Fictional cartoon cities and towns

Bedrock – Source:

Here’s my list of cities and towns from well-known, popular, and classic cartoons. If there are any I am missing, please feel free to send suggestions along.

  • Aberdale – Clarence
  • Adventure Bay – Paw Patrol
  • Anytown – the ZhuZhus
  • Arlen – King of the Hill
  • Aron City – Johnny Bravo
  • Autobot City – Transformers
  • Balsa City – Scaredy Squirrel
  • Bayport – The Hardy Boys
  • Bedrock – The Flintstones
  • Bikini Bottom – Spongebob
  • Bluffington – Doug
  • Bubbletucky – Bubble Guppies
  • Cape Suzette – TaleSpin
  • Capital City – Underdog
  • Capitaleville – Captain Biceps
  • Coolsville – Scooby-Do
  • Cosmopolis – Sally Bollywood, Super Detective
  • Danville – Phineas and Ferb
  • Dimmsdale – The Fairly OddParents
  • DingaLing Springs – Numb Chucks
  • Duckburg – Duck Tales
  • Dukesberry – Eight Crazy Nights
  • Elmore – The Amazing World of Gumball
  • Ellwood City – Arthur
  • Fair City – WordGirl
  • Freeland – Glenn Martin, DDS
  • Friendly Falls – Sunny Day
  • Frostbite Falls – Rocky and Bullwinkle
  • Genius Grove – Dexter’s Laboratory
  • Gongmen City – Kung Fu Panda
  • Gotham City – Batman
  • Great Big City – Pinky Dinky Doo
  • Grisham Heights – The Scarecrow
  • Highland – Beavis and Butthead
  • Hillwood – Hey Arnold
  • Inner City  – Fat Albert
  • Jump City – Teen Titans 
  • Langley Falls – American Dad
  • Lawndale – Daria
  • Metro City – Inspector Gadget and Megamind
  • Metropolis – Superman
  • Metroville – The Incredibles
  • Middleton – Kim Possible
  • Miserytown – Jimmy Two-Shoes
  • Monstropolis – Monsters, Inc.
  • Moose Jaw Heights – Atomic Betty
  • Nearburg – Catdog
  • Neo Yokio – Neo Yokio
  • New Holland – Frankenweenie
  • New New York – Futurama
  • Nowhere – Courage the Cowardly Dog
  • Ocean City or Seymour’s Bay – Bob’s Burgers
  • Ocean Shores – Rocket Power
  • Orbit City – The Jetsons
  • OTown – Rocko’s Modern Life
  • Peaceful Pines – Beetlejuice
  • Petropolis – T.U.F.F. Puppy
  • Playa Verde – Dora and Friends: Into the City
  • Porkbelly – Johnny Test
  • Quahog – Family Guy
  • Radiator Springs – Cars
  • Retroville – Jimmy Neutron
  • Riverdale – The Archie Show
  • Royal Woods – The Loud House
  • San Fransokyo – Big Hero 6
  • San Lorenzo – The Adventures of Puss in Boots
  • Santa Cecelia – Coco
  • Sheetrock Hills – Handy Manny
  • Smallville – Superman
  • Sodor – Thomas and Friends 
  • South Park – South Park
  • Splittsboro – Sidekick
  • Spoonerville – Goof Troop
  • Springfield – The Simpsons
  • St. Canard – Darkwing Duck
  • Stoolbend – The Cleveland Show
  • Super Hero City – The Super Hero Squad Show
  • Thneedville – The Lorax
  • Toon Town – Roger Rabbit
  • Townsville – Powderpuff Girls
  • Wayouttatown – The Angry Beavers
  • Whoville – The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
  • Woodcrest – The Boondocks
  • Zootopia – Zootopia 

Sources: and websites for each show

Metroville – Source:

These place names can be broken down into several categories:

Cities that sound really big:

  • Cosmopolis
  • Great Big City
  • Metropolis
  • Metroville
  • Monstropolis

Towns that sound really small:

  • Bubbletucky
  • Nowhere
  • Peaceful Pines
  • Smallville
  • Wayouttatown

Sarcastic/disgusting names:

  • Bikini Bottom
  • Dimmsdale
  • Ding-a-Ling Springs
  • Frostbite Falls
  • Miserytown
  • Nowhere
  • Porkbelly
  • Stoolbend
  • Townsville

Names related to the cartoon theme:

  • Autobot City
  • Bedrock
  • Genius Grove
  • Monstropolis
  • Orbit City
  • Radiator Springs
  • Sheetrock Hills
  • Toon Town
  • Zootopia

Average and ordinary names:

  • Anytown
  • Hillwood
  • Lawndale
  • Middleton
  • Riverdale
  • South Park
  • Springfield
  • Townsville

    Hillwood – Source

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    USA/Canada metros with the most Bitcoin ATMs/tellers

    Robocoin ATM machine – Source:

    Below is a fascinating list from of the cities in the United States and Canada with the most Bitcoin ATMs or tellers. There are currently a total of 1,244 in the USA and 310 in Canada. The most surprising fact is how far down the list some of our largest tech hubs are situated. San Francisco at 14th, Boston at 22nd, Austin at 23rd, and both San Jose and Seattle are not even in the top 25?  That is quite a surprise.

