October 21 2014

Urban Revitalization Seems Close Enough to Touch in Saint-Maixent l’École, France

October 21st, 2014Posted by 

Elected officials have validated Saint-Maixent l’École’s application for candidature for a national project to revitalize downtown areas across the country. While opening the municipal council debates on Thursday evening, Léopold Moreau announced that the city of Saint-Maixent L’École was pre-selected from three hundred communes in France to become a candidate for the revitalization of town centers. […]

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October 08 2014

Building Happiness: A Review of Charles Montgomery’s Happy City

October 8th, 2014Posted by 

Happy City: Transforming our Lives through Urban Design by Charles Montgomery is the theoretical exploration of what it would mean to create an environmentally-friendly, socially just, aesthetically pleasing, and efficient city. Charles Montgomery is an award-winning author and activist who is known for exploring the intersections between urban planning, psychology, culture, and history. Happy City […]

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October 01 2014

Wise or Not, Canton Crossing Brings the Suburbs to Baltimore City, Maryland

October 1st, 2014Posted by 

If you had never been to Baltimore City and I blindfolded you and dropped you off at the shops at Canton Crossing, upon taking off the blindfold you would rightfully assume that you were in a suburb far, far away. An asphalt parking lot would span out in front of you, without any direct pedestrian path […]

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September 19 2014

The Ames, Iowa Economy in the Wake of VEISHEA Cancellation

September 19th, 2014Posted by 

The city of Ames, Iowa will be saying goodbye to VEISHEA, the largest student-organized festival in the United States, after a university task force declared its cancellation this past month. This festival’s importance to the city of Ames lies in its ability to draw in tens of thousands of visitors, thus stimulating the local economy. Now […]

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September 19 2014

Kansas City, Missouri Start-ups: The Entrepreneurial Hub of Silicon Prairie

September 19th, 2014Posted by 

Metropolitan areas are essential to the nation’s economic development and act as the focal point of vital urban economic activity such as the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services. The congregation of infrastructures, utilities, households, business, and industries in metro areas create distinctive economic conditions, increase productivity and promote economic activities. Metropolitan areas […]

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September 17 2014

How Does Moving a Prison Complex Support Development in Baltimore City?

September 17th, 2014Posted by 

Earlier this year, Jeff La Noue authored a blog post supporting the idea that moving Baltimore City’s prison complex would improve the area’s aesthetics and thus promote development in adjacent neighborhoods. La Noue stated “City Marketing 101 says you shouldn’t put your jail as the welcome mat to your downtown or your top research hospital.” Makes sense. He […]

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September 16 2014

Reducing Residential Street Speed Limits in Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie, Montreal

September 16th, 2014Posted by 

The speed limit on the residential streets of Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie (a borough of Montreal, Canada) is currently 40 km/h, except for in school zones and around parks, where the speed limit drops to 30 km/h. The speed limit on arterial streets is 50 km/h. The Mayor, François Croteau, would like to lower the speed limit […]

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September 04 2014

New Legislature in San Francisco’s Pushes for Increase of Urban Agriculture

September 4th, 2014Posted by 

San Francisco is leading the way for urban agriculture with support from community gardens, the city, and local farmers markets. Local food production is being used as a tool for community development, personal rehabilitation, and sustainable food opportunities that other cities could learn from. There are many hurdles when it comes to urban farming, especially in an […]

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September 02 2014

The 18 Axes of the Intervention Plan to Upgrade the Center of Athens, Greece

September 2nd, 2014Posted by 

A project regarding the abandoned buildings in Athens is being conducted in the framework of the first Integrated Urban Intervention Plan for Athens by the Ministry of Environment Energy and Climate Change and the University of Thessaly. The master plan includes 18 axes of action and will be formalized with a Ministerial order to obtain legal status, […]

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August 28 2014

How Highways and Segmentation Affects Kansas City, Missouri

August 28th, 2014Posted by 

Metropolitan areas are essential to national economic development. They act as the focal point of vital urban economic activity: production, distribution and consumption of goods and services within a society. In metro areas, a combination of infrastructures, utilities, households, businesses, and industries creates distinctive economic conditions, increasing productivity and promoting economic activities. Metropolitan areas offer new […]

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August 27 2014

San Francisco’s Mission District: The Controversial Gentrification

August 27th, 2014Posted by 

A walk through the heart of San Francisco’s historic Mission District is typically charged with the activity of crowded sidewalk fruit markets, lively music, and the smells from taquerías and pupusas. While this energy is still present, it is steadily being muted by the invasion of San Francisco’s love and woe: the “techie.” They have elevated […]

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August 27 2014

Has MARC Weekend Train Service Benefited the Baltimore Region?

