Category Archives: Advocacy

“Biogotsburg of the Week” – Gardendale, Alabama


This week’s golden middle finger award goes to Gardendale, Alabama,  a suburb north of Birmingham. Gardendale is the kind of place where if you don’t like the racial compostion of the school district, you simply create your own. Way to … Continue reading

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Reestablishing “true community”


In far too many aspects of our modern lives, there is no longer “true community,” as more and more people have physically and socially walled themselves off from one another through a variety of means. Physically, these may include dead-end … Continue reading

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247 Smart cities and counting…


Above is a map of showing the 247 cities to date (as of 6/6/17) where the mayor has pledged their city will adhere to the Paris Climate Accord commitments on greenhouse gases. I am very proud to say our own … Continue reading

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Two downtown pedestrian malls that work and work very well


I have now had the pleasure of recently visiting two American cities with hugely successful pedestrian malls in their downtown core – St. Augustine, Florida and Boulder, Colorado. During the 1960s and 70s, pedestrian malls were seen as a possible … Continue reading

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America’s most beautiful downtown – my vote is St. Augustine


I have had the great pleasure of visiting many communities across America ranging in size from hamlet to town to major city. This includes visits to parts of 49 states. Until this past week’s visit to St. Augustine, Florida I … Continue reading

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The Strongest Town Contest – Championship Round


Please consider voting for my hometown of Traverse City, Michigan in the Championship Round of The 2017 Strongest Town Contest. We are up against Guelph, Ontario in the finals sponsored by strongtowns.org. The competition began three weeks ago with 16 … Continue reading

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Combating the bus transit snobs


In the years preceding our move from Greater Lansing to Traverse City, there were lengthy discussions on developing some form of enhanced transit along the primary corridor in the region – Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA) Route 1 which extends … Continue reading

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