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Ten planning lessons from Winnipeg, Manitoba


The following is another post in an ongoing series which highlights ten important planning lessons from various cities around the world. Below are the ten planning lessons I’ve learned from two visits to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada – one in 2005 and the other … 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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From John Lennon to Mozart – airports named for famous musicians


This blogpost is not about a new game akin to musical chairs, though given the number of commercial airports around some cities, musical airports might be a game some travelers must play on occasion.  Instead, it is about those commercial … Continue reading

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Are fitness centers ready for a shakeout?


I don’t know about your community, but here in Greater Lansing there has been an explosion of fitness centers in the past few years. No longer is fitness relegated to the YM/WCA, the community recreation center, or the local athletic … Continue reading

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Three favorite hybrid car logos


Below are my three favorite hybrid car nameplate logos. The first (and easily my favorite) is from Ford and includes a small segment of roadway with a green leaf. To me, this says it all and is a great design … 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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Abbreviated city nicknames


Below is my list of known abbreviated city nicknames. Any additions or corrections would be most welcome. Enjoy! Ann Arbor, MI – A2 Chicago, IL – Chi-town Cincinnati, OH – Cincy Dallas, TX – Big D East Lansing, MI – … Continue reading

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Cool surfing shops of Cocoa


While carvin’ a course in the Space Coast of Florida last week, which also happens to be home to the East Coast’s Surfing Capital in Cocoa Beach, I stumbled upon a radical line of footgear whose genesis was in the … Continue reading

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The ultimate company town


I have visited Florida many times over the years, but this past week I came to realize that Orlando is truly the ultimate company town – in this case, it’s Disney’s company town. You can hardly go anywhere without the … Continue reading

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