Category Archives: Cities

City names containing two or more first names

Below is a list of cities and towns in the USA and Canada that contain at least two (2) first names within the city/town’s name. Informal and formal variations of the same name, such as “Al” and “Alan,” “Rich” and … Continue reading

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Working list – Diverging diamond interchanges in Canada

As can be seen below, adoption of the diverging diamond interchange model has not caught on in Canada like it has in the United States. Additional examples will be added as they are announced/developed. 2017 Macleod Trail & 162 Avenue … Continue reading

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The steaming hot market for drive-thru coffee shops

Across the country there is an ongoing boom in freestanding drive-thru/walk-up coffee shops. These units rarely, if ever, incorporate indoor seating, though they may have some outdoor seats. Instead these shops are designed and meant for customers on the go … Continue reading

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Tucumcari – Where signs are art

A recent trip through Tucumcari, New Mexico on old Route 66 revealed a litany of roadside history, not least of which were some amazing signs. The following photo montage depicts a sample of these structures and reveals the artistry of … Continue reading

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Super Bowl Sunday sky art over Albuquerque

One of my favorite things about Albuquerque is the chance encounters with soaring hot air balloons throughout the year.

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The magic of the International Balloon Fiesta

We totally enjoyed our visit to the 2021 International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque on Friday, October 8th. Few events bring more smiles and enjoyment to people of all ages than seeing magical balloons rising into the lovely New Mexican skies … Continue reading

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Stunning art along Detroit’s Dequindre Cut

We had the pleasure of biking the length of Detroit’s wonderful Dequindre Cut Greenway in both directions today. The murals and graffiti art are magnificent. Here are some photographs of just a few of these amazing works. Enjoy!

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Echoes from a 20th Century ghost town – Glenrio, NM/TX

One typically thinks of ghost towns being worn relics from the 19th Century or of earlier time periods. However, in the case of Glenrio, New Mexico/Texas, the town was founded, prospered, and died during a narrow time span within the … Continue reading

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Marquette acts to protect migrating blue-spotted salamanders

Most of us are familiar with lengthy bird migrations that take place each spring and fall, as well as the impressive migration of Monarch butterflies from the United States and Canada to central Mexico and back each year. There is … Continue reading

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Healing Interstate injustice by removing freeways

  Back in 2018, I wrote a post about the trend in¬†freeway-capping projects.¬†These efforts are an attempt to partially rectify (or put a bandaid over) the injustices of America’s highway-building mania that took place between the 1940s and 1980s. A … Continue reading

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