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Sarah Thomas

"Reclaiming Our Food" Will Change the Way You Eat: A Book Review

by Sarah Thomas

Tanya Denckla Cobb’s latest book, Reclaiming Our Food: How the Grassroots Food Movement Is Changing the Way We Eat, provides a practical guide for anyone looking to get involved in the local foods movement. Cobb uses... Read article

Sarah Thomas: One Last Look Back at My Time With The Grid

by Sarah Thomas

Six months ago I started writing for The GRID, here at Global Site Plans. At the time, I was working in the mortgage industry and needed something to reinvigorate my love for urban planning, again, during a semester full... Read article

Light Rail Can Work For Tampa, Florida

by Sarah Thomas

In 2010, I was involved in a campaign to bring light rail and bus rapid transit (BRT) to Tampa and Hillsborough County, Florida. The measure did not pass, and every day I see a portion of land that was purchased for the ... Read article

Urban Parks: Gathering People in Downtown Tampa, Florida After Business Hours

by Sarah Thomas

In most cities, the downtown area serves as the central business district (CDB) and the nightlife hub. However, Tampa’s downtown area competes with other places for the honor of CBD and the happening place to be. Aft... Read article

Master-Planned Communities: Planning Genius or Behind the Times?

by Sarah Thomas

Master-planned communities are all-inclusive neighborhoods that are located on the fringe of the urban core. While these have been lauded in the past for incorporating an all-inclusive design, they also have been bla... Read article

Designing Suburban Enclaves in Urban Areas: Tampa, Florida Shows the Way

by Sarah Thomas

Many people choose to relocate to the suburbs to achieve a lifestyle change: large backyards, block parties, safety. As many perks as the suburban lifestyle presents, it also presents many downfalls. Longer commutes ... Read article

The Benefits of a Website for Planning and Design Businesses

by Sarah Thomas

Having a website is essential in today’s web-driven world. Many businesses use their websites to help drive sales, leads, and advertisements. Environmental design, urban planning, and architecture businesses can bene... Read article

Steps and Tools to Promote Urban Planning Firms Online

by Sarah Thomas

A few weeks ago, I explored three avenues for social media marketing for urban planners and urban planning firms. The social media marketing steps discussed in that blog are just a handful of steps for an urban plannin... Read article

Tree Planting Efforts in Tampa, Florida

by Sarah Thomas

Trees are important for cities. Environmentally-speaking, trees provide important environmental inputs and outputs. Aesthetically-speaking, trees can provide a sense of beauty to a city. Planners and landscape archit... Read article

What is Social Media Marketing?: A Guide for Urban Planners

by Sarah Thomas

Social media marketing has become a buzzword this decade. Every business seems to be hiring social media marketers now. Which social media network would be the most appropriate for a certain organization? This mini guide... Read article

LEED Certification & Sustainability at the University of South Florida

by Sarah Thomas

The University of South Florida (USF) is a university system in the Tampa Bay area. The main campus, located in Tampa, ranks as the 9th largest university in the country. In 2005, a class from the MBA Sustainable Busines... Read article

Water Taxi: An Innovative Public Transit Opportunity in Tampa, Florida

by Sarah Thomas

One of the nice things about living in Florida are ample beaches and water. Besides possessing your typical tourist attraction, Florida’s beaches and waterfront allows transportation and urban planners to be creative wit... Read article

Mitigating the Urban Heat Island (UHI) Effect in Downtown Tampa, Florida

by Sarah Thomas

An urban heat island (UHI) is an urban area that experiences warmer temperatures than its surrounding areas. UHIs occur because buildings block the surface heat from radiating, which lets heat continue to build up in... Read article

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