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 14 2013

The Rehab Trend in Kansas City, Missouri

November 14th, 2013Posted by 

Everyone remembers the financial meltdown that coincided with the bursting of the housing bubble in 2008. Since early 2009, during the first term of President Obama, the plans for the stimulus package gave way to a novel and sustainable way of combating the rampant foreclosure problems. Although Kansas City was plagued with this problem and the […]

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November 13 2013

Pittsburgh’s Venues Help Bring in Tourism

November 13th, 2013Posted by 

The city of Pittsburgh is known for having some of the best stadiums and arenas across the United States. With over a dozen total venues, Pittsburgh brings in thousands of people a year for concerts and sports events across the city. The largest two stadiums in the city, Heinz Field and PNC Park, sit within […]

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November 07 2013

Lincoln, Nebraska to Further Develop a Redeveloped Floodplain: “Exchange at Antelope Valley”

November 7th, 2013Posted by 

The city of Lincoln, Nebraska in recent years has had the unique opportunity to redevelop key urban areas. These areas, otherwise unusable land spaces, have given city architects, engineers, and urban planners the opportunity to redevelop the city through several revitalization efforts, one including the Antelope Creek Valley Project. An otherwise floodplain, the Antelope Creek […]

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October 29 2013

Amsterdam-Noord: From an Abandoned Shipyard to Amsterdam’s Creative District

October 29th, 2013Posted by 

While waiting for the ferry at the wharf behind Amsterdam Central Station, the Eye Film Museum designed by the Viennese architectural firm Delugan Meissl Associated Architects stands with its futuristic design as a landmark on the IJ Lake northern shore. A fifteen minute ride on a free ferry took me along the shore, to what is […]

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October 25 2013

Ann Arbor, Michigan Sees Candidates from New “Mixed Use Party”

October 25th, 2013Posted by 

I’ve been following Detroit’s upcoming mayoral election and the controversy surrounding the imposition of the Emergency Financial Manager, here on Global Site Plans, but forty miles to the west, Ann Arbor is experiencing their own political shake-ups. A new party is running candidates Conrad Brown and Samuel DeVarti in the city’s council election this year. […]

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October 24 2013

Lincoln Taking Steps to Boost Citywide Recycling Percentages From 18%

October 24th, 2013Posted by 

Land space is quickly becoming one of modern day’s most valuable resources. As city planners look to reduce urban sprawl, solutions are being sought after in order to maintain city limits across the country. One major problem within cities, however, lies within the growth of local landfills. This predicament is making urban planners beg the […]

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October 18 2013

Minneapolis’ Auto-Oriented Infrastructure Comes at A High Cost

October 18th, 2013Posted by 

Minneapolis traditionally has followed urban growth patterns similar to Manhattan’s strict grid system. However, in an urban planning effort to utilize the automobile, a system of freeways has been created over the past fifty years to support urban sprawl. Still, the question must be asked; besides the miles and emissions of our automobiles, what are the negative effects […]

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October 17 2013

Social Equity Or NIMBYism? Marin County’s Battle With Affordable Housing

October 17th, 2013Posted by 

Marin County is home to thousands of acres of open space; national, state and regional parks; and one of the most staggering equity disparities in the country. According to the American Human Development Project, the median income for the wealthiest community in Marin County, Tiburon, is $80,000; the lowest is Canal at $21,000. The Canal […]

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October 16 2013

Draining the Earth: Natural Gas Drilling an Issue for Pittsburgh

October 16th, 2013Posted by 

Currently one of the largest environmental issues in the United States is the debate on drilling for Natural Gas. This debate has hit close to home as well, as the city of Pittsburgh and the surrounding area sits along one of the largest natural gas filled rock formations in the country, the Marcellus Shale. By […]

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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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October 01 2013

Morocco’s New Cities Program Lacks Basic Service Accessibility

October 1st, 2013Posted by 

In 2004, development work was launched in the first site, Tamansourt, nearby Marrakech, of Morocco’s “Villes Nouvelles” (New Cities) program. By 2020, the program aims to create 15 cities evolving around the major country’s urban centers to host a total of 1,150,000 residents. With an investment of over $12 billion, this program had opened 5,000 […]

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September 18 2013

The Rebirth of Pittsburgh’s Strip District

September 18th, 2013Posted by 

While many of Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods have seen major renovations in the last fifty years, none have gone through such an extreme change as the Strip District. Getting its name from its location, being a small, half-square mile strip of land along the banks of the Allegheny River just north of the city’s downtown corridor, the […]

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September 04 2013

Pittsburgh Park Conservancy Preserving 1,700+ Acres of Pittsburgh’s Green Spaces

September 4th, 2013Posted by 

Although heralded as a major urban city, Pittsburgh is also known for its large urban parks and green spaces. These spaces have helped brighten the steel city into a scenic and beautiful metropolis which is begging to be explored by tourists and residents alike. The city itself has five large urban parks, as well as […]

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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 01 2013

Taking the Prairie to the Suburbs: Introducing Sustainable Urban Landscapes

August 1st, 2013Posted by 

When one imagines a Nebraska landscape, it is assumed that most of the land consists of large amounts of flat plains and prairie. This familiar landscape is also finding its way into Nebraska’s urban landscapes; bringing the prairie to the suburbs. Plants commonly associated with prairie landscapes have adapted to Nebraska’s often unpredictable weather patterns, which […]

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July 24 2013

The Almono Site: From Brownfield to Bright Future

July 24th, 2013Posted by 

On the outskirts of Pittsburgh’s city limits sits an old, abandoned steel mill. Rusting away and taking up space on a majestic hillside along the banks of the Monongahela River, the former J&L Steel site is 178 acres of prime real estate, just minutes from Pittsburgh’s downtown corridor. The site was abandoned by J&L Steel […]

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July 18 2013

The Peculiarity of Aldermanic Privilege

July 18th, 2013Posted by 

Urban planners and developers everywhere often need to contend with onerous local zoning codes and wind their way through arduous public approval processes. It’s simply part of the art of placemaking. Yet nowhere is this process as politically peculiar as in the city of Chicago. The city is divided into 50 political wards, each of […]

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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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