Category Archives: charities

Your live in a tax haven when…


Late March/early April here in the States seemed like the perfect time of the year for this satirical post. Enjoy! There are nonstop flights to Switzerland, Grand Cayman, Luxembourg, and Monaco, but no place else. More Wall Street brokerage firms … Continue reading

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Top US cities – protected green bike lane mileage


Below is a list of the twelve American cities with the most protected green bike lane mileage either completed or currently under construction as compiled by the Green Lane Project through February 28, 2014. The list does not include proposed … Continue reading

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Issues of tall (sky) sprawl


I have asked myself at times whether in some places around the globe we humans are simply exchanging horizontal land sprawl with a tall (or sky) sprawl? Don’t get me wrong, I love to admire an impressive skyline just as … Continue reading

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Turning bold visions into reality


Kudos to Planning magazine for an insightful and interesting article in the January 2014 edition on the Atlanta BeltLine. Entitled, “Emerald Necklace, Southern Style,” author Alexander Garvin provides a terrific summary of this project by means of an excerpt from … Continue reading

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Images of the Michigan Bike Expo


Neither blowing snow, nor single digits temperatures, nor icy roads could keep the truly determined from attending today’s Michigan Bike Expo at the Michigan State University’s Ag Pavilion. For the first time, the Michigan Mountain Biking Association, the League of Michigan … Continue reading

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Do bike lanes cause gentrification?


While listening to a Tuesdays at APA podcast entitled “Just Green Enough: Contesting Environmental Gentrification”  on New Years Eve, I was dismayed to hear the presenter say that bike lanes are now seen by many lower-income Americans as the ultimate symbol … Continue reading

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Peace on Earth, goodwill to all


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International cities of refuge


You may never have heard of ICORN (International Cities of Refuge Network), but it has a very noble purpose: “ICORN Cities offer persecuted writers a safe haven where they can live and work without fear of being censored or silenced.” … Continue reading

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An amazing, gritty film – “Dallas Buyer’s Club”


Oh my goodness, is Matthew McConaughey on a roll. First Mud, now Dallas Buyers Club. Is it possible to hand out two best actor Oscars to the same person in one year? I certainly hope so, because he deserves two for … Continue reading

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The need for greed and more shit


Once again, retailers across the land will be expanding their hours on Thanksgiving Day in order to fill their need for more corporate greed and for the American public to satisfy its gluttonous need to accumulate more shit.  How sad … Continue reading

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