November 12 2013

Using Sports for Urban Planning? How Indianapolis, Indiana Became the ‘Amateur Sports Capital of the World’

November 12th, 2013Posted by 

Indianapolis, Indiana is home to the National Collegiate Athletic Association headquarters, the National Federal of State High School Associations and several NCAA athletic conferences. This hub of amateur sports associations may seem coincidental, but in fact, it was carefully planned. It is said that Indianapolis is branded as the “Amateur Sports Capital of the World.” […]

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November 11 2013

Toronto’s 300 Sq. Ft. Condo Boom: A Great Place to Live, But for Whom?

November 11th, 2013Posted by 

The 300 square foot micro-condo is coming to Toronto. These small units will maximize the number of residential units available in an area with a high demand. For professionals who work long hours and spend little time at home, the conveniences of living in a walkable, mixed-use neighbourhood are more valuable than extra square footage. […]

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November 11 2013

Restoring an “Industrial Ghost” in Montreal, Canada

November 11th, 2013Posted by 

It is a strange building, made entirely of white concrete, with a mysterious shape. Abandoned for nearly ten years, the Wellington Switch Tower, a gem from Montreal’s industrial past, will now take on a new life. For fifty-seven years, this two-story bunker, located near the Lachine canal in the Griffintown neighborhood, housed the switching center […]

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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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November 07 2013

Lincoln, Nebraska to Further Develop a Redeveloped Floodplain: “Exchange at Antelope Valley”

November 7th, 2013Posted by 

The city of Lincoln, Nebraska in recent years has had the unique opportunity to redevelop key urban areas. These areas, otherwise unusable land spaces, have given city architects, engineers, and urban planners the opportunity to redevelop the city through several revitalization efforts, one including the Antelope Creek Valley Project. An otherwise floodplain, the Antelope Creek […]

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November 07 2013

Zoning Changes Will Take Seattle to New Heights

November 7th, 2013Posted by 

All great cities are judged by their skyline – including Seattle. Postcards of Seattle will not look the same after newly approved zoning changes take effect all across the South Lake Union Neighborhood as building’s reach new heights. Almost all buildings are currently under 100 feet, but with the newly approved zoning changes this height […]

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November 06 2013

Planners Dream Big with Toronto’s Anticipated Arrival of Eglinton Crosstown LRT

November 6th, 2013Posted by 

The Government of Ontario’s promise to provide Toronto with an $8.4 billion, historic new light rail transit system could impact much more than just rush hour traffic congestion. Among the four new lines, which will be a combination of underground and street-level transit, the Eglinton Crosstown LRT is at the center of the city’s larger […]

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November 06 2013

3 Ways Smaller Canadian Cities are Redeveloping Their Brownfields

November 6th, 2013Posted by 

“Contamination is part of everyday conversation for real estate developers,” explained Bonnie Prior, winner of the 2013 Brownfielder of the Year Award and past president of the Canadian Brownfields Network (CBN). Consequently, brownfield remediation and redevelopment is now a key part of urban planning, not only for sustainability, but also to create vibrant and healthy […]

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November 06 2013

The Dutch Lead the Greening of Brownfields

November 6th, 2013Posted by 

Over its fourteen years, the Canadian Brownfields Conference has shifted its focus from soil remediation methods to brownfield redevelopment, highlighting the reuse of land as a key component of urban planning and creating vibrant communities. This change was echoed in all but one of the Canadian Urbanism Institute Brownie Award winners. A rare International Brownie […]

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October 31 2013

Is Rincon Valley’s Sprawl-Oriented Design Beyond Repair?

October 31st, 2013Posted by 

On the eastern edge of the city of Santa Rosa lies the Rincon Valley community, a typical middle-class suburb in the heart of wine country. The neighborhoods in this area, most notably the Skyhawk and Saint Francis developments, were designed in the sprawl fashion seen in many late-twentieth century American communities. Along with a landscape of […]

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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 25 2013

Ann Arbor, Michigan Sees Candidates from New “Mixed Use Party”

October 25th, 2013Posted by 

I’ve been following Detroit’s upcoming mayoral election and the controversy surrounding the imposition of the Emergency Financial Manager, here on Global Site Plans, but forty miles to the west, Ann Arbor is experiencing their own political shake-ups. A new party is running candidates Conrad Brown and Samuel DeVarti in the city’s council election this year. […]

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October 24 2013

Lincoln Taking Steps to Boost Citywide Recycling Percentages From 18%

October 24th, 2013Posted by 

Land space is quickly becoming one of modern day’s most valuable resources. As city planners look to reduce urban sprawl, solutions are being sought after in order to maintain city limits across the country. One major problem within cities, however, lies within the growth of local landfills. This predicament is making urban planners beg the […]

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October 23 2013

Developing the Community: The Contentious Plan to Redevelop Melbourne’s Crisis Housing Towers

October 23rd, 2013Posted by 

Ghettos, projects, and slums are some of the names given to lower income areas. In Melbourne, the housing commissions have provided housing to lower income classes since the 1960′s. Major housing commissions positioned within inner Melbourne are included in the following areas: Carlton; Richmond; Flemington; South Melbourne; Prahran; and North Fitzroy. Their role in Melbourne […]

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October 18 2013

Minneapolis’ Auto-Oriented Infrastructure Comes at A High Cost

October 18th, 2013Posted by 

Minneapolis traditionally has followed urban growth patterns similar to Manhattan’s strict grid system. However, in an urban planning effort to utilize the automobile, a system of freeways has been created over the past fifty years to support urban sprawl. Still, the question must be asked; besides the miles and emissions of our automobiles, what are the negative effects […]

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October 17 2013

Social Equity Or NIMBYism? Marin County’s Battle With Affordable Housing

October 17th, 2013Posted by 

Marin County is home to thousands of acres of open space; national, state and regional parks; and one of the most staggering equity disparities in the country. According to the American Human Development Project, the median income for the wealthiest community in Marin County, Tiburon, is $80,000; the lowest is Canal at $21,000. The Canal […]

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October 16 2013

Empowering Social Change at OpenPlan’s Planning Camp

October 16th, 2013Posted by 

On Sunday, October 12, 2013, I attended Planning Camp at Laney College in Oakland, California. About fifty people of various backgrounds gathered into an auditorium to discuss how urban planning and technology can be bridged to guide social change. The day-long session was hosted by OpenPlans, a nonprofit that develops open source technology to solve planning […]

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October 14 2013

Walking on Neutral Ground: New Orleans’ Unique Landscape Feature

October 14th, 2013Posted by 

When visiting New Orleans, non-natives may hear people talking about the “neutral ground,” and most of them will look around and think “the what?” In New Orleans, it’s not only an interesting name, but also a unique landscape feature specific to New Orleans. The “neutral ground” is a strip of land running through the middle […]

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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 02 2013

Pittsburgh Remains Front-Runner of LEED Technology

October 2nd, 2013Posted by 

The city of Pittsburgh has been a front-runner of LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, since the program’s inception back in 1998. The LEED system helps to rank green buildings in the terms of their design and construction in order to make new buildings more energy efficient and sustainable. There are currently over […]

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