Category Archives: culture

Top Eleven Planning Lessons from Lisbon, Portugal


Below are my top eleven (11) planning lessons from a delightful week-long trip to Lisboa (Lisbon), Portugal in late September. Many more could be added this list, but for brevity’s sake we’ll stay with these eleven (11) for now. They … Continue reading

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The Beauty of the Contrasting-Chaotic City Form


As urban planners we have a tendency to emphasize the importance and efficiency of the traditional grid street pattern. Compared to the disconnected neighborhoods and subdivisions constructed over the past 75 years, the traditional street grid is far and away … Continue reading

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Lisboa, Glorious Lisboa


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Images of Art Prize 2018 in Grand Rapids


Some of the approximately 1,200 works of art currently on display in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Thank you, METRIC for a Rock n’ Roll Masterpiece


Every once in a while you hear an album that completely knocks your socks off the very first time your listen to it. Today was one of those days. NPR was kind enough to provide a “First Listen” to METRIC’s … Continue reading

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Derogatory place nicknames – UPDATE # 4


Last weekend (originally published in 2013) a derogatory nickname was overheard for a city here in Michigan that I had never heard expressed before in my 21 (now 26) years of being a resident of this state. For some reason … Continue reading

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Carved Cedar Skylines of the Pacific Northwest Coast


For centuries, coastlines, coves, river shorelines, and inlets from Alaska southward to Washington State were dotted with the sky-scraping carved cedar totem poles that depicted the history and legacies of those First Nation and Native American residents who called this … Continue reading

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Are You a Socialist?


This question was posed on a former sister blog (Progressive Blogic) some seven years ago during the rancorous debate about the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. It was meant to point out to the average person that “socialism,” particularly democratic … Continue reading

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Unofficial Guide to Hipsterhoods of the Iberian Peninsula


The following is a list of current hipster hoods and/or streets identified in cities across the Iberian Peninsula (Portugal and Spain). If there are any neighborhoods that were missed in these or other cities, please let us know and they … Continue reading

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Largest Cities/Towns That Incorporate Other State Names


The following list of cities and towns containing the names of other states is presented in order by size of the city/town using 2016 population estimates, unless otherwise noted. While some of the websites that are listed at the end … Continue reading

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