November 05 2013

Can Architecture Resolve Conflict?: The Legacy of Northern Ireland’s Peace Walls

November 5th, 2013Posted by 

A key element within architecture that can create a beautiful sense of enclosure or an intimidating space, are walls. In Northern Ireland the wall symbolises a history of conflict and separation, associated with the violent events of The Troubles. The conflict was territorial, not religious, between Irish Nationalist (mostly self-identified as Irish and/or Roman Catholic) […]

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October 29 2013

‘People for Urban Progress’ Repurposes Indianapolis’ RCA Dome

October 29th, 2013Posted by 

People for Urban Progress, or PUP, is an environmentally focused non-profit that began in 2008. At that point, the RCA dome was in the beginning stages of demolition, and two bright innovators had an idea to save the dome from being sent to a landfill. Michael Bricker and Maryanne O’Malley brainstormed and implemented a plan […]

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October 17 2013

Social Equity Or NIMBYism? Marin County’s Battle With Affordable Housing

October 17th, 2013Posted by 

Marin County is home to thousands of acres of open space; national, state and regional parks; and one of the most staggering equity disparities in the country. According to the American Human Development Project, the median income for the wealthiest community in Marin County, Tiburon, is $80,000; the lowest is Canal at $21,000. The Canal […]

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October 03 2013

Guerilla Planning Strikes Junior College Neighborhood in Santa Rosa, California

October 3rd, 2013Posted by 

The Junior College neighborhood is one of the oldest areas of Santa Rosa, and one of the most walkable. The location of middle schools, high schools, and the junior college within the neighborhood has led to a high level of pedestrian traffic and social interaction between residents. Additionally, the traditional neighborhood layout and house design […]

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October 01 2013

Velocity Targets Four Core Groups in Indianapolis’ Comprehensive Plan Process

October 1st, 2013Posted by 

The term velocity is defined as the “rate of occurrence or action.” In Indianapolis, Indiana, ‘Velocity’ has taken on a new meaning. It’s a community visioning initiative that was co-created by some of Indianapolis’ greatest organizations and individuals. The project is spearheaded by Indianapolis Downtown, Inc., a marketing and communications non-profit that focuses on the development […]

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September 26 2013

Grant Funded Projects Shaping Lincoln, Nebraska

September 26th, 2013Posted by 

With any development project, much focus is placed on the big picture, the final product. However more often than not, many never think about the road taken to get to this final product. During the initial stages of planning, sources of money and budgets are of the utmost of concern as the design must fit […]

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September 26 2013

Farewell From Chicago: Andrew Kinaci Signing Off

September 26th, 2013Posted by 

It’s incredible to be writing my last post for The Grid, as it seems like my internship has just begun. The author from the Willis Tower Skydeck In my day job, I work for an energy affiliate of the Center for Neighborhood Technology, an urban sustainability think-and-do tank. I applied for this blogging position as […]

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September 13 2013

Kalamazoo, Michigan Farmers Market Opens to SNAP Bridge Card Payments

September 13th, 2013Posted by 

My weekly Saturday morning routine during summers in Kalamazoo, Michigan is anchored around a trip to the Bank Street Farmer’s Market. Having made this a habit the past few years, I have seen this major Kalamazoo market explode in popularity: the number of vendors has no doubt shot up along with customer traffic; and new […]

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September 03 2013

Cultural Districts Offer a Unique Way to Brand Indianapolis Neighborhoods

September 3rd, 2013Posted by 

Indianapolis, Indiana is home to six different cultural districts, which all offer a different scene to residents and visitors. Each district is a neighborhood that has been branded by the buildings, physical features, and businesses that reside in them. Five of these reside in the core downtown area: The Canal and White River State Park, […]

