Archive for the ‘Urban Planning and Design’ Category

June 03 2015

Three Ways Baltimore City, Maryland Suffers from Parking Woes

June 3rd, 2015Posted by 

Good urban planning requires forward thinking as well as learning from past successes and failures. Urban planning ideals are steadily evolving, and past practices have created dicey results that today’s planners are still grappling with. In particular, decades of parking policy are increasingly being questioned in many cities, including Baltimore, Maryland. Baltimore’s zoning code, including requirements for off-street parking, went […]

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May 29 2015

Versailles, France Welcomes Contemporary Architecture, Minus the Brutalism

May 29th, 2015Posted by 

In Versailles, contemporary architecture is making timid forays into the city under the omnipresent eye of Louis XIV. This is an exercise with high risk for the city which is constrained by its imposing heritage. In some places, matte steel and sculpted concrete sit side by side with 300-year old gilded stone … a complicated marriage […]

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May 29 2015

Baltimore, Maryland’s Transportation Options Minimizes School Choice Opportunities

May 29th, 2015Posted by 

Baltimore City, Maryland’s school-age population is roughly 90,000, with about 185 public or charter schools that enroll based on neighborhood, academic criteria, school choice, lottery, or specialization. The mix of school types and enrollment practices in Baltimore City means greater opportunities for students regardless of their home address or lack thereof. However, much of the opportunity brought on by school choice is […]

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May 28 2015

Los Angeles’ Health Atlas Spurs General Plans’ Adoption of Health & Wellness

May 28th, 2015Posted by 

In June of 2013, former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa released the Health Atlas for the City of Los Angeles. The document was the first step to better understanding the areas within the City of Los Angeles that are currently burdened with the most adverse health-related conditions. The Health Atlas analyses how demographic conditions, social and economic […]

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May 27 2015

Riverside, CA’s Eastside Provides Benefits and Challenges of A Mature Neighborhood

May 27th, 2015Posted by 

As we know very well here in the Inland Empire, California, there is value in undeveloped land. It can provide a blank slate for development, can host renewable energy systems such as large-scale solar or wind power, or can be preserved to let the natural systems thrive. But while we focus on the possibilities of […]

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May 26 2015

Bouge, Belgium’s New Neighborhood Requires Vehicle Parking on the Periphery

May 26th, 2015Posted by 

Have you heard of the UK’s Center Parcs? They are a network of vacation villages that require you to do only one thing: leave your car outside the park and get around the village by foot or bike. This is a bit of the philosophy that has been adopted by the Matexi group, developer of a new […]

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May 25 2015

Minneapolis’ Historic Peavey Plaza Falls into Disrepair & Faces Destruction?

May 25th, 2015Posted by 

There are many factors that weigh into the decision to limit funding for the upkeep of a historic landmark, particularly one significant enough to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Such is the case with Peavey Plaza, located downtown in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was designed by landscape architect M. Paul Friedberg as a […]

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May 22 2015

Urban Agriculture to Take the Place of Vacant Lots in Curitiba, Brazil’s Central Region

May 22nd, 2015Posted by 

From May 7th to the 9th, architects from Estúdio 41 and alumni from the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR) gathered in the institution’s historic building to present solutions for transforming empty spaces of Curitiba’s central region with urban gardens. The models consider areas like terraces and parking lots, or empty spaces like abandoned buildings and […]

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May 21 2015

Verdun, Montreal Introduces Alleyway Insect Shelters to Increase City’s Biodiversity

May 21st, 2015Posted by 

This summer, with the blessing of the arrondissement, the citizens of Verdun, Montreal will welcome those with six legs to their neighborhood. They hope to see new tenants nest near them, thanks to insect homes that will be installed in green alleys. Four intriguing wooden structures should be erected by the end of summer in the Victor […]

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May 19 2015

Controversy Surrounds Whether “Brest the Grey” Will Transform into A City of Colors

May 19th, 2015Posted by 

Brest, France is often known as “Brest the White” or “Brest the Grey.” But what if these qualifiers were to become obsolete one day? It is possible that things are moving a bit in that direction. This month, the subject of coloring the city was at the center of an ambitious meeting at the Mac-Orlan Center. […]

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May 19 2015

Creil, France’s “Nelson Mandela Footbridge” Increases Community’s Soft Circulation

