Category Archives: books

“Brainbelt” cities


I recently completed reading an interested and insightful book entitled The Smartest Places on Earth. Written by Antoine Van Agtmael and Fred Bakker, the book identifies and concentrates on those Rustbelt cities in the North America and Europe that have … Continue reading

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Is the glamour of domestic air travel all but lost?


 Interesting question in the post title, which for a lot of people is probably true unless the fly on a luxury airline, internationally, or in first class. This is the question posed by author Christopher Schaberg in his new book, entitled … Continue reading

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Superhero cities


Below are listed famous superheroes from comic books, television, film, and cartoons and the primary city where they are based in or operate from. As some superheroes do not have a primary city where they perform feats of derring-do, those … Continue reading

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Visions of Jack…Kerouac


  We spent Saturday in Lowell, Massachusetts and among the places visited were sites related to and honoring the “King of the Beats,” Jack Kerouac.        

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Urban planning portrayed through art


As urban planners we most often tend to think of our profession being depicted to the outside world in fairly basic textual and geographic terms. Either it is the written word in somewhat legalistic prose, or it is maps representing … Continue reading

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“The Geography of Genius” – an atlas of exceptional creativity


Several years ago I thoroughly enjoyed reading Eric Weiner’s book entitled The Geography of Bliss. As an urban planning professional and geography geek, I was hooked just by the subject matter. So, when I saw that he had released a … Continue reading

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Even paradise has cloudy days


Over the past few months my praise and love for the Traverse City area has been expressed in many posts here on Panethos, on Facebook, or in conversations with family and friends. But even paradise on Earth can have cloudy … Continue reading

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