Category Archives: culture

Birthplace geography of iconic pop/soda/cola brands


The following list identifies well-known soft drink brands (pops, sodas, and colas) from across much of North America. The criteria for inclusion in the list includes: Founded a minimum of 40 years ago – Vernor’s leading the way at 150 … Continue reading

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Faded orange rooftops


Tomorrow, September 6th the next to last Howard Johnson’s restaurant in the United States, located in Bangor, Maine will be closing. This leaves but one Howard Johnson’s Restaurant in the country – in Lake George, New York. To this baby … Continue reading

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The “not-so good” war


Often, as Americans we are told that World War II was “the good war.” But, is that really the case or is it just an example of the victors writing history to serve their needs? No one is disputing that … Continue reading

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Awesome Acadia turns 100


I have had the distinct privilege of visiting 72+ of our national parks, historic sites, battlefields, lakeshores, memorials, seashores, trails, and similar units of the National Park Service. Similarly, I have had the pleasure of visiting a variety national parks … Continue reading

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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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Classic car nameplates/hood ornaments


Took these photos (and many others) of classic car nameplates and hood ornaments over the past holiday weekend during the National Cherry Festival Classic Car Show. Enjoy!

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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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