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“Say cheese!” – Cities with the most surveillance cameras

Ever felt like someone was watching you? Well, the following list of the cities with the most raw number of surveillance cameras was prepared by Vin Tech in 2011 and was updated to include projected 2012 numbers for Chongqing, China. … Continue reading

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Constant’s “New Babylon” utopia is not so far-fetched

Imagine a brave new world with the following attributes: “Living time” would replace “work time;” Humankind would be collectively liberated from work and free to engage in creativity; Citizens would pass their time in perpetual tourism; Fixed residence would be … Continue reading

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Slang and synonyms for “suburban”

Lastly, after lists of slang and synonyms for “rural” and “urban,” below is the list for “suburban.” Once again, any additions are most welcome. Dullsville Edge City(ies) Environs Fringes Levittown Low-density development Nowhere Outskirts Sprawl Strip commercial Suburb Suburbia Suburgatory … Continue reading

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Urban planning and the ten principles of yoga

My wife and I started practicing flow yoga about 10 months ago. We have found yoga to be very rewarding towards our physical, mental, and spiritual health in our daily lives. As an urban planner, I believe the ten principles … Continue reading

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Slang and synonyms for “urban”

As a follow-up to terms for “rural,” here’s my list of positive and demeaning terms for “urban.” Asphalt jungle Built Built environment Built-up Citified Concrete jungle Conurbation Cosmopolitan Dense Downtown Inner City Manhattanized Megalopolis Metropolis Metropolitan Micropolitan Midtown Overbuilt Sprawl … Continue reading

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“Birdman” simply soars!

This film is what great moviemaking is all about! Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Amy Ryan, Andrea Riseborough, Naomi Watts, and the entire cast of Birdman give performances of a lifetime in this cinematic treat. The cinematography is breathtaking … Continue reading

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Carnivores around every corner…a place where polar bears and people coexist

While reading a book that is especially enjoyable, I literally revel in it, not wanting the book to ever end. Never Look a Polar Bear in the Eye by author Zac Unger is just such a book. It is a … Continue reading

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