August 22 2015

A Farewell to The Grid from Lindsay Naughton in St. Louis, Missouri

August 22nd, 2015Posted by 

The opportunity to intern with The Grid gave me the chance to truly explore St. Louis, Missouri. With plans to open the National Blues Museum and create an international technology hub, to exploring the history of Forest Park and the city’s role in hosting the first US Olympics, there was already much of the city […]

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August 19 2015

Debunking St. Louis, Missouri: Perceptions of Crime versus Reality

August 19th, 2015Posted by 

Perception is powerful. It is powerful because we often have a hard time separating perception from reality. While we see perception as being right or wrong, we also believe that we can shape perceptions. We often can. This can become problematic when statistics, which we accept as facts, do a bad job of accounting for […]

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August 14 2015

Upgraded Rickshaws Tracking Air Quality in Marseille, France

August 14th, 2015Posted by 

In Marseille, France the news regularly reminds us of the consequences of air pollution, particularly the repercussions of the now, sadly famous, PM2.5 particles (particles in the air that are less than 2.5 micrometers in size, the smallest of which can penetrate our lungs). According to a recent study done by the Marseille Provence Métropole, […]

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August 11 2015

Touring Los Angeles, California Through a Toxic Lens

August 11th, 2015Posted by 

When visiting Los Angeles, one of the first things that often comes to mind is taking a tour of Hollywood or Beverly Hills. But what about opting for a Toxic Tour instead? The Communities for a Better Environment (CBE), an environmental justice organization that empowers people directly affected by pollution, has been giving Toxic Tours […]

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August 11 2015

The Suburbs Copy Montreal, Canada In Order to Compete with It

August 11th, 2015Posted by 

Public pianos, self-service bikes, street food trucks … the suburbs are drawing more and more inspiration from Montreal. This summer, several projects born in the metropolis are being launched in the surrounding suburbs. The objective is to retain the consumer-residents. “We have plenty of nice activities, there’s no reason to go elsewhere to benefit from […]

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August 10 2015

A Farewell to The Grid from Katelyn Hewett

August 10th, 2015Posted by 

It is hard to believe it has been a year since I begin my time at The Grid. I still remember one of my first assignments, a book review on Charles Montgomery’s Happy City. I thought writing a book review would be a good experience, but worried the text would prove to be a bit […]

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August 09 2015

Farewell to The Grid from French Translator Bora Mici

August 9th, 2015Posted by 

I am pictured above in the Sculpture Garden of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. I am certainly a fan of Neo-Classical urban architecture like the museums that surround me, as well as of urban gardens, particularly if they offer 3D artworks. However, I did not spend my time with The Grid exploring any […]

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August 07 2015

Saint-Laurent-du-Var, France is Arming its Citizens with Solar Reflectance Education

August 7th, 2015Posted by 

Experts at the Chamber of Trades and Artisans in Saint-Laurent-du-Var, France have introduced professionals and individuals to innovative technologies related to housing. For example, lowering the temperature of a building by 4-7 degrees Celsius without air conditioning is now possible. Faced with climate change and rising temperatures in urban areas, new construction materials have come […]

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August 04 2015

Farewell to The Grid from Lauren Golightly in San Francisco, California

August 4th, 2015Posted by 

When I began writing with The Grid, I was moving from the New Mexico desert to the City by the Bay, San Francisco. Arriving in the midst of gentrification, I had the pleasure of experiencing the struggles of finding housing in a place where the word “affordable” meant $2,100 a month for a closet in […]

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August 03 2015

Farewell to The Grid from Jade Clayton in Baltimore, Maryland

August 3rd, 2015Posted by 

A lot has changed since I first joined The Grid’s blogging community 24 blog posts ago. Blogging about urban planning in Baltimore gave me the opportunity to get to know the city I’d lived just north of while attending university. The Grid also allowed me to explore a growing interest in urban planning, which, through exploration […]

