Category Archives: topography

Stand Up for Avra Valley!


Stand Up for Avra Valley! Midst a scenic desert valley a freeway is planned to flow more useless sprawl and chaos whose outcome we all know This Sonoran panorama is a treat for jaded eyes seducing all who view her … Continue reading

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Let’s stop dissing deserts!


In response to a recent post about “transit deserts” on The Market Urbanism Report’s Facebook page, I made the following comment: “I think we need to rethink using the term ‘desert’ to describe an area lacking something. Deserts can be … Continue reading

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Arizona DOT ponders paving over paradise


  Are they NUTS? Among the alternatives being considered by the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) for future Interstate 11 (I-11) are two (2) options that would loop it west of Tucson through the stunningly gorgeous Avra Valley. Who in … Continue reading

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Fracking sprawl across West Texas


Many places across America lament the urban sprawl taking place in their midst. Meanwhile, parts of Texas have a different kind of sprawl to contend with – fracking sprawl. As can be seen in the photos taken as I flew … Continue reading

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Astronomical metro areas


The following cities have the highest metropolitan area concentration of astronomical and radio observatories and related uses in the world. A minimum of three (3) such facilities was required for inclusion in the list. As can be seen from the … Continue reading

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Planning lessons from Tucson


My wife and I just returned home from an amazing week in gorgeous Tucson, Arizona. Unlike many places visited, it was easy to come up with many more than ten planning lessons from this beautiful desert oasis. While we adore … Continue reading

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Ten planning lessons from San Luis Obispo (SLO)


My wife and I were privileged to spend a few lovely days in the San Luis Obispo area in September. Here are my thoughts about this captivating and enchanting community from a planner’s perspective. A beautiful physical setting not only … Continue reading

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People can be so disgusting!


A recent report by the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore highlights how disgusting humans can be, even when visiting a national park. The report identifies the extent and content of litter collected from beaches in the park this past summer … Continue reading

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A physical Brexit with Iberian flair


Imagine, if you will, a place known as Iberia, a peninsula consisting of two great nations (Portugal and Spain). One day, for no apparent reason or cause, this geographic feature abruptly adopts a mind and a course of its own … Continue reading

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Explorer cities of North America


Below is a list of cities across North America known to be named for famous land and sea explorers.¬† Frankly, I’m rather surprised there are not more. Please feel free to pass along any corrections or additions. ¬†Peace! – Vasco … Continue reading

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