November 12 2013

Hainan Province Establishes “Big Sanya Tourism Circle” to Integrate Regional Tourism Resources

November 12th, 2013Posted by 

Regional economic integration that creates synergy among neighboring cities has become a trendy economic development strategy in China. In Hainan Province’s tourism industry, this concept is turning into realization. On October 26th 2013, a special conference took place in the Sanya Hai Tang Wan Westin Hotel. Sanya, the southernmost city of Hainan Province and China, […]

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November 08 2013

Detroit Center MConnector Shuttles University of Michigan Students to Detroit

November 8th, 2013Posted by 

The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor provides buses for students to more easily traverse the multiple campuses spread across the city. And now the University is making it easier for students to engage with the City of Detroit, situated only forty miles east of Ann Arbor. This fall they launched the MConnector project that […]

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October 30 2013

Pittsburgh’s Public Transit System Expands City’s Limits

October 30th, 2013Posted by 

As with most large metropolitan areas, public transit is a key component of the city of Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh transit system, known as Port Authority, is one of the largest in America. They run over 500 urban buses, ninety light rail buses, and unique to the Pittsburgh area, two inclines. With daily ridership being over […]

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October 29 2013

‘People for Urban Progress’ Repurposes Indianapolis’ RCA Dome

October 29th, 2013Posted by 

People for Urban Progress, or PUP, is an environmentally focused non-profit that began in 2008. At that point, the RCA dome was in the beginning stages of demolition, and two bright innovators had an idea to save the dome from being sent to a landfill. Michael Bricker and Maryanne O’Malley brainstormed and implemented a plan […]

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October 15 2013

The Indianapolis Cultural Trail: One of the City’s Greatest Achievements

October 15th, 2013Posted by 

In the past year, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail has received attention and support from both native Hoosiers and people across the country. Cities such as Portland, Oregon and Cleveland, Ohio have voiced their support (and jealousy) of the eight-mile bike path that connects five of the six Indianapolis Cultural Districts. The trail has also been […]

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October 09 2013

Cycle Planning in Astana, Kazakhstan: With A Little Help from the Dutch

October 9th, 2013Posted by 

A cyclist biking in Astana, Kazakhstan The Dutch Embassy in Astana hosted “Dutch Week in Astana 2013” in mid-June. Through this annual event, the embassy aims to share Dutch culture with Astana’s residents and to raise awareness of Dutch contributions to Kazakhstan’s development. The most notable event was a bicycle ride. Through the Dutch Cycling […]

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October 01 2013

Velocity Targets Four Core Groups in Indianapolis’ Comprehensive Plan Process

October 1st, 2013Posted by 

The term velocity is defined as the “rate of occurrence or action.” In Indianapolis, Indiana, ‘Velocity’ has taken on a new meaning. It’s a community visioning initiative that was co-created by some of Indianapolis’ greatest organizations and individuals. The project is spearheaded by Indianapolis Downtown, Inc., a marketing and communications non-profit that focuses on the development […]

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October 01 2013

Minneapolis’ Secret to Enticing its Residents to Bike in the Tundra

October 1st, 2013Posted by 

For a state that built a city with both skyway systems and universities with mass underground tunnels for shelter in its Arctic-like temperatures, we see an opposite trend in terms of bicycling planning . While Minneapolis is known for being one of the coldest cities in America, in 2011 Bicycling Magazine also claimed it be the […]

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September 26 2013

Farewell From Chicago: Andrew Kinaci Signing Off

September 26th, 2013Posted by 

It’s incredible to be writing my last post for The Grid, as it seems like my internship has just begun. The author from the Willis Tower Skydeck In my day job, I work for an energy affiliate of the Center for Neighborhood Technology, an urban sustainability think-and-do tank. I applied for this blogging position as […]

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September 24 2013

Bogotá: Social Transformation by Improving Transportation?

