Category Archives: Welcome

Ten Planning Lessons from Traverse City


Now that we have lived in Traverse City for almost four years, it is time to list the ten top planning lessons learned from our hometown. Sometimes, evaluation of the places closest to you are the toughest. Smaller cities and … Continue reading

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Should Struggling Cities Be Renamed?


Everyone loves a good comeback story like is currently happening in Detroit. However,there are some cities that have languished in a depressed economic state for so long (some for 100 years), that their very name can evoke a negative impression. … Continue reading

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The Town That Was Moved Four Times!


The first of our new “Frontier Towns” series is about the historic Great Plains town of Julesburg, Colorado. At the crossroads of multiple important and historic transcontinental routes lies the quaint Great Plains town of Julesburg, Colorado. This classic western … Continue reading

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Ten Best and Worst City/Town Slogans


Here’s a fun list of the ten (10) best and ten (10) worst city or town slogans from across the United States. If you think there are better or worse ones, please send them along and we will judge them … Continue reading

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What’s your choice for New Zealand’s new flag


And then there were four. Here are the four finalists for New Zealand’s new flag. Personally, of these I prefer the top left, which essentially retains the colors and the Southern Cross star system from the New Zealand’s current flag … Continue reading

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Review of “American Chinatown, A People’s History of Five Neighborhoods”


In American Chinatown, author Bonnie Tsui has written a compelling and reflective historical account of five Chinatowns in the United States. But, what truly brings this text to life are the lives and experiences of those residents who she interviews … Continue reading

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Five Chinatown Gates in eleven days


Here are photographs taken of Chinatown Friendship Gates in Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver, and Victoria, Canada; as well as Seattle Washington during our recent train trip across Canada and the Pacific Northwest. In Winnipeg, there is an especially lovely Chinese Garden … Continue reading

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It’s the only way to fly!


Kudos to Gerald Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Michigan, who announced this past Thursday that Bell’s Brewery will be opening a new brewpub in the Great Hall pre-security shopping/dining portion of the airport terminal. With fantastic beers like Oberon, … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving!


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When China comes to town


This story was first written by me for and published on rustwire.com under the title “Midwestern Universities Wooing Chinese Students.”  A revised and  condensed version is being re-published here on panethos. Michigan State University has been a steady leader among … Continue reading

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