Cities leading the autonomous vehicle (AV) revolution

According to Bloomberg, the cities listed below (Piloting Cities) are hosting autonomous vehicle tests or have committed to doing so in the near future. For more information on what’s taking place in each of these cities, go to the Global Atlas of AVs in Cities at and click on each city’s name.

Piloting Cities

  • Adelaide, Australia
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Arlington, Texas, USA
  • Austin, Texas, USA
  • Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  • Bristol, England, UK
  • Cambridge, England, UK
  • Chandler, Arizona, USA
  • Chiba City, Japan
  • Detroit/Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
  • Dubai, UAE
  • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Eindhoven ,Netherlands
  • Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Haarlem, Netherlands
  • Helsinki, Finland
  • Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
  • London, England, UK
  • Lyon, France
  • Milton Keynes, England, UK
  • Oslo, Norway
  • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Oxford, England, UK
  • Paris, France
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Reno, Nevada, USA
  • Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • San Antonio, Texas, USA
  • San Francisco, California, USA
  • San Jose, California, USA
  • Seongnam, South Korea
  • Sion, China
  • Taipei, Taiwan
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Wageningen, Netherlands
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • West Midlands, England, UK
  • Wuhan, China
  • Wuhu, China

Secondarily, Bloomberg notes these cities are taking preliminary steps towards an AV future, but with more of a long-term view. Regardless of which list your city may be on, they all should be commended for being the testing grounds for this exciting revolution in transportation. These cities will lead the way into an advanced mobility future and like previous breakthroughs in rail, automobiles, flight, space exploration, and even the internet; some will likely become the epicenter(s) for all future development in this and related fields.

Preparing Cities


  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Cambridge, England, UK
  • Columbus/Dublin, Ohio, USA
  • Denver, Colorado, USA
  • Jacksonville, FL, USA
  • Los Angeles/Santa Monica, CA, USA
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Nashville, Tennessee, USA
  • Orlando, Florida, USA
  • Palo Alto, California, USA
  • Portland, Oregon, USA
  • Rionegro, Colombia
  • Sacramento, California, USA
  • Seattle, Washington, USA
  • Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Tel Aviv, Israel


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Ten planning lessons from San Luis Obispo (SLO)

My wife and I were privileged to spend a few lovely days in the San Luis Obispo area in September. Here are my thoughts about this captivating and enchanting community from a planner’s perspective.

  • A beautiful physical setting not only inspires, but also enhances creativity.
  • Even a smallish stream can make a powerful downtown greenspace amenity (see photo above).
  • College towns across the nation routinely have some of the most vibrant and pleasant downtown business districts.
  • More Americans desperately need to learn about the important Spanish and Mexican contributions to our nation’s history.
  • Colonial Spanish architecture mixes very well with more modern styles.
  • A spectacular coastline within 15 minutes is a real plus – for recreation, economic development, and tourism planning; as well as a natural air freshener and cooling system.
  • Some places in California are not trapped in constant traffic gridlock – the trick is, keeping it that way.
  • One person’s eyesore can be another person’s tourist attraction – Bubblegum Alley.
  • Good humor can be an effective branding tool – SLO Transit (see photo below).
  • There are great places with great planning throughout California, not just in the Bay Area or in So Cal.

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States with the most public EV charging outlets


Below are the most recent numbers of public electric vehicle charging outlets (not stations), as of October 29, 2017. A minimum of 500 is required to included on the list.

Aside from California which far and away leads the list, the numbers are quite competitive. Even a geographically small state like Maryland ranks high on the chart at #11. The data are being constantly updated. For the freshest results, check out the website.

  1. California = 13,827
  2. Texas = 2,384
  3. Florida = 1,982
  4. Washington = 1,859
  5. Georgia = 1,748
  6. New York = 1,638
  7. Missouri = 1,508
  8. Massachusetts = 1,342
  9. Oregon = 1,253
  10. Colorado = 1,177
  11. Maryland = 1,156
  12. North Carolina = 984
  13. Arizona = 975
  14. Illinois = 959
  15. Tennessee = 953
  16. Virginia = 928
  17. Michigan = 919
  18. Kansas = 703
  19. Connecticut = 686
  20. Pennsylvania = 683
  21. Minnesota = 651
  22. Ohio = 609
  23. Nevada = 599
  24. Hawaii = 573
  25. New Jersey = 513


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The nine volcanic sisters of San Luis Obispo

During a recent visit to San Luis Obispo, California in September, we had the opportunity to view the dramatic Nine Sisters. These nines peak are a dramatic multi-mile chain of volcanic plugs (former volcanoes) that dominate the geography between the cities of San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay.

