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The worst failures of American urban planning


This post looks at macro-scale urban planning failures to identify what this retired planner believes are/were the worst blunders that have taken place in American urban planning, as a profession. Keep in mind that urban planning includes a lot of … Continue reading

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American core cities that escaped freeway devastation


The following list identifies those core cities in the United States that have not been devastated by freeway construction (to date), and particularly during the interstate highway building-boom of the 1950s-1970s. While many of America’s “then largest” cities saw downtown … Continue reading

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Ten+ planning lessons from “remarqable” Marquette, Michigan


Before going through the twelve planning lessons listed below, it must be noted that for many years, Marquette has been at the top of my list of favorite cities in Michigan, as well as the at the top of my … Continue reading

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Everyone loves an adorable tugboat!


From Canada to Australia, from Russia to the United Kingdom, and from South Africa to the USA, the entire world loves an adorable tugboat. The varied images of youth-oriented book covers, animated television series, poems, and motion pictures provided below … Continue reading

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The rise of slender toothpick skyscrapers


A recent trend in skyscraper development, especially in New York City, has been pencil-thin, almost toothpick-like skyscrapers built on very small/narrow parcels. These slender towers look almost anorexic in appearance compared to many of their predecessors (see comparison graphic below).  … Continue reading

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The world’s most resilient city is… Hiroshima


… a remarkable place that has not only turned its seemingly desperate circumstances completely around in the past 75 years, but its entire focus and purpose as a member of the world community. The timeline expressed above probably gives away … Continue reading

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World’s tallest* elevator test towers


The following list identifies the tallest elevator test towers in the world by their height (in feet) above ground. As is noted with an asterisk (*), there is also one major elevator testing site that utilizes a former mine beneath … Continue reading

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World’s longest inclined ‘urban’ transport elevator routes


An inclined elevator is an elevator that generally operates on a diagonal slope (or inclination) versus moving vertically straight up and down. **While inclined elevators are very similar to funiculars, they differ in the fact that an inclined elevator uses … Continue reading

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World’s tallest vertical ‘urban’ transport elevators


CORRECTION (4/6/2020): After posting this article it became apparent that it should have been limited to above ground elevators, as there are a number of underground ones in transit stations around the world. As a result, the underground elevators that … Continue reading

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Longest roadway tunnels under North American airports


  The following list identifies the longest road tunnels in the North America that operate beneath airport infrastructure. Any additional, corrections, or suggestions are most welcome, particularly for those tunnels without data or of other locations not included. 3,696 feet … Continue reading

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