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Favorites of 2019


Below are my favorites in film television, books, and music for 2019, subject to possible additions during the last two weeks of the year. Films Released and Seen in 2019 Favorite Drama Ford vs. Ferrari – favorite overall motion picture … Continue reading

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World’s largest “burg,” “burgh,” or “bourg” suffix cities


  By far the longest and most geographically diverse list to date identifies cities and towns of 10,000 residents or more whose name contains the suffix of “burg,” “burgh,” or “bourg.”  Cities/towns for four (4) continents are represented – Europe, … Continue reading

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World’s largest “boro” and “borough” suffix cities


  Continuing with our city name suffix series, below are the world’s largest cities ending in “boro” or “borough.” Please note there a a few cities in the UK that use a slight variation of “brough,” as well and these … Continue reading

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World’s largest “abad” suffix cities


-abad is a suffix that forms part of many west, central and south Asian city names originally derived from the Persian language term ābād (آباد), meaning “cultivated place” (village, city, region), and commonly attached to the name of the city’s … Continue reading

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World’s largest “stadt” suffix cities


  Turning away from English-oriented place names for the time being, the list below identifies the largest cities in the world with the German suffix of “stadt.”  According to wiktionary.org, “Stadt” has the following meanings: Stadt f (genitive Stadt, plural … Continue reading

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World’s largest “ham” suffix cities


For the third in our series of city suffixes, we are listing the world’s largest cities whose name contains the suffix of “ham.”According to Quora.com: The term “ham” is an Old English word meaning farmstead. The Pronunciation Studio goes a … Continue reading

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Chronology & Geography of Civil Rights Wade-in Protests


Though not as well known or as common as the lunch counter sit-ins that protested segregated dining, beach wade-ins were another peaceful tactic used to demonstrate the rampant amount of bigotry and racism that existing during the Jim Crow era … Continue reading

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Chronology & Geography of Civil Rights Lunch Counter Sit-ins


Below is a chronological and geographical list of the start date(s) of known lunch counter sit-ins that took place to protest Jim Crow-style segregated seating and dining accommodations for African-Americans. While segregated lunch counter were most common in the South, … Continue reading

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Horse, Donkey, and Mule-related City/Town Names


  Below is a list of cities and towns whose names are based on equine (horse, donkey, mule) related topics. Any additions, corrections, or suggestions are most welcome. Bronco, California – ghost town Bronco, Texas – ghost town Burro John, … Continue reading

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Ten Planning Lessons from Chicago’s Northside Neighborhoods


  Below is my list of top ten planning lessons garnered from visits to nearly all of Northside Chicago neighborhoods over the past few years, especially those located to the north and east of I-90/94 (The Kennedy Expressway). Even with … Continue reading

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