Category Archives: history

Stitching together a “Quilt Barn Trail”


On Michigan’s historic Old Mission Peninsula, the community has banded together to stitch a Quilt Barn Trail. One may ask, as I first did, what is a Quilt Barn Trail? Essentially, it is an effort to celebrate and recognize the … Continue reading

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Lessons from Boston’s Irish Heritage Trail


Many of us are familiar with Boston’s Freedom Trail – a walking tour that takes one to famous sights ranging from Paul Revere’s home to the Old North Church to the Boston Massacre site to Bunker Hill. Virtually anyone growing … Continue reading

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Visions of Jack…Kerouac


  We spent Saturday in Lowell, Massachusetts and among the places visited were sites related to and honoring the “King of the Beats,” Jack Kerouac.        

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Urban planning portrayed through art


As urban planners we most often tend to think of our profession being depicted to the outside world in fairly basic textual and geographic terms. Either it is the written word in somewhat legalistic prose, or it is maps representing … Continue reading

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“The Geography of Genius” – an atlas of exceptional creativity


Several years ago I thoroughly enjoyed reading Eric Weiner’s book entitled The Geography of Bliss. As an urban planning professional and geography geek, I was hooked just by the subject matter. So, when I saw that he had released a … Continue reading

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TC’s totally cool downtown “Art Banner Project”


Walk, bike, or drive around downtown Traverse City and you will soon see one of the enormous art banners hanging from the walls of some of the buildings. Brainchild of retired Art Department Chair of Northwestern Michigan College, Paul Welch, … Continue reading

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Acts of DIS-placemaking


Just when you think society in general is starting to “get it” on the numerous benefits of placemaking, a couple of state legislators propose bills that could potentially wipe out one of the best tools for successful placemaking in Michigan … Continue reading

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