Indian cities with the most high-rise buildings

Mumbai – Source:

Listed below are the 20 cities in India with the most high-rise buildings as defined by If the city is a suburb, the core city is listed nest to it in parenthesis. Also shown in parenthesis at the end of each row are the number of high-rise buildings in each city that are considered to be skyscrapers by

  1. Mumbai = 2,789 (321)
  2. Guragon (Delhi) = 1,785 (15)
  3. Greater Noida (Delhi) = 1,115 (5)
  4. Navi Mumbai (Mumbai) = 1,077 (14)
  5. Noida (Delhi) = 1,019 (34)
  6. Pune = 905 (2)
  7. Thane (Mumbai) = 654 (6)
  8. Kolkata = 597 (21)
  9. Ghaziabad (Delhi) = 525 (0)
  10. Bangalore = 490 (7)
  11. Surat = 401 (0)
  12. Faridabad (Delhi)= 276 (0)
  13. Hyderabad = 201 (9)
  14. Chennai = 181 (1)
  15. Sonipat (Delhi) = 100 (0)
  16. New Delhi (Delhi) = 77/1
  17. Dharuhera (Delhi) = 62 (1)
  18. Mangalore = 61 (1)
  19. Dombiuli (Mumbai) = 35 (0)
  20. Lucknow = 35 (1)


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Poets of the pavement – local places with Poet Laureates

The list below identifies those cities, towns, villages, townships, shires, and counties which have a designated or appointed poet laureate.  It is meant to include only those with an active poet laureate position or which are searching for someone to fill the position. Any corrections or additions are most welcome, particularly for poet laureates of non-English speaking places.

Lastly, some places have a youth poet laureate, others have an adult poet laureate, while others have both. Unless otherwise noted by a ‘Y’ for youth or an ‘A and Y’ for adult and youth, the places listed refer solely to an adult poet laureate.

