Category Archives: culture

Prospecting for art in former mining towns

Each of the towns listed below was historically founded as an isolated mining community. All  have successfully reinvented themselves as art towns since the local mining industry waned. Some mining operations may still take place in the vicinity, but not to the … Continue reading

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Stores where principles and people outweigh greed on Thanksgiving

The following retail stores deserve our praise, thanks, gratitude, and money for not putting greedy materialism ahead of both people and the nation’s most sincere national holiday. THESE are the places to shop this holiday season, not at those retailers … Continue reading

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“Interstellar” is indescribably awesome!

Kathy and I saw Interstellar last night. This science-fiction epic is so good that a description cannot and should not be compartmentalized into a blog post. The cast, including a surprise un-billed guest appearance, were superb, the visual images were … Continue reading

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Heavy/precious metal cities and towns

Here’s my list of those cities and towns that are either named for metals or with the name of metals included as part of its name. As the photo of beautiful Copper Harbor, Michigan shows, some of these communities are … 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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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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