Category Archives: revitalization

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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Madrid, NM – Coal mining ghost town to eclectic art colony

Among the many attractions within an hour’s drive of Albuquerque and Santa Fe is the former coal mining town of Madrid, New Mexico. Located in a rugged valley bounded by the Ortiz Mountains, the town had acquired the nickname of … Continue reading

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Ugly two-digit Interstate Highway segments and thoughts on how to improve them

The following list identifies some segments of two-digit Interstate Highways where the aesthetics along the freeway are far less than pleasing. The list represents segments where there is little to impress a traveler and may in fact repel them from … Continue reading

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Largest outdoor rodeo arenas in the US & Canada

Few sporting events can match a Western rodeo for enhancing the image of true Americana. Just the thought of a summer evening under the lights or a sunny afternoon watching courageous rodeo contestants compete in the dusty arena invokes a … Continue reading

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Viva historic preservation in the “True Las Vegas”

We recently spent part of a day wandering about downtown Las Vegas, New Mexico and came away very impressed by the preserved historical and cultural assets of this High Plains city. Unlike the overwhelming glitter and gaudiness found in Nevada, … Continue reading

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Casey, Illinois is “the Tops” and a whole lot more!

While on our road trip we discovered that Casey, Illinois has been going about establishing all sorts of unique world records as part of an economic development, placemaking, and tourism-building effort entitled “Big Things in a Small Town“. As a … Continue reading

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Stunning art along Detroit’s Dequindre Cut

We had the pleasure of biking the length of Detroit’s wonderful Dequindre Cut Greenway in both directions today. The murals and graffiti art are magnificent. Here are some photographs of just a few of these amazing works. Enjoy!

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When American airports were (or are) gorgeous

The following images show some of America’s most beautiful vintage airport terminal buildings, as well as a a few that are still operational. Fortunately, many of these historic structures have been preserved and/or adapted to new uses. Enjoy! _________ If … Continue reading

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Cities joining, nearing, or falling from the 100,000 resident club

The following three lists identify those cities in the United States that reached a population of 100,000; are growing and nearing 100,000 residents; and who have fallen below 100,000 residents based on the 2020 Census. Five (5) cities that were … Continue reading

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Ethnic/Cultural heritage-themed towns in the USA

The table below identifies those actual cities and towns across the United States that have an ethnic or cultural theme for promoting tourism, branding, and/or celebrating local pride, based on their unique local heritage. In many cases the theme is … Continue reading

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