May 22 2013

When Student Renters Crowd Out Homeowners

May 22nd, 2013Posted by 

Home to the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, the Carnegie Museums and Library, Phipps Conservatory, and the expansive Schenley Park, Oakland, a neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a product of the City Beautiful movement. It is a center of knowledge, art, and culture, enriched by its civic spaces and ample greenery. The University of […]

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April 09 2013

How an Oakland, California Neighborhood Went from Grunge to Hipster-Magnet

April 9th, 2013Posted by 

Like many of its Bay Area counterparts, Oakland, California is a city full of diverse neighborhoods, comprised of unique identities blending and interacting to form one of the region’s primary destinations. Temescal is one such example where you can see the local history while experiencing the recently emerged culinary and art scenes that have come […]

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March 26 2013

Cities as Brands: Global Recognition of Local Cultures through Place Branding

March 26th, 2013Posted by 

In a global economy, where places are in tight competition for investors, companies, workforce, and tourists, creating a place brand has become a powerful tool. Cities like Paris, London, and New York have distinctive features that tell a story about their urbanity, history and lifestyle. These images are commonly created not by accident, but are […]

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March 14 2013

Lincoln, Nebraska’s 2015Vision: A Lesson in Networking Propelling Vision To Action

March 14th, 2013Posted by 

The propulsion of urban planning is vital this day in age. Innovation and ideas must be at constant work and implementation, in order to create a positive vision. Within the city of Lincoln, Nebraska, the group 2015Vision, has embraced this platform and embodied key ideas in innovative design. This group is compiled of local business leaders […]

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February 26 2013

Social Media and The City: The Do’s and Don’ts of Involving People

February 26th, 2013Posted by 

It’s no secret that in order to attract investors, companies, and tourists, cities are under increasing pressure to stand out. More and more cities make use of social media to create a positive image and strengthen their place in the global competition of attractive cities. Imagine, you are in charge of your city’s social media […]

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February 14 2013

Lincoln Rides Above The Rest In The “Get Up & Ride” National Bike Challenge

February 14th, 2013Posted by 

As the prices of gas skyrocket and a sustainable lifestyle is ever so important to adopt, alternative forms of transportation are key in our society, although sometimes a challenge to implement. Lincoln has stepped up to this challenge however, and truly exhibited how urban planning, paired with branding techniques, can create a buzz as well […]

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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 25 2013

The Intriguing Case Of Nottingham Tourism and Instagram

January 25th, 2013Posted by 

Cheap labour is good, but free labour is even better. With the emergence of ever evolving social media platforms, many of the world’s industries are formulating creatively inexpensive strategies for optimal gain. However, when it comes to the tourism industry, the utilisation of platforms like Instagram and Pinterest are either non existent or tepidly innovative. […]

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January 17 2013

Adaptive Re-Use Gone Right in Chicago? CityTarget and Louis Sullivan

January 17th, 2013Posted by 

In July of 2012, Target opened a brand new location in downtown Chicago, in architect Louis Sullivan’s famed Carson Pirie Scott building. Critics were left to wonder if the landmark building’s character could be preserved with such a corporate tenant, yet the remarkable cast-iron façade remains intact, and the exterior corporate branding is less obtrusive […]

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October 19 2012

(The GRID Blogger) Luise Letzner: Berlin, Germany

October 19th, 2012Posted by 

A big Global Site Plans welcome to our newest blogger, Luis Letzner from Berlin, Germany. Originally from Berlin, Luise Letzner currently pursues a Masters at HafenCity University in Hamburg, Germany, in Urban Planning. She also holds a B.A. in European Studies from Malmö University, Sweden, where she focused on inner-city redevelopment projects, place branding, and […]

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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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July 11 2012

What is the Purpose of a Park?: Mission Creek Regional Park, Kelowna, Canada

July 11th, 2012Posted by 

Summer has arrived in Canada’s Okanagan valley, and with the warmer weather, people are venturing outside to enjoy the many parks in Kelowna. Among these is Mission Creek Regional Park and Greenway, arguably the most visited park in the city. It includes an educational centre, salmon spawning channel, picnic areas, and a playground. The greenway […]

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July 10 2012

A Farewell from Jordan Meerdink

July 10th, 2012Posted by 

From a simple submissions post on my college jobs board, I began my writing internship for Global Site Plans in May 2011. As an undergrad I had dipped my feet in creative writing, authoring several articles for student publications, however blogging for The Grid was to be a new experience unlike any I had undertaken […]

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July 05 2012

How to Activate Neighborhood Parks in Downtown Tempe, Arizona

July 5th, 2012Posted by 

How important is measuring park use for urban planners? Should it be of concern to planners when a neighborhood park is empty or underutilized? I live next to Jaycee Park, a park that is exploding with noise daily. This recently renovated park proves the importance of parks as essential for community building. When parks cater […]

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June 27 2012

Farewell from Jeff Jilek: The Grid and Beyond

June 27th, 2012Posted by 

I have been a writer for The Grid for over a year and this will be my last writing. I am grateful to Renee Van Staveren, Global Site Plans, and The Grid staff for this opportunity. A lot has been learned through my own research and also through the writings of my peers. The topics […]

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June 19 2012

The Issue of Single Family Transient Rentals: Zoning for Economic Development in Mammoth Lakes, CA

June 19th, 2012Posted by 

Zoning, the main form in which land use is regulated in the United States, is a controversial form of urban planning. Property owners do not like being told what they can and cannot do with their land and view use restrictions as a violation of their property rights. Those in favor of zoning view it […]

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June 13 2012

Climbing the Camel’s Back in Arizona

June 13th, 2012Posted by 

Camelback Mountain is one of the many mountain ranges surrounding what Arizonians call “the valley”. The Valley is a flat area of Arizona desert that is home to 4 million of the state’s 6 million inhabitants. The valley includes Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and Chandler, among others that, together, make up a sprawling […]

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June 06 2012

Uses of Social and Participatory Mediums in Urban Planning

June 6th, 2012Posted by 

Planning participation is a requirement in most American states, and many municipalities realize its power; a sense of ownership in the community for an initiative can be a determining factor in the success of any plan. To distribute and gather information to and from the community there are essentially three routes. Depending on the community […]

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June 05 2012

Social Media Implementation by Sasaki Associates, Inc.: An International Planning and Design Consultancy

June 5th, 2012Posted by 

Planning should be participatory; however, it’s often very difficult to get stakeholders to contribute to planning processes. Mail-in survey return rates are low, and more often than not, residents don’t want to sit through a Saturday morning design charette. Marketing online and social media platforms give urban planners and architects a set of contemporary tools […]

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May 30 2012

Best Uses of Social Media for Government Agencies and Urban Planners

May 30th, 2012Posted by 

There is no denying it, we are in the facebook era. With over 900 million users, the public has never been more exposed and globally connected. One reading this may agree, but likely conclude, that the banter on Facebook is similar to the banter on Wikipedia; it is inefficient, random, and full of opinions, often […]

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