Category Archives: economic development

Roadside Americana: Quaint small college towns

For this list, I chose to keep the town’s size at approximately 15,000 residents or less. Otherwise, it’s increasingly difficult to affix the term “quaint” to a place larger than that population. Berea is the largest community with more than … Continue reading

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What a “smart park” idea!

According to the Daily Tribune newspaper, the City of Royal Oak, Michigan is in the process of establishing what is thought to be the nation’s first “Smart Park” in a pedestrian plaza within its trendy and vibrant downtown area. This … Continue reading

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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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North America’s newest intermodal railroad facilities

As a follow-up to the September 27, 2012, post on those cities with the most intermodal rail facilities in North America, here is a list of some of newest and most advanced intermodal rail facilities that have come on-line over the past … 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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Ten planning lessons from Winnipeg, Manitoba

The following is another post in an ongoing series which highlights ten important planning lessons from various cities around the world. Below are the ten planning lessons I’ve learned from two visits to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada – one in 2005 and the other … Continue reading

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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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