Category Archives: culture

Unofficial guide to “hip(ster)hoods” of the Rust Belt

The term “hipster” stirs up a myriad of images and connotations including but not limited to hippie. modern yuppie, bohemian, urban bohemian, counter-culture, geek, etc.  Here is a condensed version of the Urban Dictionary’s rather lengthy definition of “hipster:” “Hipsters … Continue reading

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Ten planning lessons made in Detroit

Here are my ten planning lessons from Detroit. It’s a great city that I have seen change dramatically, both for the positive and the negative, over the past 22 years as a resident of Michigan. Beneath this downtrodden city was a sleeping giant … Continue reading

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“Planning should be aspirational”

“Planning should be aspirational.” Those four words sum up in a nutshell what the planning profession should be all about. They were stated by a friend of mine recently at a meeting and no truer statement was ever said about … Continue reading

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A capital city without a country

Depending on your definition and/or the resource(s) you cite, there are between 193 and 200 countries on Earth, each with its own capital city. There are also many individual states, provinces, and territories that contain capital cities. But to this … Continue reading

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Review of “Inventing Los Alamos” – Atomic utopia and urban paradox

I just had the pleasure of reading a most interesting book entitled, Inventing Los Alamos: The Growth of an Atomic Community by Jon Hunner.  Part historical account, part urban planning study, Inventing Los Alamos is a worthwhile read for anyone … Continue reading

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Freezeways: Cutting-edge planning for Winter Cities

Atlanta’s ambitious and impressive Belt Line was fostered by a thesis project. Now, comes the Freezeway, a bold theorem by University of British Columbia graduate student Matt Gibbs, which proposes to convert some of Edmonton, Alberta’s bike trails into linear commuter/recreational … Continue reading

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Midtown Detroit’s boom shifts into high gear!

Back in 2011, panethos.com highlighted the early stages of a boom taking place in Midtown Detroit. While so much of the national media was solely focused on the bad news coming from the Motor City, it completely missed the bright … Continue reading

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