Category Archives: States

247 Smart cities and counting…


Above is a map of showing the 247 cities to date (as of 6/6/17) where the mayor has pledged their city will adhere to the Paris Climate Accord commitments on greenhouse gases. I am very proud to say our own … Continue reading

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Major US suburbs with most murders


Some sobering statistics from the FBI for major suburbs in the United States. Nine of these 12 cities have seen a rise in murders over the 2015 data and this year has several months remaining. It is worthy to note … Continue reading

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Birthplace geography of iconic pop/soda/cola brands


The following list identifies well-known soft drink brands (pops, sodas, and colas) from across much of North America. The criteria for inclusion in the list includes: Founded a minimum of 40 years ago – Vernor’s leading the way at 150 … Continue reading

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Cool map of Can-Am megaregions


Found this very cool map of American and Canadian mega-regions on wikipedia.

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“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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Cities stuck in “The Middle”


Here’s my list of cities and towns whose name refers to being located in the center or middle. ¬†One of the intriguing things about many of these communities is the number of them that lack being in the middle of … Continue reading

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Yoga-fied city names


A little fun today with adding yoga terms to city names. Here are 22 I came up with. Additions are welcome. Enjoy! Birming-hamsa (Birmingham), Alabama, Michigan, or UK Bridge-pose-port (Bridgeport), Connecticut Budda-pest (Budapest), Hungary Chakra-nooga (Chattanooga), Tennessee Corpse-Pose Christi (Corpus … Continue reading

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