Category Archives: culture

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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Cities with all the vowels

Here’s my list of cities whose name contains all five of the vowels (a, e, i, o, u) in the Latin/Roman alphabet. A couple of interesting findings among the list: The majority of city names with all the vowels consist … Continue reading

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“Climatopolis” isn’t “Hot” enough to evoke change

I was looking forward to reading Climatopolis, by author Matthew Kahn, as its title hinted at the eye-opening and daunting challenges facing society that I found previously while reading the superb book, Hot, Living Through the Next 50 Years on Earth by … Continue reading

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Plaidurday – A celebration of plaid!

On October 7, 2011, the first Plaidurday was celebrated in Lansing, Michigan. In case you have been residing in a cave or castaway on a remote island and have not heard of Plaidurday, here’s the brief history of the event from … Continue reading

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Regal and royal city names

Here’s my list of communities that include forms of royalty in their name. Please feel free to send along additions that I may have missed. Enjoy! Annapolis Royal, NS, Canada Front Royal, VA, USA King City, CA, USA King Cove, … Continue reading

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If every city looks alike, then we are failing as a profession

In response to a cartoon I posted yesterday on panethos.wordpress.com, (see above) a comment was made that planners are one of the reasons why so many cities look-alike. That was a very thought-provoking and rather disconcerting response. With reflection, I … Continue reading

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Temples rock the Tonight Show

Temples absolutely kicked arse last night (July 30th) on the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon performing “Shelter Song” from their awesome debut album entitled Sun Structures. Here’s a weblink to the video of their performance. Enjoy! http://www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show/#segments/9546      

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