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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July 03 2013

(The GRID Blogger) Abbey Seitz: Minneapolis, Minnesota

July 3rd, 2013Posted by 

A big Global Site Plans welcome to our newest blogger, Abbey Seitz in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Abbey Seitz is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Design of Art in Architecture and minor in Sustainability Studies from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Growing up in a small suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota, she knew no different than cold snowy […]

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July 01 2013

Where Urban Planners Go: The Top 10 Urban Planning Websites for 2013 – And Coverage of the Top 20

July 1st, 2013Posted by 

Last year, The Grid went on a mission to uncover the most popular urban planning-related websites for 2012. With extensive research and the help of Alexa International Rankings, we were able to compile a list of the top 20 websites for this specific niche. It is time for an update. In the list for 2013 […]

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June 28 2013

Thessaloniki’s Metro: A Dream Come True?

June 28th, 2013Posted by 

Thessaloniki’s Metropolitan Railway is one of the most controversial projects in Greece. Almost a decade after the construction of the subway in Athens, it was Thessaloniki’s turn to be upgraded in terms of public transportation. The construction started in 2006, although the idea was originally proposed more than 20 years ago. The whole project should […]

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June 27 2013

Planning Steps into the Spotlight: Walkable City Book Review

June 27th, 2013Posted by 

If you’re a planner and have tried to explain to everyday folks the importance of good planning, then you know it can be a difficult topic to interest them. Most either find the planning profession to be too regulatory or know nothing about it at all. In Jeff Speck’s Walkable City: How Downtown can Save […]

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June 26 2013

San Francisco Brings Good Luck and Cultural Awareness to Central Subway Project

June 26th, 2013Posted by 

To construct San Francisco’s Central Subway Project, TBMs, or tunnel boring machines, were brought into downtown to bore a 1.5-mile tunnel between SoMa and Chinatown. But before any boring began, the TBMs had to be named. According to tunneling tradition, naming TBMs brings good luck to tunneling project. Sensing an opportunity, the San Francisco Municipal […]

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June 21 2013

Grayscale Cincinnati Seeks to Reactivate Former Brewery Complex

June 21st, 2013Posted by 

The former Jackson Brewery stands at 208 Mohawk Street, facing southward with an impressive view of the downtown Cincinnati skyline. The iconic building – with its well-known “METAL BLAST” logo – has maintained an enduring place in Cincinnati brewing history. The brewery, which has gone through many uses since its closing, will soon be reborn as Grayscale Cincinnati, […]

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June 19 2013

Shanghai Metro: No Signs of Slowing Down

June 19th, 2013Posted by 

For a city whose population has almost doubled in the past 20 years, Shanghai’s transportation system is remarkably up to date. Shanghai boasts one of the most comprehensive and fastest growing metro systems in the world, and has no plans on slowing down. Although the first line was only opened in 1995, the system already […]

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June 19 2013

Astana, Kazakhstan’s Heyday is yet to Come, so What Should it Learn from a Nineteenth Century City?

June 19th, 2013Posted by 

Most of Astana’s residents live in high-rise apartments, like those pictured above. Astana, Kazakhstan. In Cities of Tomorrow, Sir Peter Hall writes, “Stockholm in 1950 still looked and felt like a small city: a metropolitan area, including suburbs, of only about one million people, in which a 20-minute walk from the center would bring a […]

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June 18 2013

Learning from Tourism-Based Transit: An Orlando, Florida, Case Study

June 18th, 2013Posted by 

Orlando, Florida, is consistently the most-visited city in the United States with 48 million annual tourists. It should come as no surprise, then, that a major portion of the local economy is made up of service, hospitality, and theme-park-related jobs relying on national and international visitors. Despite the industry’s importance to the area, local infrastructure […]

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June 13 2013

Cell Phone Tracking Data Sold in Hopes for Better Decision Making: Transportation’s Future with Technology at The Congress of the New Urbanism’s CNU21

