Category Archives: placemaking

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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Largest Australian and New Zealand airports (by acreage)

Below is a list of the largest commercial aviation airports in Australia and New Zealand as measured by total acreage (using hectares and then multiplying by 2.471). Finding this land data proved to be more difficult than one would think … Continue reading

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Urban design without fake plastic signs

In many communities across the country, commercial signage seems to be employed in a manner that appears more appropriate in Las Vegas, Times Square, or in this Radiohead video for the song Fake Plastic Trees, rather than on businesses fronting Main Street. … Continue reading

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America’s largest ‘countrified’ cities

As a sequel to cities with the same name as world capitals, here is a list of those over 2,000 population with the same name as nations/countries around the globe. Ten cities or towns named Lebanon lead this list, which … Continue reading

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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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