May 23 2014

Vision Zero Project: Rethinking “Safe” Pedestrian Infrastructure in San Francisco

May 23rd, 2014Posted by 

Walking through downtown San Francisco can have an appeal similar to a game of Russian roulette. But in this game of chance, the bullets are one to two ton cars. Within half an hour, I had the unfortunate privilege of witnessing a bicyclist get run off the road and a skateboarder slam face first into a […]

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May 21 2014

Hippodamus of Miletus’ Impact on Didim, Turkey Wanes

May 21st, 2014Posted by 

“If you think of roses, you are a rose garden If you think of thorns, you are fuel for the furnace.” - Rumi Didim‘s unplanned urbanization is considered to be a lack of aesthetic concern and is fiercely criticized. The new construction projects are not in harmony with the town’s cultural, natural and historical pattern, and […]

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April 24 2014

Farewell to The Grid, from Colin Poff in Seattle, Washington

April 24th, 2014Posted by 

After six enjoyable months of writing for The Grid, this is my final post. Writing about what you are interested in, however formal it is, will always be beneficial. By putting together these blogs, I have been able to follow, as well as adapt, my main interest, concerns, and perspectives with issues related to urban planning. I have been […]

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April 01 2014

The Image of a Grid: Creating a Mental Map of Phoenix, Arizona

April 1st, 2014Posted by 

If you were asked to get out a pencil and paper and draw your city, what would you include? Maybe a few major roads, a downtown district, a large lake? If the result is a coherent map with connected features, you probably live in an “imageable” city. The concept of imageability was introduced by Kevin […]

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March 25 2014

Belfast’s Bus Rapid Transit: Benefit or Burden?

March 25th, 2014Posted by 

In Belfast an interesting debate is occurring as to whether to integrate a Bus Rapid Transit System into the current range of modalities. Transport Minister Danny Kennedy states that Belfast needs to accommodate for the future needs and demands of Belfast, and reprioritising how we travel is a crucial element. But what are the overall […]

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January 28 2014

Belfast Culture Night: A Benefit or a Burden?

January 28th, 2014Posted by 

Every year since 2009, Belfast has hosted Culture Night. Inspired by the success of similar events in other capitals such as Dublin and Copenhagen, Belfast hosts Culture Night every September allowing organisations, groups or individuals to host any cultural event within the Cathedral Quarter. While participation in the event is free, there is obviously a […]

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January 14 2014

The Covered River that Gave Belfast its Name

January 14th, 2014Posted by 

Belfast is derived from the Irish Name of Béal Feirste meaning the mouth of the River Farset. Now, the River Farset is covered and contained in a pipe. Old drawings show it as bustling river which once was the heart of Belfast’s industrial development. The capital city of Northern Ireland was founded on a muddy ford […]

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January 02 2014

Farewell to the Grid, from Lisa Gran

January 2nd, 2014Posted by 

Starting with The Grid in December of 2012, I never imagined where a year of blogging would take me. Studying environmental engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, I wasn’t quite sure what the future would hold within this very realm; however I would come to find out that this blogging experience would expose me to an area within […]

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December 31 2013

Space Standards Continue Shrinking in the United Kingdom

December 31st, 2013Posted by 

Recently, Governments within the United Kingdom have proposed a housing standards review considering the minimum space standards. First announced in 2010, the government stressed the need for an industry-led examination of housing standards. This topic was aroused by the shocking statistics of new homes that were being built at smaller sizes than the already existing homes. […]

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December 26 2013

Farewell to The Grid, From Nick Danty

December 26th, 2013Posted by 

It’s hard to believe that six months have gone by since I was hired here at The Grid. At the time of my interview in June 2013, I was working as a limited-term employee at the Regional Climate Protection Authority (RCPA) in Santa Rosa, CA and was bogged down in climate policy analysis and alternative transportation studies. […]

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December 25 2013

A Farewell to The Grid from Alexandra Serbana

December 25th, 2013Posted by 

As my internship with The Grid is ending and the last month of the year 2013 goes by, I find myself standing at another one of life’s many crossroads. It is a bit ironic that the end of my blogging experience for Milan is due as I am about to leave the city that was […]

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December 24 2013

A Farewell to The Grid, from Laura Granieri

December 24th, 2013Posted by 

After graduating from Ball State University with a degree in urban planning and development in May of 2012, I knew that I wanted to relocate from my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio to Indianapolis, Indiana. When I discovered The Grid and Global Site Plans, I was in the middle of completing a position as an Americorps VISTA […]

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December 23 2013

A Farewell to The Grid, from Allyson McAbee

December 23rd, 2013Posted by 

New Orleans, Louisiana is a small and unique city. Somehow, even with a population of 37,000 people, you will always bump into someone you know. With that said, a sense of community is the constant throughout Nola’s dynamic changes and progress. We all want to be more involved, have a voice within our community, and make […]

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December 17 2013

A Farewell to The Grid, from Robert Poole

December 17th, 2013Posted by 

As I complete my internship with The Grid, I can say with confidence that the past year has been the most dynamic and exciting time of my life. One year ago today, I had just begun two unpaid internships with two different San Francisco non-profits and was applying to be a blogger for The Grid. […]

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December 17 2013

Nothern Ireland Considering Demolition of Historically Significant & Listed Buildings

December 17th, 2013Posted by 

Belfast has a vast array of historically important buildings that reflect how the city has evolved. Even though these buildings have been labeled as protected, they are still at risk of demolition. The PAC (Public Accounts Committee) has said that the “body responsible for safeguarding the buildings is not doing enough to protect the most vulnerable.” The […]

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December 11 2013

Let’s Start Sharing: #TheGrid Discusses How an Emerging Movement is Shaping Cities

December 11th, 2013Posted by 

The sharing movement is beginning to transform cities. Businesses in various sectors are looking at new ways of sharing space and resources. It is a simple concept that has stemmed from informal practice, but it may change the way cities operate. Before diving further into the concept, think of the last time you shared something. […]

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November 19 2013

Gourmet Mobile Food Truck Markets Abuzz in San Francisco

November 19th, 2013Posted by 

The trucks are parked, the crowd is hungry and the aroma is intoxicating. Welcome to Off the Grid, not to be confused with The Grid. The San Francisco Bay Area is fortunate enough to host twenty-three weekly markets, comprised of 150 mobile food vendors that feed foodies from far and wide decadent dishes that service […]

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November 13 2013

Bringing the Bicycle to Your City: #TheGrid Discusses the Implementation of Bike-Friendly Infrastructure in Urban Cores

November 13th, 2013Posted by 

Do you ride your bike in the city? If you answered yes, you probably live somewhere where you feel safe commuting. If you answered no, chances are the idea of being on a bike surrounded by cars sounds dangerous. Urban design plays a major role in determining how we answer this question. The United States […]

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September 16 2013

Welcoming Popuphood to #thegrid Tweetchat

September 16th, 2013Posted by 

We are pleased to announce Popuphood will be joining The Grid and Storefront this Wednesday, September 18 to co-host our Twitter Chat. We will be discussing pop-up shops and encourage you to participate. Popuphood will provide valuable insight to the conversation. Founded in 2011, the small business incubator revitalizes neighborhoods one block at a time. […]

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September 11 2013

Communities Thrive With a New Kind of Store: #thegrid Discusses the Benefits of Pop-Up Shops and the Driving Force Behind Them

September 11th, 2013Posted by 

Retail has long been perceived as a stationary industry. Unless they were going out of business, stores were expected to stay in the same spot for years. However, a recent movement is changing this image. Now, businesses of all types are moving from space to space, coming and going as they please.  Pop-up shops, as […]

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