Category Archives: cities

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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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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Eight awesome bridges of Vietnam

Above and below are impressive bridge photographs of seven of the ten most popular bridges of Vietnam, plus one other beautiful one that I found on Trip Advisor.com. While all of them are intriguing in their own special way, it … Continue reading

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Overcoming roadblocks to non-motorized connectivity

Much research and analysis has been conducted over the years on the numerous harmful impacts from poorly designed highway projects on the fabric of a neighborhood or a community. In some instances, cities have begun the healing process of stitching themselves back together … Continue reading

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More human-made Earth acne from space

Here’s another satellite image of human-made Earth acne, partially softened by a coating of snow on the higher adjacent peaks. The photo is of the massive Bingham Canyon Mine located approximate 32 miles southwest of downtown Salt Lake City, Utah … Continue reading

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An image of human-made Earth acne

The image below is a satellite photograph of the Cananea Copper Mine in the northern Mexico state of Sonora. As the old adage states, “a picture says a thousand words.” In this case, most of those  words would be negative. … Continue reading

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