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February 18 2015

Mark Friis: A Leader in Bike & Pedestrian Safety Advocacy in Inland Empire, CA

February 18th, 2015Posted by 

I see Mark Friis as soon as I walk into Stell Coffee & Tea, a popular cyclist hangout in Redlands, CA. He’s relaxing at the counter, and as we shake hands he says, “Should we get a sandwich?” The barista, as well as the next 3 people who walk in, know Mark by name. That’s […]

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February 17 2015

Roland Castro on Using Design to Aid Struggling Neighborhoods in Paris, France

February 17th, 2015Posted by 

What is the best way to fight against the ghettoisation of disadvantaged neighborhoods? Roland Castro, architect and urban planner in charge of the Banlieues 89 project and a member of the Atelier International du Grand Paris, notably proposes a Central Park for greater Paris. We asked him what projects most urgently needed to be put […]

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February 16 2015

Vision Zero 2024: San Francisco Streets No Longer Dangerous By Design?

February 16th, 2015Posted by 

The phrase “dangerous by design” embodies the reality of San Francisco streets. Biking down Market street during the five o’clock rush, I had no idea my biggest fear would come true: I lost a hopeless battle with a bus for a spot in a shared bike lane. I was pushed onto streetcar tracks where my front […]

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February 16 2015

Milan, Italy Ranks 41 in the World According to Mercer’s Quality of Life Index

February 16th, 2015Posted by 

Leadership, as we speak about it, comes in many different forms. Often, leadership involves mapping out the future of an organization. An effective leader creates an inspiring vision of the future, motivating and inspiring others to participate. But how can a city be a leader? What would be the qualities of this leading city, and how would we […]

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February 13 2015

Montreal, Canada Aims to Double City’s Bike Paths Despite Naysayers

February 13th, 2015Posted by 

Montreal, Canada intends to double the length of its biking network over the course of the next few years – a project that could cost about 150 million dollars. The opposition, however, doubts the Coderre administration’s capacity to lead so many projects. The metropolis has begun to map the development of the bike path network, […]

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February 13 2015

Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Inclusion of Sculptural Art Activates its Public Spaces

February 13th, 2015Posted by 

Minneapolis, Minnesota is considered a city with a strong passion for art, with many theaters and art museums scattered throughout the urban fabric of the community. One big giveaway of the metro area’s devotion to the art culture is the way that sculptural pieces are incorporated throughout the public spaces of the city, including areas […]

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February 12 2015

Planning A Sustainable 117-Square Kilometer City in Henan Province, China

February 12th, 2015Posted by 

Following my first post entitled “Being an Urban Designer in China: Between Dream and Reality,” which was about my work environment in China, many readers were waiting for the next one about my professional experience, notably the urban projects on which I worked. Among all these projects, one particularly touched me and for several reasons. […]

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February 11 2015

Los Angeles’ Metro Public Art Funding: The Benefits of Cultural Planning

February 11th, 2015Posted by 

Last weekend, I was fortunate enough to participate in an event put on by the American Planning Association showcasing public art pieces in different Metro transit stations. Metro, also known as the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, services millions of passengers each day through both bus and rail transit. Additional projects focus on creating more carpool […]

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February 10 2015

Controversy Surrounds Paris, France’s Marais & Tourist Coach Parking

February 10th, 2015Posted by 

We have said it many times to the elected officials, the police, and in particular to Pierre Aidenbaum, the Mayor of the 3rd arrondissement, and to the Central Deputy Commissioner Cyril Lacombe, the Marais must never, under any circumstance, despite its numerous museums, become a parking lot for tourism coaches and school buses. Indeed, two […]

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February 10 2015

Idealistic Eco-Neighborhood in Lille, France Faces Unforeseen Problems

February 10th, 2015Posted by 

Humanicité is an eco-neighborhood supported by the Catholic University of Lille, France. It is situated next to a metro station and in immediate proximity to the hospital. The project is meant to be a living lab, creating the community life of the future, except for that the project is missing social diversity and public facilities. […]

