Category Archives: recycling

Designer dumpsters of Traverse City


It’s not often you see dumpsters that once could call “artistic,” but here in Traverse City, there is a series of painted ones dotting the downtown alleys between Front and State Streets. These designer dumpsters were painted by elementary school … Continue reading

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It’s a beach, not a litter box for plastic!


This disgusting and disgraceful view is what we were greeted with upon arriving at the beach of San Jose Island on the Texas Gulf Coast 10 days ago.  The largely uninhabited island sits on the north side of the mouth … Continue reading

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A vision of velo purgatory


I recently stopped by the Michigan State University (MSU) Surplus Store and had to take a couple of photos (above and below) of the many forlorn bicycles that are caught in what appears to be best described as “quasi-velo purgatory” – somewhere … Continue reading

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PROVOking the birth of bike sharing


Near the conclusion of his outstanding book, entitled In the City of Bikes; The Story of the Amsterdam Cyclist, author Pete Jordan reveals an unknown [at least to me], yet significant part of bicycling history – the birth of the bike … Continue reading

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Don’t reward bad behavior!


As an Environmental Planner who administers wetland regulations as part of my responsibilities, the most common problem I’ve encountered is not from the developers or original owners of new homes impacting wetlands, it is the subsequent homeowners and neighbors who … Continue reading

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Some thoughts from E’ireann


As Kathy and I wrap up our weeklong trip the emerald island, I had some thoughts to pass along. If you have the opportunity to visit Ireland, absolutely do it! What a wonderful and friendly nation. The people are extremely … Continue reading

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Your zoning code/map is ahead of its time when…


There is an app for that. There is a required vertical altitude setback from flying car streets and highways. Your code book is entitled “Jetsonian Code for ___” (fill in the blank). You can actually find them on the internet. Landing … Continue reading

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Ecomodal transportation hubs


This post summarizes several ideas that could be employed to facilitate the establishment of sustainable transportation hubs where intermodal cross-movement between multiple green (or active) transportation options takes place with ease. In a nutshell, these facilities are described by using … Continue reading

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Waste not, want not


The old adage used for the post title needs to be applied more forcefully to the food service industry, particularly quick-serve (fast food) restaurants, coffee shops, and similar dining establishments. I cannot count the number of times I have been … Continue reading

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The price we pay for our disposable ways


If you are an urban planner and have not listened to the Tuesdays at APA podcasts, you really should. A number of these have been superb presentations that provide valuable insights. The podcast I listened to over the past Easter … Continue reading

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