    Given the meteoric rise in value of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Litecoin in the past 12 months, it is likely these numbers will grow dramatically in the near term. Whether it is sustainable or not is the larger question.

    1. New York City = 179
    2. Los Angeles = 149
    3. Chicago = 126
    4. Toronto = 120
    5. Atlanta = 108
    6. Miami = 84
    7. Detroit = 54
    8. Vancouver = 50
    9. Montreal = 49
    10. Washington, DC = 46
    11. Dallas-Fort Worth = 44
    12. Philadelphia = 42
    13. Calgary = 30
    14. San Francisco-Oakland = 29
    15. San Diego = 27
    16. Las Vegas = 26
    17. Houston = 22
    18. Tampa-St. Pete = 21
    19. Phoenix = 20
    20. Ottawa = 16
    21. Denver = 15
    22. Boston = 14
    23. Austin = 13
    24. Sacramento and St. Louis = 12 each
    25. Edmonton = 11
    26. Charlotte, Cleveland, and Nashville = 10 each

    SOURCE (data as of 12/13/17)

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    America’s hottest hipsterhoods in 2017


    The following list developed by identifies the hottest inner city neighborhoods around the country in 2017. Having been to Midtown Detroit back in late August and seen how exciting it is, one can only imagine the vibrancy and hipness of the other 24 in this list. A link to information on several of the neighborhoods is also provided.


    Scores were tabulated out of 100 for each criteria shown in the image above and averaged for the total score shown for the applicable neighborhood to determine these rankings.

    1. The Mission in San Francisco, CA = 92
    2. Bushwick in New York City (Brooklyn), NY = 88
    3. Jackson Square in San Francisco, CA = 86
    4. Capitol Hill in Seattle, WA = 84
    5. Sunset Park in New York City (Brooklyn), NY= 84
    6. Pearl District in Portland, OR = 82
    7. North Park in San Diego, CA = 82
    8. Shaw in Washington, DC = 82
    9. Old Fourth Ward in Atlanta, GA = 80
    10. Central East in Austin, TX = 79
    11. U Street in Washington, DC = 78
    12. Holly in Austin, TX = 78
    13. Highlands in Denver, CO = 77
    14. Silver Lake in Los Angeles, CA = 77
    15. Wynwood in Miami, FL = 76
    16. Lowry Hill East in Minneapolis, MN =75
    17. Lower Westheimer in Houston, TX = 75
    18. Northern Liberties in Philadelphia, PA = 75
    19. Logan Square in Chicago, IL = 74
    20. Allston-Brighton in Boston, MA = 74
    21. Lower Garden District in New Orleans, LA = 73
    22. Wicker Park in Chicago, IL = 73
    23. Highland Park in Los Angeles, CA = 72
    24. Roosevelt Row in  Phoenix, AZ = 72
    25. Midtown in Detroit, MI = 69


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    Favorite dystopian literature and films – update #1

    Dystopian literature is my favorite genre of fiction and dystopian films are one of my top choices in cinema. Below, I have listed my favorite classic (25 years or older) and modern (less 25 years old) dystopian stories. They are followed by my favorite dystopian films. As time goes by, I will update and refresh these lists to represent my rankings at the time and add yet unseen or unread tales to the list.

    These books, short stories, and films portray the darker aspects of humanity, whether it be misogyny, racism, fascism, nationalism, theocracy, oligarchy, ethnic cleansing, despair, totalitarianism, nuclear apocalypse, mind control, technological Armageddon, environmental degradation, ravages of war, alien invasion, and a myriad of other dreadful and desperate futures. Far too often one can read and see vivid examples from today represented in these works of art. A primary reason I am fascinated by the genre is the uncanny ability of these authors to highlight our human weaknesses and show us the frightful path our actions could lead us down if left unchecked.
    Any suggested additions to my list are welcome, as I always enjoy a well written or produced dystopian story whether it is depicted in print, digitally, or on the big screen.