While each of the Nine Sisters has its own unique identity, none surpasses the stirring vistas presented by Morro Rock, which is majestically set against the wind, waves, and rolling surf of the Pacific Ocean.  It is hard to imagine a more beautiful setting anywhere.

Though our visit was briefer than wished, the Nine Sisters of San Luis Obispo will always hold a place in my heart – a gorgeous place that I will dream of returning at multiple opportunities in order to gaze in wonder at each of these lovely peaks.  Peace!

  • Morro Rock = 576 feet
  • Black Hill = 665 feet
  • Cerro Cabrillo = 911 feet
  • Hollister Peak = 1,404 feet
  • Cerro Romualdo = 1,306 feet
  • Chumash Peak = 1,257 feet
  • Bishop Peak = 1,559 feet
  • Cerro San Luis (Madonna) = 1,292 feet
  • Islay Hill = 775 feet


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Fictional cities of dystopia – Updated

Often, dystopian tales involve the entire planet, particular nations, or recognizable cities like New York, Los Angeles, or London. However, a fair number of them are centered in a fictional city or town. The list below identifies those cities, along with the book, movie, or program that contains the story, the author, and the date of original publication. As I have not read or seen all dystopian stories, any additions or corrections to this list a most welcome. Enjoy!

  • Amalgamation – from A Sojourn in the City of Amalgamation, in the Year of Our Lord, 19– by Jerome B. Holgate (1835
  • Artemis – Artemis by Andy Weir (2017) – added 11/14/17
  • Capitol – from The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins (2008)
  • Co-Op City – from The Running Man by Stephen King (a.k.a. Richard Bachman) (1982)
  • Diaspar – from The City and the Stars by Arthur C. Clarke (1956)
  • Ember – from The City of Ember by Jeanne Duprau (2003)
  • Fort Beulah, VT – from It’s Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis (1935)
  • Fort Repose, FL – from Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank (1959)
  • Gotham City – from Batman comics, programs, and movies
  • Macondo – from One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez – added 11/6/17
  • Medio Cityfrom Sky City by R.D. Hale – added 11/7/17
  • Neo Yokio – from Neo Yokio on Netflix (2017)
  • NIKE 14 – from Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill (2017) – added 11/9)17
  • Perdido Beach, CA – from Gone by Michael Grant (2008)
  • Ilium, NY – from Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut (1952)
  • Metropolis – from Metropolis by Thea von Harbou (1925)
  • Omelas – from The One Who Walks Away from Omelas by Ursula Le Guin (1973)
  • Padukgrad – from Bend Sinister by Vladimir Nabokov (1947)
  • Reverie – from Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi (2012)
  • Silo – from Wool by Hugh Howey (2011)
  • The City of Gold – from The Tripods series by John Christopher (1967)
  • Union Grove, NY – from World Made by Hand by James Howard Kunstler (2008)

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International Cities of Peace


The list below identifies the International Cities of Peace – currently 182. I’m very proud that my adopted home town of Traverse City, Michigan recently became the 175th such city on the planet and the third in Michigan along with Detroit and Kalamazoo. Also, I was quite surprised, though very pleased, that Dayton, Ohio, where I resided briefly nearly 40 years ago, was the first.

Here are the mission, vision, and goals of this global program:

“VISION: To foster peace as a consensus value in Cities of Peace around the world.”

“MISSION: To network, encourage, document, and provide resources and information for leaders and organizations working to make peace a consensus value through the global Cities of Peace movement.”


• Network individuals, villages, and cities of peace, internationally.

• Provide an independent, unaligned resource for Cities of Peace.

• Act as a non-polarizing source of information on worldwide peace issues.

• Encourage, honor, and connect peace adherents and organizations.

• Document the history, scholarship, and formation of cities of peace.

• Promote the ideal of a World Dream of peace.”

