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Can a city’s name harm its future?


The subject of this post could be considered by some to be quite controversial. Most, if not all cities take great pride in their name and the history surrounding it. But, are there times when the name takes on such … Continue reading

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Urban design without fake plastic signs


In many communities across the country, commercial signage seems to be employed in a manner that appears more appropriate in Las Vegas, Times Square, or in this Radiohead video for the song Fake Plastic Trees, rather than on businesses fronting Main Street. … Continue reading

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Beware of the weekend sign gremlins


Even notice how a plethora of yard signs suddenly pop-up like dandelions at street intersections on Friday evenings, only to disappear by Monday morning? Those are the result of gremlins putting up signs when they know full well that building … Continue reading

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Ruining the net one ‘Mad ad’ at a time


I don’t know about all of you, but I find the increased blizzardization of advertising on the net to be quite annoying anymore. Given the trend lines depicted in the chart above, I fear it will only continue get worse. You can’t … Continue reading

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Bike badges photo essay


Above and below a the various bike badges that were observed this morning over a two-hour period during the local bicycle-recycle and donation event. Quite a varied selection, I might say. Personally, of the bicycle badges seen today I like … Continue reading

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Favorites of 2013


With just over three weeks left in 2013, here are some of my favorites for the year, subject to last-minute change before January 1st. ADVERTISING TV ads – any and all “Mayhem” advertisements by Allstate BREWS Beer- Tom Cream Premium … Continue reading

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The spirit of the ‘transistor’ radio


One of my all-time favorite songs by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Rush is “Spirit of the Radio” from their 1980 album entitled Permanent Waves.  This great Canadian rock band captures the free spirit of radio in its … Continue reading

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It’s time for 21st century legal noticing!


In an era of daily newspapers shutting down or dramatically reducing their publication dates to just twice or thrice a week, and with Saturday mail delivery being on the fiscal chopping block, it seems long-past time that planning and zoning enabling legislation … Continue reading

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Are brewpubs becoming too standardized?


In a word, yes. I have visited several dozen brewpubs in seven states and am beginning to tire of the same old, same old format of restored historic building, wood floors, big screen TVs, brick walls, lots of noise, standard … Continue reading

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Losing the sanctity of the doctor’s office


Don’t know about all of you, but I am rather tired of hearing/seeing drug advertisements fill the airwaves. It is bad enough that they perpetually dot the TV map, but not you have to listen to these digitized pseudo-diagnoses while … Continue reading

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