Category Archives: bicycling

When transportation becomes the destination

Now and then, a part of the transportation network becomes iconic in itself. In those cases, the infrastructure not only serves its intended purpose, but also becomes a focal point and source of community, regional, or even national pride, and … Continue reading

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Grocery shopping au naturel

National organic and natural grocery chains such as Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Sprouts, and The Fresh Market have become increasingly familiar in cities across the country. However, there are a number of successful local and regional chains that also offer … Continue reading

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Alternate avenues in the search for “America”

While reading Dennis McNally’s thoroughly comprehensive, engrossing, and ultimately tragic biography of Jack Kerouac’s life, entitled Desolate Angel, I began thinking about the varied life paths taken by children from the same era. For example, my father and Beat Generation author … Continue reading

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Unofficial guide to hipsterhoods of the Mid-Atlantic Region

This unofficial hipsterhood guide for the Mid-Atlantic Region covers the states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, the Southeastern portion of Pennsylvania, Virginia, as well as the District of Columbia. It is fifth in the series – Rust Belt, Texas and … Continue reading

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The DUMB reality of opting-out

In an ironic twist of fate, Southeast Michigan’s  regional bus system is nicknamed SMART (Southeast Michigan Regional Transit). Given the ability of communities in the region to opt-out of participation, the name certainly is an oxymoron to the DUMB (Detroit Unworkable Metro Bus) … Continue reading

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Unofficial guide to the hipsterhoods of Dixie

As a continuation of this series on hipster neighborhoods in cities (see previous posts on the Rust Belt, Texas and the Great Plains, and Mountain West), below are those hipsterhoods which were identified in cities of the Southern states, including Alabama, … Continue reading

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Seeking admission into the realm of hipsterdom

Does the realm of hipsterdom have a maximum age limit? That’s a question I have often asked myself.  Can someone like me, who soon will be facing the 40th high school reunion squarely in the face, really be considered a … Continue reading

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