December 06 2012

Innovating the Landscape from Ordnance to Ordinance in Minnesota

December 6th, 2012Posted by 

Brownfield remediation is becoming a common process in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul. A few miles from the heart of one of the more successful projects – Mill Ruins Park – lies UMore Park (University of Minnesota Outreach, Research, and Education), a planned 5,000-acre development for 25,000 people in eco-friendly homes and neighborhoods. Sadly there […]

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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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November 22 2012

The Ghetto in the Sky: From Slum Removal to Urban Renewal in Minneapolis, Minnesota

November 22nd, 2012Posted by 

One of the most iconic viewsheds in Minneapolis – hated by some, loved by others – are any that include the Riverside Plaza apartments. From many places in the city you can see the Brutalist concrete buildings, with their primary-color panels and blockish tower-structure, towering above their surroundings. In 2010, Riverside Plaza was included in […]

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November 09 2012

10 Ways to Change Urban Sprawl in the City of Richmond, Virginia

November 9th, 2012Posted by 

By all accounts, urban sprawl is a problem that has plagued many metropolitan cities throughout the United States. Like many of these cities, Richmond, Virginia has struggled with the concept of how to control the growing population while still possessing the ability to attract new residents to the area. Recently, many of the city’s efforts […]

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November 08 2012

Reconfiguring for Razzmatazz: The Debate Over Peavey Plaza

November 8th, 2012Posted by 

Just over a year ago, in October 2011, the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota revealed new plans for the redesign of historic Peavey Plaza.  Those plans were scrutinized in the media and public outcry mourned the loss of such an iconic design. Today, this “Marvel of Modernism,” designed by noted landscape architect M. Paul Friedberg in […]

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September 27 2012

Lillian Mathews: So Long, Farewell to The GRID

September 27th, 2012Posted by 

Writing is a vehicle. And it continues to drive me, from the place I began, to where I am heading today. Hard to believe, but six months have passed since I began my blogging position with The Grid. Just a few months ago, I was a senior in college, interested in pursuing a path that […]

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September 20 2012

Why You Should Care About New Design Guidelines in the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Zone, Minneapolis, Minnesota

September 20th, 2012Posted by 

In Minneapolis, Minnesota, new design guidelines are being recognized to preserve the context and character of the historic heart of the city.  Following an extensive public hearing period and intensive research, these guidelines express value systems surrounding such notions as streetscape, access to the Mississippi River, potential archaeological remains, views, and the historic integrity of […]

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August 16 2012

What’s in a Neighborhood? Classifying Our Streets in a Rapidly Urbanizing Age

August 16th, 2012Posted by 

Classifying neighborhoods has always been more art than science. Despite an urban planner’s best intentions, the original vision of a few city blocks doesn’t always pan out. As populations tend toward urban living and countries invest money into the construction of new cities, it’s important to shift attention not just towards infrastructure, but community building […]

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August 09 2012

From Refugee to Refuge: The Changing Hmong Landscape in St Paul, Minnesota

August 9th, 2012Posted by 

The cultural landscape of the Minneapolis-St Paul metro area in Minnesota is largely influenced by historic large-scale agriculture, but that landscape is continuing to evolve to include new forms based on traditional, small-scale farming. One of the most prevalent expressions of that is the presence of Hmong farms within the metropolitan area. The Twin Cities […]

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August 08 2012

South Tacoma, Washington’s New 32,000 Square Foot LEED Certified Activity and Recreation Center

August 8th, 2012Posted by 

During a season of economic frugality and budget cuts in the U.S., it is great to see that community development is not on the chopping block in Tacoma, Washington’s South End. May 19, 2012 marked the grand opening of Metro Parks Tacoma’s new South Tacoma Activity and Recreation (STAR) Center. The STAR Center is a […]

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June 27 2012

Farewell from Jeff Jilek: The Grid and Beyond

June 27th, 2012Posted by 

I have been a writer for The Grid for over a year and this will be my last writing. I am grateful to Renee Van Staveren, Global Site Plans, and The Grid staff for this opportunity. A lot has been learned through my own research and also through the writings of my peers. The topics […]

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June 19 2012

The Issue of Single Family Transient Rentals: Zoning for Economic Development in Mammoth Lakes, CA

June 19th, 2012Posted by 

Zoning, the main form in which land use is regulated in the United States, is a controversial form of urban planning. Property owners do not like being told what they can and cannot do with their land and view use restrictions as a violation of their property rights. Those in favor of zoning view it […]

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June 05 2012

Social Media Implementation by Sasaki Associates, Inc.: An International Planning and Design Consultancy

June 5th, 2012Posted by 

Planning should be participatory; however, it’s often very difficult to get stakeholders to contribute to planning processes. Mail-in survey return rates are low, and more often than not, residents don’t want to sit through a Saturday morning design charette. Marketing online and social media platforms give urban planners and architects a set of contemporary tools […]

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May 21 2012

(The GRID Blogger) Ryan Kucinski: Buffalo, New York

May 21st, 2012Posted by 

A big Global Site Plans welcome to our newest blogger, Ryan Kucinski from Buffalo, New York. Ryan Kucinski is a Master’s of Urban Planning student at the University of Southern California concentrating in Urban Design and Historic Preservation of the built environment.  Originally from Buffalo, New York, he graduated, in 2011, top of his class in […]

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May 17 2012

Hello, Goodbye to Global Site Plans – The GRID

May 17th, 2012Posted by 

Oh, Global Site Plans – where did those 6 months go? After I graduated from New York University with a Bachelor’s in English & American Literature, I reached a revelation – I wished I had studied environmental science. During my long contemplation in finding a detour to reach that obscure goal, I realized that I […]

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May 11 2012

Sarah Thomas: One Last Look Back at My Time With The GRID

May 11th, 2012Posted by 

Six months ago I started writing for The GRID, here at Global Site Plans. At the time, I was working in the mortgage industry and needed something to reinvigorate my love for urban planning, again, during a semester full of research methods and statistics. This internship gave me that opportunity. I was able to concentrate […]

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May 07 2012

Christine Camilleri: A Farewell to Global Site Plans and The Grid

May 7th, 2012Posted by 

In October 2011, I began my internship writing for The Grid. I had always been interested in the potential that social media can provide as a platform for discussions about urban planning and design. Aside from this, I did not quite know what to expect from the experience. Six months later, I am leaving my blogging position at Global […]

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May 03 2012

The Importance of Keyword and Keyphrases in Search Engine Optimization

May 3rd, 2012Posted by 

Search engine optimization (SEO) is crucial for the success of many websites. No matter how often you may tune your site for a better ranking with major search engines, it may still not be enough if the right keywords or keyphrases are not being selected. This is because search engines decide how relevant a site […]

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April 27 2012

Final Thoughts: A Farewell to Everyone at The GRID and Global Site Plans

April 27th, 2012Posted by 

As my 6-month internship with Global Site Plans coasts to a gentle close this week, I find myself in a much different place than when I began blogging for the GRID in October 2011. In the beginning, I was a recent college grad still clinging to my Cornell days by hanging around Ithaca, New York […]

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April 24 2012

5 Answers to Common Wind Farm Questions

April 24th, 2012Posted by 

A wind farm is a collection of wind turbines placed one next to another. As it was explained in the blog entitled ‘An Introduction to Wind Turbines: Rotation Axis, Power, Rotors, and Towers,’ they are used to generate electrical power when pushed by the wind. Both in Europe and the United States there are large […]

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