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December 23 2014

The Modernization of Brussels, Belgium’s De Brouckère Metro Station

December 23rd, 2014Posted by 

The center of Brussels, Belgium will not look the same in several years; that much is certain. The project to make the city more pedestrian friendly will, without a doubt, revolutionize the main boulevards. But other work will also shake up the center, like, for example, the renovation of the De Brouckère metro station, which […]

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December 22 2014

Improving Upon the Unfinished Quinebaug River Trail in Danielson, Connecticut

December 22nd, 2014Posted by 

The Quinebaug River Trail* in the Danielson borough of Killingly, Connecticut is a well-maintained, 9ft. wide asphalt bike path that mostly parallels the Quinebaug River. It extends southward for approximately five miles, all the way to the Plainfield town line. From a certain standpoint, the path is a complete and a total success. While town planners might […]

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December 19 2014

“The Gathering” Results in Remarkable Population Increase for Galway, Ireland

December 19th, 2014Posted by 

Situated on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean overlooking Galway Bay and the majestically beautiful Burren National Park, Galway, Ireland has always been one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland. However, in recent decades Galway has also become a popular location to live and work year-round. The population of the city has expanded 58.5% […]

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December 17 2014

Inland Empire, California Region Struggles to Rebrand its Poor Public Image

December 17th, 2014Posted by 

Businesses, cities, and even sports teams sometimes change their names to better identify with or separate themselves from a certain image or community.  A name can carry with it a strong impression of community identity, whether or not it is accurate. While its boundaries may vary, depending on with whom you speak, the Inland Empire is […]

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December 16 2014

Social Media & Digital Media Marketing Spurs The City of Quebec’s Rebranding

December 16th, 2014Posted by 

The City of Quebec is beginning a vast overhaul of its visual identity in order to refresh its image and stay up to date with social media. But there will be no alteration of the famous little boat on the city’s logo. “In no case will the logo be modified or altered,” confirms representative David O’Brien. “The […]

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December 15 2014

“Main Street Movement” Spurs the Revitalization of Small Towns in Iowa

December 15th, 2014Posted by 

Small towns in Iowa all seem to have one thing in common: historic Main Streets. The Main Streets of Iowa are typically composed of a few blocks of low-slung brick buildings. They are simplistic and unimposing, with small businesses on the ground level and housing or office space above. While the historic significance of these […]

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December 15 2014

The Architectural Paradox: SOM’s Oakland Cathedral of Christ the Light

December 15th, 2014Posted by 

Derived from the Greek word Katholicos, the word catholic means “universal” or “all-embracing.” This is an interesting paradox for a religion with an often authoritative past and history of exclusion. A paradox is a statement which contradicts itself but may be true. Unlike “drowning in a the fountain of eternal life” or “jumbo shrimp” the […]

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December 12 2014

Recognition of Slum Dwellers is Essential for Urban Development in Nairobi, Kenya

December 12th, 2014Posted by 

Access to safe, sanitary, affordable housing and basic infrastructure is a basic human right. In colonial Africa, Africans were limited to living in segregated, poorly planned areas. After independence, in cities like Accra, (Ghana), Lusaka (Zambia), and Harare (Zimbabwe) rich Africans moved to European and Asian residential areas, while the poor (and increasing urban migrants) were […]

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December 12 2014

Learning to Ride a Bike Isn’t Child’s Play: Montreuil, France’s Six-Level Bike School

December 12th, 2014Posted by 

Is there a perfect age for learning to ride a bike? Not necessarily. Because not everyone learns to ride a bike at the same time, there are now numerous bike schools where one can learn to sit atop a two-wheeler with the help of specialized teachers. This is precisely the case with the bike school […]

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December 11 2014

Discussion of Restoring Urban Waterways in Montreal, Quebec Picks up Momentum

December 11th, 2014Posted by 

Is it realistic to think about exhuming or recreating the streams and rivers that have disappeared in the wake of urbanization in the city of Montreal? Over the last few years, this idea has gained traction, even becoming the topic of a documentary in 2012 – with “Lost Rivers,” by Caroline Bacle. Projet Montreal put the […]

