Category Archives: planning

Abandoned commercial airports – ruins and reuses


A bit of postmodern ruin porn and uplifting adaptive reuse ideas are provided in this post with a listing of those major abandoned commercial airports which no longer (or in some cases never did) see flights. Some, particularly Croydon, Kai … Continue reading

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Largest cities straddling the Equator


Each of the following cities straddles/abuts the Equator, as the coordinates for each are less than one degree latitude from the Equator. Only the core city population is provided, so there may be some suburbs that could have been part … Continue reading

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From institutional to inspirational


Unlike this amazing aerial shot, photographs taken from the ground can hardly depict the enormous size and impressive setting of Grand Traverse Commons (formally Traverse City State Hospital or Northern Michigan Asylum). Once an imposing (and probably intimidating) institutional facility, … Continue reading

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Transforming the mundane into the m-a-r-v-e-l-o-u-s!


There are certain mundane objects that we see each and every day, but hardly think about. They have become the equivalent of background noise in our visual world. Such mundane items might include light poles, mailboxes, dumpsters, utility boxes, overpasses, … Continue reading

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An artistic planning masterpiece


  As an urban planner, I have seen some very well-written and thought-provoking master plans in the past 25+ years. But recently I stumbled across a specialized plan that I think may top them all – the Public Art Program … Continue reading

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America’s loneliest cities


The following are America’s 20 loneliest larger cities – those with the most single-person households as of 2014. As is evident from the data, cities in Upstate New York, Ohio, Florida, and Virginia tend to be the most lonely (when … Continue reading

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Cities stuck in “The Middle”


Here’s my list of cities and towns whose name refers to being located in the center or middle.  One of the intriguing things about many of these communities is the number of them that lack being in the middle of … Continue reading

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