics, there was already much of the city […]

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August 21 2015

Favela Youths Organize Skateboarding School in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

August 21st, 2015Posted by 

What’s this?! True tram children and teenagers go flying by Teixeira Ribeiro Street, one of the most well-known streets in Maré. Anyone passing through the collection of favelas will notice that skateboarding has become wildly popular. But this is not something new. The movement has a long history in the community. Prior to this, the […]

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August 19 2015

Debunking St. Louis, Missouri: Perceptions of Crime versus Reality

August 19th, 2015Posted by 

Perception is powerful. It is powerful because we often have a hard time separating perception from reality. While we see perception as being right or wrong, we also believe that we can shape perceptions. We often can. This can become problematic when statistics, which we accept as facts, do a bad job of accounting for […]

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August 18 2015

Hybrid Buses Threatened to Go Out of Circulation in Curitiba, Brazil

August 18th, 2015Posted by 

The criteria for sustainability and greenhouse gas emission reduction will stay within the urban mobility policies in Curitiba, Brazil, even after the State Court of Auditors (TCE) defended a recall of thirty hybrid buses. This and thirteen other decisions by the TCE depend on the evaluation by Curitiba’s public transport company, Urbs. However, regardless of […]

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August 17 2015

Construction Continues on Lezennes Station in Lille, France

August 17th, 2015Posted by 

In the coming weeks, construction will once again be seen at Lezennes Station. In fact, work never actually stopped, but had to go back to the engineering consulting office. After the first phase of underground construction and reinforcement, building operations are returning to the surface in order to create two new points of access to […]

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August 14 2015

Upgraded Rickshaws Tracking Air Quality in Marseille, France

August 14th, 2015Posted by 

In Marseille, France the news regularly reminds us of the consequences of air pollution, particularly the repercussions of the now, sadly famous, PM2.5 particles (particles in the air that are less than 2.5 micrometers in size, the smallest of which can penetrate our lungs). According to a recent study done by the Marseille Provence Métropole, […]

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August 14 2015

Historic Preservation Projects Given Green Light in Downtown Manaus, Brazil

August 14th, 2015Posted by 

The revitalization project of Tenreiro Aranha Square and of the area surrounding the Adolpho Lisboa Market in Manaus was presented on the morning of August 11th by the Director-President of the Municipal Urban Planning Institute (Implurb), Roberto Moita. The meeting held in Manaus City Hall building was attended by the municipal secretaries, the Mayor Arthur Neto, […]

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August 13 2015

Project by Lebanese Architect Lina Ghotmeh Preselected for ‘Reinventing Paris’

August 13th, 2015Posted by 

In November 2014, Paris City Hall presented its call for urban proposals for “Reinventing Paris.” It was a plan aiming to “give the keys of the fabrication of 23 territories” to “all those who contribute to the fabrication of the city,” explained Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of the French capital. At the center of this […]

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August 12 2015

Traffic Accidents Fall in São Paulo, Brazil After Speed Limit Reduction

August 12th, 2015Posted by 

Data released by the Traffic Engineering Company (CET), notes a fall in the rate of accidents after the reduction of speed limits to 40 km/h (25 mph) on many roads. According to the data, there was a 71% reduction in the number of deaths resulting from transit accidents and pedestrian fatalities. Between August of 2012 […]

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August 12 2015

Los Angeles’ South Park BID Embarks on Green Alley Initiative

August 12th, 2015Posted by 

In many cities around the world, the use of alleyways have been an integral part of the urban landscape. They have been a place of cultural and civic activity. However, in the United States, we have often viewed alleys as being unappealing service corridors associated with crime, vice, and street vagrancy. In other words, a […]

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August 11 2015

Invigorate Montreal, Quebec’s Viger Square Rather than Raze It to the Ground

August 11th, 2015Posted by 

An “informational public meeting” on revamping Viger Square of Montreal, Quebec, on June 16 allowed for the re-emergence of a variety of strong oppositional forces to the demolition and redevelopment project for Viger Square’s Daudelin Islet. Everyone was in agreement: the City’s will to demolish and alter the works of Charles Daudelin was moved. First […]