  • Alameda, CA
  • Albany, CA
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Alexandria, VA
  • Andover, MA
  • Arlington, MA
  • Arlington, VA
  • Auburn, WA
  • Aurora, CO
  • Baltimore, MD (Y)
  • Banff, AB, Canada
  • Barrie, ON, Canada
  • Baton Rouge, LA
  • Belfast, ME
  • Belfast, UK
  • Belmont, CA
  • Benecia, CA
  • Berks County, PA
  • Birmingham, UK
  • Boise, ID
  • Boston, MA
  • Boulder, CO
  • Brantford, ON, Canada
  • Brentwood, CA
  • Brookline, MA
  • Bucks County, PA
  • Caddo Parish, LA
  • Calgary, AB, Canada
  • Canton, CT
  • Carrboro, NC
  • Charleston, SC
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Clark County, NV
  • Cleveland Heights, OH
  • Cobalt, ON, Canada
  • Cobourg, ON, Canada
  • Columbia, SC
  • Culver City, CA
  • Cupertino, CA
  • Danville, CA
  • Davis, CA
  • Denver, CO (Y)
  • Derbyshire, UK
  • Derry, NH
  • Door County, WI
  • Duluth, MN
  • Dunn, WI
  • Dutchess County, NY
  • Eau Claire, WI
  • Edmonton, AB, Canada
  • El Cerrito, CA
  • Emeryville, CA
  • Erie County, PA
  • Fairfield, CA
  • Fort Collins, CO
  • Fresno, CA
  • Gainesville, FL (Y)
  • Glastonbury, CT
  • Gloucester, MA
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Gulfport, MS
  • Halifax, NS, Canada
  • Hamden, CT
  • Harrisburg, PA
  • Hazelton, PA (Y)
  • Highland, IN
  • Hillsborough, NC
  • Houston, TX (A and Y)
  • Huron, OH
  • Kern County, CA
  • Key West, FL
  • Kingston, ON, Canada
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Laguna Beach, CA
  • Lake County, CA
  • Lancaster, PA (Y)
  • Lancaster County, PA
  • Lansing, MI (search underway)
  • Lewisville, TX
  • Livermore, CA
  • Logan, UT
  • London, ON, Canada
  • London, UK (Y)
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Los Gatos, CA
  • Lucas County, OH
  • Madison, WI
  • Malibu, CA
  • Marin County, CA
  • McAllen, TX
  • Memphis, TN
  • Milford, CT
  • Milton, ON, Canada
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Mississauga, ON, Canada
  • Modesto, CA
  • Montgomery County, PA
  • Moose Jaw, SK, Canada
  • Moscow, ID
  • Nanaimo, BC, Canada
  • Napa County, CA
  • Nashville, TN (Y)
  • Nassau County, NY
  • New Bedford, MA
  • New Britain, CT
  • New London, CT
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Newtown, CT
  • New Westminster, BC, Canada
  • New York City, NY (A and Y)
  • Norfolk County, ON, Canada
  • Norfolk, VA (Y)
  • North Andover, MA
  • Nottingham, UK (Y)
  • Oakland, CA (Y)
  • Ogden, UT
  • Old Saybrook, CT
  • Olympia, WA
  • Orange County, NY
  • Orlando, FL (search underway)
  • Ottawa, ON, Canada
  • Owen Sound, ON, Canada
  • Pacifica, CA
  • Peterborough, ON, Canada
  • Philadelphia, PA (A and Y)
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Plattsburgh, NY
  • Plymouth, UK
  • Portland, ME
  • Portsmouth, NH
  • Prince Georges County, MD (Y)
  • Prince William County, VA
  • Quad Cities, IA-IL
  • Queens, NY
  • Redmond, WA
  • Reno, NV
  • Richmond, CA
  • Rochester, NH
  • Rockland, ME
  • Sackville, NB, Canada
  • Sacramento, CA (A and Y)
  • Salinas, CA (Y)
  • San Antonio, TX
  • San Francisco, CA
  • San Luis Obispo County, CA
  • San Mateo County, CA
  • San Ramon, CA
  • Santa Barbara, CA
  • Santa Clara County, CA
  • Santa Cruz County, CA
  • Santa Fe, NM
  • Seattle, WA
  • Shelburne, VT
  • Silver City, NM
  • Somerville, MA
  • Sonoma County, CA
  • South Windsor, CT
  • Spokane, WA
  • Springfield, MA
  • Staffordshire, UK
  • St. John’s NF, Canada
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Stockton, CA
  • St. Paul, MN
  • Sudbury, ON, Canada
  • Suffolk County, NY
  • Sunland-Tujunga, CA
  • Surrey, BC, Canada
  • Swampscott, MA
  • Tacoma, WA
  • Tacoma Park, MD
  • Tampa, FL
  • Tompkins County, NY
  • Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Tucson, AZ
  • Union Bridge, MD
  • Vallejo, CA
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Ventura County, CA
  • Victoria, BC, Canada
  • Volusia County, FL
  • Wallingford, CT
  • Washington, CT
  • Washington, DC (Y)
  • West Hollywood, CA
  • West Tisbury, MA
  • Windsor, ON, Canada
  • Winnepeg, MB, Canada
  • Winona, MN
  • Wocestershire, UK
  • Yacolt, OR
  • York, PA


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Grand movie palaces of Northern Michigan

The handsome “Bay Theatre” in Suttons Bay (opened 1946)

The soon to be restored Boyne Theatre in Boyne City (opened 1906)

Frankfort’s “Garden” spot for movies (opened in 1923)

Beautiful Bijou by the Bay in Traverse City – the building was once a museum (built in the 1930s – converted to a theater in 2013)

Traverse City’s impressive State Theatre at night [opened in 1949 – replaced the Lyric Theater (1916) which had been destroyed by fire]

The “Ideal” place to see movies in Clare (opened in 1930)

The magnificent Vogue Theatre in Manistee (opened in 1938)

The lights of Broadway in Mt. Pleasant are being lovingly restored (opened in 1929)

The Strand Theatre – a playhouse in Alma – date unknown

Former Ward Theatre in downtown Mt. Pleasant (opened in 1937) – now a church

A real “Gem” of a movie theatre in St. Louis, MI – now a Blues music/festival venue (date unknown)

