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Temples of Jazz – The Ballrooms


  This post is the first of a three-part series about those special places that brought the jazz era to life beyond the recording studio and radio station. The ballrooms, theaters, and smokey clubs are where jazz musicians were able … Continue reading

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Geography of the Jazz Age in North America


The Jazz Age represented the musical form’s peak period of popularity between 1920 and 1960. While New Orleans, Kansas City, Chicago, and New York were and remain the preeminent epicenters of jazz, in many other cities across the country, vibrant … Continue reading

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The Flint You Don’t Hear About


Flint, Michigan has had a tough couple of decades. If the auto plant closings and shutdowns weren’t enough, terrible decisions by the state legislature and officials under the Snyder administration put its residents in jeopardy. Those same residents will be … Continue reading

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Derogatory place nicknames – UPDATE # 4


Last weekend (originally published in 2013) a derogatory nickname was overheard for a city here in Michigan that I had never heard expressed before in my 21 (now 26) years of being a resident of this state. For some reason … Continue reading

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Mending Interstate Injustice – Freeway Capping Projects


In recent years there has been an effort in some cities to mend some of the wounds of Interstate Highway era gashes that were savagely cut through American cities. A method for healing these scars has been to cap the … Continue reading

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No words…


…can possibly describe the sad and disturbing aspect of American history depicted by the new National Memorial for Peace and Justice (a.k.a. Lynching Memorial) that opened today (4/25/18) in Montgomery, Alabama. I will let these photographs of this solemn site … Continue reading

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Interstate Injustice: Plowing Highways Through Minority Neighborhoods – Updated


The list provided at the end of the post is a partial tally of the once vibrant, historically Black and Latino neighborhoods that have been largely decimated by Interstate Highway construction. Much of this community displacement and destruction took place … Continue reading

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“Bigotsburg of the week” – Forrest City, Arkansas


  Forrest City is located along Interstate 40 in east-central Arkansas. It probably more appropriately deserves the title of “Bigotsburg of the Nation,” instead of “Jewel of the Delta,” given that it is named after Nathaniel Bedford Forrest. Mr. Forrest was … Continue reading

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Bigotsburg of the week – Shreveport, Louisiana


How many times has it been repeatedly demonstrated that urban highway construction projects have far too often been used as a tool for so-called “urban renewal?” Urban renewal in this context meaning an illicit tool for bulldozing historically African-American, Latino, … Continue reading

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“Bigotsburgs of the week” – three cities with the most Confederate monuments


Given the ongoing battles over removal of Confederate monuments, statues, and similar memorials, a review was conducted through wikipedia.org of how those symbols are geographically dispersed across the country. This research shows that the city with the most still displayed … Continue reading

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