May 30 2013

Students for CNU Session Summary: The Congress for the New Urbansim’s CNU21

May 30th, 2013Posted by 

This CNU21 session was geared toward student, campus, and faculty involvement with SNU, or Students for the New Urbanism. This is the only session offered that has a focus on students. The purpose of the meeting was to essentially brainstorm ideas for a better CNU, or the Congress for the New Urbanism, and SNU involvement […]

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May 30 2013

Green Cities are Successful Cities: From Piazzas to Pocket Parks

May 30th, 2013Posted by 

It is no secret that successful cities are also green cities. By green, we are referring to the physical “greenprint,” or the physical green infrastructure of the city. This includes tree-lined boulevards, large regional or central parks, and smaller, neighborhood-scale pocket parks. The idea of a small neighborhood green space is not new. This type […]

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May 22 2013

Must-See New Urbanism Projects in Salt Lake City, Utah

May 22nd, 2013Posted by 

Christie Oostema, Planning Director at Envision Utah said in a recent podcast that she hopes to see Salt Lake City become an incubator for new urbanism projects. The city has succeeded in developing a few new urbanism projects already. These developments are the best ones to see while attending CNU21. CNU21 is this year’s annual Congress for the […]

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May 07 2013

The Importance of New Urbanism in Orlando, Florida

May 7th, 2013Posted by 

Florida is a state of dichotomies. Even after a decade of explosive population growth, much of the Sunshine State remains very rural. Coastal cities like Miami are home to the international super-rich, while just blocks away you can find families struggling to make ends meet. And, maybe most surprisingly, Florida – a state known in […]

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February 07 2013

(The GRID Blogger) Katie Poppel: Buena Vista, Colorado

February 7th, 2013Posted by 

A big Global Site Plans welcome to our newest blogger, Katie Poppel from Buena Vista, Colorado. Katie Poppel comes to The Grid as a student constantly on the go. Set to graduate from the University of Cincinnati in 2014, she is studying for a bachelor of urban planning with focuses in urban design and sustainability. […]

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February 05 2013

(The GRID Blogger) Jennifer García: Miami, Florida

February 5th, 2013Posted by 

A big Global Site Plans welcome to our newest blogger, Jennifer García from Miami, Florida. Born and raised in the Midwest, Jennifer García now enjoys the energy and quality of life that Miami has to offer. Professionally, she uses traditional architecture and the principles of New Urbanism in her consulting work at Garcia Design Studio. Based on […]

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January 21 2013

The Growth of Downtown Buena Vista, Colorado

January 21st, 2013Posted by 

With the economy in its current slump, development has staggered its progress in the past decade. But not all new development has been stopped. Buena Vista, Colorado has, of course, been affected by the economic downturn, but South Main continues to progress into the neighborhood its founders dreamed in the past decade. As one of […]

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November 28 2012

A Farewell To The GRID, From Kennith George

November 28th, 2012Posted by 

Nearly a year ago I took on the adventure of blog writing to fuel my passion for urban planning and to help interested readers stay informed about local planning from a New Urbanism framework.  I literally had no idea what I was doing as I dove into the online world of blogging. Soon after launching […]

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August 21 2012

The Raleigh-Portland Parallel

August 21st, 2012Posted by 

In just under two decades, the once soft-spoken city of Raleigh, North Carolina will increase its population by about half to reach the 600,000 citizen prediction prophesied by the 2030 Comprehensive Plan. This rapid progress is merely symptomatic of the larger growth occurring in the tri-county metro (Wake, in which Raleigh is located, Orange, and […]

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June 27 2012

Downtown Puyallup, Washington’s Revitalization Plans: Urban Growth with Historical Preservation

June 27th, 2012Posted by 

The City of Puyallup, Washington was settled in the later half of 19th Century and has transformed into a booming scenic, historical, and economic community. This likely occurred in part because of its economic anchor, the Puyallup Fair. This fair is the largest single attraction held annually in the state of Washington and continually ranks […]

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June 08 2012

Social Media Innovations for Planners: Where are We Heading?

June 8th, 2012Posted by 

Did you ever imagine that, as planners (or architects), we would be able to make revisions on a 10 thousand sqf retail mixed-use project in Revit, on our smart touchpads, while discussing it with a colleague on What’s App, on our way home, in a public train? It’s happening. Today’s social media mobilizes planners’ and […]

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August 01 2011

How To Redevelop American Cities: Ideas from Garden City Theory

August 1st, 2011Posted by 

The following is a critique on the design of the American city. The proposal is not an end in itself but rather a type of skeleton to allow the rest of society to grow upon. It draws some ideas from Garden City theory in its use of clusters that provide town and country except the clusters […]

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May 24 2011

Wal-Mart’s Home Delivery: What Does it Mean for Urban Planning?

May 24th, 2011Posted by 

Big-box retail outlets are not a staple of the urban design. Land is simply too expensive to devote to a single story of wide aisles and extensive parking. Wal-Mart and other global retailers are exploring ways to infiltrate the high-density, potential customer base of city centers. Internet marketing is common today, and home delivery goes […]

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