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Tripping along the Hippie Trail

Yes folks, there is such a thing as the Hippie Trail. It is/was the overland route between Europe and South Asia in the 1960s and 1970s that lead those seeking spiritual and recreational enlightenment to places like Nepal and India. Travel … Continue reading

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Cities of intrigue and mystery

When a city’s name is mentioned in conversation or in writing, it can conjure up certain images based on one’s personal knowledge of the place. If one has not visited the city, the image is largely shaped by perceptions derived … 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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Who will be today’s counterculture heroes?

We live in a very tumultuous world. Both similar to and different from the dangers faced by the Beat Generation at the dawn of the Cold War or by the Civil Rights and Anti-War movements of the 1960s. Activists of … Continue reading

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A cultural atlas of the Beat Generation

One of the most fascinating aspects of 20th Century United States cultural history was the development of the Beat Generation shortly after World War II.  While prominent for less than 20 years, the literary, musical, poetic, cultural, and philosophical icons … Continue reading

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“On The Road” observations from the King of the Beats

While reading the classic Jack Kerouac autobiographical novel, On The Road, I was struck by his interesting reflections about the various urban and natural landscapes he observed.  These were made while he was zooming back and forth across the nation’s … Continue reading

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When land use planning turns EVIL

As professional planners, we like to think of land use planning as a fairly benign occupation that may stir controversy and discourse every now and then. I doubt many of us would consider the profession as being evil. But, as … Continue reading

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