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The symmetry and beauty of the Gateway Arch

We had the opportunity to visit and ride to the top of the 630-foot tall Gateway Arch on June 10th. This magnificent monument is 56 years young in 2021. During our visit, I was most surprised to learn that the … Continue reading

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1933 Chicago World’s Fair “Century of Progress” homes

While visiting Indiana Dunes National Park this week, we saw the five homes that had been included in the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair “Century of Progress” exhibit. Following the conclusion of the fair, they were moved by barge or truck … Continue reading

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A salute to Alabama’s landmark “Liberty Bell” village

Every now and then you learn a new tidbit about American history or a unique aspect of community planning lore. The subject of this blogpost would certainly qualify as both. During World War I, the United States was looking to … Continue reading

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World’s highest skybridges

The following list identifies the world’s highest skybridges that connect parts of one or multiple buildings. As new skybridges are constructed the list will be updated from time to time. The minimum height above ground for inclusion on the list … Continue reading

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Favorite historic mining towns visited to date

Favorite historic mining towns are presented in alphabetical order after the top three, which are immediately below. The list does not include historic mining towns that are now ghost towns. Here are the favorites to date: Marquette, Michigan (iron ore) … Continue reading

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Ten+ planning lessons from “remarqable” Marquette, Michigan

Before going through the twelve planning lessons listed below, it must be noted that for many years, Marquette has been at the top of my list of favorite cities in Michigan, as well as the at the top of my … Continue reading

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China’s clearly spectacular glass footbridges – UPDATED

Words can hardly describe this magnificent 1,726 foot glass suspension bridge that was recently completed over the Lianjiang River Gorge (part of the Huangchuan Three Gorges) in the Liangzhou District of China. It is world’s longest glass bridge and opened … 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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Must modern houses resemble office buildings?

A housing trend I’ve noticed in Traverse City is homes being built that look more like an office building rather than a dwelling. I’m all for architectural freedom, but personally it’s not an appealing trend, at least in the manner … Continue reading

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Surviving Clusters of Shotgun Houses

The shotgun house, or shotgun shack is an easily recognizable long and narrow residential dwelling style that was most commonly constructed¬†in the Deep South and along/near the Ohio and Mississippi River valleys in the decades between the end of the … Continue reading

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