Author Archives: problogic

Reese Witherspoon goes “Wild” on the big screen

Five of us had the chance to see the movie depiction of Cheryl Strayed’s marvelous book Wild last night. While film adaptations of books can sometimes be disappointing, in this case the effort done to accurately represent the book by … Continue reading

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Review of “American Chinatown, A People’s History of Five Neighborhoods”

In American Chinatown, author Bonnie Tsui has written a compelling and reflective historical account of five Chinatowns in the United States. But, what truly brings this text to life are the lives and experiences of those residents who she interviews … Continue reading

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Seasonal city and town names

Below is my list of cities and towns with one of the seasons in its name. The list does not include community names with obvious references to water(falls) or mineral/hot (springs). Not surprisingly, “spring” is the most common season term … Continue reading

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Michigan needs a Car Czar like a hole in the head

It was recently announced that Michigan’s Governor has appointed a new Car Czar. Really? In a state that is already far too over-dependent on the automobile, we need a Car Czar to tip the scales even further towards one industry? … Continue reading

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Memorable quotes from MAP’s Transportation Bonanza 6

Here’s my list of some of the best and most memorable quotes (sometimes paraphrased) that were heard at the Michigan Association of Planning’s (MAP’s) Transportation Bonanza held on December 11th in Lansing. Enjoy!  “A vision needs a plan; otherwise, it’s … Continue reading

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Billion dollar ‘cry’ babies

I am little curious if anyone else in the planning or development review profession has noticed the following: Those applicants (developers, businesses, or firms) with the deepest pockets are the ones most likely to whine about the application requirements. It doesn’t … Continue reading

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Earth acne amid equatorial glaciers

Below is a satellite image of the Grasberg Mine amid the snowy high peaks of far eastern Indonesia. To the right of the mine itself are several glaciers. Hopefully neither the existing mine and/or any future extension(s) will harm the … Continue reading

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