Category Archives: planning

Building a peaceful community with good planning


Building a peaceful community does not just result from how we treat one another (see previous post), but can be literally develop based on how we design our communities and allocate funding. The days of the “wrong side of the … Continue reading

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Ten ways urban planners can promote a peaceful community


To a certain extent these are common sense approaches to maintaining peace during the planning process, but considering the extent of rancor and divisiveness in our nation and around the world, I thought they would be useful. They are presented in no … Continue reading

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Mackinac’s hidden gem – St. Ignace


Too often those visiting the Mackinac Straits area of Michigan will concentrate their trip on Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City, when there is a charming, entertaining, and very historic city just across the bridge in St. Ignace. St. Ignace was … Continue reading

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The Portland Conundrum 


Below is an eye-opening summary of the housing market in Portland, Oregon from the perspective of a new resident to the region, who also happens to be an urban planner and a friend of mine. The parallels to what we … Continue reading

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“Brainbelt” cities


I recently completed reading an interested and insightful book entitled The Smartest Places on Earth. Written by Antoine Van Agtmael and Fred Bakker, the book identifies and concentrates on those Rustbelt cities in the North America and Europe that have … Continue reading

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Rain shadow cities and planning


Rain shadows are a fascinating geological and meteorological phenomenon that results from moisture being squeezed out as weather systems pass over higher elevations on the windward side of the mountains, leaving the leeward side much drier, sometimes even with a … Continue reading

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Stitching together a “Quilt Barn Trail”


On Michigan’s historic Old Mission Peninsula, the community has banded together to stitch a Quilt Barn Trail. One may ask, as I first did, what is a Quilt Barn Trail? Essentially, it is an effort to celebrate and recognize the … Continue reading

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