Category Archives: infrastructure

Transforming an eyesore into eye-candy


Similar to the image above, the vast majority of highway and railroad underpasses across the country are the epitome of sterile concrete and overgrown weeds.  Left as underutilized vacant space, they hardly engender any sort of warmth or welcome, particularly … Continue reading

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America’s original bicycling paradise


Numerous reports, stories, and studies tout Portland, Oregon; Boulder, Colorado; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Davis, California; and other communities in the United States as the most bikeable or bike-friendly. What they often overlook is the one and only community in the country … Continue reading

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Suburban food truck rodeo round-ups


While visiting San Antonio this past spring, several food trucks were lined up around portions of the main government square in the city’s central business district waiting for hungry diners to come bounding out of their office chutes at noon. … Continue reading

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Five historic Michigan lighthouses of northern Lake Huron


Here are photos of five of the historic Michigan lighthouses located along the northern shoreline of Lake Huron taken over the past few days. We were delighted to have the opportunity to climb the stairs to the top of both … Continue reading

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The geography of Facebook data centers


Just this week, Facebook announced it would be building its fifth data center complex in Fort Worth, Texas. Hat’s off to Facebook, as the entire complex will contain 750,000 square feet in three buildings on 111 acres, will be 100% … Continue reading

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Civilian airports named for aviation pioneers


Below is a list of pioneer aviators from around the world for whom airports have been named as an honor to their courageous achievements.  Sadly, in some instances, the name of the pioneering aviator has been removed from the airport … Continue reading

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Rebounding core cities


Below is a list of core cities in the United States that have seen their populations rebound following several decades of decline. In some instances, such as Denver, Des Moines, San Francisco, and Seattle, the core city is now attained … Continue reading

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