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February 09 2015

Farewell to The Grid from Molly Carpenter in Des Moines, Iowa

February 9th, 2015Posted by 

After six months of blogging, it is time for me to say goodbye to The Grid. This comes as I also say goodbye to Iowa, the state I called home for three and a half years. While studying urban planning at Iowa State University, I rarely ventured far from town, not thinking there was anything […]

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February 06 2015

Tours, France’s Jacques-Duclos Avenue To Undergo 5 Million Euro Redesign

February 6th, 2015Posted by 

Jacques-Duclos Avenue, the eastern entry-point of Tours, France, is in need of a new look. Tours plans on allocating 4-5 million euros in order to give it such a facelift. It is well known that Duclos Avenue is not the most “welcoming” street for drivers returning to Tours from the east. However, Jacques-Duclos Avenue, which stretches across […]

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February 04 2015

The Perris Valley Line Charges Ahead Through Riverside County, California

February 4th, 2015Posted by 

Metrolink trains have been operating in Southern California since 1992, and although timetables and station locations can often be less than ideal, the trains provide a reliable alternative to cars for many Los Angeles, Orange County, and Inland Empire residents. Traffic on area freeways can cause significant delays, and the average Riverside County commuter spends […]

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February 04 2015

Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s Outsourced Public Transportation System Fails Citizens

February 4th, 2015Posted by 

Phnom Penh is Cambodia’s largest city, and as its capital, it is experiencing rapid urbanization. With a metropolitan population of around 2.2 million people, the next largest city of Battambang doesn’t compare at only 200,000 people. As the population grows, the city is in need of more comprehensive transportation infrastructure to better accommodate further development. […]

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February 02 2015

Mumbai, India to Receive Water from Potentially Disastrous River Inter-Linking Project

February 2nd, 2015Posted by 

Some of the largest cities in India, including Mumbai, are now slated to receive water from a very controversial river inter-linking project. Slated at $130 billion, the mega-project aims to divert portions of India’s largest rivers, such as the Yamuna, to arid areas in the country. The project was suspended more than two decades ago […]

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February 02 2015

The Fleet of the Future: BART’s Improved Design for the San Francisco Bay Area

February 2nd, 2015Posted by 

BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) is getting a much needed remodel after 40 years of service. The typical Bay Area commuter’s relationship with BART has always been strained. A typical BART ride, much like that on any big city’s public transit system, involves outdated design, crowded cars, maintenance delays, and unsightly seating tainted from someone […]

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January 30 2015

Pedestrians Prioritized in Montreal, Canada: Five Projects Launching in 2015

January 30th, 2015Posted by 

In Montreal, Canada, five streets will be transformed in order to provide more space for pedestrians, beginning this summer. These projects are part of the city’s new urban planning program. On Sunday, the Mayor of Montreal, Denis Coderre, announced the City of Montreal’s intention to allot more space to pedestrians while renovating the streets. In 2015, […]

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January 28 2015

Sustainable Architecture Booming in Rural Phnom Penh, Cambodia: Why Not Urban?

January 28th, 2015Posted by 

Phnom Penh is a very green city; the streets are lined with trees, and vegetation grows endlessly in the tropical climate. Cambodia also has a rich history of architectural design, and despite immense deforestation, it has many natural building and sustainable construction resources. Unfortunately, the latter trend can also be said about the recent construction […]

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January 27 2015

In Toulouse, France, Victor Hugo Market and Square Slated for Renovation

January 27th, 2015Posted by 

Between now and 2020, the Victor Hugo neighborhood of Toulouse, France will be totally renovated. The market and parking lot (both located in the modern structure whose facade is shown above) will be redone, and the square will be redesigned by urban planner Joan Busquets - with construction lasting 18 months. Work could begin in the […]

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January 26 2015

Creative Augmented Reality App in San Francisco: Reimagining the SFMOMA

January 26th, 2015Posted by 

San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is “closed for construction, yet more open than ever.” With the museum expansion still under construction until early 2016, the SFMOMA collection has been popping up around the Bay Area in exhibits held within surrounding museums and public spaces. Even with the handful of curated exhibits planted throughout […]

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