Category Archives: fun

America’s largest mega-suburbs by land area


 The following list identifies those American suburban cities that as of late last week occupied a land area of at least 50 square miles – water area is not included in the area calculation.  Also not included are “towns” as … 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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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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Birthplace geography of iconic pop/soda/cola brands


The following list identifies well-known soft drink brands (pops, sodas, and colas) from across much of North America. The criteria for inclusion in the list includes: Founded a minimum of 40 years ago – Vernor’s leading the way at 150 … Continue reading

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Happy 100th Birthday to the National Park Service!


The National Park Service is easily my favorite federal agency and the one that deserves so much more funding than Congress has been willing to give in recent years. If I were able to be transported back to the threshold … Continue reading

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Awesome Acadia turns 100


I have had the distinct privilege of visiting 72+ of our national parks, historic sites, battlefields, lakeshores, memorials, seashores, trails, and similar units of the National Park Service. Similarly, I have had the pleasure of visiting a variety national parks … Continue reading

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