Category Archives: culture

Land uses which are more often found “Up North”

As a regular visitor and now denizen of “Up North,” the following is my list of those land uses that tend to be found more often in northern locales of North America than in other parts of the country. This … Continue reading

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The science of creating place

For those generations prior to the millennials, one’s place of residence was most often determined by factors such as proximity to family and employment opportunities. For this writer, that meant moving to Dayton, Ohio when I was a fresh, shiny … Continue reading

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The next land use/technology dinosaur will be…

Certain technologies and their related land uses have come and gone throughout history. In the past fifty years, examples include phone booths/pay phones, the Fotomat, or automated stamp dispensers – all victims of technological advancements and consumer choice. Another technology/land … Continue reading

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“Bridge of Spies” – introspective art at its best

My wife and I had the pleasure of seeing Bridge of Spies last night. As this post title notes, it is truly a masterful work of art. Subtle, yet compelling, the movie depicts Cold War era intrigue and fears in … Continue reading

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These rankings seem skewed to favor one city

Since when are the boroughs of New York City considered separate cities? Apparently, Forbes magazine believes they are synonymous even though they were¬†consolidated to form the current city boundary in 1898. In its 2015 rankings of “the best cities for … Continue reading

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Is there a student housing bubble and is it about to burst?

For many collegiate cities and towns across the United States, the steady influx of international students (and often with their families), from primarily China/Asia, have lifted the local real estate markets out of the post-2008 doldrums. The concern now becomes … Continue reading

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Best new album of 2015 – now there are two to choose from

Until this week I was certain my choice for the best new album of 2015 was going to be Wolf Alice’s My Love is Cool. ¬†Now the L.A. based alternative band Silversun Pickups have decided to make that a much … Continue reading

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