August 27th, 2014Posted by 

The Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) train service has long served commuters in central Maryland. Before last year, MARC trains along the Penn Line ran exclusively on weekdays to serve commuters working traditional 9-5 jobs in the Baltimore region. Riders with a less than traditional, weekend commute had to pay Amtrak’s $16 fares compared with MARC’s week day […]

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August 26 2014

Chocolate Factory in Thessaloniki, Greece: A New Opportunity for the City?

August 26th, 2014Posted by 

After many years, a private initiative in cooperation with Helexpo S.A. is trying to reinforce Thessaloniki’s position as a tourist destination. Thessaloniki has been, for years, almost fictitious as far as tourism is concerned. After the latest attempts to boost the touristic character of the city, an increase in tourism has been observed, but the […]

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August 18 2014

Expo 2015: Making or Breaking the City of Milan, Italy?

August 18th, 2014Posted by 

Milan, Italy has been chosen to host the Universal Exhibition in 2015. Expo 2015 will take place from May 1, 2015 until October 31, 2015, and is set to draw millions of visitors from Italy and all over the world. The event provides a showcase for important urban development and job opportunities. It also focuses on fundamental issues […]

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July 31 2014

Northeastern Brazilian State of Ceará Attracts New Tourism

July 31st, 2014Posted by 

The Ceará Aquarium will be ready in December 2015, said Tourism Secretary Bismarck Maia. The final schedule of the work was presented by ICM Reynolds, the American company responsible for the construction. The equipment was also on the agenda of the meeting with the U.S. ambassador in Brazil, Liliana Ayalde, in which the two parties […]

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July 17 2014

Adaptive Reuse of Former Breweries Brings Charm Back to Baltimore Neighborhoods

July 17th, 2014Posted by 

It’s hard to pass through Baltimore, Maryland without seeing a mural, billboard, or the giant winking head that symbolizes the once prominent brewing industry of the city’s history. Two of the largest breweries in the U.S., the National and Gunther Breweries, once operating in Baltimore, have remained beloved brands of the city even after closing […]

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July 09 2014

The Grid’s Top 20 Urban Planning Websites of 2014 – Highlighting the Top 10

July 9th, 2014Posted by 

It’s that time of year again! The Grid searched far and wide through the web to compile a list of the Top 20 Websites for Urban Planners. This is our third year running this series and thanks to input from our readers, we’ve added new names to the list. Next City and Congress for New […]

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July 09 2014

The Queen Victoria Markets: A Social Shopping Experience is Threatened

July 9th, 2014Posted by 

A microcosm of life in Melbourne, Queen Victoria Market (QVM) is a 134  year old tradition ingrained within the cultures and communities gathering to shop, eat, play and work. Its regal name, spoken on the lips of people living in or visiting Melbourne, QVM is in no way a pale shadow of the modern supermarket. Far from […]

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July 08 2014

Thessaloniki, Greece’s White Tower Takes the Lead in National Pilot Upgrading Plan

July 8th, 2014Posted by 

This year, the tourist season in Thessaloniki has been much more organized than in years past. The city has achieved, what some could say, is the self-explanatory. Since April 2014, 33 archaeological sites and museums have extended their working hours as part of a National Pilot Upgrading Plan, which includes, in addition to the extension of working […]

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July 04 2014

San Francisco’s High-Tech Urbanism

July 4th, 2014Posted by 

Everyday we see how technology is changing the way we live and work, but how is it affecting our built environment? San Francisco is one of the major test grounds for new ideas and technological innovation and it is here that our interaction with the physical world is also evolving. New ways to interact, communicate […]

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