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December 11 2014

Minneapolis, Minnesota Stagnates at Its 1972 Height, Without Restrictions

December 11th, 2014Posted by 

Cities are defined by their skylines. A picturesque view of a beautiful downtown forest of skyscrapers can be an incredibly sublime and beautiful sight. People seem to be enamored by buildings that soar high above them, making themselves feel incredibly small. Downtowns are living organisms and are constantly evolving, growing, and extending further into the […]

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December 11 2014

Gentrification and Dislocation of Los Angeles’ Urban Poor Leading to Homelessness

December 11th, 2014Posted by 

Known for being a city of extremes, Los Angeles has an extremely high homeless population. In 2013, it was estimated that 54,000 individuals were homeless within Los Angeles County. Government officials are still uncertain as to whether that number is an accurate estimate due to the difficulty of conducting a complete survey of the population. Many homeless […]

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December 09 2014

Folding Bikes Allowed on Trams & Buses for the First Time in Caen, France

December 9th, 2014Posted by 

Up until now, bikes have not been allowed on public transportation in the Caen agglomeration in Caen, France. They have recently started to find their place, but only folding bikes will be allowed on buses and trams. Beginning on Dec. 1, 2014, the rules concerning bikes on public transportation evolved. “Following users’ requests and a […]

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December 08 2014

The Tomorrow Plan: Des Moines, Iowa’s Attempt at Regional Planning

December 8th, 2014Posted by 

In 2011, the Des Moines Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) initiated an attempt at regional planning for the Greater Des Moines area, the goal being to coordinate planning efforts among municipalities in order to promote sustainability in the region. This project is known as the Tomorrow Plan, a title that looks to the future. While this […]

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December 08 2014

Connecticut Since the Abolition of County Government in 1959

December 8th, 2014Posted by 

Most of New England is made up of counties that predate the Declaration of Independence. However, these counties exist largely as geographical regions, with few reminders of their former county governments besides old courthouses, maps, and online administrative forms. The neighboring state of Rhode Island abandoned their county governance over 100 years earlier than Connecticut. Vermont […]

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December 08 2014

Trial and Error of CSAs and Farm Co-Ops is About to Pay Off in Baltimore City

December 8th, 2014Posted by 

The United States has lost over four million farms since 1930, which was around the time the economics and sustainability of farming was changed by factory farming and other challenges. Baltimore County has lost nearly 150 farms between 2002 and 2012. Data for Baltimore City was not available; however, the Farm Alliance of Baltimore City estimates there are around twelve urban […]

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December 05 2014

No Credit Card Needed for Community Access Bikeshare in Ontario, Canada

December 5th, 2014Posted by 

Summer 2013 saw the birth of a new breed of bikesharing: Community Access Bikeshare or CAB, located in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Now just a year down the line, this modest bikeshare has countless ambitions to put community-based cycling infrastructure on the map. With seven stations already installed and a membership 125 strong and growing, the Community […]

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December 05 2014

Gentrification is Hurting Neighborhoods in Downtown Kitchener, Canada

December 5th, 2014Posted by 

In the last few years, gentrification has been causing problems in downtown areas around North America, and now Kitchener (in Ontario, Canada) is no exception. While developments downtown can be good for intensification and improving urban design, current developments are beginning to marginalize long-term residents. In the last three decades, many North American cities have […]

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December 05 2014

Malpassé Neighborhood in Marseille, France Faces Redevelopment and Evictions

December 5th, 2014Posted by 

Among the fourteen urban redevelopment projects in Marseille, France, the one in the Malpassé neighborhood has been the most sizeable since it was launched in 2010 by the City of Marseille, the National Agency of Urban Renovation (ARNU), and public sponsors. However, the neighborhood’s urban redevelopment project has been built on a foundation of anger, with […]

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December 05 2014

Reinventing Industrial Milan: Old Factories Brought Back to Life in a Cultural Context

December 5th, 2014Posted by 

Milan is a city with a strong industrial background that is an economically influential business, financial, and design center in Europe and beyond. By the late 12th century, Milan was one of Italy’s most wealthy and industrious hubs due to its large production of armour and wool that increased the Lombary region’s wealth. During the Renaissance era, Milan […]

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