August 07 2015

Handicap Accessibility and Cultural Heritage in Mayenne and Nantes, France

August 7th, 2015Posted by 

While seeing a wheelchair coming through the meandering paths of a fortified castle would have seemed a bit crazy a few years ago, our historic buildings have made progress in regards to accessibility. The respect of the law is not the only thing at stake (remember that all public buildings must be accessible or have […]

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August 04 2015

Copenhagenize’s Most Cyclist-Friendly City Ranking Passes on Lyon, France

August 4th, 2015Posted by 

Copenhagenize, the Danish urban planning council agency specializing in bike culture and traffic, published the top twenty most cyclist-friendly cities. Whereas Nantes, France is ranked 7th and Paris is ranked 17th, Lyon does not even appear on the list.Why? The ranking has caused some irritation. Like every year, Copenhagenize, the Danish agency for urban cycling […]

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August 04 2015

Farewell to The Grid from Lauren Golightly in San Francisco, California

August 4th, 2015Posted by 

When I began writing with The Grid, I was moving from the New Mexico desert to the City by the Bay, San Francisco. Arriving in the midst of gentrification, I had the pleasure of experiencing the struggles of finding housing in a place where the word “affordable” meant $2,100 a month for a closet in […]

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August 03 2015

Farewell to The Grid from Jade Clayton in Baltimore, Maryland

August 3rd, 2015Posted by 

A lot has changed since I first joined The Grid’s blogging community 24 blog posts ago. Blogging about urban planning in Baltimore gave me the opportunity to get to know the city I’d lived just north of while attending university. The Grid also allowed me to explore a growing interest in urban planning, which, through exploration […]

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July 31 2015

In Verberie, France, An Intergenerational Residence Leads to Debate

July 31st, 2015Posted by 

Discussions are underway amongst elected officials in Verberie, France. Is it wise to create an intergenerational residence? “The initial feedback is mostly positive,” assures Michel Arnould, the Mayor of this commune of 4,000 residents. The final decision will be made at the beginning of the school year, during the next session of the municipal council. […]

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July 28 2015

Amiens, France Prioritizes Social Housing Lease-Ownership Program

July 28th, 2015Posted by 

The French government hopes to facilitate the construction of social housing by giving land to local communities and social landlords at a low price. Jean-Christophe Loric, Deputy to the Mayor of Amiens in charge of urban planning and housing and President of OPAC de la Somme, explains the social housing situation in the Picardy capital. […]

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July 24 2015

UNESCO Classification of Le Havre, France Makes Life Difficult for Some Residents

July 24th, 2015Posted by 

Ten years after its UNESCO classification, people unanimously agree that the Auguste Perret style has led to a more positive perception of Le Havre, France. However, several dissonant voices express that it is not always easy to live in such a monument. “I am not afraid to say it: I would prefer to not have […]

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July 10 2015

São Paulo, Brazil’s City Squares to be Managed through Citizen Participation

July 10th, 2015Posted by 

Management of public squares in São Paulo, Brazil will now be held in a shared manner, involving not only the role of the government, but also the participation of the citizens for the use, implementation, revitalization, reconstruction, financing and conservation of these spaces. The measure, whose objective is to guarantee the quality of the squares […]

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July 10 2015

Survey of Alleyway Usage Launched this Summer in Limoilou, Quebec

July 10th, 2015Posted by 

On the brink of revising its policy on alley greenery, Quebec City, Quebec entrusted the organization Votepour.ca with conducting a large survey of citizens and businesses in the neighborhood of Limoilou, in order to better understand their needs, how they use alleys, and the projects associated with their communities. How do we use the Limoilou’s alleys? […]

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July 10 2015

All Forms of Transportation Prioritized over Pedestrians in Fortaleza, Brazil

July 10th, 2015Posted by 

Fortaleza is the fifth most populous city in Brazil and the ninth largest urban area, with 2.5 million people and 193.4 million square kilometers, respectively. The capital of the northeastern state of Ceará, it stands as the richest city of the region and the tenth in the national ranking. Yet its metropolitan region, with 3.8 […]

