Category Archives: fun

The Motor City soars to new heights


Yesterday, it was announced that Dan Gilbert, owner of Quicken Loans will be constructing the tallest building in the State of Michigan on the site of the former Hudson’s Department store in downtown Detroit. The tower is proposed to contain … Continue reading

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Candidate cities for orange clown’s future lie-brary


Here’s a list of candidate cities for the new president’s future lie-brary or alternate fact-ory. Given that he doesn’t like to read, one assumes it will be filled with decrees, rants, tweet-storms, and love letters between him and Vladimir Putin. … Continue reading

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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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