April 09 2014

Open Data & Government Pulling Pittsburgh into the 21st Century

April 9th, 2014Posted by 

What do you think of when you hear about Pittsburgh? A sky filled with smoke and soot? A huge steel plant? Or do you think of the Steelers playing at Heinz Field? What about an economic juggernaut that had a part in turning the United States into a superpower? Do you know that much of […]

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March 25 2014

More Roads for Melbourne? East/West Link or Tunnels Debate

March 25th, 2014Posted by 

Melbourne’s leaders have recently been at war with each other over plans to redevelop the city’s transport network for the east to west areas of the city. It is no secret that the city is currently facing many troubles in coping with the high passenger rates at peak hours, with around 440,000 passengers all scurrying […]

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March 04 2014

Tapping into a New Market: Affordable Housing in Phoenix, Arizona

March 4th, 2014Posted by 

What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “affordable housing?” Crime, low property values, poor design? These negative connotations cause many cities and private developers to approach affordable housing projects with excessive caution, leaving many opportunities untouched. Despite government incentives, such as federal grants and Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, there is still an enormous […]

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February 04 2014

The Alexandria Co-Working Network: Libraries as Spaces for Community Innovation

February 4th, 2014Posted by 

Libraries are no longer limited to bookshelves and computer catalogs, but have transformed into places for children’s theater, farmers markets, community porches, and many other creative uses. Common built-in advantages of libraries include public accessibility, meeting rooms, internet access, and, of course, books! These features position public libraries as prime centers for social gatherings and […]

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January 30 2014

Seattle on Track for New Transit Options

January 30th, 2014Posted by 

Seattle consistently ranks in the top ten worst cities for traffic. Mitigating this issue is a top priority, and plans are underway. Plans for light rail extensions are ambitious, but that is what is needed to make it effective. Within fifteen years, greater Seattle’s transportation profile will be completely redefined, having far-reaching implications for the future […]

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January 23 2014

Shanghai’s New Districts Fall Short of Attracting Residents

January 23rd, 2014Posted by 

On December 27,2013, the Shanghai 14th Municipal Commission passed the Shanghai Underground Space Planning Regulations, which will be implemented from April 1, 2014. The Regulations signal Shanghai’s intention to carry out new planning initiatives. In recent years, Shanghai has positioned itself to be an international financial center, and its various new districts have been building iconic […]

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January 21 2014

A Foundation for Rebranding: Light Rail Transit in Phoenix

January 21st, 2014Posted by 

In its continual search to be known for something other than its scorching temperatures, the Phoenix Metropolitan Area, also referred to as the Valley, has undertaken many ambitious projects. New resorts and golf courses are continuously being constructed to establish the region as a vacation and retirement destination. Several cities in the region have even […]

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January 16 2014

A Historical Chinese Industrial Building’s Fate Left to Government Hands

January 16th, 2014Posted by 

As the rate of industrialization and urbanization accelerates in China, more and more factories are becoming deserted. Preserving and developing industrial cultural heritage has become an issue that gathers the public’s attention.  The Zhongyan Hongsifang Joint-Stock Company complex was built in the 1950s in Anhui Province, China. The industrial site had a glorious past, but […]

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January 14 2014

Xiamen Encourages Public Participation in the Planning Process

January 14th, 2014Posted by 

On December 26th 2013, Xiamen Planning Department director Zhao Yanjing held a press conference to discuss the public participation initiatives that the planning department would carry out in the city’s future planning projects. Reporter: The recent Yuandang Lake Pedestrian Path project and the park bench donation program have attracted significant attention from the citizens. Will […]

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January 13 2014

The Country’s Largest Light Rail System

January 13th, 2014Posted by 

City life in many places is synonymous with using public transportation- especially rail systems. However, when it comes to measuring the stretch of light rail miles, Dallas, Texas takes the top spot. The city has the longest light rail system in the country, spanning eighty-five miles and utilizing sixty-one stations. While the expanse of the light […]

