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15 years after the tornado – Planning lessons from Greensburg, Kansas

May 4, 2007, will always remain a pivotal day in the history of Greensburg, Kansas. On that day, much of the city of Greensburg was obliterated by a EF5 category tornado. Thankfully, most residents survived the tragedy due early and … Continue reading

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A comparison between Burning Man’s Black Rock City and the Greater World Earthship Community

The American West is blessed with two modern utopian communities — Burning Man’s Black Rock City on a high desert playa in northwestern Nevada and the Greater World Earthship Community located west of Taos, New Mexico. As Burning Man/Black Rock … Continue reading

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Twelve planning lessons from Taos and the Taos Pueblo

The following are ten+ planning-related lessons learned from our visits to the 400+ year old Town of Taos and the 1000+ year old Taos Pueblo. The beauty of this area is beyond mere words — a good reason why the … Continue reading

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The “unity of drought” must supersede myths and self interest

*A small commission is earned from purchases that are made using the above links to Amazon. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. _______ The book Water is for Fighting Over: and Other Myths About Water in the … Continue reading

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25 Largest American core cities without a limited access beltway or bypass

The list below is based on 2020 Census data and includes cities without a limited access bypass freeway or a limited access beltway. Several of the cities identified below have one or the other type of bypass scheduled in future … Continue reading

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Opinion: Greed is destroying college football

With today’s (July 1, 2022) announcement of USC and UCLA moving to the Big Ten Conference in 2024, another nail has been hammered into the coffin of college football. Effectively, only two or three conferences (SEC, Big Ten, and ACC) … Continue reading

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Soaking up the sun with floating solar farms

In recent years floating solar farms have been popping up on water bodies around the globe. While typically more expensive to initially install, floating solar facilities have several notable advantages, including: Less use of productive farm land or valuable lands … Continue reading

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No desalination required – saving the Great Salt Lake

“Given the potential environmental, health, social, and political consequences of doing nothing or not doing enough, it seems to this retired planner that the truck and train tanker option in conjunction with strong water conservation measures should be employed at least as a stopgap measure until long-term solutions can be established.” Continue reading

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Using abnormally high-water events on the Great Lakes to help relieve the Western mega-drought

Its time to think about cross-regional cooperation to address our problems related to surface water and climate change. In recent years, water levels in the Great Lakes have been at or near all-time record highs. This has created numerous and … Continue reading

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Building solar farms on closed landfills in Massachusetts

As the list directly below demonstrates, over the past decade more than 80 communities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts have successfully turned their closed brownfield landfills into green energy producing “bright fields.” Acton Landfill = 1.59 megawatt solar array on … Continue reading

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