Category Archives: planning

Transforming an eyesore into eye-candy


Similar to the image above, the vast majority of highway and railroad underpasses across the country are the epitome of sterile concrete and overgrown weeds.  Left as underutilized vacant space, they hardly engender any sort of warmth or welcome, particularly … Continue reading

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I scream for Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor


“I scream…you scream…we all scream…for ice cream!” One of the newest and sweetest delights of visiting Mackinac Island is Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor at the base of The Grand Hotel. True to the island’s quaint Victorian-era heritage, this wonderfully decorated … Continue reading

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Little (and big) towns on the prairie


North America’s magnificent Great Plains and prairie region generally extends westward from Central Ohio to the Rocky Mountains and southward from boreal Canada through Texas to the Rio Grande Valley.  This is one of my favorite natural ecosystems due to … Continue reading

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America’s original bicycling paradise


Numerous reports, stories, and studies tout Portland, Oregon; Boulder, Colorado; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Davis, California; and other communities in the United States as the most bikeable or bike-friendly. What they often overlook is the one and only community in the country … Continue reading

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Suburban food truck rodeo round-ups


While visiting San Antonio this past spring, several food trucks were lined up around portions of the main government square in the city’s central business district waiting for hungry diners to come bounding out of their office chutes at noon. … Continue reading

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The geography of Facebook data centers


Just this week, Facebook announced it would be building its fifth data center complex in Fort Worth, Texas. Hat’s off to Facebook, as the entire complex will contain 750,000 square feet in three buildings on 111 acres, will be 100% … Continue reading

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Civilian airports named for aviation pioneers


Below is a list of pioneer aviators from around the world for whom airports have been named as an honor to their courageous achievements.  Sadly, in some instances, the name of the pioneering aviator has been removed from the airport … Continue reading

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