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“Hydrograds” built by the former Soviet Union


  Following last week’s post on American Hydrograds, this blogpost explores the “Hydrograds“ built by the former Soviet Union. Hydrograds are cities and towns constructed specifically to house workers building the hydroelectric project, as well as the support staff to … Continue reading

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American “Hydrograds” – Cities built for hydroelectric projects


  Two recent posts I’ve written on the Atomgrads (nuclear cities) of the former Soviet Union that were developed to both construct and support both nuclear weapons and energy plants led me to explore similar government built community for hydroelectric … Continue reading

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Favorite shoreline & inland hikes of NW Lower Michigan


The list below includes those trails that are primarily geared towards hikers rather than cyclists. The only exception is the Boardman Lake Loop Trail. ¬†Shoreline hikes refer to those that are along Lake Michigan or Grand Traverse Bay. Meanwhile, inland … Continue reading

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Atomic “doomtowns” that once surrounded Chernobyl


The Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster occurred on April 26, 1986, when reactor #4 exploded. Before being brought under control weeks later, extreme levels of radiation had spread outward from the nuclear plant by both wind and rain. This inundated communities all … Continue reading

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Soviet-era “Atomgrads,” part 2 – Nuclear Energy Cities


http:// Part 2 of this series on Soviet-era “Atomgrads” focuses on those that were developed to build, service, and support nuclear power plants in the Soviet Union. Of the 12 cities listed and mapped, all but one remain active communities … Continue reading

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Soviet-era “Atomgrads,” part 1 – Nuclear Weapon Cities


http:// During the Cold War, the Soviet Union developed a series of “Atomgrads“ or nuclear cities. ¬† Nearly all of these cities were newly planned and designed to provide housing and community services for the future scientists and their families … Continue reading

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Fictional cities and towns of live action television


  The following list identifies the fictional city or town where these live action television series (comedy or drama) were situated. A separate blog post identifies fictional cities and towns of cartoon (or animated) series. States/provinces that have the most … Continue reading

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Largest “grad” suffix cities and towns on the planet


The following list identifies all the cities and towns exceeding 1,000 in population that have the suffix “grad” in their name. The Old Slavic term “grad” means city, town, or castle. Beograd (Belgrade) and Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad) are by far … Continue reading

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The world’s most resilient city is… Hiroshima


… a remarkable place that has not only turned its seemingly desperate circumstances completely around in the past 75 years, but its entire focus and purpose as a member of the world community. The timeline expressed above probably gives away … Continue reading

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Two outstanding new British rock albums


  I have been captivated by two new rock album releases – and as is so often the case, both come from British musicians – one by Cornershop and theater by EOB (Ed O’Brien of Radiohead). England is a Garden … Continue reading

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