Category Archives: poverty

Strict planning & zoning destroys eclectic, offbeat, and funky

After three decades in the planning profession and several more years since retirement, I’ve come to the conclusion that if you want your community to maintain or build a funky, hip, offbeat, or eccentric vibe, it can not be done … Continue reading

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The racist rot that has corroded St. Louis and America

“The imperium of St. Louis (and thus of the United States) is continually framed by the history of genocide, removal, and the expropriation and control of land — all justified in the name of white supremacy.” Page 6 The recently … Continue reading

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Roadside Americana: A montage of iconic Juke Joints

The map and series of photos provided below depict juke joints, both past and present.  Historically associated with the Blues, most juke joints have been situated across the Deep South, particularly in and around the Mississippi Delta Region. Sadly, the … Continue reading

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Soviet-era and Russian Monotowns

In Russia, cities and towns whose economy and existence are largely tied to a single, dominating industry are referred as “Monotowns,” which is short for Monofunctional Towns (or Cities). These are basically their equivalent to the Western terminology of “Company Towns.” Most … Continue reading

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Historical geography of the Blues in America

The list below identifies the historical geography of 17 different styles of “the Blues”. Given multitudes of music genres and sub-genres, it is likely that other forms could have been included. The locations are listed by the decade in which … Continue reading

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“The Newspaper Boy” – a helpful remedy when losing hope

Spoiler Alert: While I try not to reveal too much about details contained within the book, there are undoubtedly some aspect of spoilers contained within this post. If you prefer to read the book first without knowing too much about … Continue reading

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Geography of America’s Historic Black Main Streets

  Discriminatory Jim Crow Era segregation laws that were often brutally enforced throughout the South and the bigoted use of similar divisive tactics elsewhere in the United States led to the creation and development of African-American business districts and corridors … Continue reading

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American core cities that escaped freeway devastation

The following list identifies those core cities in the United States that have not been devastated by freeway construction (to date), and particularly during the interstate highway building-boom of the 1950s-1970s. While many of America’s “then largest” cities saw downtown … Continue reading

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Up to 690,000 American’s died from our own nuke tests!

Yes, you read the post title correctly. According to a 2017 study by researchers from the University of Arizona, between 340,000 and 690,000 Americans are estimated to have died from fallout and radiation-linked diseases generated by the 100 atmospheric atomic … Continue reading

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Ten Planning Lessons from Traverse City

Now that we have lived in Traverse City for almost four years, it is time to list the ten top planning lessons learned from our hometown. Sometimes, evaluation of the places closest to you are the toughest. Smaller cities and … Continue reading

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