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Pebbles for Peace


Recently I have started the habit of creating a peace symbol out of pebbles and small stones on the beaches of Northwest Lower Michigan. In these troubled times of strife, violence, war, and injustice, these simple tokens of harmony and … Continue reading

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The MOST important urban planning book of our time


I realize that the title of this post is a bold and perhaps controversial statement to make, but I truly believe that the definitive and thought-provoking publication by Salvatore Settis entitled, If Venice Dies, is the most important urban planning book … Continue reading

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The Venice Effect: Destination cities imperiled by mass tourism


Mass tourism can be roughly defined as thousands of people going to the same destination, often at the same time of the year, and often arriving in large, consecutive human waves. Examples of these human waves of tourism include, but … Continue reading

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Rad quotes from “The Minimalists”


In case you have never heard of The Minimalists, they are two gentlemen, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, who have jettisoned rampant consumptive consumerism and adopted a lifestyle of minimalism. In other words, they have rejected the continuous accumulation … Continue reading

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India graces us with the loveliest skyscraper of all


The Namaste Tower under construction in Mumbai, India may not be the tallest skyscraper in the city or in the world at (301 meters or 988 feet in height), but when completed it sure will be the loveliest. Designed to … Continue reading

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Shedding light on shameful Sundown Towns


I feel ashamed to admit having grown up in the United States, garnered high school, undergrad, and graduate degrees, including a minor in history, and still didn’t know about Sundown Towns. Let me correct that, I didn’t know how prevalent … Continue reading

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“Cool” vibes Up North in Boyne City, Michigan


Several weekends ago we ventured to Boyne City, Michigan to take in the vibrant fall colors of Northwest Lower Michigan. Beyond the standard driving tour, we stopped at a park/preserve that was once a busy ski hill in the winter … Continue reading

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