Category Archives: North America

Humorous nicknames for complicated freeway interchanges

“The Beast,” “The Octopus,” or “East Delay” just east of downtown LA – Source: maps.google.com Below are the humorous names given to complicated freeway interchanges. The most common terms tend to be “Spaghetti Junction” (20), “Spaghetti Bowl” (6), “Malfunction Junction” … Continue reading

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North America’s busiest RO/RO motor vehicle seaports

Enormous Brunswick, Georgia RO/RO Terminal – Source: lloydslist.maritimeintelligence.informa.com RO/RO seaports are those that service ships that import and export motor vehicles including cars, trucks, construction equipment, farm equipment, and even boats; they literally roll-on and roll-off (RO/RO). Almost sounds like … Continue reading

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Top ten (10) tallest airport control towers by continent

Cairo’s Airport Control Tower design – Source: acams.com Below are lists of the ten tallest airport control towers in each continent (other than Antarctica), as well as a comparison of the average height for each continent. The lists are based … Continue reading

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Tall Timbers – World’s tallest wooden skyscrapers

*This is a republished and updated article from 2020. In recent years, a new trend in high-rise construction has emerged – the development of skyscrapers constructed largely of wood products (can also referred to as mass timber, cross-laminate timber, and/or engineered-wood). … Continue reading

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Tallest skyscrapers in North American suburbs

Skyline of San Pedro Garza García, Mexico – Source: commons.wikimedia.org The following list identifies the tallest skyscrapers found in suburban cities of North America. The list only includes completed skyscrapers and ones that were confirmed to be under construction. Proposed … Continue reading

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Most populous suburbs of North America

The list below identifies the most populous suburbs of North America. Cities with the most suburbs on the list include: For countries wholes census or population estimates were more than 10 years old, World Population Review was used as a … Continue reading

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Cities and towns that have gone to the dogs: Ruff-ruff!

Below is a list of those populated places (current and former) in North America that include “dog” or its equivalent in their name. Maine seems to be the leader of places named dog with four (4) listed. As alway, any … Continue reading

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Cities with a lengthy formal, original, or ceremonial name

Below are twelve cities around the globe that have very long formal, original, or ceremonial names. Needless to say, these would be tough to include on postage or any document for that matter. The majority have long names associated with … Continue reading

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Incorporating mass timber in airport terminal design

As the use of mass timber design and construction expands in building development, it has also become increasingly used in airport terminal projects. Above and below are images from airports around the globe where mass timber construction has been incorporated … Continue reading

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World’s largest h-y-p-h-e-n-a-t-e-d core cities

As a companion to the previous post on cities/towns with the most hyphens in their name, this post lists the largest cities (core city not metro area) that have a hyphen in their name. The minimum population for inclusion in … Continue reading

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