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February 05 2013

Community Participation in Renewable Energy Schemes

February 5th, 2013Posted by 

Increasing renewable energy generation is fundamental for sustainable development. Over the last 10 years, interest has grown in the potential for communities to take a more active role in renewable energy development. Community renewable energy is associated with sustainable rural development and more locally appropriate projects. There is currently much interest in the scope for […]

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February 01 2013

Beyond Belief: The Delaney Street Underground in New York’s Lower East Side

February 1st, 2013Posted by 

In September 2012, New Yorkers were offered a first glimpse of what the Low Line will look like – New York City’s newest subterranean park, designed by co-founders James Ramsey and Dan Barish. According to the New Yorker, the exhibition, entitled “Imagining the Low Line,” on view through September 27, 2012, allowed visitors to “feel […]

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January 31 2013

A Midwest City Ranks Top of the Natural Resources Defense Council Smarter Cities for Transportation

January 31st, 2013Posted by 

When you think of a mecca for public transportation, often times your mindset shifts to large cities; New York City, Tokyo, London all stick out to me. A new city is emerging, that is the city of Lincoln, Nebraska, which was named one of the top smart cities for transportation by the Natural Resources Defense Council.  While Lincoln […]

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January 31 2013

How Bout Them Apples? Chicago Rarities Orchard Project Claims Public Space for Heirloom Produce

January 31st, 2013Posted by 

Ever wonder why the supermarket only carries four types of apples? With the proliferation of commercial-scale agriculture, hundreds of unique fruit and vegetable varietals were lost, spurned in favor of heartier and easier to ship breeds. The Chicago Rarities Orchard Project, or CROP, is a new initiative that seeks to reclaim this lost biodiversity (along […]

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January 29 2013

Place and Space Determine Neighborhood Health In Oakland, California

January 29th, 2013Posted by 

“Where you live is probably a bigger determinant of your health than whether you have health insurance,” as quoted in a Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII) report from 2008. In West Oakland, where 45% of the residents make under $25,000 a year, according to statistics from Mandela Market Place, liquor stores outnumber food […]

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January 22 2013

CityCamp Buenos Aires: Gov 2.0 Goes Argentinean

January 22nd, 2013Posted by 

CityCamp events are considered by many urban enthusiasts around the world as one of the best opportunities to meet different actors that work for the improvement of urban space. CityCamp evolved from its Buenos Aires edition into a larger, open-sourced community focused on promoting an exchange of experiences and establishing guidelines for coordinated work between […]

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January 15 2013

Amidst a Crisis, San Francisco Needs Secondary Dwelling Units

January 15th, 2013Posted by 

Affordable housing is scarce in the city of San Francisco. Low-income residents and students a-like struggle to get by in a city that is so full of opportunity, yet so economically biased.  One viable option towards solving this crisis is utilizing secondary dwelling units, aka “in-law units,” as a way to provide living opportunities that […]

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November 22 2012

Affordable Housing Anxieties: Chicago and The Preservation Compact

November 22nd, 2012Posted by 

A typical three-story walkup building in Chicago Urban planners the world over recognize that affordable housing is crucial for neighborhood stability, as well as workforce diversity and the economic sustainability of a given region.  But in the summer of 2012, the tight rental market in major cities like Chicago meant that landlords could get record […]

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October 30 2012

From the Mountains to the Sea: Greenway Expansion in the Research Triangle

October 30th, 2012Posted by 

It is May 28th, 1953, and Sir Edmund Hillary becomes the first man to reach Mount Everest’s peak. It is July 21st, 1969, and Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to traverse the moon’s surface. It is September 3rd, 2012, and Jim Hallsey consecrates the 35th anniversary of the NC Mountains-to-Sea Trail by hiking, biking, […]

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October 09 2012

Farewell From Patricia Kent

October 9th, 2012Posted by 

I began writing for The GRID after re-locating from Albuquerque, NM to Mammoth Lakes, CA. While I have always found blogging to be an exceptional outlet for personal use and staying connected with family and friends, I had never considered the benefit I could derive from it professionally until I joined Global Site Plans. For […]