    Favorite classic dystopian books read to date

    1. The Stone Raft (1986) by Jose Saramago
    2. On the Beach (1957) by Nevil Shute
    3. Fahrenheit 451 (1953) by Ray Bradbury
    4. The Handmaid’s Tale (1985) by Margaret Atwood
    5. We (1921) by Yevgeny Zamyatin
    6. Frost and Fire (1946) a short story by Ray Bradbury
    7. Player Piano (1952) by Kurt Vonnegut – added on 11/2/17
    8. It Cant Happen Here (1935) by Sinclair Lewis
    9. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (1968) by Philp K. Dick – added on 10/27/17
    10. The Pedestrian (1951) a short story by Ray Bradbury
    11. The Minority Report (1956) – a short story by Philip K. Dick
    12. Harrison Bergeron (1961) – a short story by Kurt Vonnegut
    13. The Iron Heel (1908) by Jack London
    14. The New Utopia (1891) a short story by Jerome K. Jerome
    15. 1984 (1949) by George Orwell
    16. 2BR02B (1962) – a short story by Kurt Vonnegut
    17. Brave New World (1931) by Aldous Huxley
    18. Examination Day (1958) a short story by Henry Sleaser – added 10/18/17
    19. Repent Harlequin, Said the Ticktockman (1965) – a short story by Harlan Ellison
    20. Billennium (1962) a short story by J. G. Ballard
    21. The Lottery (1948) a short story by Shirley Jackson
    22. The Trial (1914) by Franz Kafka

    Favorite modern dystopian literature

    1. Sea of Rust (2017) by C. Robert Cargill – added 11/5/17
    2. The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline – added 12/8/17
    3. The Perfect Match (2012) a short story by Ken Liu
    4. Just Do It (2006) a short story by Heather Lindsey
    5. Is This Your Day to Join the Revolution (2009) a short story by Genevieve Valentine
    6. Resistance (2008) a short story by Tobias S. Buckell
    7. Red Card (2013) a short story by S.L. Gilbow
    8. The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas (1997) a short story by Ursula K. Le Guin
    9. Civilization (2007) a short story by Vylar Kaftan

    Favorite dystopian movies seen to date

    1. Oblivion
    2. Blade Runner 2049
    3. Wall-E
    4. Interstellar
    5. Arrival
    6. Terminator 2, Judgment Day
    7. Mad Max: Fury Road
    8. War of the World’s (1953)
    9. Pleasantville
    10. The Day The Earth Stood Still
    11. The Minority Report
    12. The Lorax
    13. 12 Monkeys
    14. The Terminal
    15. Soylent Green
    16. Upside Down
    17. The Postman
    18. Metropolis – added 10/16/17
    19. Mad Max
    20. The Matrix
    21. Her
    22. The Day After
    23. Planet of the Apes
    24. Hunger Games, Catching Fire – added 11/5/17
    25. Independence Day
    26. The Hunger Games – added 11/17/17
    27. On the Beach (1959) – added 10/15/17
    28. V is for Vendetta 
    29. The Running Man
    30. Batman
    31. 1984
    32. Terminator
    33. Logan’s Run added 10/26/17
    34. Lord of the Flies
    35. Rise of Planet of the Apes
    36. Back to the Future II
    37. Westworld
    38. Cloud Atlas
    39. Divergent
    40. i Robot
    41. The Lego Movie
    42. Escape from NY
    43. Total Recall
    44. War of the Worlds (2005)
    45. The Day after Tomorrow
    46. World War Z
    47. Waterworld
    48. Ender’s Game
    49. Looper
    50. Americathon (the opening scene)
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    Ann Arbor’s new “FlexRoute” dynamic shoulder lanes

    Flexroute lane is to the left of the vehicles – left of the yellow line.

    The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) recently opened flexroute lanes along a nine mile segment of US 23 north of Ann Arbor. This was done as a cost saving alternative ($92 million) to three-laning the freeway ($400 million) through this very busy corridor. Here’s a link to a digital brochure on the project.

    Sources: MDOT and MLive

    The flexroute lanes operate in both directions during peak rush hours and special events, such as University of Michigan football games; and when regular travel lanes are blocked by accidents or construction. Unlike some flex lanes, these lanes are improved inside shoulders (a.k.a. dynamic shoulder lanes) that are situated on opposite sides of the freeway’s grass median, so they are not reversable lanes.

    Source: MDOT

    Overhead signals spaced along the route notify motorists if the flexroute lanes are open or not. The system opened the week of November 13th and operates between Exit 54 (M-36) on the north and Exit 45 (M-14) on the south.

    I was pleased to see on Thanksgiving Day that no drivers were disobeying the closed flexroute lanes signal. My son, who commutes this route regularly, reports that he has yet to see anyone using the flexroure lane when it is closed. Given the propensity of Michigan drivers to flout speed limits, it is reassuring to see these rules being followed.

