January 30 2015

Pedestrians Prioritized in Montreal, Canada: Five Projects Launching in 2015

January 30th, 2015Posted by 

In Montreal, Canada, five streets will be transformed in order to provide more space for pedestrians, beginning this summer. These projects are part of the city’s new urban planning program. On Sunday, the Mayor of Montreal, Denis Coderre, announced the City of Montreal’s intention to allot more space to pedestrians while renovating the streets. In 2015, […]

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January 29 2015

Los Angeles, California Announces New Plans in Anticipation of “The Big One”

January 29th, 2015Posted by 

In a large metropolitan region like Los Angeles County, California, preparing for disasters, both natural and man-made, is a huge governmental concern. With a population of just over 10 million people, Los Angeles County is home to over 200,000 businesses. Specific to earthquakes, Mayor Garcetti has recently announced a new plan called “Resilience by Design” to help […]

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January 16 2015

Bordeaux, France Makes Plans to Execute its Energy Transition

January 16th, 2015Posted by 

On January 12th, the Economic and Sustainable Development committees of the French Senate traveled to Bordeaux, the capital of the Gironde department. The trip was made in light of the debate around the country’s Energy Transition Bill. Over the past five years, the policies instated by Bordeaux’s Mayor, Alain Juppé, have considerably reduced the city’s […]

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December 11 2014

Gentrification and Dislocation of Los Angeles’ Urban Poor Leading to Homelessness

December 11th, 2014Posted by 

Known for being a city of extremes, Los Angeles has an extremely high homeless population. In 2013, it was estimated that 54,000 individuals were homeless within Los Angeles County. Government officials are still uncertain as to whether that number is an accurate estimate due to the difficulty of conducting a complete survey of the population. Many homeless […]

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December 10 2014

Modern Pockets in a Wanting City: Private & Public Spaces in Phnom Penh

December 10th, 2014Posted by 

Crossing the threshold from a street into a private space in the city of Phnom Penh is like stepping into the country’s future. Contemporary architectural design is giving the city a vibrant facelift and creating an international style of quality architectural spaces – but only from the interior. Much of Cambodia’s capital city is left in the […]

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December 08 2014

The Tomorrow Plan: Des Moines, Iowa’s Attempt at Regional Planning

December 8th, 2014Posted by 

In 2011, the Des Moines Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) initiated an attempt at regional planning for the Greater Des Moines area, the goal being to coordinate planning efforts among municipalities in order to promote sustainability in the region. This project is known as the Tomorrow Plan, a title that looks to the future. While this […]

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December 01 2014

The Costs of Not Implementing Green Logistics: A Book Review

December 1st, 2014Posted by 

Green Logistics: Improving the Environmental Sustainability of Logistics (2nd edition, Kogan Page), by Alan C. McKinnon et. al, is a 2013 publication covering the best green-practices in supply-chain management.   Lead author McKinnon has written a number of articles and books evaluating supply chains, as have the other contributing authors. I evaluated the second edition of […]

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November 30 2014

Portuguese Translator Nora Lamm Says Farewell to The Grid

November 30th, 2014Posted by 

The past 6 months as a Portuguese translator and content creator for The Grid has been a wonderful and enriching experience. I loved the opportunity to research articles from Brazil at a time when so much innovation, change, and disruption are occurring in that part of the world. Translating articles from Brazil, especially during the […]

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November 25 2014

Inauguration of Renovated Water Treatment Plant in Bazas, France

November 25th, 2014Posted by 

Constructed in 1974 and renovated between 1992 and 1995, the water treatment plant in Bazas, France has the ability to serve 15,000 residents. However, it was in need of being modernized again in order to comply with environmental norms, soundproofing regulations, technological expectations, as well as to be able to treat more sewage- the amount […]

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November 19 2014

Urban Safety on The Dark Streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia

November 19th, 2014Posted by 

What makes a city safe? Safety is a critical issue that we consider when exploring a city, whether knowing it or not – which neighborhood you decide to live in or where you visit at night. Certain areas of a city are always more favourable than others, but what factors determine this and how can […]

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November 18 2014

Farmers Unable to Water Crops in Salazie, Reunion Island Due to Water Rates

November 18th, 2014Posted by 

In Salazie, Reunion Island, farmers moved to action. They denounced the lack of water in the commune as well as the tariffs for the water that currently exists. In this period of drought, they criticize both the lack of discussion regarding water extraction and newly-announced water restrictions. The farmers of Mare-à-Martin are already denouncing the decrease […]

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November 17 2014

When Will Baltimore City’s Water Wheel Be Shut Down?

