Author Archives: problogic

Three classic urban basins

Below are satellite and photographic images of three classic urban basins (or bowl-shaped valley cities, Katmandu, Nepal; Lubango, Angola; and Tegucigalpa, Honduras. There are a number of cities around the globe that sit in basins surrounded by mountains, including Mexico … Continue reading

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The road ate my neighborhood!

Absolutely spot-on example of the bass ackwards thinking from old school Traffic Engineers. Sadly, we have a serious overpopulation of them living and working here in Michigan. The video created by Strong Towns would be hilarious if it weren’t so … Continue reading

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Searching by bike for truth and reconciliation amid the minefields of Angola

A pretty compelling blog post title, if I do say so myself. It is deliberately so, as the Kindle book I just finished is just that – compelling. Normally, when one reads a book about bike touring, it is an … Continue reading

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Ten planning lessons from Winnipeg, Manitoba

The following is another post in an ongoing series which highlights ten important planning lessons from various cities around the world. Below are the ten planning lessons I’ve learned from two visits to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada – one in 2005 and the other … Continue reading

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The “real” snowbirds

Each autumn and winter millions of northerners across North America make the pilgrimage to points south, primarily Florida and Arizona, to escape the snow and cold. Similarly, flocks of birds migrate southward for the winter from their summer nesting grounds. … Continue reading

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Ten planning lessons from Victoria, British Columbia

My wife and I had the great pleasure of visiting gorgeous Victoria, British Columbia for five days last month. After some time for reflection, here is my list of ten planning lessons learned from this magnificent city. If there ever were a … Continue reading

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Geography of advanced degrees in the USA (2013)

This fascinating chart from newgeography.com depicts those large metropolitan areas in the United States with the highest percentage of advanced degrees (masters or Ph.D) in 2013. Of particular interest in the growth in many Northern and Western cities and the corresponding … Continue reading

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