Category Archives: zoning

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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American “Hydrograds” – Cities built for hydroelectric projects


  Two recent posts I’ve written on the Atomgrads (nuclear cities) of the former Soviet Union that were developed to both construct and support both nuclear weapons and energy plants led me to explore similar government built community for hydroelectric … Continue reading

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Geography of Tractor Supply’s distribution network


The list below identifies the existing eight (8) distributions centers in Tractor Supply’s warehouse network. The oldest is located in Pendleton, Indiana (1999), northeast of Indianapolis on I-69, while the newest (2018) is in Upstate New York along I-90 in … Continue reading

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Tall Timbers – The rise of the wooden skyscraper – UPDATE #1


In recent years, a new trend in high-rise construction has emerged – the development of skyscrapers constructed largely of wood products (can also referred to as mass timber, cross-laminate timber, and/or engineered-wood). Use of these natural materials have the benefits of … Continue reading

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Ten Planning Lessons from Phoenix


Prior to 2019, the last time I had been in Phoenix was 1970. While I certainly expected the city to have changed in those nearly 50 years, I was unprepared for the largely unchecked growth and monumental differences that had … Continue reading

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Top engineering/design marvels seen to date by state/province


Alabama – U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville Alberta – Calgary’s Light Rail System (CTrain) Alaska – Alaska Railroad between Anchorage and Fairbanks Arkansas – Bobby Hopper Tunnel in NW Arkansas Arizona – Glen Canyon Bridge and Dam in … Continue reading

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A mix of old and new in the Old Pueblo of Tucson


  Above and below a photographic sampling of the unique mix of old and new architectural styles you can find in the Old Pueblo of Tucson. Enjoy!    

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Ten Planning Lessons from Bisbee, AZ


Current and former mining towns (as well as all declining post-industrial cities) can learn valuable lessons from Bisbee on how to survive and later begin to reverse the decline after its founding industry falters. Architectural gems from previous eras are … Continue reading

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Ten Planning Lessons from Chicago’s Northside Neighborhoods


  Below is my list of top ten planning lessons garnered from visits to nearly all of Northside Chicago neighborhoods over the past few years, especially those located to the north and east of I-90/94 (The Kennedy Expressway). Even with … Continue reading

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“Some Like It Hot” – Cities/towns built around natural hot springs


  The cities and towns listed below from around the globe are located amidst, around, or near natural hot springs. As a result, many of them have become centers for health spas, retreats, and environmental tourism. Unlike their rural counterparts, … Continue reading

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