June 13th, 2013Posted by 

Rob Milam, Fehr & Peers Ron Milam, Principal-In-Charge of Technical Development at Fehr & Peers, discussed the effect of big data on transportation planning and engineering. He began by lending us some perspective: If you were to purchase a hard drive with the intent to store all music ever recorded by man on it, you […]

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June 13 2013

Transforming Miami: One Ride at a Time

June 13th, 2013Posted by 

Though ranked among the least bike-friendly cities in the country, Miami is improving. With a Bicycle Master Plan, education initiatives, greenways and bike lanes installations, and Bike/Walk city events, improvements are enhancing some of the country’s most dangerous areas for riders and walkers. While these physical upgrades are important, the unity and adjustment of road […]

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June 12 2013

SFPark Program Puts Parking Theory to the Test

June 12th, 2013Posted by 

What’s the longest it’s ever taken you to find parking in an urban environment like San Francisco? If you’ve ever driven in the city, you’re probably familiar with the frustrating (and dangerous) experience of circling city blocks to find an open space. You’re not alone. In 2007, Donald Shoup, professor of urban planning at UCLA, […]

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June 11 2013

Bicycle Theft in Montréal, Canada

June 11th, 2013Posted by 

This is a very appropriate week for me to be writing a blog post about bicycle theft in Montréal. Last week, someone took my bell and my lights right off of my bike in the middle of downtown. I am an avid cyclist; I bike to work, to run errands, and to go out to […]

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June 07 2013

U Square Student Development Poised to Open Doors to Public

June 7th, 2013Posted by 

The University of Cincinnati campus has grown significantly in recent years – earning national distinction for its campus transformation – achieved through successful visioning and leadership in the last decade. This growth, which has elevated the rankings and reputation of the university 17 points (to the top tier of national universities in 2011), has likewise […]

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May 31 2013

Midnight Tram Through Nottingham: The Economic Impact of Tramlines

May 31st, 2013Posted by 

Tramways have a greater impact on communities than local governments give them. Tramways connect people and business in a way that no other physical medium can. These electric transportation vessels revitalize and help refurbish and reshape not only businesses and surrounding streets, but also business models and the identities of cities. Nottingham Express Transit or […]

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May 29 2013

Transbay Transit Center: San Francisco Builds a Visionary Transportation Hub

May 29th, 2013Posted by 

If you’ve ever taken Bay Area public transit, you’ll know that there are many options for traveling within and between cities. There are also many options for traveling to different parts of California from the Bay Area using public transit. But one of the biggest challenges facing public transit is the issue of intermodal passenger […]

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May 24 2013

Spinning Wheels: Cincinnati Bike Month 2013 & Cincinnati Bike Advocacy

May 24th, 2013Posted by 

The Month of May in Cincinnati celebrates cyclists & cycling in all forms – ushering in hundreds of events hosted by local bicycling advocates including the City of Cincinnati, Queen City Bike, Mobo Bicycle Coop and many other bike friendly businesses such as Park + Vine. This year, wheels are spinning, and gears are shifting […]

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May 14 2013

An Update on the Reconstruction of the Turcot Interchange in Montréal, Canada

May 14th, 2013Posted by 

In December 2011, a former Grid blogger, Yosef Robinson, wrote a piece about the reconstruction of the Turcot Interchange, a major highway junction in Montreal, Canada. The original proposal came about as the aging infrastructure was beginning to crumble. The project faced fierce opposition, as it planned to widen the interchange (going against everything we […]

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May 13 2013

The Transportation Lifeline: US Highway 24

May 13th, 2013Posted by 

Buena Vista, Colorado has struggled in recent years with US Highway 24 – the primary transportation connection to other towns and cities. Highway 24 is one of the most well-known transportation corridors in south-central Colorado; it runs horizontally across Colorado connecting the western part of Interstate 70 to the eastern part, bypassing Denver to the […]

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