May 19th, 2015Posted by 

From now on, it is possible to go across the “Nelson Mandela” footbridge in Creil, Northern France. The bridge opened to the public in mid-June. After two years, the construction work is finally over. Two years of technical headache, custom fabrication of parts, fine-tuning, ballasting, key stoning, and more. The result: a suspended bridge, exclusively […]

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May 15 2015

Eco-Neighborhood Establishes itself Near Regional Nature Park in Lurais, France

May 15th, 2015Posted by 

The Grand-Claud eco-neighborhood in Lurais, France is set to be a national example. The 470,000 Euro project, which started in 2009, took a long time to come to fruition. But, as of a few days ago, Lurais is in possession of the property for its new eco-neighborhood. The inauguration of the site permitted spectators to explore […]

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May 15 2015

New App in São Paulo, Brazil Encourages Citizens to Suggest Bills to Government

May 15th, 2015Posted by 

Legislando (“Legislating”) is an application that lets citizens make suggestions for bills, as well as support and follow other collaborative proposals, and see them through approval by the Municipal House and Legislative Assemblies. The tool, which intends to be a kind of “political social network,” was introduced in São Paulo, Brazil on Monday April 27, 2015 […]

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May 14 2015

Farewell to The Grid from Victor Tran in Los Angeles, California

May 14th, 2015Posted by 

When I first started my internship with The Grid, I had just moved to Los Angeles. To tell you the truth, I didn’t really know what to expect. I saw Los Angeles as an opportunity to experience living in a major American city and to try my hand at something new. In hindsight, Los Angeles was a […]

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May 14 2015

Sherbrooke, Quebec Business Owners Footing Bill for Bike Infrastructure Upgrades

May 14th, 2015Posted by 

The Sherbrooke, Quebec Urban Bike Citizens Group (VUS) hopes the city will stick to its decision to build a bike path on Industrial Boulevard. The business owners of Industrial Boulevard had not been warned they would be sharing the costs for implementing the newly planned traffic circle as part of the Portland Boulevard extension. The owners in […]

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May 13 2015

Inland Empire Housing Affordability is on the Decline as Median House Prices Soar

May 13th, 2015Posted by 

The Inland Empire (IE) has long been considered a bedroom community. Every day we sit in the same grueling traffic going toward Los Angeles and Orange County in the morning and then back towards the IE in the afternoon. Meanwhile, traffic on the other side of the freeway sails past. These predictable traffic patterns tell […]

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May 13 2015

St. Louis, Missouri Establishes itself as Midwest’s Technology and Innovation Hub

May 13th, 2015Posted by 

In 2002, Washington University, Saint Louis University, the University of Missouri, BJC Healthcare, and the Missouri Botanical Garden joined forces to transform 240 acres of midtown St. Louis, Missouri into a nationally and internationally acclaimed technology and innovation center. Cortex is an acronym for Center of Research, Technology and Entrepreneurial Exchange. The district is roughly […]

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May 12 2015

Paris, France Plans to Be the World’s Biking Capital by 2020

May 12th, 2015Posted by 

Following the recent particulate pollution episodes that touched Paris, City Hall has unveiled its solution: the 2015-2020 Bike Plan. Through this major 150 million Euro project, those in charge hope to not only improve air quality but the comfort and security of the capital city’s 225,000 regular bikers. The goal: “turn Paris into the biking […]

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May 08 2015

São Paulo, Brazil Pedestrian Rights Association Forms to Advocate for Sidewalks

May 8th, 2015Posted by 

For a long time São Paulo, Brazil has suffered from a lack of quality sidewalks. However, the achievement of ciclovias in the city has begun to generate a broader discussion about active mobility. Thus the Association for Mobility on Foot in São Paulo was born, which brings together people to fight for accessible sidewalks for all. “There are […]

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May 08 2015

Volunteers Plant 1,500 Flowers in Medians of Avenida São Luís in São Paulo, Brazil

May 8th, 2015Posted by 

It takes a lot of work to begin. You have to send letters calling upon the residents of the neighborhood. Speak with businesses to raise funds, fertilizer, or any other type of help. Knock on the Mayor’s door and ask support for transit, the seeds, and the paper work. Then it is off to join […]

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