Category Archives: economic development

Most walkable core communities of Northern Michigan


Want to find some healthy walkability ratings for downtown areas in Michigan? Then head due north to the Northern Lower Peninsula and/or the Upper Peninsula. Below are listed 19 cities and towns with walkability scores of 60 or greater for … Continue reading

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“Cool” vibes Up North in Boyne City, Michigan


Several weekends ago we ventured to Boyne City, Michigan to take in the vibrant fall colors of Northwest Lower Michigan. Beyond the standard driving tour, we stopped at a park/preserve that was once a busy ski hill in the winter … Continue reading

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Curtiss-Wright pre-depression era airports – UPDATED


Provided below is information on those airports which were owned and/or operated by Curtiss Aviation, later Curtiss-Wright Aviation prior to and just after the onset of the Great Depression. These airports were the earliest attempt at privatized airport ownership in … Continue reading

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Cities with the most tall buildings in North America


The list provided below shows those cities in ranked order which have a minimum of 100 tall buildings. It also depicts the number of skyscrapers in parenthesis. Most surprising to this author is San Francisco not being quite in the … Continue reading

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Bay City, Michigan – in the sweet spot of new urbanism


From what this urban planner can tell, downtown Bay City, Michigan is, or is on the verge of becoming one of the hottest redevelopment markets in the state. The list of on-going and already accomplished projects is impressive for a … Continue reading

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You know you live in a resort town when…


Now that I have lived in a resort town for a year, here are some additions/corrections to my original post from 8/8/13. Some of these are semi-sarcastic, while others are all too true. It’s a place people want to come … Continue reading

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Longest turnpikes and tollways in North America


Below is a list of the longest tollways in North America based on the following criteria: Minimum distance of 40 miles At least a portion be four lanes Limited access A guide for abbreviations of provinces or countries is provided … Continue reading

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