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Fictional cartoon cities and towns


Here’s my list of cities and towns from well-known, popular, and classic cartoons. If there are any I am missing, please feel free to send suggestions along. Aberdale – Clarence Adventure Bay – Paw Patrol Anytown – the ZhuZhus Arlen … Continue reading

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Superhero cities


Below are listed famous superheroes from comic books, television, film, and cartoons and the primary city where they are based in or operate from. As some superheroes do not have a primary city where they perform feats of derring-do, those … Continue reading

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Urban planning portrayed through art


As urban planners we most often tend to think of our profession being depicted to the outside world in fairly basic textual and geographic terms. Either it is the written word in somewhat legalistic prose, or it is maps representing … Continue reading

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“Bloom County” is back on the map!


This week, after a 25 year absence, the world has been treated to the revival of the Bloom County comic strip. What a wonderful surprise.  The zany and irreverent world of Opus (the penguin), Milo, Steve, and Bill the Cat has … Continue reading

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It’s Bombastic!


Many people who live in the United States will be able to relate to this recent and oh-so hilarious Pearls Before Swine comic strip episode about a certain monopolistic cable provider we all know and dislike. Cheers!  

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The visual wit of Ian Lockwood


Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending the Michigan Association of Planning’s Transportation Bonanza 6. Among the stellar list of speakers was Ian Lockwood, P.E. of Toole Design Group. He gave a terrific presentation entitled “Prepare for the Biggest Paradigm Shift … Continue reading

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Taking cute “Penguins” to the next level


Saw the Penguins of Madagascar movie over the holiday weekend. While no Oscar contender, this fun and charming film is enjoyable for kids and adults alike. As usual, the spy-based humor, visual gags, and word play are a delight, just … Continue reading

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Why do so many cities look alike?


Just ask cartoonist Andy Singer. Or better yet, check out his cartoon below for the reason.

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Superhighway superhero


While traveling the Pennsylvania Turnpike on our way to Washington, DC last night we stopped at the Midway Service Plaza in Bedford. This recently updated plaza included a very interesting display on the history of the turnpike, Americas first superhighway. … Continue reading

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Review of “Monsters University”


I am always a bit leery of prequels. Considering we know what is going to happen in the future from the original movie, a prequel has the risk of telling us nothing new and therefore could lose its edginess. That … Continue reading

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