July 04 2013

A Farewell To The Grid and Global Site Plans, From James Gardner

As a long time aspiring blogger, The Grid has been my first opportunity to grow my writing skills; and from the inception of our relationship, I have appreciated the persistent encouragement and feedback. From the onset of my blogging work with The Grid in December 2012, I have been challenged to meet my deadlines, and to discover more about the city I live in. I have also been inspired to share my work as a graduate student at Arizona State University in Urban and Environmental Planning.

My experience at The Grid has been rewarding, especially since it has aided me in discovering new insights into issues effecting my city. I attended meetings and walked the streets, and discovered groups that were involved in creating change in my city. For my post on Infill and Adaptive Reuse in Phoenix I attended a community meeting where I was inspired by the many architects, planners, and community advocates who live in my neighborhood trying to liven up the community. I was also inspired at many art walks and even discovered new statues in my city for my coverage of arts and culture events in downtown Phoenix, none of which I would have attended without the extra push to blog about it.

James Gardner at Jobot

Blogger James Gardner takes a break at a local coffee shop,
where many of his articles were written.

Global Site Plans’ innovative web branding for environmental design is an important force for planners, architects, engineers, and the like. The field of environmental design does not receive as much attention as it should, and the work of branding and marketing for environmental design is underappreciated. I leave Global Site Plans with a sense of pride for having worked with such an innovative company, and truly appreciate the experience I have had here.

James Gardner

James is a graduate student in Urban and Environmental Planning at Arizona State University. Growing up in a small, sprawling town in Arizona, James became attracted to the field of planning and design by taking a critical look at his surroundings, and realizing there is a better way to live. With a Bachelors in Public Planning from Northern Arizona University, James has received extensive education in planning, and has worked as a Planner for Yavapai County, Arizona. James is currently focused on the health effects of the built environment in the Phoenix Metro area, and the integration of this focus into topics of transit, transportation, and bicycle and pedestrian planning. James hopes to become a Planner who advocates for a healthier built environment in order to make the cities we live in more vibrant and habitable. James blogged for the Grid with a focus on Phoenix, Arizona projects.

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