Elk Rapids Theatre (opened in 1940) – originally named the State – Source:

Grayling’s beautiful Rialto (opened 1915) – Source:

The State Theatre(s) in Alpena – Source: –  originally was the Maltz Opera House                                                                           (First opened 1883. After a fire, it was converted to a theatre in 1925)

Family Theater in East Tawas – Source: (opened in 1934)

Lake Theater in Oscoda – Source: (opened in 1948)

Kingston Theater in Cheboygan – Source: (opened in 1920)

West Branch Cinema 3 – Source: (date unknown)

Rogers Theater in Rogers City – Source: (opened in 1937)


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4/5th’s of Fleetwood Mac are infinitely better than most musicians


I bought the new album by Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie this week. You may wonder why I refer to 4/5th’s of Fleetwood Mac if the album is by only two members? Well, because, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie provide the percussion and bass on the album The only member of Fleetwood Mac absent is Stevie Nicks. 

Personally, I think Stevie made a huge mistake, because this is an excellent 10 song set that reawakens many of the best sounds of Fleetwood Mac, while offering toe-tapping and head-banging beats. It is amazing how 4/5’s of one of the greatest bands of all time can release an album 40 years later that blows most music by full bands (past and present) right out of the water. 

The minute they launch into the chorus of the opening track, “Sleeping Round the Corner,” you’d swear it was the late 70’s or early 80’s and Fleetwood Mac was at the top of their game. This sense of deja vu continues throughout the new album. I keep revising my order of favorite songs, but here’s the latest compilation (subject to change the more I listen to the album):

  • “Lay Down for Free” – love this song, though I would have preferred a guitar solo at the end
  • “Sleeping Round the Corner” – very catchy tune
  • “In My World”
  • “Red Sun”
  • “Love is Here to Stay”
  • “Carnival Begin” – wicked guitar solo at the conclusion
  • “Game of Pretend” – lovely vocals by Christine
  • “Feel About You”  

Check out the new 4/5’s Fleetwood Mac album on iTunes, YouTube, Soundcloud, or elsewhere. Is it groundbreaking? No, but it sure is helluva lot of fun!

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A physical Brexit with Iberian flair


Imagine, if you will, a place known as Iberia, a peninsula consisting of two great nations (Portugal and Spain). One day, for no apparent reason or cause, this geographic feature abruptly adopts a mind and a course of its own by detaching from Europe amidst the Pyrenees Mountains and floats out to sea. Interwoven with this macro geopolitical story is a micro one, depicted at a human scale, that follows five characters and a dog who wander the Iberian landscape in search of answers to what is happening to their respective homelands as a whole and to each of them individually.

I adored the first 2/3s of The Stone Raft and spent the last third wishing the book would never end. It takes about a chapter become accustomed to Jose Saramago’s unique and Nobel Prize winning style of writing. It is akin to Jack Kerouac’s spontaneous prose, but more like spontaneous conversation without quotation marks. The book was first published in 1986, but it is interesting to compare the dynamics of Iberia’s physical separation from Europe in the context of Brexit 30 years hence.

The fact that the Iberian Peninsula actually rests on its own tectonic plate adds more potential realism to Señor Saramago’s storyline, though only a few actually feel the Earth’s subtle movements taking place beneath them in the book.

To me, The Stone Raft is a story of hope rather than a dystopian novel. It’s a story of hope because these two groups – five weary travelers and a dog, as well as two very proud nations, are charting their way through unknown waters while being beset by a series of unique and varied circumstances. This search causes (or helps) them to break free of the geographic, physical, psychological, political, ethical, and sociological chains that have bound them while also opening their eyes to boundless new vistas and opportunities awaiting.

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Regional place names that sound like names of nations

Delmarva Peninsula – Source:


Below is my list of regions whose name sounds more like a nation’s name. Some of these are geographic regions while others are political. In some cases they correspond with the boundaries of a state, multiple states, and/or province(s).

