Category Archives: Africa

World’s largest “burg,” “burgh,” or “bourg” suffix cities


  By far the longest and most geographically diverse list to date identifies cities and towns of 10,000 residents or more whose name contains the suffix of “burg,” “burgh,” or “bourg.” ¬†Cities/towns for four (4) continents are represented – Europe, … Continue reading

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World’s largest “town” suffix cities


Below is a list of the largest cities in the world that incorporate “town” as a suffix in their name. Since more than half (28) of these cities are suburbs of larger cities, the rankings are based on the core … Continue reading

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World’s largest “polis” suffix cities


          Below is a list of the largest cities in the world that incorporate a standard variation of the Greek term for a city-state “polis” as a suffix in their name*. Since some of these cities … Continue reading

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Burro Buddies – Just looking for love…and maybe a snack


There are certain animals that capture our imagination and hearts. For some folks it may be whales or penguins. For others it may be bison or birds. But for me, it is burros (or donkeys in English). I’m not quite … Continue reading

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Great and Grand Cities


The following list identifies those cities and towns across the planet that include either “great” or “grand” in their name. Suggestions, additions, or corrections are always welcome. Aguada Grande (Great Waters), Venezuela Ajillata Grande (Great Price), Bolivia Arzergrande, Italy Bajadas … Continue reading

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Surviving Clusters of Shotgun Houses


The shotgun house, or shotgun shack is an easily recognizable long and narrow residential dwelling style that was most commonly constructed¬†in the Deep South and along/near the Ohio and Mississippi River valleys in the decades between the end of the … Continue reading

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360 Degree Orbital Beltway Cities


The following list identifies those cities around the globe that are circled by a full orbital expressway system (a.k.a. beltway, ring road, perimeter highway, loop, beltline etc.) encircling the city 360 degrees. Inland cities have an advantage for being included … Continue reading

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Regional place names that sound like names of nations


  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). … Continue reading

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Urban atrocities – Aleppo is the latest sad example


All of us bear responsibility for the unfolding humanitarian disaster in the city of Aleppo, Syria. It doesn’t matter whether our nation is involved in the on-going conflict or not. As  human beings we should not let such a series … Continue reading

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“Urban” cities and towns


The following is my list of cities and towns with the word “urban” contained in their name. Surprisingly, there are only seven that were identified, with Urbana being easily the most common with four. Iowa and Ohio share honors for … Continue reading

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