Category Archives: tourism

Ann Arbor’s new “FlexRoute” dynamic shoulder lanes


The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) recently opened flexroute lanes along a nine mile segment of US 23 north of Ann Arbor. This was done as a cost saving alternative ($92 million) to three-laning the freeway ($400 million) through this … Continue reading

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Time to say goodbye to large commercial signs?


With approximately 77 percent of all Americans now owning a smartphone, is there really a need for large commercial signs? One only needs to use the mapping software and GPS directions on their phones or built into their cars to … 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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Grand movie palaces of Northern Michigan


Sources:  http://thebaytheatre.com/about-us/ http://www.boynechamber.com/news/details/boyne-theater-restoration-plans-unveiled http://www.frankfortgardentheater.com/the-theater/ https://www.stateandbijou.org/about/statetheatre https://www.stateandbijou.org/about/bijoubythebay https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bijou_by_the_Bay http://www.idealtheatre.com/index.php/about-us http://voguetheatremanistee.org/history https://www.friendsofthebroadway.org/about-us/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broadway_Theatre_(Mount_Pleasant,_Michigan) http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/14104 http://www.centerstage.bz/scheduleticketinfo.html https://squareup.com/store/rialtograyling http://michiganoperahouses.com/maltz-opera-house-alpena-alpena-county/ http://www.waterwinterwonderland.com/movietheaters.aspx?id=814&type=5 https://www.facebook.com/pg/LakeTheatreOscoda/about/?ref=page_internal http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/1558 http://www.elkrapidscinema.com/history.html http://www.rogerscitytheater.com/community-theatre/about-the-theater/

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States/Provinces with the most carousels


The list below identifies the states and provinces with the most carousels based on the census compiled by the National Carousel Association. The alternating non-bold/bold listing of states and provinces is done to make it easier to read the names.  … Continue reading

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Catchy and clever food truck names


Listed in alphabetical order with my favorite names shown in bold. Additional suggestions are welcome, as  long as they are (or were) real food trucks. While some of these food trucks no longer may be open, the names are still great. … Continue reading

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