Category Archives: food systems

Using abnormally high-water events on the Great Lakes to help relieve the Western mega-drought

Its time to think about cross-regional cooperation to address our problems related to surface water and climate change. In recent years, water levels in the Great Lakes have been at or near all-time record highs. This has created numerous and … Continue reading

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Regional and semi-national fast food burger chains

Most of us are familiar with the national fast food burger chains like McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, Dairy Queen, Five Guys, Sonic, and Hardee’s/Carl’s Jr. But, there are many local, regional, and semi-national burger chains that dot the map and … Continue reading

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The steaming hot market for drive-thru coffee shops

Across the country there is an ongoing boom in freestanding drive-thru/walk-up coffee shops. These units rarely, if ever, incorporate indoor seating, though they may have some outdoor seats. Instead these shops are designed and meant for customers on the go … Continue reading

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North America’s deepest lakes and reservoirs

The following list identifies the deepest natural and human-made lakes on the North American continent. Any additions, corrections, or suggestions for this list are most welcome. Great Slave Lake, NWT = 2,010 feet 2. Crater Lake, OR = 1,949 feet … Continue reading

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Albuquerque’s two distinctive ranchito suburbs

All of us are familiar with the enormous ranches and farming operations that are most often found flung across the Midwestern and Western United States. We are also familiar with the smaller scale ranchettes and farmettes that tend to dot … Continue reading

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Ten planning lessons from OKC – America’s newest great city!

The changes/improvements that have taken place in Oklahoma City in the past 16 years (since I last visited) are remarkable and immensely impressive. Here are ten planning lessons from the exciting and entertaining capital of Oklahoma. Oklahoma City has coalesced … Continue reading

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Sweet and clever ice cream, yogurt, & custard shop names

The list at the end of this post identifies those ice cream, frozen yogurt, frozen custard, gelato, and related shops and stands whose name is sweet, catchy, and clever. Those shown in bold beloware my favorites with Brain Freeze, Coneflower, Creamistry, … Continue reading

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Toasting the States with the most wineries in 2020 vs. 2018

As the data shows in the following chart, among the states with the most wineries, Colorado and Texas lead the way in the number of new wineries added over the past two (2) years. All 12 states saw growth in … Continue reading

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Best brewed mobile coffee shop names

Some more fun with coffee shop names, except this time it’s ones that are mobile instead of fixed/stationary. The mobile hops are broken down into three categories – bikes or carts/trucks, cars, or vans/trailers. My personal favorite names are shown … Continue reading

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Best brewed coffee shop names from around the globe

The following is a list of my favorite coffee shop names that have creative, catchy, edgy, and fun names from across the world. Part of the success in any business is a memorable name. That being said, a great name … Continue reading

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