November 17th, 2014Posted by 

Baltimore City’s newest Water Wheel has received a lot of positive attention in recent months, but it is just one solution to the Inner Harbor’s serious trash problem. A two-minute video from Healthy Harbors shows hundreds, if not thousands, of bottles, cans, cigarettes, styrofoam and plastic bags floating from Jones Falls and into the Inner Harbor. In […]

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November 13 2014

Dedicated Funding for Bike Infrastructure Withdrawn in Porto Alegre, Brazil

November 13th, 2014Posted by 

The creation of the Municipal Fund to Support the Implementation of the Cicloviário System (FMASC) has been discussed since April, when the City Council of Porto Alegre presented two bills related to the topic. The story came to an end on Thursday (10/30), when the City published the Official Version of Complementary Law 744 (LC), […]

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November 12 2014

Architecture of Corruption in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

November 12th, 2014Posted by 

How does corruption affect architecture? Considering how corrupt Cambodia is (ranks 160 of 177 countries in the world) and that Phnom Penh does not have an implemented zoning or investment plan for future urban development, the architecture in the city reflects these unplanned conditions. So what does corrupt architecture look like – does it have […]

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November 12 2014

LA2050 Spurs Conversations for a Better Los Angeles, California

November 12th, 2014Posted by 

As a newcomer to Los Angeles, I am beginning to see that people here are hungry for change. Initiatives that exist to better L.A. are numerous, most falling within the realm of the non-profit. The scope of these initiatives varies greatly – some groups are advocating for better transportation options (ie. Move LA), while others […]

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November 06 2014

Motorcycle Taxis and Buses Duke it out in Rio de Janiero’s Rochinha Favela

November 6th, 2014Posted by 

Only three bus lines (537, 538, 539) serve the residents of Rocinha, in Rio’s South Zone, one of the largest favelas in Latin America. While the IBGE says the favela had 70,000 inhabitants in the 2010 census, the residents who live there say there are 200,000 people, while the Data Favela census estimates the population […]

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November 04 2014

Southern Brazilian City Canoas Builds Aeromóvel

November 4th, 2014Posted by 

After the inauguration of the first aeromóvel (elevated train) in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 2013, Canoas is the first city to count the vehicle as an alternative form of public transport. Earlier this month, the city of Canoas and the Ministry of Cities signed a contract that allows bidding for section 1 of the aeromóvel, which will […]

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October 30 2014

Technology Giants Google and Microsoft Invest in Rio de Janeiro Favela Mapping

October 30th, 2014Posted by 

Technology giants have finally realized the existing market in the steep alleys where cars barely pass, and where electric power, water, sewage pipes, even cable TV, arrives by spontaneous generation – through the creative improvisation of its residents. In Rio de Janeiro, one quarter of the population lives in one of the 763 slums across […]

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October 23 2014

Traffic Fatalities Kill More than Disease in Brazil

October 23rd, 2014Posted by 

If you are afraid of being killed by a thug on the street, do not worry. Well, not quite. Data shows that it is more likely to die in traffic accidents than by murder or cancer in Brazil. Traffic fatalities are an epidemic, claiming the lives of 1.24 million people per year – equivalent to […]

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October 21 2014

São Paulo, Brazil Street Markets Celebrate 100 Years

October 21st, 2014Posted by 

On August 25th, 2014 we celebrated 100 years of the formal existence of street markets in São Paulo, a true cultural heritage of the city. The date refers to the first regulation of this activity in the capital, Act 710, signed by Mayor Washington Luis in 1914. The first official market in the city took place […]

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