Category Archives: placemaking

“Urban” cities and towns

The following is my list of cities and towns with the word “urban” contained in their name. Surprisingly, there are only seven that were identified, with Urbana being easily the most common with four. Iowa and Ohio share honors for … Continue reading

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Most populous “fort” cities on the map

Below is a list of the largest cities in the world with the word “fort” in their name – while most are associated with a “fort,” there are a few that only have fort in their name by happenstance. Florida … Continue reading

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These rankings seem skewed to favor one city

Since when are the boroughs of New York City considered separate cities? Apparently, Forbes magazine believes they are synonymous even though they were consolidated to form the current city boundary in 1898. In its 2015 rankings of “the best cities for … Continue reading

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Is there a student housing bubble and is it about to burst?

For many collegiate cities and towns across the United States, the steady influx of international students (and often with their families), from primarily China/Asia, have lifted the local real estate markets out of the post-2008 doldrums. The concern now becomes … Continue reading

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Elegant tourist town airport terminals

Below are images of several elegantly designed airport terminals from eight tourist towns across the country. Each has a unique architectural style that immediately impresses those arriving to the community. Well done Traverse City, Jackson Hole, Myrtle Beach, Vail, Kona, … Continue reading

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The “Pleasantvilles” of America

A search of the internet identified 17 different variations of “pleasant” being used in the naming of a city or town in the United States. Needless to say, the use of “pleasant” as part of a place-name is meant to … Continue reading

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Seattle may join the super tall skyscraper club

While the exact height has yet to be determined, it appears Seattle will soon be joining that elite group of cities that are home to 100-story plus skyscrapers. A 101 story, 1.2 million square foot tower is proposed at the … Continue reading

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