Category Archives: Railroads

Don’t erase industrial heritage, embrace it!


In many post-industrial American cities, the legacy of their manufacturing might is too often gradually rusting away or being erased from memory in the hopes that new developments will somehow rekindle a once proud past. As a result, significant aspects … Continue reading

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Ten+ planning lessons from “remarqable” Marquette, Michigan


Before going through the twelve planning lessons listed below, it must be noted that for many years, Marquette has been at the top of my list of favorite cities in Michigan, as well as the at the top of my … Continue reading

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Great Ore Docks of the Great Lakes – Updated


Iron ore docks are one of the most iconic symbols of the northern Great Lakes. From the last quarter of the 19th-century to the mid-20th century these enormous timber or steel/concrete structures dominated the skylines of places like Ashland, Duluth, … Continue reading

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Top engineering/design marvels seen to date by state/province


Alabama – U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville Alberta – Calgary’s Light Rail System (CTrain) Alaska – Alaska Railroad between Anchorage and Fairbanks Arkansas – Bobby Hopper Tunnel in NW Arkansas Arizona – Glen Canyon Bridge and Dam in … Continue reading

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Ten Planning Lessons from Old West Ghost Towns


On a recent visit to Arizona and New Mexico, my son and I had the opportunity to visit/view three ghost towns – Fairbank, Arizona; Shakespeare, New Mexico; and Steins, New Mexico. Each had its own history to tell about the … Continue reading

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Ten Planning Lessons from Chicago’s Northside Neighborhoods


  Below is my list of top ten planning lessons garnered from visits to nearly all of Northside Chicago neighborhoods over the past few years, especially those located to the north and east of I-90/94 (The Kennedy Expressway). Even with … Continue reading

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Ten Planning Lessons from Albuquerque


We have been enjoying an awesome trip to New Mexico. This post about Albuquerque is the first of several that will be written about the state, is residents, and its communities. Paz! The preservation and protection of the original 1706 … Continue reading

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Hell’s Worth of Wickedness in One Cowtown


Frontier Towns, Chapter 4: Ellsworth, Kansas   “As we go to press, hell is still in session in Ellsworth.”  That’s a famous newspaper headline dating from 1873 about the situation in Ellsworth, Kansas. Ellsworth may have been situated along the … Continue reading

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The Town That Was Moved Four Times!


The first of our new “Frontier Towns” series is about the historic Great Plains town of Julesburg, Colorado. At the crossroads of multiple important and historic transcontinental routes lies the quaint Great Plains town of Julesburg, Colorado. This classic western … Continue reading

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The South Shore Line – Indiana’s Gift to Passenger Rail


We had the honor and thrill of riding the entire length of the South Shore Line round trip between South Bend (Airport Station) and Chicago (Millennium Station) and back over Mother’s Day weekend. Sometimes dubbed as America’s last Interurban, the … Continue reading

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