Category Archives: history

The Great Lakes doomsday scenario pipeline


If you thought the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota was bad, boy do we have a doozy of one for you here in Michigan. A 63-year old twin pipeline (Enbridge #5), that was built with a 50-year lifespan carries … Continue reading

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Suburban USA “cities” that occupy more land area than the core city


The following list identifies those suburban cities in the USA that occupy more land area than the core  city in the same metropolitan area. Any additions or corrections are most welcome. Please note that “towns” as found in the Northeast … 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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Cities with the most tall buildings in North America


The list provided below shows those cities in ranked order which have a minimum of 100 tall buildings. It also depicts the number of skyscrapers in parenthesis. Most surprising to this author is San Francisco not being quite in the … 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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Goma-Gisenyi and other volcanic cities


A more generalized variation of this post was originally published back in June on Progressive Blogic. Here is an updated and expanded version which delves into the geological threats facing the Goma-Gisenyi urban area.  One of the features about Edinburgh, Scotland … Continue reading

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Longest large city names without duplicate letters


Using the web I was able to identify 114 cities (some with the same name) with a minimum population of 100,000, which have at least eight (8) English alphabet letters that do not repeat. The list is provided below. Any … Continue reading

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