December 02 2013

Homelessness on the Rise: 13,500 Tenants Evicted in Greece

December 2nd, 2013Posted by 

Athens and other major Greek cities, due to the economic crisis, are experiencing a sad mismatch between the increase of the overall homelessness and the rise of vacant buildings. Many middle- and lower- class people of moderate educational backgrounds that before the economic crisis could live in relatively good standards, now populate the decadent streets […]

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November 29 2013

What’s Happening to the Land of Lakes? A Case Study of White Bear Lake

November 29th, 2013Posted by 

Growing up in Mahtomedi, MN, White Bear Lake had a stronghold in my life. As a child, my nanny would take me there to learn to swim. Growing older, it became the location of my friend’s biking and summer adventures. Although this lake is typically considered one of the deepest, largest, and cleanest in the […]

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November 21 2013

New and Improved: A Book Review for Charter of the New Urbanism, 2nd Edition

November 21st, 2013Posted by 

It might have been 14 years, but we have a Charter Book back in print again. The Congress for the New Urbanism has updated the classic book, long out of print, based on the CNU Charter that was signed in 1996. The Charter itself remains unchanged; this edition of the book simply advances the original principles […]

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November 18 2013

Self-Made City: Collective Intelligence in Co-housing Projects from Berlin

November 18th, 2013Posted by 

In the past, participatory planning used to be regarded as an annoying factor in the already intricate procedures of urban planning. Fortunately, today participation seems to permeate through a variety of city projects. This time around, the good news comes from Berlin. Self-Made City is a bilingual (German-English) book by the German Jovis. As the […]

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November 12 2013

Greening Lower Grand Avenue: Community Visioning Gone Right

November 12th, 2013Posted by 

In a city infamous for auto-oriented development, muddled identity, and isolated suburbs, one neighborhood in Phoenix, Arizona has epitomized what it means to spark community revitalization. Lower Grand Avenue is a mile-long corridor adjacent to the city’s downtown. Like most of the urban core, the neighborhood has a long history of disinvestment; however, in the […]

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October 23 2013

Developing the Community: The Contentious Plan to Redevelop Melbourne’s Crisis Housing Towers

October 23rd, 2013Posted by 

Ghettos, projects, and slums are some of the names given to lower income areas. In Melbourne, the housing commissions have provided housing to lower income classes since the 1960′s. Major housing commissions positioned within inner Melbourne are included in the following areas: Carlton; Richmond; Flemington; South Melbourne; Prahran; and North Fitzroy. Their role in Melbourne […]

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September 26 2013

Grant Funded Projects Shaping Lincoln, Nebraska

September 26th, 2013Posted by 

With any development project, much focus is placed on the big picture, the final product. However more often than not, many never think about the road taken to get to this final product. During the initial stages of planning, sources of money and budgets are of the utmost of concern as the design must fit […]

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September 25 2013

As The Economy Trends South: Victorian Government Proposes ‘East-West’

September 25th, 2013Posted by 

Though a city of less than five million people, Melbourne is a sprawling city that’s population and sprawl are growing at an exponential rate. The development of housing in outer Melbourne has choked existing infrastructure, due to the inability for Victoria to integrate public transportation within these newly developed areas. The government’s latest decision to […]

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September 24 2013

The Desperate Need for Effective Regional Planning in The San Francisco Bay Area

September 24th, 2013Posted by 

Between 2010 and 2040, the Bay Area’s nine counties are projected to add: 1.1 million jobs and 2.1 million people and 660,000 homes. On July 18th, the Bay Area took a major step in addressing its long-term regional growth. The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) adopted Plan Bay […]

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September 11 2013

Nanny State: How Victorians Are Losing Their Freedom

September 11th, 2013Posted by 

As a Melburnian, I feel privileged to live in a city that offers such varying activities and landscapes within such a well-governed state. However, in recent years I have acknowledged that the liberties of my life have been diminishing, and that the powers that be may be slowly tightening their grip on day-to-day life in […]

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September 10 2013

Redefining Green Building: Greenpeace Headquarters in Buenos Aires, Argentina

September 10th, 2013Posted by 

In June 2013 I had the opportunity to visit the new headquarters for the global organization Greenpeace in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I already knew that the building was energy efficient, and “green” in every sense of the word. However, it wasn’t as promoted or publicized like other examples of supposed sustainable architecture in the country, and you can […]

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August 28 2013

One Lucky Country: Why Australia’s Cities are Amongst the World’s Most Livable

August 28th, 2013Posted by 

Over the last fifty years, Australia has witnessed migration levels that now make it as one of the most multicultural countries in the world. As you speak to European migrants who came during the baby boom period, they relay to you just how hard they had it. As new generations of migrants arrive, their stories […]

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August 16 2013

Governing the New American Municipality: Your Crash Course in Detroit Politics

August 16th, 2013Posted by 

Detroit’s bankruptcy shocked those who obviously hadn’t been paying attention to the pandemic issues of inequality sweeping across cities in the United States over the past half century. The state of governance in Detroit becomes more twisted everyday: the City’s planning future characterized by an emphasis on the Detroit Future City Framework, the controversy over […]

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August 14 2013

Why Rail is Imperative for Melbourne’s International Airport Linkages

August 14th, 2013Posted by 

As major cities around Australia and the world have acted on the growth of their cities and airports’ patronage by installing high-volume contemporary public transport services, the world’s most liveable city’s airport has stood still. As Sydney Airport constructed a rail system as the Olympics approached, Melbourne has failed to canvass any such plans whilst announcing that a new […]

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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 06 2013

Indianapolis’ Market Days Benefitting Businesses & Community

August 6th, 2013Posted by 

Market days in Indianapolis, Indiana are unlike no other day.  The iconic sound of the bell signalizes the opening of the market, and the whole block instantly comes alive. From the tantalizing aroma of baked goods, to the incredible amount of fresh fruits and vegetables, Wednesdays are very special in downtown Indy. Going to the […]

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August 02 2013

Detroit Bankruptcy: A Wake-Up Call for American Municipalities

August 2nd, 2013Posted by 

Detroit’s filing for Chapter 9 bankruptcy on Thursday, July 18th seemed to shock national and international media, even though this next-step for Detroit has been described as “inevitable” for over a decade. In the days since the big news, it has been interesting to examine how national media outlets are covering Detroit. Journalists left and […]

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July 11 2013

A Farewell to Global Site Plans and The Grid From Maxwell Vidaver

July 11th, 2013Posted by 

Six months went by awfully quickly. I started writing for The Grid during a wet and cold January in Milan, Italy; it is now July, hot, and sunny. The internship happened to coincide with my last semester of graduate school; classes are over, and the once-distant light of graduation is within reach.  The way these […]

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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 04 2013

Chicago’s Polluted and Under-used Waterways

July 4th, 2013Posted by 

The South Branch of the Chicago River Chicago’s relationship with its river is a conflicted one. Chicago was only chosen as a settlement site due to the possibility of joining two major watersheds, that of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River to the Mississippi River. The waterway that made the city possible took […]

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