Category Archives: education

Opinion: Greed is destroying college football

With today’s (July 1, 2022) announcement of USC and UCLA moving to the Big Ten Conference in 2024, another nail has been hammered into the coffin of college football. Effectively, only two or three conferences (SEC, Big Ten, and ACC) … Continue reading

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No desalination required – saving the Great Salt Lake

“Given the potential environmental, health, social, and political consequences of doing nothing or not doing enough, it seems to this retired planner that the truck and train tanker option in conjunction with strong water conservation measures should be employed at least as a stopgap measure until long-term solutions can be established.” Continue reading

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Restoring the AT&SF’s mighty 2926 Steam Locomotive

We had the privilege this weekend to visit the New Mexico Steam Locomotive & Railroad Historical Society’s workshop near Old Town Albuquerque, to tour the ongoing restoration efforts on the immense 1944 Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad Steam Locomotive … Continue reading

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15.3 million footsteps from Istanbul to Xian!

Over the course of four years (1999-2002), author and retired journalist Bernard Ollivier trekked the ancient Silk Road on foot from Istanbul, Turkey to Xian, China. He accomplished this monumental 7,500 mile (12,000 km) feat by overcoming aches, pains, illnesses, … Continue reading

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The overuse of castle-centric Medieval design

If there is one aspect of classic architecture that does not appear to transfer well into many modern land use applications, it’s the Medieval castle. All too often, at least here in the United States, castle-oriented architecture is the only … Continue reading

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My favorite television “dramedies”

Busy Phillips, James Franco, Linda Cardellini, Jason Segel, Seth Rogen, John Francis Daley, Martin Starr, and Samm Levine. Throw in occasional and/or guest appearances by Ann Dowd (Aunt Lydia of Handmaid’s Tale), Joanna Garcia (Reba), Rashida Jones (The Office and … Continue reading

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Fort Wayne’s three iconic bicycle/pedestrian bridges

Completed over the past dozen years, three stunning bicycle/pedestrian bridges now link the Purdue University-Fort Wayne campus trail network to the City of Fort Wayne’s Rivergreenway System. It’s hard to describe how impressive these three structures are, but the architectural … Continue reading

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A salute to Alabama’s landmark “Liberty Bell” village

Every now and then you learn a new tidbit about American history or a unique aspect of community planning lore. The subject of this blogpost would certainly qualify as both. During World War I, the United States was looking to … Continue reading

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The pioneers behind historic Black-owned pharmacies

A quick trip to the drugstore sounds like a typically mundane shopping adventure we all have taken from time to time. Unfortunately, for Black Americans, especially during America’s Jim Crow segregation era, a trip to the pharmacy for prescriptions or … Continue reading

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“The Newspaper Boy” – a helpful remedy when losing hope

Spoiler Alert: While I try not to reveal too much about details contained within the book, there are undoubtedly some aspect of spoilers contained within this post. If you prefer to read the book first without knowing too much about … Continue reading

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