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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Since when are fire trucks incapable of backing up?


As anyone who has worked with fire departments to review the proposed design of new buildings/developments will attest, they hate projects that require a fire truck to back up more than 50-75 feet. Why this is, has never been clearly … Continue reading

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Grand movie palaces of Northern Michigan


Sources:  http://thebaytheatre.com/about-us/ http://www.boynechamber.com/news/details/boyne-theater-restoration-plans-unveiled http://www.frankfortgardentheater.com/the-theater/ https://www.stateandbijou.org/about/statetheatre https://www.stateandbijou.org/about/bijoubythebay https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bijou_by_the_Bay http://www.idealtheatre.com/index.php/about-us http://voguetheatremanistee.org/history https://www.friendsofthebroadway.org/about-us/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broadway_Theatre_(Mount_Pleasant,_Michigan) http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/14104 http://www.centerstage.bz/scheduleticketinfo.html https://squareup.com/store/rialtograyling http://michiganoperahouses.com/maltz-opera-house-alpena-alpena-county/ http://www.waterwinterwonderland.com/movietheaters.aspx?id=814&type=5 https://www.facebook.com/pg/LakeTheatreOscoda/about/?ref=page_internal http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/1558 http://www.elkrapidscinema.com/history.html http://www.rogerscitytheater.com/community-theatre/about-the-theater/

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States/Provinces with the most carousels


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.  … Continue reading

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Ten planning lessons from St. Augustine


Now that I’ve had a chance to ponder some about all the wondrous sights and scenes of St. Augustine, here are my ten planning lessons from that amazing city. You don’t need to be a big city to be a … 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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