Category Archives: cities

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 the planning 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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Religion city/town names


Below is my list of city names which incorporate a religion’s name or a sect/denomination of a religion in its name. Any additions or corrections are most welcome. Brethren, Michigan Christiansburg, Virginia Christiansted, US Virgin Islands Islamabad, Pakistan Methodist Town … Continue reading

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Sweet Tooth Cities


Here’s is the list I came up with. Any additions or corrections are most welcome. These cities are not meant to be specifically named for something sweet, but instead include a sweet item in their name. Agua Dulce (Sweet Water), … Continue reading

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The Portland Conundrum 


Below is an eye-opening summary of the housing market in Portland, Oregon from the perspective of a new resident to the region, who also happens to be an urban planner and a friend of mine. The parallels to what we … Continue reading

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Submerged cities


While we have all heard of the mythical Lost City of Atlantis, the following list identifies those ancient (and not so ancient) cities that have been found submerged beneath the waters of a river, lake, harbor, sea, or ocean. Probably … Continue reading

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