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October 02 2012

Save the Outer Banks! The Fight for North Carolina’s Coast

October 2nd, 2012Posted by 

In spirit of the burgeoning backlash to the North Carolina legislature’s contentious support for fracking, as presented in my previous article, this piece will review the state’s particular advocacy for “Save the Outer Banks.” A polemic released in July of 2008 spells out with retrospectively astonishing accuracy the threats to North Carolina’s coast; ones that […]

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September 27 2012

Lillian Mathews: So Long, Farewell to The GRID

September 27th, 2012Posted by 

Writing is a vehicle. And it continues to drive me, from the place I began, to where I am heading today. Hard to believe, but six months have passed since I began my blogging position with The Grid. Just a few months ago, I was a senior in college, interested in pursuing a path that […]

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September 25 2012

Community Colleges And The E.D.A: Working Together For Economic Development in Mammoth Lakes, California

September 25th, 2012Posted by 

Economic development is the practice of inspiring private investment, retaining, and creating jobs. Economic development specialists and urban planners focus on economic development, work towards promoting entrepreneurship and small business development, implementing tax incentives for development projects, and expanding employment opportunities for local residents. In Mammoth Lakes, CA the current economic development strategy is to […]

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September 11 2012

Tucson, Arizona: A Leading Arts Community

September 11th, 2012Posted by 

At the corner of 6th Avenue and Toole Avenue in Tucson, Arizona, you can find a 20-foot high kinetic sculpture, which is a butterfly with a 6 ½-foot wingspan. This fancy public art, created by Bevel Butterfly Company, is a highlight of the Tucson Warehouse Art District; it is a newly completed, two-month old, installation. […]

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September 11 2012

Disaster Awareness: How to Plan Around Earthquake Faults – Lessons From Mammoth Lakes, CA

September 11th, 2012Posted by 

The Town of Mammoth Lakes, CA, in the eastern sierra region of California, is surrounded by earthquake faults. In addition, Mammoth Mountain is an actual active volcano on the rim of the Long Valley Caldera. This caldera is one of the most seismically active regions of California. In 1980, Mammoth Lakes experienced 81 tremors of […]

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September 06 2012

No More Hot Water at Coldwater Springs, Minnesota

September 6th, 2012Posted by 

“What happens to the water happens to the people” is the call to action by supporters of Coldwater Spring in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  September 2012 marks the opening of the redesigned Coldwater Park, Birthplace of Minnesota and traditional ceremonial site of local Native American tribes.  From pre-contact hunting territory, to a U.S. military base, to a […]

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September 05 2012

Tending the Urban Forest in Vancouver and Toronto, Canada

September 5th, 2012Posted by 

On opposite sides of the country are two of Canada’s iconic cities: Vancouver, British Columbia and Toronto, Ontario. In this age of green building practices and sustainable development, both cities are pushing forward to be leaders in environmentally conscious city planning and design. Toronto has adopted a green roof strategy and passed bylaws to require […]

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August 31 2012

Time for Good: A Humanitarian Social Platform in Istanbul, Turkey

August 31st, 2012Posted by 

Have ever you tried to get services without using any regular exchange tools like money? Have you been to a bank where your savings are deposited as in units of “time?” Zumbara is a social platform where you exchange services with other people and are paid by time as currency instead of money. Saved hours […]

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August 28 2012

Economic Consequences of the Closing of June Mountain in Mammoth Lakes, CA

August 28th, 2012Posted by 

June Mountain is located approximately 20 miles (31 kilometers) north of the town of Mammoth Lakes, California. Opened in 1961, the ski area provides the economic epicenter of June Lake, CA, a small, unincorporated community in Mono County. Unfortunately, on June 21, 2012, the day that the mountain was supposed to open for summer activities, […]

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August 24 2012

Responsible Waste Management: Coming to a Curb Near You

August 24th, 2012Posted by 

According to the EPA, in 2010, Americans generated about 250 million tons of trash and recycled materials, while composting over 85 million tons of material. Environmental sustainability and responsible resource use are important political and urban planning topics. A study conducted by the Ecology Center of Ann Arbor revealed that Detroit is the only major […]

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