Category Archives: third places

Roadside Americana: Atomic age stops, sights, and oddities


This blogpost is a little adventure through the sights and sounds of America’s roadside culture to depict how the Atomic Age has impacted it since 1945. A whole variety of businesses have adopted the term “atomic” or some variation thereof … Continue reading

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American “Hydrograds” – Cities built for hydroelectric projects


  Two recent posts I’ve written on the Atomgrads (nuclear cities) of the former Soviet Union that were developed to both construct and support both nuclear weapons and energy plants led me to explore similar government built community for hydroelectric … Continue reading

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Working list – World’s longest ‘urban’ escalators


Below is a working list of the longest urban escalators in the world. This list does not include the sum total length of multi-escalator systems (such as the Central-Mid Levels Escalator/Walkway System in Hong Kong), but only individual escalators or … Continue reading

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Favorite beers by state and country


Below is my list of favorite beers by state and country. Most of the ones in the United States have been tried at the brewery or brewpub. Brands from outside the United States have been tried in restaurants there or … Continue reading

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Ten Planning Lessons from San Antonio


Here are my ten (10) planning lessons from one of America’s most enjoyable and dynamic large cities – San Antonio, Texas. San Antonio’s River Walk can easily be classified as one of America’s “most iconic planning efforts.” It helped set … Continue reading

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Top engineering/design marvels seen to date by state/province


Alabama – U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville Alberta – Calgary’s Light Rail System (CTrain) Alaska – Alaska Railroad between Anchorage and Fairbanks Arkansas – Bobby Hopper Tunnel in NW Arkansas Arizona – Glen Canyon Bridge and Dam in … Continue reading

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Favorite national park system sites visited


  Below is my list of favorite national park system sites that I have visited by state (USA), by tribal nation (Navajo), by province (Canada), and by country (elsewhere). ┬áThis list will likely change over time as these are revisited … Continue reading

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Ten Planning Lessons from Bisbee, AZ


Current and former mining towns (as well as all declining post-industrial cities) can learn valuable lessons from Bisbee on how to survive and later begin to reverse the decline after its founding industry falters. Architectural gems from previous eras are … Continue reading

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Best brewed mobile coffee shop names


Some more fun with coffee shop names, except this time it’s ones that are mobile instead of fixed/stationary. The mobile hops are broken down into three categories – bikes or carts/trucks, cars, or vans/trailers. My personal favorite names are shown … Continue reading

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Chronology & Geography of Civil Rights Lunch Counter Sit-ins


Below is a chronological and geographical list of the start date(s) of known lunch counter sit-ins that took place to protest Jim Crow-style segregated seating and dining accommodations for African-Americans. While segregated lunch counter were most common in the South, … Continue reading

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