Category Archives: urban planning

Shifting from bland to “GRAND!”

As the following photos will demonstrate, when it comes to mixed-use development there can be bland designs and there can be “GRAND” designs. The first two mixed-use buildings (see below) are located in East Lansing and tend to come across as … Continue reading

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Unofficial guide to hipsterhoods of the Mid-Atlantic Region

This unofficial hipsterhood guide for the Mid-Atlantic Region covers the states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, the Southeastern portion of Pennsylvania, Virginia, as well as the District of Columbia. It is fifth in the series – Rust Belt, Texas and … Continue reading

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Take me out to the ballgame…from the balcony

Greater Lansing can now claim to be a national and global trendsetter in innovative urban design, as construction has begun on The Outfield – a new mixed use development, including 80 residential units, overlooking the outfield of Lugnut’s Stadium (officially … Continue reading

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Dim the lights and celebrate International Dark Sky Week!

Begun in 2003, International Dark Sky Week celebrates the awesome glory of the night sky while also informing the public of threats from sky glow, glare, and other forms of light pollution. In 2015, International Dark Sky Week takes place from April … Continue reading

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The DUMB reality of opting-out

In an ironic twist of fate, Southeast Michigan’s  regional bus system is nicknamed SMART (Southeast Michigan Regional Transit). Given the ability of communities in the region to opt-out of participation, the name certainly is an oxymoron to the DUMB (Detroit Unworkable Metro Bus) … Continue reading

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Unofficial guide to the hipsterhoods of Dixie

As a continuation of this series on hipster neighborhoods in cities (see previous posts on the Rust Belt, Texas and the Great Plains, and Mountain West), below are those hipsterhoods which were identified in cities of the Southern states, including Alabama, … Continue reading

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North America’s super suburbs

Here’s the list of the largest suburbs (by population) in North America. A minimum threshold of 150,000 residents was utilized. The population for all communities in the United States and Puerto Rico are 2013 Census Bureau estimates. For other nations, … Continue reading

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