Lapland – Source:

I am not sure if there is any significance in the fact that many of the places listed tend to be more remote, whether they are islands, peninsulas, mountainous areas, or another type of distant or edge landform. My unscientific guess is that these more remote places may have developed their own cultural identity before becoming part of a larger society, thus, that identity still remains strong. That certainly is true for Tibet, Sicily, and Lapland to name a few.

  • Anatolia – several regions (Central, East, and Southeast) of Turkey
  • Andalusia – region in southern Spain
  • Appalachia – mountainous region in the eastern USA
  • Atacama – desert region of northern Chile
  • Barataria – lowland regions south of New Orleans, USA
  • Bavaria – mountainous region of southern Germany
  • Borneo – island that consists of parts of Indonesia and Malaysia, as well as all of Brunei
  • Burgundy – region of SE France
  • Catalonia – region of NE Spain centered around Barcelona – an independence movement is strong here
  • Corsica – French island in the Mediterranean Sea
  • Crimea – peninsula in the Black Sea disputed by Ukraine and Russia
  • Delmarva – peninsula located between Chesapeake and Delaware Bays in the eastern USA – name is an acronym of DELaware/MARyland/VirginiA.
  • Iberia – peninsula consisting of Portugal and Spain
  • Jutland – Danish peninsula between the North and Baltic Seas
  • Katanga – former breakaway nation from the Democratic Republic of the Congo – located in SE corner of the country
  • Lapland – northern parts of Scandanavia along the Arctic Circle
  • Manchuria – industrial region in NE China
  • New England – region in the NE USA made up of six (6) states
  • Normandy – French region opposite the English Channel from Great Britain
  • Patagonia – mountainous region of southern Argentina
  • Rajasthan – region of west central India near the Oakistan border
  • Riviera – resort coastal region of France, Italy, and Monaco
  • Sardinia – Italian island in the Meditertanean Sea
  • Saxony – region in SE Germany centered around Dresden
  • Siberia – enormous region of eastern Russia extending from the Ural Mountains to the Bering Sea
  • Sicily – Italian island in the Mediterranean Sea
  • Tasmania – island state off the SE coast of Australia
  • Tibet – once an independent nation, now sadly ruled by China
  • Tuscany – lovely region of cental Italy
  • Wallonia – region occupying the souther half of Belgium
  • Yucatan – Mexican peninsula between the Bay of Campeche and the Carribean Sea
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States/Provinces with the most carousels

Davenport Park Carousel (1927) in St. Augustine, FL

The list below identifies the states and provinces with the most carousels based on the census compiled by the National Carousel Association. The alternating non-bold/bold listing of states and provinces is done to make it easier to read the names. 
If any one city could be considered the epicenter of carousels in the United States and Canada, it would have to be Binghamton, New York. The city and its nearby suburbs are home to no less than six (6) classic wood carousels dating between 1920 and 1934. That’s more carousels than can be found in 32 states, provinces, and the District of Columbia.
Larger metropolitan areas may have more numerically, but none have the numbers per capita nor the number of classic wood carousels that the Binghamton area does. It is any wonder that Binghamton, New York is nicknamed “The Carousel Capital of the World?” Here’s a weblink to a brochure about these six (6) carousels.
  1. New York = 50
  2. California = 38
  3. Pennsylvania = 27
  4. Ohio = 23
  5. Massachusetts/Michigan/Texas = 12 each
  6. Washington = 11
  7. Kansas/Missouri/North Carolina/Ontario/Virginia = 10 each
  8. Connecticut/Wisconsin = 9 each
  9. Colorado/Indiana/Tennessee = 8 each
  10. Florida/Illinois/Maryland/New Jersey/Oregon = 7 each
  11. Alberta/Arizona/Minnesota/Montana/Oklahoma = 6 each
  12. Idaho/Mississippi/Rhode Island = 5 each
  13. Georgia/Maine/South Dakota/Utah = 4 each
  14. British Columbia/District of Columbia/Iowa/Nebraska/New Hampshire/North Dakota/South Carolina/Vermont = 3 each
  15. Alaska/Arkansas/Kentucky/Louisiana/New Mexico/Wyoming = 2 each
  16. Delaware/Hawaii/Manitoba/Nevada/Quebec/Saskatchewan = 1 each
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