Category Archives: skylines

Ten planning lessons from OKC – America’s newest great city!

The changes/improvements that have taken place in Oklahoma City in the past 16 years (since I last visited) are remarkable and immensely impressive. Here are ten planning lessons from the exciting and entertaining capital of Oklahoma. Oklahoma City has coalesced … Continue reading

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The symmetry and beauty of the Gateway Arch

We had the opportunity to visit and ride to the top of the 630-foot tall Gateway Arch on June 10th. This magnificent monument is 56 years young in 2021. During our visit, I was most surprised to learn that the … Continue reading

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Tallest tourist observation towers in North America – UPDATED

The following is a list of the tallest tourist observation towers in North America. A minimum height above ground level of 40 feet was required for inclusion in this list. Not included on this list are lighthouses, office building/skyscraper observation … Continue reading

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Successful placemaking with an iconic new foot/bike bridge

It’s not often that communities have a chance to create something new that is truly iconic which also has the chance to become the very symbol of the community. The fact that doing so can also be a placemaking opportunity … Continue reading

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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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World’s highest skybridges

The following list identifies the world’s highest skybridges that connect parts of one or multiple buildings. As new skybridges are constructed the list will be updated from time to time. The minimum height above ground for inclusion on the list … 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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The rise of slender toothpick skyscrapers

A recent trend in skyscraper development, especially in New York City, has been pencil-thin, almost toothpick-like skyscrapers built on very small/narrow parcels. These slender towers look almost anorexic in appearance compared to many of their predecessors (see comparison graphic below).  … Continue reading

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World’s tallest* elevator test towers

The following list identifies the tallest elevator test towers in the world by their height (in feet) above ground. As is noted with an asterisk (*), there is also one major elevator testing site that utilizes a former mine beneath … Continue reading

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World’s longest inclined ‘urban’ transport elevator routes

An inclined elevator is an elevator that generally operates on a diagonal slope (or inclination) versus moving vertically straight up and down. **While inclined elevators are very similar to funiculars, they differ in the fact that an inclined elevator uses … Continue reading

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