Category Archives: food systems

Ten Planning Lessons from Detroit’s Eastern Market


Anyone fortunate enough to visit engaging Detroit’s Eastern Market knows exactly what I am talking about in this post. Enjoy the list below! Great third places like Detroit’s Eastern Market can and will survive and thrive through both good and … Continue reading

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After Hours at Detroit’s Eastern Market


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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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Hot Dog Stands and Shops With Clever Names


To celebrate National Hot Dog Day on Wednesday, July 18th, I thought I’d list the best names for hot dog stands and shops from across the country. Coney Islands are also included in this list. Please feel free to submit … Continue reading

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A Tally of Food Truck Courts, Lots, Parks, and PodsĀ 


Here’s my working tally of permanent or semi-permanent (seasonal) food truck courts, lots, parks, and pods that are open to the public on most, if not all, days of the week. The list does NOT include temporary rodeos, events, festivals, … Continue reading

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Planning lessons from Tucson


My wife and I just returned home from an amazing week in gorgeous Tucson, Arizona. Unlike many places visited, it was easy to come up with many more than ten planning lessons from this beautiful desert oasis. While we adore … Continue reading

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The Portland ConundrumĀ 


Below is an eye-opening summary of the housing market in Portland, Oregon from the perspective of a new resident to the region, who also happens to be an urban planner and a friend of mine. The parallels to what we … Continue reading

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Suburban food truck rodeo round-ups


While visiting San Antonio this past spring, several food trucks were lined up around portions of the main government square in the city’s central business district waiting for hungry diners to come bounding out of their office chutes at noon. … 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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Down the drain – our use and abuse of water


A map entitled “World of Rivers” included as an insert within the April 2010 issue of National Geographic magazine provides an analysis of how much water is actually consumed (hidden water usage) to produce common everyday goods. It is an … Continue reading

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