Category Archives: placemaking

America’s hottest hipsterhoods in 2017


The following list developed by hotspotrentals.com identifies the hottest inner city neighborhoods around the country in 2017. Having been to Midtown Detroit back in late August and seen how exciting it is, one can only imagine the vibrancy and hipness of the … Continue reading

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Time to say goodbye to large commercial signs?


With approximately 77 percent of all Americans now owning a smartphone, is there really a need for large commercial signs? One only needs to use the mapping software and GPS directions on their phones or built into their cars to … Continue reading

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Ten planning lessons from San Luis Obispo (SLO)


My wife and I were privileged to spend a few lovely days in the San Luis Obispo area in September. Here are my thoughts about this captivating and enchanting community from a planner’s perspective. A beautiful physical setting not only … Continue reading

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People can be so disgusting!


A recent report by the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore highlights how disgusting humans can be, even when visiting a national park. The report identifies the extent and content of litter collected from beaches in the park this past summer … Continue reading

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My Amazon HQ2 prediction


Ever since Amazon announced they would be establishing a dual headwaters, a virtual cottage industry of predictions and analyses has developed. Everyone has an opinion on what metro will be selected. Here are my thoughts on the subject: My heart would … Continue reading

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Grand movie palaces of Northern Michigan


Sources:  http://thebaytheatre.com/about-us/ http://www.boynechamber.com/news/details/boyne-theater-restoration-plans-unveiled http://www.frankfortgardentheater.com/the-theater/ https://www.stateandbijou.org/about/statetheatre https://www.stateandbijou.org/about/bijoubythebay https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bijou_by_the_Bay http://www.idealtheatre.com/index.php/about-us http://voguetheatremanistee.org/history https://www.friendsofthebroadway.org/about-us/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broadway_Theatre_(Mount_Pleasant,_Michigan) http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/14104 http://www.centerstage.bz/scheduleticketinfo.html https://squareup.com/store/rialtograyling http://michiganoperahouses.com/maltz-opera-house-alpena-alpena-county/ http://www.waterwinterwonderland.com/movietheaters.aspx?id=814&type=5 https://www.facebook.com/pg/LakeTheatreOscoda/about/?ref=page_internal http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/1558 http://www.elkrapidscinema.com/history.html http://www.rogerscitytheater.com/community-theatre/about-the-theater/

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Catchy and clever food truck names


Listed in alphabetical order with my favorite names shown in bold. Additional suggestions are welcome, as  long as they are (or were) real food trucks. While some of these food trucks no longer may be open, the names are still great. … Continue reading

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