Category Archives: Travel

Place Name Hall of Fame: Distinctly recognizable town/small and mid-sized city names

The following list identifies those towns/small cities that have distinctly recognizable names — ones that are well-known enough that most people would have immediately have a mental image of it if the place was mentioned in conversation or literature, even … Continue reading

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Twelve planning lessons from Taos and the Taos Pueblo

The following are ten+ planning-related lessons learned from our visits to the 400+ year old Town of Taos and the 1000+ year old Taos Pueblo. The beauty of this area is beyond mere words — a good reason why the … Continue reading

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Monikers/nicknames for film and movie-making hubs

The allure of stardom not only applies to those in acting, but also the geographic locations where movie magic is made. The following list identifies those places around the globe where film/movie-making has been significant enough for the city/region/nation to … Continue reading

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Albuquerque – A city at the convergence of unparalleled geophysical landforms

One of most interesting aspects about metropolitan Albuquerque is the distinctive geological and geographical perspectives that can be observed while traveling through and around the city. In each of the four primary compass directions, the geophysical attributes are noticeably different. … Continue reading

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Strict planning & zoning destroys eclectic, offbeat, and funky

After three decades in the planning profession and several more years since retirement, I’ve come to the conclusion that if you want your community to maintain or build a funky, hip, offbeat, or eccentric vibe, it can not be done … Continue reading

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Madrid, NM – Coal mining ghost town to eclectic art colony

Among the many attractions within an hour’s drive of Albuquerque and Santa Fe is the former coal mining town of Madrid, New Mexico. Located in a rugged valley bounded by the Ortiz Mountains, the town had acquired the nickname of … Continue reading

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The many moods of the Sandia Mountains in a single day

Yesterday (July 26th), we were treated to a spectacular display of the many moods (or faces) of the majestic Sandia Mountains here in metropolitan Albuquerque, New Mexico. As the series of photos below demonstrate, this beautiful mountain range can display … Continue reading

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Gnarly Native American art on skateboard decks

We had the pleasure of visiting the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This facility is very impressive and includes a variety of exhibits, meeting rooms, as well as a nice restaurant and gift shop. The exhibit that … Continue reading

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North American cities with toll beltways and bypasses

This list provided below identifies those toll roads/turnpikes that serve as beltways and bypass in of cities in North America. For purposes of this post, tolled bridges, causeways, and tunnels are not included unless they are part of a larger … Continue reading

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25 Largest American core cities without a limited access beltway or bypass

The list below is based on 2020 Census data and includes cities without a limited access bypass freeway or a limited access beltway. Several of the cities identified below have one or the other type of bypass scheduled in future … Continue reading

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