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Longest turnpikes and tollways in North America


Below is a list of the longest tollways in North America based on the following criteria: Minimum distance of 40 miles At least a portion be four lanes Limited access A guide for abbreviations of provinces or countries is provided … Continue reading

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When two city names are better than one


In recent years there was an effort to merge the communities of Saugatuck and Douglas in southwest Michigan. While this vote failed, there are 14 successful examples across the country. These are listed below.   Sedro-Woolley, Washington (1898) Winston-Salem, North … Continue reading

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Largest single-structure airport parking garages in the USA/Canada


The following list identifies the largest single-structure parking garages/decks at airports in the United States and Canada. The rankings are based on the number of parking spaces and include public parking and/or rental car parking spaces. Most of the airports … Continue reading

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Faded orange rooftops


Tomorrow, September 6th the next to last Howard Johnson’s restaurant in the United States, located in Bangor, Maine will be closing. This leaves but one Howard Johnson’s Restaurant in the country – in Lake George, New York. To this baby … Continue reading

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Cool map of Can-Am megaregions


Found this very cool map of American and Canadian mega-regions on wikipedia.

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Building a peaceful community with good planning


Building a peaceful community does not just result from how we treat one another (see previous post), but can be literally develop based on how we design our communities and allocate funding. The days of the “wrong side of the … Continue reading

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Ten ways urban planners can promote a peaceful community


To a certain extent these are common sense approaches to maintaining peace during┬áthe┬áplanning process, but considering the extent of rancor and divisiveness in our nation and around the world, I thought they would be useful. They are presented in no … Continue reading

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