    A flexroute such as this appears to be an excellent active traffic management option for reducing peak hour congestion without going to the expense of widening an entire highway. Whether a flexroute creates the same kind of  induced demand that standard road/highway widening does will be interesting to learn.

    While dynamic shoulder lanes are an impressive and transferable idea to other places here in Michigan and elsewhere, this planner would still like to see alternatives attempted that actually reduce the number of cars on the road, especially those with a single occupant. For this particular corridor, the previously discussed commuter rail option along the existing tracks connecting Ann Arbor and Howell (located just west of Brighton) would be a good option to consider. HOV (high occupancy vehicle) or BRT (bus rapid transit) lanes on US 23 would be more difficult to implement without adding a third lane the entire length of the corridor between the two cities. Regardless, MDOT should be commended for trying out an alternative solution to the congestion problems that can plague US 23 north of Ann Arbor.

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    UK Smart Cities Index 2017: Leaders and Laggards

    Below are the 2017 smart city rankings for cities in the United Kingdom. This is the first time that London is not listed as number 1. Congratulations to Bristol for topping this list in 2017.

    1. 82.7 = Bristol, England
    2. 81.2 = London, England
    3. 74.3 = Manchester, England
    4. 74.2 = Birmingham, England
    5. 74.0 = Leeds, England
    6. 73.5 = Milton Keynes, England
    7. 71.9 = Glasgow, Scotland
    8. 69.5 = Nottingham, England
    9. 65.1 = Peterborough, England
    10. 63.1 = Cambridge, England
    11. 62.6 = Oxford, England
    12. 62.5 = Aberdeen, Scotland
    13. 61.3 = Edinburgh, Scotland
    14. 58.8 = Newcastle, England
    15. 50.4 = Belfast, Northern Ireland
    16. 47.4 = Sheffield, England
    17. 45.1 = Reading, England
    18. 41.9 = Liverpool, England
    19. 25.5 = Cardiff, Wales
    20. 23.4 = Exeter, England


    The criteria utilized for these rankings are as follows:

    “1.3.3 Evaluation Criteria

    The city evaluations for this Index are based on two dimensions: Strategy and Execution. The Strategy dimension assesses each city’s vision, goals, and objectives as they relate to its smart city programme. The Execution dimension assesses the city’s actual achievements, from initial projects to full-blown deployment of innovative technologies and services.

    Each dimension is split into five evaluation categories. The evaluation categories for the Strategy dimension are:

    • Vision: Assesses the clarity, comprehensiveness, and depth of the city’s smart or future city strategy.

    • Digital Innovation: Evaluates a city’s strategy to develop and exploit digital technologies and services.

    • Service Innovation: Examines a city’s strategy for innovations in local services that exploit improvements offered by smart technologies.

    • Sustainability Plans: Assesses a city’s sustainability strategy and the explicit targets set for energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and related goals.

    • Stakeholder Engagement: Examines the range of city stakeholders involved in the development of the smart city strategy.

    The evaluation categories for the Execution dimension are:

    • Implementation: Assesses the city’s overall progress in translating its strategy into action based on the number, range, and extent of projects implemented to date.

    • Digital Delivery: Evaluates progress on implementing the city’s digital strategy, including pilot projects, smart city demonstrators, and full-scale projects.

    • Service Delivery: Evaluates progress on implementing service innovations defined in the city’s smart city strategy.

    • Environmental Impact: Looks at achievements against sustainability targets and implemented environmental and sustainability programmes.

    • Community Reach: Assesses engagement across multiple communities and stakeholders and the extension of projects into the wider city region.”

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    Time to say goodbye to large commercial signs?


    With approximately 77 percent of all Americans now owning a smartphone, is there really a need for large commercial signs? One only needs to use the mapping software and GPS directions on their phones or built into their cars to direct them right to where they want to be. One no longer needs a sign of any significance or a billboard to guide them there. Furthermore, with the upcoming deployment of autonomous vehicles, all such information will guide the vehicle to the doorstep of the business.

    Perhaps, instead of blizzarding commercial corridors with undo amounts of signage, business owners should concentrate their marketing and advertising budgets on more cost-effective means, such as a stronger online presence, mail, or television and radio, as passengers in autonomous vehicles (including the former driver) will have plenty of free time for fun and relaxation while being transported down the byways and highways.

    Planners across the land should be re-thinking sign regulations in a wireless and autonomous world. The rules of yesterday hardly apply anymore and our plans, ordinances, and regulations should reflect that new paradigm. Those communities who take a proactive approach will likely become the trendsetters and desirable places to live, work, and play by the second quarter of the 21st Century, while those who fail to adapt may becomes the forgotten and bypassed ghost towns of the new age.



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