Category Archives: commerce

The worst failures of American urban planning


This post looks at macro-scale urban planning failures to identify what this retired planner believes are/were the worst blunders that have taken place in American urban planning, as a profession. Keep in mind that urban planning includes a lot of … Continue reading

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Iconic ironmaking furnace stacks of stone


The following list and accompanying photographs identify those iconic ironmaking blast furnace stacks that remain standing in the United States. Most of these monumental structures were built between the 1770s and 1880s. The quality of their construction (mostly with a … Continue reading

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Once roaring iron furnace or iron forge named towns


The following list identifies villages, hamlets, and communities named for local iron furnaces and forges that operated during the 18th and 19th centuries. There were a number of other furnaces and forges, but their either wasn’t an adjacent community or … Continue reading

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Ten+ planning lessons from “remarqable” Marquette, Michigan


Before going through the twelve planning lessons listed below, it must be noted that for many years, Marquette has been at the top of my list of favorite cities in Michigan, as well as the at the top of my … Continue reading

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Toasting the States with the most wineries in 2020 vs. 2018


As the data shows in the following chart, among the states with the most wineries, Colorado and Texas lead the way in the number of new wineries added over the past two (2) years. All 12 states saw growth in … 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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World’s longest inclined ‘urban’ transport elevator routes


An inclined elevator is an elevator that generally operates on a diagonal slope (or inclination) versus moving vertically straight up and down. **While inclined elevators are very similar to funiculars, they differ in the fact that an inclined elevator uses … Continue reading

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World’s tallest vertical ‘urban’ transport elevators


CORRECTION (4/6/2020): After posting this article it became apparent that it should have been limited to above ground elevators, as there are a number of underground ones in transit stations around the world. As a result, the underground elevators that … Continue reading

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Geography of Tractor Supply’s distribution network


The list below identifies the existing eight (8) distributions centers in Tractor Supply’s warehouse network. The oldest is located in Pendleton, Indiana (1999), northeast of Indianapolis on I-69, while the newest (2018) is in Upstate New York along I-90 in … 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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