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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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July 31 2015

7 Neighborhoods Selected for Urban Renewal in Lille, France

July 31st, 2015Posted by 

The French Ministry of the City (Ministere de la ville) announced in December 2014 that seven neighborhoods out of the ten proposed in the Lille metropolitan area had been selected by the National Agency for Urban Renovation (Agence nationale pour la rénovation urbaine) for the New National Program of Urban Renewal (Nouveau programme national de […]

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July 31 2015

In Verberie, France, An Intergenerational Residence Leads to Debate

July 31st, 2015Posted by 

Discussions are underway amongst elected officials in Verberie, France. Is it wise to create an intergenerational residence? “The initial feedback is mostly positive,” assures Michel Arnould, the Mayor of this commune of 4,000 residents. The final decision will be made at the beginning of the school year, during the next session of the municipal council. […]

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July 30 2015

Help From the Region In Order to Reinvigorate Delle, France’s City Center

July 30th, 2015Posted by 

Under the rays of the sun, the Delle, France city center and Raymond Forni Square is a small town center the way we like them. Pretty and classic with its outdoor cafe seating, its little fountain, and the business owner who gossips with her friends on the doorstep of her store. A nice photo which, after all, […]

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July 28 2015

France’s Azay-le-Rideau Chateau Launches Interactive Historic Restoration

July 28th, 2015Posted by 

Why Such a Construction Site? After the 2014 redesign of the romantic and landscaped gardens, in the image of those that existed in 1850, the Azay-le-Rideau Chateau began a wide-spanning construction site at the beginning of 2015. The aim is to restore the original carpentry dating back to the 16th century, the slate cover, the facade […]

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July 28 2015

Amiens, France Prioritizes Social Housing Lease-Ownership Program

July 28th, 2015Posted by 

The French government hopes to facilitate the construction of social housing by giving land to local communities and social landlords at a low price. Jean-Christophe Loric, Deputy to the Mayor of Amiens in charge of urban planning and housing and President of OPAC de la Somme, explains the social housing situation in the Picardy capital. […]

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July 27 2015

How is the City of Fortaleza, Brazil Doubling the Size of Its Bike Share Program?

July 27th, 2015Posted by 

Through the Secretary of Conservation and Public Services (SCSP), the city of Fortaleza, Brazil will install over 40 bike stations for Fortaleza’s bike sharing program, “Bicicletar.” The announcement was made on Thursday July 16, during a news conference at the City Hall. The new stations will be installed in October of this year through March of […]

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July 26 2015

In a Crowding World, Is the Future of Raleigh’s Transitional Housing in Tiny Homes?

July 26th, 2015Posted by 

On June 25th, design and planning professionals gathered at AIA North Carolina’s Center for Architecture and Design (CfAD) to listen to a panel of experts discuss opportunities for alleviating homelessness through design. The conversation centered on a hypothetical, transitional housing community, outside of downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, following the announcement of the finalists for Activate14’s Tiny […]

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July 24 2015

City Council of São Paulo, Brazil Approves Opening of the Minhocão Expressway and Avenida Paulista to Pedestrians and Cyclists

July 24th, 2015Posted by 

On July 1st, the City Council approved a motion to support the opening of Avenida Paulista and the elevated Costa and Silva expressway - called the Minhocão by locals (literally “giant worm”) — to pedestrians and cyclists. After the presentation of the first impact studies, the council members positively rated the initiatives, which will go through […]

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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 13 2015

Educational Programs Central to Theme at Milan, Italy’s Expo 2015

July 13th, 2015Posted by 

Expo 2015 is promoting a series of projects concerning education, research and innovation, digital technology, the role of women, and the importance of children and education in society. All of these projects are designed to spread awareness of topics related to the event’s main theme: “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.” We all experience and are affected by food, […]

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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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