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January 09 2014

A Farewell to The Grid, from Gina Kiani of the East Bay, California

January 9th, 2014Posted by 

It’s hard to believe that my internship with Global Site Plans (GSP) has come to an end. Being a contributor to The Grid has helped me hone my skills as a writer; to more effectively convey and articulate my topics of interest. Focusing on topics of urban planning, through the lens of sustainability and geographic information […]

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January 02 2014

Seattle’s Metropolitan Improvement District is Bringing People Downtown

January 2nd, 2014Posted by 

When people are sprawling further away from city centers to shop and eat, downtown businesses need to stay competitive. Seattle is using a Metropolitan Improvement District (often known as Business Improvement Districts) to make its downtown a better place for businesses, residents, and shoppers. Most large cities in the United States employ Business Improvement Districts. There […]

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December 19 2013

Soaring Skyscrapers: Local Governments Have Fallen Into Height Worshipping Trap

December 19th, 2013Posted by 

Starting from the first skyscraper in Shanghai Lujiazui to the Broad Group high profile announcement of the world’s tallest building – Changsha ‘Sky City’ plan, there has been increasingly dense concrete jungle growth during the past two decades. Compared to the heated growth of skyscrapers in America in the 1930s, which represented the rising power […]

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December 09 2013

Pipeline Explosion Exposed Qingdao’s Shortsighted Urban Planning

December 9th, 2013Posted by 

“Was it a planning problem or a design problem? Was it a technical problem or a management problem? Was it a business enterprise issue or a governmental issue?” China State Administration of Work Safety Chief Secretary Yang Dongliang asked these questions at a press conference after Sinopec’s Donghuang oil pipeline explosion caused sixty-two deaths and […]

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December 05 2013

Beijing Includes Tourism Development in City’s Comprehensive Planning

December 5th, 2013Posted by 

Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development Officer Zhou Zhengyu said during a presentation at the city’s municipal congress conference that Beijing would include tourism development into the city’s comprehensive planning scheme, which includes land use, transportation, and infrastructure planning. Zhou Zhengyu said at the conference that Beijing would place tourism development into the overall urban […]

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December 02 2013

Homelessness on the Rise: 13,500 Tenants Evicted in Greece

December 2nd, 2013Posted by 

Athens and other major Greek cities, due to the economic crisis, are experiencing a sad mismatch between the increase of the overall homelessness and the rise of vacant buildings. Many middle- and lower- class people of moderate educational backgrounds that before the economic crisis could live in relatively good standards, now populate the decadent streets […]

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November 28 2013

Nanjing Proposed to Build Sino-Singapore Eco Hi-Tech Island

November 28th, 2013Posted by 

The Sino-Singapore Nanjing Eco Hi-Tech Island is set to be an island showcasing the future of Nanjing and its aspirations to be a center for the development and practice of high-tech innovation in areas such as IT services, eco-environmental service, the modern service industry and the modern agriculture service industry. The location of the Eco […]

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November 26 2013

Beijing Develops Tongzhou New City as its Sub-Center

November 26th, 2013Posted by 

On June 29th, the eleventh Beijing Municipal Party Congress positioned the development of the Tongzhou New City as “the sub-center of Beijing.” Liu Qi, Secretary of the Beijing Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China said in the government report that it’s time to speed up the pace of urbanization, and to further implement […]

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November 26 2013

Phoenix Catches a Ride on the Walking School Bus

November 26th, 2013Posted by 

A Walking School Bus seems a little counter-intuitive at first glance, but it may be one of the most effective ways for cities, like Phoenix, Arizona, to spread awareness about walkable neighborhoods. With a group of kids, a couple of community volunteers, and a safe route to school, communities can reshape the next generation’s view […]

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November 21 2013

Pike Place Market Was Almost A Hockey Arena

November 21st, 2013Posted by 

Pike Place Market is one of Seattle’s most iconic landmarks, and is most favorable for tourist activity. While today no one doubts its importance and historic value, in the past planners had proposed to replace the market and revitalize the area with new development; even a hockey arena. Nowadays, it is difficult to think why such […]

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