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June 26 2015

French Train Service, SNCF, Appeals to Millennials with Crowdsourced Scheduling

June 26th, 2015Posted by 

There is no doubt that the SNCF (French National Train Service) is seeking to attract young people with its new marketing move, TGV pop. TGV pop is a 100% digital offer, with tariffs that vary between 25 and 35 euros; where the time of departure is entirely in the hands of Internet users. How does it […]

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June 26 2015

Farewell to The Grid from Taylor York in Riverside, California

June 26th, 2015Posted by 

When I first applied to be a blogger for The Grid, I figured it would be a way for me to gain a bit of exposure, sharpen my writing skills, and keep my brain active– but it became much more than that. I have found that writing about issues affecting the Inland Empire has connected […]

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June 23 2015

Brussels, Belgium Launches Development of Pedestrian Boulevards

June 23rd, 2015Posted by 

The future pedestrian boulevards of the Brussels City Center will be the stage for recreational and cultural activities throughout the summer. Officially, the date of pedestrianization of the space opened June 29th. The city kicked-off the launch with a series of events related to being a pedestrian, led by a performance by the “Standing Man,” a giant wicker marionette standing […]

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June 22 2015

Call for All Artists! California’s Bay Bridge May Have a Life Beyond Demolition After All

June 22nd, 2015Posted by 

It has been announced that salvaged steel from the old Bay Bridge will be recycled into public art and incorporated into various history projects throughout California. Supervised by the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA), the Bay Bridge Steel Program was created in response to the community’s growing concerns surrounding the fate of the pieces from […]

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June 19 2015

Handlebars Invented For Handicapped Cyclists in Châlons-en-Champagne, France

June 19th, 2015Posted by 

With their mini-entreprise, the students of Étienne Oehmichen High School, located in Châlons-en-Champagne, France, developed a handlebar that would make using a bike easier for people who have lost the use of a hand or an arm. “We could have made keychains and earned money, but we preferred to do something useful, and so we’re taking […]

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June 16 2015

What Areas of Strasbourg, France Do Cyclists Fear Most?

June 16th, 2015Posted by 

Certain cyclists move with caution while biking around Strasbourg, France. The fear of getting into an accident seizes them particularly at certain roads and intersections. As of yet, Eurométropole has put out surveys about everyday bike rides (which went up 23% between 1997 and 2009), yet it has not yet mapped out accident-prone zones of the […]

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June 12 2015

Residents Debate Uses or Demolition of São Paulo, Brazil’s Minhocão Expressway

June 12th, 2015Posted by 

The elevated Costa and Silva highway, popularly called the Minhocão (literally the “giant worm”), has come back into discussion in the Municipal House of São Paulo. On May 28th they discussed the closing of the highway on Saturdays, in addition to its current Sunday closures. David Lacerda has lived in the area for three years […]

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June 12 2015

Social Landlord Launches Coworking Facility in Saint-Leu-la-Forêt, France

June 12th, 2015Posted by 

Go to the office – in a social housing apartment building. Such is the original idea just launched by Val-d’Oise Habitat. The department’s social landlord inaugurated a coworking space in the middle of Saint-Leu-la-Forêt, France. “At the beginning, it was considered a bit of a silly idea,” smiles Raphaelle Gilabert, Director of Val-d’Oise Habitat. “But the […]

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June 09 2015

Re:Code LA Provides the First Update to Los Angeles’ Zoning Code in Sixty Years

June 9th, 2015Posted by 

The last time the City of Los Angeles updated its zoning code was when it was first adopted in 1946. Now, more than sixty years later, the zoning code has grown from an 84-page pamphlet to a book spanning more than 600 pages. The amendments, conditions, and overlays that have been added throughout the years […]

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June 09 2015

Negligent Landlords Targeted by Housing Aid Society in Saint-Quentin, France

June 9th, 2015Posted by 

In Saint-Quentin, France, the Family Allowances Fund (CAF) has been experimenting with a system that targets the landlords of rundown housing complexes and obligates them to do maintenance work. If they do not bring their buildings up to par, they will not be allocated financial assistance from the Family Allowances Fund. The department will no […]

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