May 06 2014

Housing Affordability out of Reach in Washington, D.C.

May 6th, 2014Posted by 

I’ve written about gentrification for The Grid before, but the displacement of low income residents in relation to rising rents, while disconcerting, is actually a piece of a much broader paradigm moving into place all over the country – a full blown housing affordability crisis. In Washington, D.C. the average rent has risen 10% since […]

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May 05 2014

Is Age or Race Distribution the Answer to Melbourne’s Social Housing Ills?

May 5th, 2014Posted by 

Melbourne has a history of social housing much like any first world city. This mostly consists of an industrial revolution followed, typically, by a mass influx of people to the city from the country. This increase in population would then give rise to an ever increasing lower class that could suffer from social issues such […]

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April 30 2014

Farewell to The Grid, from Rosabella Alvarez-Calderon

April 30th, 2014Posted by 

I was standing precariously on the edge of the sidewalk trying to get some good images of the buses in Lima, Peru, when I noticed that most of them were lopsided, tilting slightly to one side, a detail I had never noticed before. While taking pictures of an old cinema that had been turned into […]

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April 30 2014

Gérard Collomb Reveals His Ambitions for Lyon, Rhône-Alpes, France

April 30th, 2014Posted by 

Recently reelected for the third time as Lyon’s mayor, Gérard Collomb wants things in the city to continue progressing at a brisk pace. The following is an interview with this well-known local politician. Do you consider the overarching theme of your third term to be large urban projects? Gérard Collomb (G.C.): Yes, we are going […]

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April 29 2014

Farewell to The Grid, from Lynn Coppedge in Phoenix, Arizona

April 29th, 2014Posted by 

From libraries to light rail, my experience writing for The Grid has allowed me to explore and share exciting urban initiatives in Phoenix, Arizona. The desert city faces a number of sustainability challenges and it has been inspiring to see community leaders from all walks of life come together to develop solutions. During my six-month […]

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April 28 2014

Farewell to The Grid from Lindsay Vanstone in Toronto

April 28th, 2014Posted by 

After these short six months, I now look at my hometown of Toronto with a new perspective and have come to appreciate this city even more than before. I applied for this internship with The Grid after spending a summer studying urban planning. My goals were to get out of my comfort zone within the […]

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April 25 2014

Green Infrastructure Meets Green Solutions: Wisconsin’s New Energy Institute

April 25th, 2014Posted by 

The energy crisis is not only an American problem but also a global problem. What will happen when fossil fuels run out? Can our planet and its inhabitants even survive the constant burning of these fossil fuels? The University of Wisconsin-Madison doesn’t want to wait around to find out. Their skilled energy researchers and scientists […]

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April 25 2014

Preparing for the Worst: Resilience in Washington, D.C.

April 25th, 2014Posted by 

A recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) highlights the fact that the effects of climate change are already transpiring, and that cities will need to adapt to these changes. As a city with large amounts of land residing in a low-elevation coastal zone, the most pressing challenge for Washington, D.C. will […]

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April 25 2014

1,500 Tons of Waste Goes Uncollected in Nairobi, Kenya Each Day

April 25th, 2014Posted by 

One of the first pledges made by the first Governor of Nairobi upon assuming office was that of cleaning up the city. Years of neglecting solid waste management had seen the city cease from being a “green city in the sun.” Increased urban growth, poor urban planning and years of mismanagement by the now defunct […]

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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 23 2014

Why There Are No Trees in the Place du Pantheon or on Rue Soufflot in Paris, France

April 23rd, 2014Posted by 

On March 8th, 2014 the Parti Socialiste’s candidate for the mayorship of Paris announced her redevelopment project for the Place du Panthéon, a square that she considers to be “isolated” and “inaccessible!” Anne Hidalgo intends to plant trees all along Rue Soufflot and in the Panthéon’s very square in order to “arrange shady spaces,” which […]

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April 17 2014

BIDs Reshaping D.C.’s Future One Neighborhood at a Time

April 17th, 2014Posted by 

Since the mid 90’s, Washington, D.C. has been allowing commercially concentrated areas to band together to form Business Improvement Districts (B.I.Ds) throughout the city. These organizations charge a fee to their members in order to provide supplemental services. Typically, this includes improved street cleaning and safety, BID ambassadors to help visitors find their way around, […]

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April 16 2014

Why You Should Be Excited about the Potential Baltimore Water Taxi Expansion

April 16th, 2014Posted by 

Downtown Baltimore, Maryland is working hard to remain a tourist destination, while improving its branding as a decent place to live. The most comprehensive source detailing what Baltimore hopes to achieve is the Inner Harbor 2.0 plan. Published late last year, the plan has stirred up a lot of discussion about future development, including suggestions […]

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April 15 2014

Today’s Urban Encyclopedia: “The American City: What Works, What Doesn’t”

April 15th, 2014Posted by 

As cities grow and redevelop, community leaders are constantly imagining new ideas to improve their businesses and neighborhoods. But who is keeping track of all these new sustainability programs, zoning policies, and preservation programs? Evaluating past and existing practices can help avoid repeated mistakes and spur innovative partnerships. However, the volume and diversity of urban […]

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April 11 2014

Double Decker Highway: Good or Bad for Nairobi?

April 11th, 2014Posted by 

It is not news that there is a planned double decker highway for the City of Nairobi. Many people see the project as progressive and a potential solution to the traffic congestion problems. Only a few are asking whether it is really a long-term solution to our traffic menace and whether there are other more […]

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April 11 2014

Water Continues to Define Washington D.C.

April 11th, 2014Posted by 

Water is one of the necessary conditions of life on this planet. That simple fact, along with the important trade routes moving water provides, is why the first human settlements were built along rivers and coasts. It is the only force large enough to give form to the sprawling metropolises that dot the Earth’s landscape. […]

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April 09 2014

Maryland’s Septics Law Highlights Differences of Rural and Urban Communities

April 9th, 2014Posted by 

Maryland’s Sustainable Growth & Agricultural Preservation Act of 2012, also known as the septics law, widened the divide between rural and urban communities in the state. The law is part of a bundle of programs pushed through within the last decade to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Some of these initiatives include: Enhanced […]

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April 07 2014

Passion for the Arts in Former Slaughterhouses in Casablanca, Morocco

April 7th, 2014Posted by 

In Casablanca’s outskirts, in the working-class neighborhood of Hay Mohammadi, a surprise awaits visitors. Behind the imposing pediment of the city’s former slaughterhouses, among a labyrinth of alleys and small squares, you can come across young skateboarders, rappers, and dance crews putting the final touches to their performances, and in the large hall graffiti and […]

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April 03 2014

Runners Explore the City of Athens, Greece

April 3rd, 2014Posted by 

Area named Plaka in Athens From the alleys of Plaka at Anafiotika, to Archaia Agora, Thiseion and the footpaths of Filopappou. From the columns of the Temple of the Olympian Zeus, to Zappeio and the Parliament. That was the first venture for the three young members of a newly created team, named “Urban Trail Runners.” […]

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April 02 2014

The Couch as Unlikely Street Furniture: In Paris, France and Beyond

April 2nd, 2014Posted by 

For this article we are bringing up an idea that is not exactly new, but still has potential for the comfort of our streets (and for the well-being of our rear-ends, which are ill-served by reinforced concrete benches). Let’s introduce the sofa into public spaces. Sitting Down in Our Cities: Why So Much Hate? Although […]

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