Throwback Thursday: Why the City of Spokane, Washington is Wary of Adopting More Neighborhood LID “Storm Gardens:” A Fear of Expensive Popularity [The GRID]


Why the City of Spokane, Washington is Wary of Adopting More Neighborhood LID “Storm Gardens:” A Fear of Expensive Popularity

This article discusses the popularity of Low-Impact Development (LID) Storm Gardens (rather than Rain Gardens, as in Seattle, WA due to the nature of Spokane’s climate) in two neighborhoods in Spokane, and the troubling demand for more elsewhere in the city.

This was the fourth article I wrote for The GRID. Please make any comments on The GRID, not here! It’ll make me look good to my boss! (Click the linked title above to read the full article!)

This was originally posted on Global Site Plans‘ blog, The GRID, July 4th, 2012.

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Throwback Thursday: Spokane, Washington’s Waste-to-Energy Plant’s New Recycling Center Design [The GRID]


Spokane, Washington’s Waste-to-Energy Plant’s New Recycling Center Design

This article was inspired by the Capital Facilities Planning course with Dr. Gregg Dohrn, a beloved planning professor of EWU. This was no longer hot news, but I was still happy to write about it nonetheless: not many mid-sized cities have such comprehensive recycling programs, let alone their own waste-to-energy plant!

This was the third article I wrote for The GRID. Please make any comments on The GRID, not here! It’ll make me look good to my boss! Thank you.

This was originally posted on Global Site Plans‘ blog, The GRID, June 20th, 2012.

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Throwback Thursday: Uses of Social and Participatory Mediums in Urban Planning [The GRID]


Uses of Social and Participatory

Mediums in Urban Planning

How all pubic meetings truly feel…

This is one of the topics which was forced upon me, rather than the usual I’m-the-boss-of-my-own-writing mindset. I had no idea what I was going to say about the topic until I just sat there in front of my keyboard until I simply wrote what came to my mind first. I look forward to writing more on this topic throughout my academic and professional careers. I hope to put some of this knowledge to good use during my other internships while aiding in the public feedback and meeting process.

This was the second article I wrote for The GRID. Please make any comments on The GRID, not here! (The title at the top of this post doubles as a hyperlink to the original article on GSP!) Make me look good to my boss, please!

This was originally posted on Global Site Plans‘ blog, The GRID, June 6th, 2012.

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Throwback Thursday: New Mayor’s Rushed LED Initiative Misleading for Spokane, Washington [The GRID]


New Mayor’s Rushed LED Initiative
Misleading for Spokane, Washington

LED Initiative Misleading

This article discusses the contradiction of Mayor Condon’s First 100-days plan towards more commercial and industrial development through a Certified Sites program. However, with all the support Spokane gives to infill development downtown, this bribery for big-box developers is something to frown upon.

This was the first article I wrote for The GRID. Please make any comments on The GRID, not here! It’ll make me look good to my boss!

I could have, and did eventually, write pages and pages on this bit of a little-known controversy. I have since also performed the GIS analysis supporting my theories and may end up submitting my extended work on this topic to The Inlander, Spokane and its hinterland’s alternative periodical, for publishing.

This was originally posted on Global Site Plans‘ blog, The GRID, May 23rd, 2012.

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