October 30 2013

Pittsburgh’s Public Transit System Expands City’s Limits

October 30th, 2013Posted by 

As with most large metropolitan areas, public transit is a key component of the city of Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh transit system, known as Port Authority, is one of the largest in America. They run over 500 urban buses, ninety light rail buses, and unique to the Pittsburgh area, two inclines. With daily ridership being over […]

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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 15 2013

The Indianapolis Cultural Trail: One of the City’s Greatest Achievements

October 15th, 2013Posted by 

In the past year, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail has received attention and support from both native Hoosiers and people across the country. Cities such as Portland, Oregon and Cleveland, Ohio have voiced their support (and jealousy) of the eight-mile bike path that connects five of the six Indianapolis Cultural Districts. The trail has also been […]

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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 30 2013

New Orleans, Louisiana: 9 Years Later, Storm Water Infrastructure Lacks

September 30th, 2013Posted by 

Nine years ago, New Orleans’ history changed physically, socially, and economically due to the massive flooding caused by Hurricane Katrina. The city has made efforts to rebuild, reunite, and make changes for the better. However, Nola still lacks the proper infrastructure to deal with daily and yearly issues of storm water. As the 3rd rainiest […]

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September 04 2013

The 2013 Top 10 Websites For City Builders – With Coverage of the Top 20

September 4th, 2013Posted by 

Shortly after posting our last Top 20 list, Brent Toderian, an engaged Twitter follower and professional urban planner, suggested we compile a list of websites for “multidisciplinary urbanists / city-builders.” To make a slightly longer story short, we took his idea to heart and created this new list. We gathered every relevant site, none of […]

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August 29 2013

Infrastructure Innovation: The Chicago Infrastructure Trust

August 29th, 2013Posted by 

In an era of declining tax receipts, urban planners the world over are grappling with the challenge of securing financing for needed infrastructure improvements. As early as 2007, Senators Chris Dodd and Chuck Hagel floated the idea of a National Infrastructure Bank, an entity that would be able to leverage private investment dollars to fund […]

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August 22 2013

Unique Form-Based Code Sets Petaluma Above the Rest

August 22nd, 2013Posted by 

Take a stroll through downtown Petaluma, and you will see why it is different from every other city in Sonoma County. It does not sprawl out like a spider web of big-box retailers and suburban developments like Rohnert Park, nor does its downtown emanate from a central plaza like Healdsburg and Sonoma. Instead, Petaluma’s urban core remains […]

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August 21 2013

The Prominence of Pittsburgh’s Bridges

August 21st, 2013Posted by 

Pittsburgh has always been known for being a city located along three rivers, but being able to maneuver an expanding city along these rivers means a need for transit over such obstacles. The large amount of bridges lining the skyline have played a sizable part in the history and grandeur of the Steel City, whether […]

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August 20 2013

Revitalization of the Fez River: A Reclaimed Public Space

August 20th, 2013Posted by 

Founded in 789, Fez is the third largest city of Morocco. Its historic center, the Medina, is a unique urban structure that features passive architecture, unique urban landscapes, and one of the biggest pedestrian networks in the world. But the Medina, listed as a world heritage site by the UNESCO in 1981, is facing several […]

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August 20 2013

Indy Connect Plan Looks to Bring More Transit Options to Indianapolis

August 20th, 2013Posted by 

Indianapolis, Indiana is shaping up to be one of the greatest “little” cities in America. With a population of over 800,000 people, many argue that the only thing holding Indianapolis back from becoming one of the best is its lack of a mass transit system. But that’s not to say that transportation hasn’t been on […]

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August 15 2013

K-5 School Designed as Healthy Lifestyle Learning Community

August 15th, 2013Posted by 

Childhood obesity has seen a huge increase within recent years and is a major problem within the United States. There are many measures that researchers, dieticians and other professionals have been taking to try and optimize healthy lifestyles; however, did you ever think that the way a building was designed could have the same effect? […]

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August 15 2013

From Curitiba to Chicago: The New Rapid Transit Bus Corridor

August 15th, 2013Posted by 

After a year-long planning study, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), in partnership with the Chicago Department of Transportation, the Department of Housing and Economic Development, and the Federal Transit Administration, selected Ashland Avenue to be the first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor in the Windy City. As BRT systems have many features in common with […]

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August 07 2013

Biking the Three Rivers: Pittsburgh’s Unique Cycling Experience

August 7th, 2013Posted by 

With the increase of non-motorized transit occurring in almost every major urban centre, cycling in the Steel City is becoming increasingly commonplace. Whether it’s for leisure or out of necessity, the citizens of Pittsburgh are using bikes as a more economic and leisurely way to meander around the city’s limits. As I had never cycled […]

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August 07 2013

Lake Tahoe: A Product of the 1960’s Winter Olympics

August 7th, 2013Posted by 

Although discovered by John C. Fremont in 1844, the area of Lake Tahoe was slow to develop mainly due to its harsh winters and alpine location. However, as more people came west due to the Gold Rush, Lake Tahoe slowly began to develop into a tourist destination, especially when silver was found nearby in Virginia […]

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August 01 2013

Chicago’s Crosswalks: Planning for Pedestrians in the Windy City

August 1st, 2013Posted by 

While crosswalk paint may not be the most glamorous part of an urban planner’s job, it represents an integral part of their vision. The City of Chicago released its first-ever Pedestrian Plan last fall as part of a long-term effort to improve safety. The city has double the national average for hit-and-run pedestrian fatalities, and […]

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July 11 2013

Thinking Regionally: Sonoma County’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan

July 11th, 2013Posted by 

Sonoma County has been a tourist haven for wine connoisseurs and recreationalists for decades. In more recent years, the county has gained notoriety for its commitments to climate protection, alternative transportation and sustainable communities. This is evident in the planning efforts of the Sonoma County Transportation Authority (SCTA) and the Countywide Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. The plan […]

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July 09 2013

Bike-Sharing’s Coming to Indianapolis

July 9th, 2013Posted by 

The Indianapolis Cultural Trail, an urban bicycle and pedestrian path that connects five of the six culture districts in Indianapolis, recently announced that they are bringing a bike-share program to Indianapolis in the spring of 2014. I recently attended a community forum where the Executive Director of the trail, Karen Haley, spoke briefly about the project […]

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July 05 2013

The Big Sort: Essential Reading for Aspiring Urbanists

July 5th, 2013Posted by 

Sharing with contemporary masterpieces such as Robert Putnam’s Bowling Alone or David’s Brook’s 2004 publication of On Paradise Drive, The Big Sort – written by Bill Bishop in 2009 – delivers a critical examination of the nature of contemporary American political culture. The idea for the book originated in 2002 when Bishop became interested in researching why certain […]

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