Category Archives: nature

Let’s stop dissing deserts!

In response to a recent post about “transit deserts” on The Market Urbanism Report’s Facebook page, I made the following comment: “I think we need to rethink using the term ‘desert’ to describe an area lacking something. Deserts can be … Continue reading

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Arizona DOT ponders paving over paradise

  Are they NUTS? Among the alternatives being considered by the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) for future Interstate 11 (I-11) are two (2) options that would loop it west of Tucson through the stunningly gorgeous Avra Valley. Who in … Continue reading

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Astronomical metro areas

The following cities have the highest metropolitan area concentration of astronomical and radio observatories and related uses in the world. A minimum of three (3) such facilities was required for inclusion in the list. As can be seen from the … Continue reading

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Planning lessons from Tucson

My wife and I just returned home from an amazing week in gorgeous Tucson, Arizona. Unlike many places visited, it was easy to come up with many more than ten planning lessons from this beautiful desert oasis. While we adore … Continue reading

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States with the most public EV charging outlets

Below are the most recent numbers of public electric vehicle charging outlets (not stations), as of October 29, 2017. A minimum of 500 is required to included on the list. Aside from California which far and away leads the list, … Continue reading

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The nine volcanic sisters of San Luis Obispo

During a recent visit to San Luis Obispo, California in September, we had the opportunity to view the dramatic Nine Sisters. These nines peak are a dramatic multi-mile chain of volcanic plugs (former volcanoes) that dominate the geography between the … Continue reading

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“Pierless” Piers: Longest Public Piers in the USA

The list below includes fishing and entertainment piers of 500 feet in length or more, but does not include commercial shipping piers/docks, private docks, jetties, breakwaters, former bridges, under bridge piers, or piers that parallel the coastline. The length is … Continue reading

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