Category Archives: culture

Don’t erase industrial heritage, embrace it!


In many post-industrial American cities, the legacy of their manufacturing might is too often gradually rusting away or being erased from memory in the hopes that new developments will somehow rekindle a once proud past. As a result, significant aspects … Continue reading

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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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Worlds largest “ton” suffix cities


The following list identifies those cities and town whose name includes the suffix of “ton.” “Ton” is often used as a shortened version of “town.” Based on this list, the most common versions of “ton” are Kingston (4), Hamilton (4), … Continue reading

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Favorite historic trails to hike or bike


Presented below are my eleven favorite “historic” hiking and biking trails that have been visited thus far in the United States. The Iron Ore Heritage Trail in Marquette County, Michigan is my personal favorite, though each of these trails are … Continue reading

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American core cities that escaped freeway devastation


The following list identifies those core cities in the United States that have not been devastated by freeway construction (to date), and particularly during the interstate highway building-boom of the 1950s-1970s. While many of America’s “then largest” cities saw downtown … Continue reading

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Tuesday Tunes: My list of the best all-female rock bands


Below is my list of the best all-female rock bands. If you think there are any bands that should have been included, please feel free to send their name or a weblink and we’ll check them out. For the currently … Continue reading

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American TV situation comedy geography


While many television shows are situated in unnamed or imaginary places, many others are located in specific cities and towns across the county. This following list identifies the metropolitan areas where TV situation comedies were/are located geographically. Not surprisingly, Greater … Continue reading

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Participant cities in AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly Network


  Below is a list of the hundreds of communities across the nation participating in AARP’s age-friendly livable communities program. With America’s rapidly aging population, it is surprising that more communities have not joined, given the relatively easy process for … Continue reading

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Favorite historic mining towns visited to date


Favorite historic mining towns are presented in alphabetical order after the top three, which are immediately below. The list does not include historic mining towns that are now ghost towns. Here are the top three favorites to date: Marquette, Michigan … 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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