Category Archives: diversity

A beautiful Buddhist building blossoms

Above and below are images of the magnificent new Nan Tien Institute (a Buddhist educational center) located in Wollongong, Australia. The building’s entrance was designed to resemble the blooming petals of a lotus flower, which has three significant spiritual meanings to … Continue reading

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Who will be today’s counterculture heroes?

We live in a very tumultuous world. Both similar to and different from the dangers faced by the Beat Generation at the dawn of the Cold War or by the Civil Rights and Anti-War movements of the 1960s. Activists of … Continue reading

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Shifting from bland to “GRAND!”

As the following photos will demonstrate, when it comes to mixed-use development there can be bland designs and there can be “GRAND” designs. The first two mixed-use buildings (see below) are located in East Lansing and tend to come across as … Continue reading

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Unofficial guide to hipsterhoods of the Mid-Atlantic Region

This unofficial hipsterhood guide for the Mid-Atlantic Region covers the states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, the Southeastern portion of Pennsylvania, Virginia, as well as the District of Columbia. It is fifth in the series – Rust Belt, Texas and … Continue reading

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A cultural atlas of the Beat Generation

One of the most fascinating aspects of 20th Century United States cultural history was the development of the Beat Generation shortly after World War II.  While prominent for less than 20 years, the literary, musical, poetic, cultural, and philosophical icons … Continue reading

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Equity is an economic growth engine!

Findings from the National Equity Atlas for ten (10) geographically dispersed mid-sized metropolitan regions are provided below. Check out the last column as it depicts how much more robust each of these regions would have been if there had been … Continue reading

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Unofficial guide to the hipsterhoods of Dixie

As a continuation of this series on hipster neighborhoods in cities (see previous posts on the Rust Belt, Texas and the Great Plains, and Mountain West), below are those hipsterhoods which were identified in cities of the Southern states, including Alabama, … Continue reading

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