The idea of joining together in peaceful coexistence is a welcome change to the hateful, dangerous, and divisive rhetoric that do often grips this planet in the second decade of the 21st Century. To this blogger and peace advocate, small, but decisive steps such as this, serve as an important reminder that millions of loving and kind folks still inhabit the Earth. All we need to do is to stand up and speak out for peace at each and every opportunity.  Our voices cannot be drowned out if we speak unified as one!

Is your city a member of this elite community? If not, please consider applying. Here’s a weblink to the process.  Namaste!


Order City of Peace Country
1 Dayton, Ohio United States
2 Eugene, Oregon United States
3 Unity Village, Missouri United States
4 Coventry England
5 Bradford England
6 Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico
7 Bukavu Democratic Republic of Congo
8 Mataki Philippines
9 Pathuthani Thailand
10 Fizi Democratic Republic of Congo
11 Lake County, California United States
12 Aba, Abia State Nigeria
13 Nagpur India
14 Reno, Nevada United States
15 Mzuzu and Lilongwe Malawi
16 Tunis Tunisia
17 Tuolumne County, California United States
18 Bihac, Bosnia Herzegovina
19 Yaounde Cameroon
20 Freetown Sierra Leone
21 Nyala, Darfur Sudan
22 Bujumbura Burundi
23 Victoria, British Columbia Canada
24 Nakuru Kenya
25 Calgary, Alberta Canada
26 Kathmandu Nepal
27 Detroit, Michigan United States
28 Egg Harbor City, New Jersey United States
29 Warrake Nigeria
30 Kalamazoo, Michigan United States
31 Kampala Uganda
32 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania United States
33 Kibuye Rwanda
34 Sedona, Arizona United States
35 Montréal, Québec Canada
36 Addis Ababa Ethiopia
37 Dar es Salaam Tanzania
38 Bhaktapur Nepal
39 Western Freetown Sierra Leone
40 Kano, Kano State Nigeria
41 Toronto Canada
42 Lalitpur Nepal
43 Buenos Aires Argentina
44 Vicente Lopez, Prov. de Buenos Aires Argentina
45 Tigre, Prov. de Buenos Aires Argentina
46 Moron, Prov. de Buenos Aires Argentina
47 Escobar, Prov. de Buenos Aires Argentina
48 Junin, Prov. de Mendoza Argentina
49 Rivadavia, Prov. de Mendoza Argentina
50 La Paz, Prov. de Mendoza Argentina
51 San Rafael, Prov. de Mendoza Argentina
52 Neuquen, Prov. de Nuequen Argentina
53 Villa de Merlo Argentina
54 Carpinteria Argentina
55 La Carolina, Prov. de San Luis Argentina
56 Los Molles, Prov. de San Luis Argentina
57 Rosario, Prov. de Santa Fé Argentina
58 San Miguel de Tucuman, Prov. de Tucumán Argentina
59 Monteros, Prov. de Tucumán Argentina
60 Paysandú Uruguay
61 Pilar, Argentina, Province of Buenos Aires Argentina
62 San Salvador du Jujuy Argentina
63 Baroda India
64 Douala Cameroon
65 Accra Ghana
66 Monrovia Liberia
67 Benghazi Libya
68 Lubumbashi Democratic Republic of Congo
69 Kochi India
70 Kaduna Nigeria
71 Bamenda Cameroon
72 Nicosia Cyprus
73 Dubai United Arab Emirates
74 Santa Ana Costa Rica
75 The Hague Netherlands
76 Hargeisa Somalia
77 Wakiso Uganda
78 Eastern Freetown Sierra Leone
79 Zanzibar City Tanzania
80 Ahmedabad India
81 Bern Switzerland
82 Oyugis Kenya
83 Durlesti Moldova
84 Bridgetown Barbados
85 Los Angeles United States
86 Abuja, Federal Capital Territory Nigeria
87 Uyo, Akwa Ibom Nigeria
88 Benin City, Edo State Nigeria
89 Kabare Democratic Republic of Congo
90 Port-au-Prince Haiti
91 Hinche Haiti
92 Fort Liberté Haiti
93 Quetta Pakistan
94 Multan Pakistan
95 Luweero Uganda
96 Goma Democratic Republic of Congo
97 Srinagar Kashmir
98 Zihuatanejo Mexico
