Category Archives: civics

Nuclear nomenclature that’s now commonplace in English


  As I have been researching a variety of Atomic Age topics for this blog, it became apparent that there are common terms we now use that arose from that time period. As a child growing up in a nuclear … Continue reading

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The world’s most resilient city is… Hiroshima


… a remarkable place that has not only turned its seemingly desperate circumstances completely around in the past 75 years, but its entire focus and purpose as a member of the world community. The timeline expressed above probably gives away … Continue reading

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“Queen City” nicknames dotting the map


  Apparently being a queen city was big deal at one time in history given the number of cities that have used that moniker in some manner or another during their history. The list does not include cities with the … Continue reading

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Environmental/health benefits of street sweeping/cleaning


  This past Monday afternoon, Traverse City’s street sweeping/cleaning crew came down our street and swept/cleaned it. Two machines were utilized during the operation – one an Elgin and the other a Global. They removed most of the dirt, grit, … Continue reading

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Ten Planning Lessons from Pittsburgh


An aging industrial city can successfully reinvent itself; but despite doing so, Pittsburgh continues to face the challenge of population decline. As the photo above indicates, pedestrian access to the waterfront from the downtown triangle is too often hindered by … Continue reading

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Ten Planning Lessons from Bisbee, AZ


Current and former mining towns (as well as all declining post-industrial cities) can learn valuable lessons from Bisbee on how to survive and later begin to reverse the decline after its founding industry falters. Architectural gems from previous eras are … Continue reading

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Simple New Year’s resolutions to help our planet


Providing a quick list of simple solutions to help save our planet seems like an appropriate blogpost topic for the New Year, as we can all add some/all of these to our list of resolutions. Please feel free to pass … Continue reading

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Fictional cities of television commercials


While writing this post, I’ve been trying to recall past examples of where imaginary cities were created as a part of a product’s television advertising campaign. Thus far, I have struck out – any help or suggestions would be appreciated. … Continue reading

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World’s largest “polis” suffix cities


Below is a list of the largest cities in the world that incorporate a standard variation of the Greek term for a city-state “polis” as a suffix in their name*. Since some of these cities are suburbs of larger cities, … Continue reading

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Chronology & Geography of Civil Rights Wade-in Protests


Though not as well known or as common as the lunch counter sit-ins that protested segregated dining, beach wade-ins were another peaceful tactic used to demonstrate the rampant amount of bigotry and racism that existing during the Jim Crow era … Continue reading

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