Category Archives: placemaking

More street connections = less cut-through traffic


The argument that connecting new neighborhoods to existing ones causing cut-through traffic is only true if there are limited street connections in the transportation network in the first place. If a community has a well-planned, interconnected transportation network then more … Continue reading

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Nothing but blue waters…smiling at me


I don’t know about the rest of you, but whenever I am traveling to Lake Michigan, my anticipation continually grows until I get my first chance to glimpse those lovely blue waters. Through cities, towns, farmland, and wooded forests we may … Continue reading

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TC is “Totally Cool”


There are certain cities that immediately exude a cool or hip vibe the very moment you arrive. I call this the “it factor,” as in you just know it and feel it as soon as you get there. It may be … Continue reading

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Does geography contribute to a healthier downtown?


Over the years as both a planner and a traveler, I have noticed that compact downtown areas tend to be more vibrant and healthy than those that are spread out across the landscape. Examples include Manhattan, which is hemmed in … Continue reading

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No place better on Earth than “Up North” in the summertime


We spent the past week in Mother Earth’s idyllic playground – also known as the Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan, centered around Traverse City. I have yet to find a photograph or painting that adequately depicts the visual beauty and … Continue reading

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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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I scream for Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor


“I scream…you scream…we all scream…for ice cream!” One of the newest and sweetest delights of visiting Mackinac Island is Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor at the base of The Grand Hotel. True to the island’s quaint Victorian-era heritage, this wonderfully decorated … Continue reading

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