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August 12 2013

A Second Dive Into the World of Participatory Planning of Nabeel Hamdi

August 12th, 2013Posted by 

In The Placemaker’s Guide to Building Community, the latest book by Nabeel Hamdi (2010), the reader continuously travels among practice and theory, bottom-up interventions and top-down policies, uncertainties and certainties, informality and formality.  After a short introduction about the evolution of the development planning practices in the combat against urban poverty, the reader follows Hamdi into […]

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July 18 2013

Lincoln Farmers Market: Building Community Amidst a Growing City

July 18th, 2013Posted by 

Every Saturday morning from early May to mid October, you can expect to find a bustling marketplace within the Historic Haymarket of Lincoln, Nebraska. This one of a kind experience is set within a bustling atmosphere surrounded by restaurants, art galleries, and various shops. Within the two blocks of fair space, there are over 200 […]

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July 10 2013

PlanPGH and the Evolution of Pittsburgh

July 10th, 2013Posted by 

As with many major cities across the world, Pittsburgh is looking to the future with a new comprehensive master plan, which is currently being implemented throughout the city. PlanPGH is a multi-component program to help the city of Pittsburgh through growth in a number of categories, including: Open space; Preservation of buildings; Transportation; Energy; Housing; […]

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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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June 06 2013

A Shift in Urbanization: A How to Guide to Take a Step in the Right Direction

June 6th, 2013Posted by 

Growing up in a city your whole life, you definitely gain perspective on how it has grown and expanded throughout the years. I have been able to see the city of Lincoln, Nebraska develop and grow immensely in my time here, and not until my time at Global Site Plans did l really stop and […]

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May 30 2013

Green Cities are Successful Cities: From Piazzas to Pocket Parks

May 30th, 2013Posted by 

It is no secret that successful cities are also green cities. By green, we are referring to the physical “greenprint,” or the physical green infrastructure of the city. This includes tree-lined boulevards, large regional or central parks, and smaller, neighborhood-scale pocket parks. The idea of a small neighborhood green space is not new. This type […]

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May 10 2013

Biking in the Motor City: How Detroit, Michigan is Returning to Its Roots

May 10th, 2013Posted by 

Maybe one of the biggest surprises you’ll find in Detroit is the presence of a great bike culture. This is surprising for two main reasons: Detroit is the Motor City: a major part of your associations with Detroit deal with the auto industry here, and the impacts of the industry’s elite on transportation and infrastructure […]

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May 09 2013

The Cleaner, Greener Lincoln, Nebraska Initiative

May 9th, 2013Posted by 

The city of Lincoln, Nebraska has strived to become a top green community within the Midwest region. One way that Lincoln has successfully shifted toward sustainable thinking is through its implementation of the Cleaner, Greener Lincoln Initiative. The Cleaner, Greener Lincoln Initiative has encouraged “green” living within the city of Lincoln and has been implemented […]

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May 09 2013

Chief Keef and Chicago, Illinois’ Murder Rate: The Glorification of Youth Violence

May 9th, 2013Posted by 

The summer of 2012 saw a drastic uptick in the number of shootings and murders across the city of Chicago, Illinois. While many metropolitan areas, including New York City, have been experiencing historic lows in their homicide and violent crime rates, Chicago saw 532 murders last year, a number higher than troop killings in Afghanistan. […]

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April 11 2013

Hyde Park and Bronzeville: Gentrification on Chicago’s South Side

April 11th, 2013Posted by 

With last fall’s announcement that the low-cost supermarket Village Foods would be closing in favor of a new upscale Whole Foods location, a long-running debate about gentrification on Chicago’s South Side was re-ignited. The Hyde Park storefront is adjacent to the University of Chicago, and is part of a larger development project slated to bring […]

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March 18 2013

Planning for the Sustainable Revitalization of Chicago’s Neighborhoods

March 18th, 2013Posted by 

What is the most effective method for rejuvenating neighborhoods that have seen chronic underinvestment for generations? This is a daunting question that major cities across the United States have struggled to answer for decades.  While there may be no easy answer, the City of Chicago believes that they have developed a unique approach that will […]

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