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April 03 2014

Pavement Debates in Kansas City, Missouri

April 3rd, 2014Posted by 

Downtown Kansas City, Missouri, like other metropolitan centers, has higher amounts of parking than its neighboring suburban and rural areas. A majority of the land cover in downtown Kansas City, is made up of off-street, on-street parking or underground parking garages. Parking lots create an opportunity cost issue, in addition to taking up land that could […]

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December 24 2013

Farewell to The Grid, from Sarah Essbai

December 24th, 2013Posted by 

When I started as a blogger at The Grid, I was packing to go back to my home country of Morocco. I had spent two years in the United States as a Fulbright scholar at the graduate urban planning program of Ball State University. However, I also knew that shortly after my arrival to Morocco, […]

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December 16 2013

A Farewell to The Grid, From Alkisti-Eleni Victoratou

December 16th, 2013Posted by 

Participating in The Grid for the past year was a fascinating experience. A virtual internship in which I had to write and transmit news for one of the cities that I love most, Athens, Greece. Not only did this opportunity intensify my interest in urbanism, but also transformed the way I perceive urbanism. Cities are […]

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September 23 2013

Farewell From Jasna Hadzic and Minneapolis, Minnesota

September 23rd, 2013Posted by 

Cities are a topic which have been studied, discussed, and written about for decades by notable figures such as Le Corbusier, Ebenezer Howard and Lewis Mumford; and is one that will likely be examined and written about for decades to come due to its complex nature and controversial significance. One may argue that this intricate […]

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August 19 2013

From Buena Vista, Colorado and Katie Poppel: A Farewell to the Grid

August 19th, 2013Posted by 

It’s important to look at every opportunity as a possible learning experience for self-improvement and a better understanding of one’s environment. Blogging for The Grid was definitely one if these experiences. First and foremost, The Grid allowed for my writing skills to grow and develop. I prided myself on my ability to write – and write […]

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July 12 2013

Parting Words: Farewell From Michael Jenkins

July 12th, 2013Posted by 

It started with a single hashtag and tweet after a week long Sustainable Decisions and Organizations at the University of Nottingham Business School. It was then that I followed and was followed back by Global Site Plans. I found an incredible interest the articles posted by the urban design blog site. Not once did I imagine that I […]

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July 10 2013

Jessica Yoon: A Farewell to Global Site Plans and The Grid

July 10th, 2013Posted by 

When I received the opportunity to take on a blogging internship with Global Site Plans, I was excited to become more engaged with issues of urban planning and development in New Orleans. Over the last six months, this internship has helped me develop new skills, as well as given me a deeper appreciation for the […]

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July 08 2013

Aascot Holt’s Farewell to Global Site Plans and The Grid

July 8th, 2013Posted by 

This is my 54th post in my 63 weeks with Global Site Plans’ The GRID. It has been worth every paragraph, edit, photograph, and late night. My post about the potential for coal trains to run through downtown Spokane, Washington caught the interest of the editor-in-chief of my university’s student newspaper, The Easterner, and I […]

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July 04 2013

A Farewell To The Grid and Global Site Plans, From James Gardner

July 4th, 2013Posted by 

As a long time aspiring blogger, The Grid has been my first opportunity to grow my writing skills; and from the inception of our relationship, I have appreciated the persistent encouragement and feedback. From the onset of my blogging work with The Grid in December 2012, I have been challenged to meet my deadlines, and […]

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July 03 2013

(The GRID Blogger) Andrew Carr: San Francisco, California & Hampton Roads, Virginia

July 3rd, 2013Posted by 

A big Global Site Plans welcome to our newest blogger, Andrew Carr in San Francisco, California and Hampton Roads, Virginia. Andrew Carr is currently pursuing a M.A. in International and Development Economics at the University of San Francisco in California, focusing on urban and community level development. Originally from Yorktown, Virginia, Andy also holds a B.A. from Christopher […]

