Category Archives: Social media

“Brainbelt” cities


I recently completed reading an interested and insightful book entitled The Smartest Places on Earth. Written by Antoine Van Agtmael and Fred Bakker, the book identifies and concentrates on those Rustbelt cities in the North America and Europe that have … Continue reading

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The next land use/technology dinosaur will be…


Certain technologies and their related land uses have come and gone throughout history. In the past fifty years, examples include phone booths/pay phones, the Fotomat, or automated stamp dispensers – all victims of technological advancements and consumer choice. Another technology/land … Continue reading

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“Bloom County” is back on the map!


This week, after a 25 year absence, the world has been treated to the revival of the Bloom County comic strip. What a wonderful surprise.  The zany and irreverent world of Opus (the penguin), Milo, Steve, and Bill the Cat has … Continue reading

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Who will be today’s counterculture heroes?


We live in a very tumultuous world. Both similar to and different from the dangers faced by the Beat Generation at the dawn of the Cold War or by the Civil Rights and Anti-War movements of the 1960s. Activists of … Continue reading

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Unofficial guide to “hipsterhoods” of the Rust Belt (UPDATED)


UPDATED on 10/13/15 to include Rust Belt cities of all sizes. The term “hipster” stirs up a myriad of images and connotations including but not limited to hippie. modern yuppie, bohemian, urban bohemian, counter-culture, geek, etc.  Here is a condensed … Continue reading

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The closest thing to a-la-carte viewing thus far


After years of frustration with Bombast and other less-than-customer-friendly cable companies, my wife and I have decided to cut the cord. Instead we have now installed a Mohu high-definition antenna and a Roku 3 web-streaming player. The HD antenna gives … Continue reading

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What a “smart park” idea!


According to the Daily Tribune newspaper, the City of Royal Oak, Michigan is in the process of establishing what is thought to be the nation’s first “Smart Park” in a pedestrian plaza within its trendy and vibrant downtown area. This … Continue reading

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