August 09 2011

City of Philadelphia Comprehensive Plan 2035: Thrive, Connect, and Renew

August 9th, 2011Posted by 

After months of research and development, the City of Philadelphia released its first comprehensive plan in June 2011, since the “1985 Plan” back in 1960.  The new city plan, which predicts how the city will look 25 years from now in 2035, focuses on the key ideas of thrive, connect, and renew.  But unlike the previous […]

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July 26 2011

A Quicker Commute on Trains and Buses: Social Media Aides Public Transportation

July 26th, 2011Posted by 

As technology becomes increasingly mobile, city residents are constantly in demand for information on the go.  But aside from their desire to Facebook and tweet anywhere, anytime, users are looking for ways to improve their commute, quicken their pace, and reach their destination faster.  Public agencies and private developers have responded to the call, creating […]

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July 11 2011

Social Media Marketer & Community Builder İnternship: 1-Year Opportunity

July 11th, 2011Posted by 

Do you tweet and use Facebook every day, all day? Is building social community so ingrained you just can’t stop? We seek a highly a motivated individual with experience and fanatical passion for blogging, micro-blogging and community participation leadership. If you are a student with a passion for social media, have top-notch writing and communication […]

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July 07 2011

Starting a Bicycle Commuting Revolution Using Social Media

July 7th, 2011Posted by 

As much as I enjoy commuting to work and school on my bicycle, oftentimes I dislike riding it for regular errands. Incomplete streets, limited bicycle trails, and routes are one problem, but a lack of bicycle facilities are another. When you’re hopping out of your car to patronize stores at strip malls, do you ever […]

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June 28 2011

Urban Planning Schools: Implementing Social Media Curriculum

June 28th, 2011Posted by 

As social media continues to grow and become part of the architecture and planning disciplines, design schools are increasingly integrating these essential services and networks as part of their marketing and communication, but also in their curriculum.  With many design firms and city agencies incorporating these tools into their professional practice and branding, it is […]

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June 23 2011

Appreciating the Natural World Despite the Virtual

June 23rd, 2011Posted by 

Where is your focus when you step outdoors? Are you automatically checking personal email and texts, or surfing the Web on your mobile device? Or are you deeply breathing the fresh air and enjoying the sun upon your face? Just recently, in my hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska, the air temperature hit triple digits on a […]

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June 14 2011

Urban Planning Departments To Follow on Twitter

June 14th, 2011Posted by 

With more and more city residents becoming engaged in social media, municipal planning departments are taking notice. Across the country, many cities are responding to the trend by embedding themselves within social media networks and reaching out to constituents like never before. The cities are putting themselves out there on Twitter and allowing anyone to […]

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June 09 2011

Implementing Sustainability: 5 Tips for the Urban Planner

June 9th, 2011Posted by 

What do you consider when you think about humanity’s carbon footprint? Do you applaud those that drive an electric car? Or do you commend those who commute by bicycle or public transit? Maybe the fuel-efficient home is more desirable than keeping the thermostat low on cold days while wearing an extra layer of clothes? When […]

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May 31 2011

Social Media Etiquette for Twitter

May 31st, 2011Posted by 

Twitter is a terrific micro-blogging platform that allows users to send 140 character messages to each other and the world. This form of social media allows for vast amounts of information to be sent in short bursts, but can also be a disaster for a user that may be new to the site. Even the […]

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May 20 2011

Campaigning and Fundraising Using Social Media Sites

May 20th, 2011Posted by 

One organization that is using new tools offered by companies like Global Site Plans to grow and build its advocacy campaigns is Next Aide.

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May 04 2011

2011 APA Conference Goes Social Media Crazy Using Twitter

May 4th, 2011Posted by 

Three weeks ago, the American Planning Association (APA) held its annual conference in Boston.  Over 5,000 urban planning professionals and students shared their ideas, exchanged business cards, and learned about emerging trends in the profession.  This year, social media, particularly Twitter, played a big role in keeping conference attendees connected and aware of lectures, activities, […]

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April 25 2011

Social Media Marketer & Community Builder Internship: 6-Month Opportunity

April 25th, 2011Posted by 

Do you tweet and use Facebook every day, all day? Is building social community so ingrained you just can’t stop? We seek a highly a motivated individual with experience and fanatical passion for blogging, micro-blogging and community participation leadership. If you are a student with a passion for social media, have top-notch writing and communication […]

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April 12 2011

Japan Earthquake: Social Media Unites Countries During Natural Disaster

April 12th, 2011Posted by 

In the wake of last month’s horrific natural disaster in Japan, the world has shown nothing but an outpouring of support and relief for the badly battered nation. The digital response to such a devastating tragedy has been equally impressive and far-reaching, if not more. The earthquake and aftermath in Japan has proved that the power of […]

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April 04 2011

7 Smart Ways to Utilize Social Media and Networking Successfully

April 4th, 2011Posted by 

1. Map a Clear Objective Imagine that you’re goal is not to get higher search engine rankings – in fact, this is not the key to social media.  Instead, consider your company’s’ overall objective.  Some may include: Branding Networking Exposure Relationship/Trust Building Customer Relations 2. Customer Comes First While mapping out number one, your objective, […]

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March 28 2011

2 Myths of Social Media and Social Networking for Small Businesses

March 28th, 2011Posted by 

Myth #1: Sole-Proprietorships, Small, or Medium-Sized Companies Don’t Need Social Media Sole-proprietorships, small companies, and medium-sized companies can benefit from using social media and social networking to create a buzz and branding, just like large corporations.  Social media and social networking should be an integral part of any sole-proprietorship, small, or medium-sized business and marketing […]

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March 15 2011

Defining Social Place: Why Location-Based Social Media Matters

March 15th, 2011Posted by 

As technophiles and music-lovers descend on Austin this week for SXSW (that’s South by Southwest, if you’re not in the know), attendees won’t just be looking for trends, tweets, and Facebook posts, but where people are checking-in at the festival’s many conferences, venues, and post-panel hangouts.   If Twitter was the breakout social media trend of 2009, […]

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March 03 2011

Social Media Implementation in Architecture: Şanal Architecture Interview

March 3rd, 2011Posted by 

On a rainy day in the district of Arnavutköy in Istanbul, Turkey, I met with Alexis Şanal of Şanal Architecture to discuss her architecture firms’ uses, successes, and failures in implementing and utilizing social media platforms.  Through discovering their niche and their social media uses, you too can develop successful social media platforms, while charting […]

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March 01 2011

Urban Planning and Public Participation Through Social Media Crowdsourcing

March 1st, 2011Posted by 

It’s no secret that social media has a strong foothold in public participation.  From influencing national revolutions in the Middle East to helping re-launch careers, major social networks like Twitter and Facebook have the ability to spread information and connect users faster than ever before.  With regards to planning, social media is used as a […]

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February 15 2011

Where Social Media, Urban Planning & Architecture Intersect: Barrett Lane

February 15th, 2011Posted by 

A warm Global Site Plans welcome to Barrett Lane, the newest blogger to The Grid. Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, starting in March, you can find Barrett Lane blogging about the intersection between social media, urban planning, and architecture. Barrett Lane is a Graduate Student studying Urban Planning and Design at the University of […]

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February 12 2011

Six Pixels of Separation: Your Social Media Guide to Building Trust, Creating Content

February 12th, 2011Posted by 

On November 13, 2009, Mashable named Six Pixels of Separation one of the Five Must Read Social Media Books.  I am always a little weary of “must reads” because I feel a sells pitch in there somewhere, but more than a year later I find myself giving Six Pixels of Separation two thumbs up and […]

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