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July 31 2015

7 Neighborhoods Selected for Urban Renewal in Lille, France

July 31st, 2015Posted by 

The French Ministry of the City (Ministere de la ville) announced in December 2014 that seven neighborhoods out of the ten proposed in the Lille metropolitan area had been selected by the National Agency for Urban Renovation (Agence nationale pour la rénovation urbaine) for the New National Program of Urban Renewal (Nouveau programme national de […]

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July 31 2015

In Verberie, France, An Intergenerational Residence Leads to Debate

July 31st, 2015Posted by 

Discussions are underway amongst elected officials in Verberie, France. Is it wise to create an intergenerational residence? “The initial feedback is mostly positive,” assures Michel Arnould, the Mayor of this commune of 4,000 residents. The final decision will be made at the beginning of the school year, during the next session of the municipal council. […]

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July 28 2015

Amiens, France Prioritizes Social Housing Lease-Ownership Program

July 28th, 2015Posted by 

The French government hopes to facilitate the construction of social housing by giving land to local communities and social landlords at a low price. Jean-Christophe Loric, Deputy to the Mayor of Amiens in charge of urban planning and housing and President of OPAC de la Somme, explains the social housing situation in the Picardy capital. […]

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July 24 2015

Marseille, France Increases Wayfinding for Bicyclists and Pedestrians

July 24th, 2015Posted by 

There is great news for those who choose to bike to work in Marseille, France. Specific signs for pedestrians and bikers have just been installed along the Promenade de l’Huveaune. With all the work being done for the new Vélodrome Stadium, a new walk and bike path has been created along Huveaune River between the Michelet Boulevard […]

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July 24 2015

UNESCO Classification of Le Havre, France Makes Life Difficult for Some Residents

July 24th, 2015Posted by 

Ten years after its UNESCO classification, people unanimously agree that the Auguste Perret style has led to a more positive perception of Le Havre, France. However, several dissonant voices express that it is not always easy to live in such a monument. “I am not afraid to say it: I would prefer to not have […]

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July 21 2015

Strasbourg, France to Re-reveal Plans for Notre-Dame Cathedral

July 21st, 2015Posted by 

On the thousand-year anniversary of the Notre-Dame Collection Foundation, (the organization that supports Strasbourg, France’s Notre-Dame Cathedral), the foundation’s museum is equipping itself with two new rooms that will hold the drawings and plans for the cathedral, dating back to the middle ages. Inaccessible to the public since 1989, these showpieces will once again be […]

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July 13 2015

Educational Programs Central to Theme at Milan, Italy’s Expo 2015

July 13th, 2015Posted by 

Expo 2015 is promoting a series of projects concerning education, research and innovation, digital technology, the role of women, and the importance of children and education in society. All of these projects are designed to spread awareness of topics related to the event’s main theme: “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.” We all experience and are affected by food, […]

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July 10 2015

Survey of Alleyway Usage Launched this Summer in Limoilou, Quebec

July 10th, 2015Posted by 

On the brink of revising its policy on alley greenery, Quebec City, Quebec entrusted the organization Votepour.ca with conducting a large survey of citizens and businesses in the neighborhood of Limoilou, in order to better understand their needs, how they use alleys, and the projects associated with their communities. How do we use the Limoilou’s alleys? […]

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July 10 2015

All Forms of Transportation Prioritized over Pedestrians in Fortaleza, Brazil

July 10th, 2015Posted by 

Fortaleza is the fifth most populous city in Brazil and the ninth largest urban area, with 2.5 million people and 193.4 million square kilometers, respectively. The capital of the northeastern state of Ceará, it stands as the richest city of the region and the tenth in the national ranking. Yet its metropolitan region, with 3.8 […]

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July 08 2015

São Paulo, Brazil Celebrates Grand Opening of Avenida Paulista’s Ciclovia

July 8th, 2015Posted by 

The Avenida Paulista Ciclovia opened on Sunday, June 28th with a ceremony attended by São Paulo’s Mayor Fernando Haddad and the Municipal Secretary of Transportation, Jilmar Tatto. From 10 AM to 5 PM, the street was closed to transit in both directions. See photos from the opening of the Avenida Paulista Ciclovia. A little before […]

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