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July 03 2013

(The GRID Blogger) Abbey Seitz: Minneapolis, Minnesota

July 3rd, 2013Posted by 

A big Global Site Plans welcome to our newest blogger, Abbey Seitz in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Abbey Seitz is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Design of Art in Architecture and minor in Sustainability Studies from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Growing up in a small suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota, she knew no different than cold snowy […]

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July 03 2013

(The GRID Blogger) Greg Shermeto: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

July 3rd, 2013Posted by 

A big Global Site Plans welcome to our newest blogger, Greg Shermeto in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Greg Shermeto is a recent graduate at the State University of New York at Buffalo with a B.A. in Environmental Design. While studying,Greg worked on projects including the South Buffalo Trolley and Trail System, which helped to connect the Western New […]

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July 03 2013

(The GRID Blogger) Nick Danty: Santa Rosa, California

July 3rd, 2013Posted by 

A big Global Site Plans welcome to our newest blogger, Nick Danty in Santa Rosa, California. Nick Danty is a graduate of the Geography and Planning Department at California State University, Chico and currently works at the Sonoma County Regional Climate Protection Authority (RCPA) in Santa Rosa. Nick has been involved in several programs at RCPA, but […]

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July 03 2013

(The GRID Blogger) Alexandra Serbana: Milan, Italy

July 3rd, 2013Posted by 

A big Global Site Plans welcome to our newest blogger, Alexandra Serbana in Milan, Italy. Because of her strong background in Urban Planning and Design, from her bachelor’s at “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism, in Bucharest, Romania, Alexandra decided to pursue planning from the perspective of policy and decision-making. She is passionate about traveling and […]

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July 03 2013

(The GRID Blogger) Sarah Essbai: Muncie, Fez, and Amsterdam

July 3rd, 2013Posted by 

A big Global Site Plans welcome to our newest blogger, Sarah Essbai from Muncie, Indiana, Fez, Morocco, and Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Sarah Essbai graduated recently with a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Ball State University in Indiana where she pursued her studies as a Fulbright scholar. Prior to moving to the US, Sarah obtained her […]

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July 03 2013

(The GRID Blogger) Gina Kiani: Oakland and Berkeley, California

July 3rd, 2013Posted by 

A big Global Site Plans welcome to our newest blogger, Gina Kiani in Oakland and Berkeley, California. Gina Kiani is a Graduate student at the University of Southern California and will complete a Master of Science in Geographic Information Science and Technology in the Fall of 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University […]

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July 03 2013

(The GRID Blogger) Laura Granieri: Indianapolis, Indiana

July 3rd, 2013Posted by 

A big Global Site Plans welcome to our newest blogger, Laura Granieri in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Laura Granieri graduated from Ball State University in the spring of 2012 with a Bachelor in Urban & Regional Planning. Upon graduating, she moved to Indianapolis and accepted a position as an AmeriCorps VISTA. Laura is passionate about urban planning and […]

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July 03 2013

(The GRID Blogger) Allyson McAbee: New Orleans, Louisiana

July 3rd, 2013Posted by 

A big Global Site Plans welcome to our newest blogger, Allyson McAbee from New Orleans, Louisiana. Allyson McAbee is a graduate of Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge with a degree in Landscape Architecture. Currently living in New Orleans, Louisiana she works at a residential design, build firm while volunteering at gardens and farms around the city. Traveling […]

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May 21 2013

(The GRID Blogger) Sophie Plottel: Shanghai, China

May 21st, 2013Posted by 

A big Global Site Plans welcome to our newest blogger, Sophie Plottel in Shanghai, China. Sophie Plottel is a recent graduate of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and a minor concentration in Global Development Studies. A native of Vancouver, Canada, she is interested in the continuing efforts of […]

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April 17 2013

Rise and Fall of the Rubber Rouge: A Review of Greg Grandin’s “Fordlandia”

April 17th, 2013Posted by 

In his book Fordlandia, author Greg Grandin chronicles Henry Ford’s great attempt to create a vast rubber plantation and idyllic company town in the complex ecosystem of the Amazon rainforest. The story Grandin tells is not just one of Ford’s industrial and sociological experiment, but of the difficulties of exporting American ideals and lifestyles to […]

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