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August 10 2015

A Farewell to The Grid from Katelyn Hewett

August 10th, 2015Posted by 

It is hard to believe it has been a year since I begin my time at The Grid. I still remember one of my first assignments, a book review on Charles Montgomery’s Happy City. I thought writing a book review would be a good experience, but worried the text would prove to be a bit […]

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August 07 2015

Saint-Laurent-du-Var, France is Arming its Citizens with Solar Reflectance Education

August 7th, 2015Posted by 

Experts at the Chamber of Trades and Artisans in Saint-Laurent-du-Var, France have introduced professionals and individuals to innovative technologies related to housing. For example, lowering the temperature of a building by 4-7 degrees Celsius without air conditioning is now possible. Faced with climate change and rising temperatures in urban areas, new construction materials have come […]

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August 07 2015

Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil Invests in Neighborhood Improvements for Manguinhos

August 7th, 2015Posted by 

Beginning in August, the communities of Manguinhos in the north zone of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil will obtain several new improvements, offering the people a better quality of life. Via Binário, a new street, will serve to relieve Leopoldo Bulhões Avenue. Via Canal, a recreation area, will extend along the Cunha Canal from Leopoldo Bulhões […]

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August 05 2015

Montreal, Canada’s Angus TechnoHub Phase 2 Breaking Ground in 2017

August 5th, 2015Posted by 

Christian Yaccarini, President of the Angus Development Organization, introduces the second phase of the Angus TechnoHub, an eco-neighborhood in Montreal, Canada that promises to use the best new technologies to become a global model in sustainable urban development. The first phase of the Angus TechnoHub started 20 years ago on the former Angus Shops industrial […]

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August 05 2015

Are Bus & Bike Lanes Stealing Space from Motorists in São Paulo, Brazil?

August 5th, 2015Posted by 

The article from Sunday July 19th in the newspaper “O Estado de São Paulo,” entitled “Haddad’s leadership takes 716 km (about 445 miles) of lanes from cars,” shows a data series that gives the impression that the leader of the largest city in Brazil has declared war on individual motorized transportation. However, some of the […]

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August 04 2015

Copenhagenize’s Most Cyclist-Friendly City Ranking Passes on Lyon, France

August 4th, 2015Posted by 

Copenhagenize, the Danish urban planning council agency specializing in bike culture and traffic, published the top twenty most cyclist-friendly cities. Whereas Nantes, France is ranked 7th and Paris is ranked 17th, Lyon does not even appear on the list.Why? The ranking has caused some irritation. Like every year, Copenhagenize, the Danish agency for urban cycling […]

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August 04 2015

Brazil’s President Rousseff Announces Major Logistics Infrastructure Investment Plan

August 4th, 2015Posted by 

The new stage of the Logistics Investment Program (PIL), launched on June 9, 2015 by the Brazilian government, provides concessions for sixteen stretches of highway and six railways, totaling R$ 152.5 billion in these areas. The government intends to hold five auctions for the the highways in 2015 and eleven more in 2016. The plan […]

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August 04 2015

Farewell to The Grid from Lauren Golightly in San Francisco, California

August 4th, 2015Posted by 

When I began writing with The Grid, I was moving from the New Mexico desert to the City by the Bay, San Francisco. Arriving in the midst of gentrification, I had the pleasure of experiencing the struggles of finding housing in a place where the word “affordable” meant $2,100 a month for a closet in […]

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August 03 2015

Plans to Revitalize Los Angeles’ Jordan Downs now in Jeopardy over Federal Money

August 3rd, 2015Posted by 

In March of 2014, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) learned that it would not receive a $30-million Choice Neighborhoods federal grant from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The decision represented a setback in the revitalization of the Jordan Downs housing project. It was also the cause […]

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