Category Archives: health

Most congested megacity index for 2014

Below are the results from the most congested megacity index which are based on an interesting and fairly simple measure of street congestion – the average number of stops and starts per vehicle during a given year. Please note that … Continue reading

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Review of “Inventing Los Alamos” – Atomic utopia and urban paradox

I just had the pleasure of reading a most interesting book entitled, Inventing Los Alamos: The Growth of an Atomic Community by Jon Hunner.  Part historical account, part urban planning study, Inventing Los Alamos is a worthwhile read for anyone … Continue reading

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Freezeways: Cutting-edge planning for Winter Cities

Atlanta’s ambitious and impressive Belt Line was fostered by a thesis project. Now, comes the Freezeway, a bold theorem by University of British Columbia graduate student Matt Gibbs, which proposes to convert some of Edmonton, Alberta’s bike trails into linear commuter/recreational … Continue reading

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The National Water Trails System continues to stream ahead

Here’s a list of those rivers currently included in the National Water Trails System and the approximate paddling mileage included as part of each designated trail. They are presented in alphabetical order. Alabama Scenic River Trail (Alabama) = 631 miles … Continue reading

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A powerful film – “Short Term 12”

We watched Short Term 12 on Netflix last weekend and were impressed by this remarkable film. The movie is about a temporary treatment facility for troubled teens nicknamed “Short Term 12.” The film is raw, intense, funny, inspiring, heartbreaking, and … Continue reading

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“Small, Gritty, and Green” just misses the mark

While quite an interesting read, the book Small, Gritty, and Green: The Promise of America’s Smaller Industrial Cities in a Low-Carbon World, by Catherine Tumber raised only a few new ideas to this urban planner. Perhaps that was because it … Continue reading

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A tangible benefit of malls versus power centers

I grew up in the shopping mall era. Many weekends, my friends and I would travel to Castleton Square or Glendale Mall on the north side in Indianapolis to wander, eat, people watch, see a movie, and/or play video games. … Continue reading

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