Category Archives: deregulation

Strict planning & zoning destroys eclectic, offbeat, and funky

After three decades in the planning profession and several more years since retirement, I’ve come to the conclusion that if you want your community to maintain or build a funky, hip, offbeat, or eccentric vibe, it can not be done … Continue reading

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Poll about the future of the Boeing 737 Max

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Airlines Need to Respect Small and Mid-sized Markets, Too

Over the past weekend (Feb.17/18), my wife and I went through airline/airport hell during the latter half of our trip home from a wonderful vacation in Arizona. While we didn’t mind the extra four hours in the sunny Southwest due … Continue reading

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Front Grills That Can Kill

A sadly growing trend in American transportation has been an increase in pedestrian and bicyclist deaths. There are several reasons for this, but one that is not mentioned as often as it should be is the increased size and altered … Continue reading

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USA/Canada metros with the most Bitcoin ATMs/tellers

Below is a fascinating list from coinatmradar.com of the cities in the United States and Canada with the most Bitcoin ATMs or tellers. There are currently a total of 1,244 in the USA and 310 in Canada. The most surprising fact is how far … Continue reading

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Zombifying commercial airports

In 1995, Lansing, Michigan’s Capital Region International Airport (LAN) would proudly boast in local radio advertisements that is was served by eight airlines. In 1997, its  passenger activity peaked at 720,365. A mere 20 years later that number has free-fallen … Continue reading

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It’s Bombastic!

Many people who live in the United States will be able to relate to this recent and oh-so hilarious Pearls Before Swine comic strip episode about a certain monopolistic cable provider we all know and dislike. Cheers!  

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The uneven geographic distribution of Google fiber

One only need to briefly glance at the map of existing and proposed Google fiber cities (above) to realize it is being deployed in manner that rewards certain regions and potentially harms others. No cities are represented from the New … Continue reading

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An unreliable power grid is unacceptable!

The continuing repairs to the grid across unlucky parts of Michigan, Ontario, New York and Maine clearly shows the weaknesses in our electrical grid and how susceptible it can be to the whimsy of Mother Nature. One sort of expects a power grid to … Continue reading

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Communities must practice what they preach!

If your community expects high-quality development that is sustainable, then it darn well better practice what it preaches. Otherwise, the private –sector will justifiably point right back at the public-sector projects and/or infrastructure and note the lack of sustainability employed. … Continue reading

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