99 Ojai, California United States
100 Gitega Burundi
101 Uvira Democratic Republic of Congo
102 Muridke Pakistan
103 Nairobi Kenya
104 Medellín Colombia
105 Wobulenzi Uganda
106 Rockford, Illinois United States
107 Verejeni Moldova
108 Eastlands, Nairobi Kenya
109 Querétaro Mexico
110 Voinjama, Lofa Liberia
111 Nateete Uganda
112 Chilliwack, British Colombia Canada
113 Karachi Pakistan
114 Lilonge Malawi
115 Asheville, North Carolina United States
116 Elgin, Illinois United States
117 Savannah, Georgia United States
118 Raipur, Chhattisgarh India
119 Pirwadhai, Rawalpindii Pakistan
120 Chitral, Khyber Pakhunkha Pakistan
121 Hodan, Mogadishu Somalia
122 Mumbai India
123 Springfield, Ohio United States
124 Warri Nigeria
125 Conakry Guinea
126 Bogotá Colombia
127 Ringa Kenya
128 Chikwawa Malawi
129 Juba South Sudan
130 Homa Bay Kenya
131 San Isidro Argentina
132 Chandigarh India
133 Cajicá Colombia
134 Ogamo Kenya
135 Leticia, Amazona Colombia
136 Dodoma Tanzania
137 Goya Argentina
138 Kakamega Kenya
139 Kumbo Cameroon
140 Urbana United States
141 Buea Cameroon
142 Kubwa Nigeria
143 Kumara New Zealand
144 Port Harcourt Nigeria
145 Makindye Uganda
146 Gunjur Gambia
147 Kabale Uganda
148 South Kiva Democratic Republic of Congo
149 Lucerne Switzerland
150 Gardnersville Liberia
151 Croix-des-Bouquets Haiti
152 Mathare Kenya
153 Jenin Palestine
154 Durango Mexico
155 Herat Afghanistan
156 Banjul Gambia
157 Kasongo-Lunda D.R. Congo
158 Lafia Nigeria
159 Amsterdam Netherlands
160 Mambasa D.R. Congo
 161  Islamabad  Pakistan
 162  Berlin  Germany
 163 Ashland, Oregon  United States
 164 Rohero  Burundi
 165 El Qrayeh  Lebanon
 166 Sukkur  Pakistan
 167 North Kivu  D.R. Congo
 168 Have  Ghana
 169  Nanjing  China
 170 Adrogue  Argentina
 171 Ibadan  Nigeria
 172 Ngozi  Burundi
 173 Uvira  D.R. Congo
 174 Mechanicsburg  U.S.A.
 175 Traverse City  U.S.A.
 176 Mubone  Burundi
 177 Kiang Nema  Gambia
 179 Orlu  Nigeria
 180  Yola  Nigeria
 181  Allahabad  India
 182  Ikorodu  Nigeria


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People can be so disgusting!


A recent report by the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore highlights how disgusting humans can be, even when visiting a national park. The report identifies the extent and content of litter collected from beaches in the park this past summer tourist season. In all, more than 2,500 pounds (or 1.25 tons) of trash was gathered by the Beach Patrol!

The ten (10) most common items collected were:

  1. Plastic bottle caps = 5,370
  2. Cigarette butts = 4,466
  3. Straws = 3,084
  4. Food wrappers = 2,839
  5. Plastic cigar tips = 2,737
  6. Shotgun wadding = 1,526
  7. Helium balloons with ribbon = 1,171
  8. Other plastic/foam packaging = 690
  9. Plastic bags (grocerry or other) = 478
  10. Non-returnable plastic bottles = 289

SOURCE: Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes

Beyond these identifiable items, more than 14,000 pieces of plastic and more than 4,100 bits of foam were gathered up. On the grosser side, 98 tampons, 21 diapers, 16 syringes, and 7 condoms were collected. Granted, some of these litter items may have washed ashore, but still these numbers are staggering in their disdain for simple civility.

What the heck people? You are visiting a national park…a national treasure. Show some respect, get off your duffs, and clean up after yourselves. Otherwise, stay home and live like a slob there.

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