Category Archives: fair trade

Are You a Socialist?


This question was posed on a former sister blog (Progressive Blogic) some seven years ago during the rancorous debate about the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. It was meant to point out to the average person that “socialism,” particularly democratic … Continue reading

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Grocery shopping au naturel


National organic and natural grocery chains such as Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Sprouts, and The Fresh Market have become increasingly familiar in cities across the country. However, there are a number of successful local and regional chains that also offer … 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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One helluva rock n’ roll tune!


While surfin’ the net this past weekend, I came across a post on Word Press highlighting a song entitled Revolution by the John Butler Trio who formed in Fremantle, Australia.  My first thought was, “Hum…I wonder if this is a cover of … Continue reading

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“Aerotropolis” – a book every planner must read!


This past weekend, I wrapped up a totally engaging book entitled, Aerotropolis: The Way we’ll Live Next by John Kasarda and Greg Lindsay.  If there is a single, definitive book on the topic of transportation planning for the first quarter to half of the 21st century, … Continue reading

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The age of the aerotropolis beltway


In the midst of reading John Kasarda and Greg Lindsay’s definitive and thoroughly interesting book entitled Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next, I began to ponder some of the surface transportation ramifications of this megatrend. In particular, those impacts taking … Continue reading

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Just smile and say, “cheese please”


Yesterday, Alison and I had the privilege to visit an awesome new specialty food store in Grand Rapids called The Cheese Lady. From the moment you open the door and breathe in the delightful aromas, you know you have found … Continue reading

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A masterpiece – “Ramblin’ Man: The Life and Times of Woody Guthrie”


There are biographies that summarize a person’s life in a rather abstract and detached manner and then there are biographies that literally introduce you to them and make you feel like they were your best friend. Ed Cray’s superior biography of … Continue reading

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Restoring hope for the “blind sides” of cities


Sunday evening I was driving through one of the less fortunate parts of Greater Lansing. While doing so I realized that even as urban planners, many of us live in sheltered cocoons during most of our professional careers. Either we … Continue reading

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Summary of the “Asian Green City Index”


A expert panel selected by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) of The Economist magazine and Siemens AG ranked 22 major urban centers of Asia  in 2011, by utilizing an eight category green city index. The index categories include: Energy and carbon dioxide Transport Water Air … Continue reading

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