Category Archives: government

America’s most beautiful downtown – my vote is St. Augustine


I have had the great pleasure of visiting many communities across America ranging in size from hamlet to town to major city. This includes visits to parts of 49 states. Until this past week’s visit to St. Augustine, Florida I … Continue reading

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“The D” in our destiny is Detroit


In graduate school nearly 30 years ago, one of the courses I took at Virginia Tech was Urban Economic Geography. In this class, the primary textbook was entitled, Detroit: Race and Uneven Development. Even though I was born and raised … Continue reading

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The MOST important urban planning book of our time


I realize that the title of this post is a bold and perhaps controversial statement to make, but I truly believe that the definitive and thought-provoking publication by Salvatore Settis entitled, If Venice Dies, is the most important urban planning book … 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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Is this America’s future?


A landscape of homeless sleeping on the streets beneath the ever-watchful eyes of their wealthy “benevolent” dictator.  It doesn’t have to be this way, folks, provided we stand up, speak out, and skillfully and peacefully combat the evil forces of … Continue reading

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Shedding light on shameful Sundown Towns


I feel ashamed to admit having grown up in the United States, garnered high school, undergrad, and graduate degrees, including a minor in history, and still didn’t know about Sundown Towns. Let me correct that, I didn’t know how prevalent … Continue reading

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Resolve to be involved


If you are like me and are deeply disturbed and worried about the direction your country or the world community are headed, please consider becoming more involved in 2017.   There are numerous organizations doing good work at all levels … Continue reading

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