September 24th, 2013Posted by 

Siemens and C40, the cities Climate Leadership Group, recently announced the ten winners of the inaugural City Climate Leadership Awards, which are given to different cities around the world that demonstrate “excellence in urban sustainability and leadership in the fight against climate change.” For me it wasn’t a surprise that Bogotá, Colombia won the award […]

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September 05 2013

Sonoma County’s Mobile App Assisted Rideshare Program Shifts Into Second Gear

September 5th, 2013Posted by 

An innovative ridesharing program has taken hold in Sonoma County, California, as  WeGo Sonoma continues to utilize the real-time mobile rideshare app known as “Carma.” The app allows drivers and riders to post their planned and needed trips, and creates a system of payment so the cost of the trip is shared between both parties. Unlike services […]

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August 28 2013

Is Astana, Kazakhstan Pedestrian Friendly?

August 28th, 2013Posted by 

Pedestrian safety is one of the main determinants for walkabilty. Astana’s government has incorporated pedestrian-friendly mechanisms into the city’s transportation network. On Turan Avenue for example, with the push of a button, pedestrians can instantaneously stop traffic barrelling down the four-lane thoroughfare. Displays appear and count the number of seconds that pedestrians have to cross. […]

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August 21 2013

The Prominence of Pittsburgh’s Bridges

August 21st, 2013Posted by 

Pittsburgh has always been known for being a city located along three rivers, but being able to maneuver an expanding city along these rivers means a need for transit over such obstacles. The large amount of bridges lining the skyline have played a sizable part in the history and grandeur of the Steel City, whether […]

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August 20 2013

Indy Connect Plan Looks to Bring More Transit Options to Indianapolis

August 20th, 2013Posted by 

Indianapolis, Indiana is shaping up to be one of the greatest “little” cities in America. With a population of over 800,000 people, many argue that the only thing holding Indianapolis back from becoming one of the best is its lack of a mass transit system. But that’s not to say that transportation hasn’t been on […]

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August 15 2013

From Curitiba to Chicago: The New Rapid Transit Bus Corridor

August 15th, 2013Posted by 

After a year-long planning study, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), in partnership with the Chicago Department of Transportation, the Department of Housing and Economic Development, and the Federal Transit Administration, selected Ashland Avenue to be the first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor in the Windy City. As BRT systems have many features in common with […]

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August 07 2013

Biking the Three Rivers: Pittsburgh’s Unique Cycling Experience

August 7th, 2013Posted by 

With the increase of non-motorized transit occurring in almost every major urban centre, cycling in the Steel City is becoming increasingly commonplace. Whether it’s for leisure or out of necessity, the citizens of Pittsburgh are using bikes as a more economic and leisurely way to meander around the city’s limits. As I had never cycled […]

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August 06 2013

Cardinal Greenways: Biking on Muncie’s Rail-Trails

August 6th, 2013Posted by 

Biking has been mainly promoted in the past ten years as a healthy transportation alternative in major American metropolitan cities. In smaller communities though, biking remains mainly recreational. In addition to the health benefits of urban biking, it also provides the opportunity to interact with nature and wildlife along trails. In 2012, Muncie, Indiana developed […]

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July 23 2013

6 City Features that Make Indianapolis Great

July 23rd, 2013Posted by 

Some American cities, though different in shape, size, and culture, share traits that make them great places to live, work, and play. In my four years at Ball State University, I was fortunate enough to travel with my urban planning program to many cities across the country, including: Chicago, Illinois; Boston, Massachusetts; New Orleans, Louisiana; […]

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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 09 2013

Bike-Sharing’s Coming to Indianapolis

July 9th, 2013Posted by 

The Indianapolis Cultural Trail, an urban bicycle and pedestrian path that connects five of the six culture districts in Indianapolis, recently announced that they are bringing a bike-share program to Indianapolis in the spring of 2014. I recently attended a community forum where the Executive Director of the trail, Karen Haley, spoke briefly about the project […]

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