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Ann Arbor’s new “FlexRoute” dynamic shoulder lanes


The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) recently opened flexroute lanes along a nine mile segment of US 23 north of Ann Arbor. This was done as a cost saving alternative ($92 million) to three-laning the freeway ($400 million) through this … Continue reading

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UK Smart Cities Index 2017: Leaders and Laggards


Below are the 2017 smart city rankings for cities in the United Kingdom. This is the first time that London is not listed as number 1. Congratulations to Bristol for topping this list in 2017. 82.7 = Bristol, England 81.2 … Continue reading

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Time to say goodbye to large commercial signs?


With approximately 77 percent of all Americans now owning a smartphone, is there really a need for large commercial signs? One only needs to use the mapping software and GPS directions on their phones or built into their cars to … Continue reading

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AR4AV = Adaptive Reuse for Autonomous Vehicles


Listed below are six (6) excellent examples of former industrial, military, and other brownfield sites that have been (or are being) adapted for reuse as autonomous vehicle proving grounds. Instead of developing greenfield locations, these advanced technology facilities have utilized … Continue reading

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Cities leading the autonomous vehicle (AV) revolution


According to Bloomberg, the cities listed below (Piloting Cities) are hosting autonomous vehicle tests or have committed to doing so in the near future. For more information on what’s taking place in each of these cities, go to the¬†Global Atlas … Continue reading

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Ten planning lessons from San Luis Obispo (SLO)


My wife and I were privileged to spend a few lovely days in the San Luis Obispo area in September. Here are my thoughts about this captivating and enchanting community from a planner’s perspective. A beautiful physical setting not only … Continue reading

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“Bigotsburg of the week” – Forrest City, Arkansas


  Forrest City is located along Interstate 40 in east-central Arkansas. It probably more appropriately deserves the title of “Bigotsburg of the Nation,” instead of “Jewel of the Delta,” given that it is named after¬†Nathaniel Bedford Forrest. Mr. Forrest was … Continue reading

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