Category Archives: fun

Transforming the mundane into the m-a-r-v-e-l-o-u-s!


There are certain mundane objects that we see each and every day, but hardly think about. They have become the equivalent of background noise in our visual world. Such mundane items might include light poles, mailboxes, dumpsters, utility boxes, overpasses, … Continue reading

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An artistic planning masterpiece


  As an urban planner, I have seen some very well-written and thought-provoking master plans in the past 25+ years. But recently I stumbled across a specialized plan that I think may top them all – the Public Art Program … Continue reading

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Cities stuck in “The Middle”


Here’s my list of cities and towns whose name refers to being located in the center or middle.  One of the intriguing things about many of these communities is the number of them that lack being in the middle of … Continue reading

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Yoga-fied city names


A little fun today with adding yoga terms to city names. Here are 22 I came up with. Additions are welcome. Enjoy! Birming-hamsa (Birmingham), Alabama, Michigan, or UK Bridge-pose-port (Bridgeport), Connecticut Budda-pest (Budapest), Hungary Chakra-nooga (Chattanooga), Tennessee Corpse-Pose Christi (Corpus … Continue reading

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Land uses which are more often found in the “Heartland”


Here is the third in this series of region-specific land uses – this one lists those more often found in the Heartland of the country. As always, additions and corrections are welcome. Family farms Dairies County courthouse squares Farm implement … Continue reading

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States with the most curling clubs


The list at the end of this post identifies those states with the most established and operating curling clubs. Clubs that are forming, exist only on paper, or which are inactive are not included in these figures. As is evident … Continue reading

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“Urban” cities and towns


The following is my list of cities and towns with the word “urban” contained in their name. Surprisingly, there are only seven that were identified, with Urbana being easily the most common with four. Iowa and Ohio share honors for … Continue reading

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