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Magnificent Baha’i Faith continental Houses of Worship


SOUTH AMERICAN CONTINENT Just seven of these magnificent structures currently exist around the globe to serve the seven plus million members of the Baha’i Faith. An eighth for South America is under development near Santiago, Chile (see image above). Their … Continue reading

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California Zephyr dreamin’…on such a winter’s day


Greetings from Boulder, Colorado, everyone! This evening I will be boarding Amtrak’s California Zephyr in Denver for the trip back east into the polar vortex. Not to say it’s not plenty cold and snowy here, but in comparison to what … Continue reading

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This is what great planning is all about!


Anyone remotely interested in urban planning, revitalization, hiking, kayaking, bicycling, history, civics, urban design, community spirit, canals, economic development, the environment, or cities in general should download and listen to the November 19, 2013 podcast and powerpoint presentation of Tuesdays … Continue reading

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2013’s top album – “Soft Will” by Smith Westerns


I have got to admit that I discovered this album later in the calendar year even though it was released in the summer. Despite my tardiness, the crisp, melodic indie/alternative  rock sounds and the fine lyrics of Soft Will make … Continue reading

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An outstanding book – “Nothing But Blue Skies”


It is difficult to describe how truly outstanding the book entitled Nothing But Blue Skies: The Heyday, Hard Times, and Hopes of America’s Industrial Heartland is to read. As a nearly lifelong Rust Belt resident, I can attest to the fact that Edward … Continue reading

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A dreaming planner’s “tunnel vision”


Recently I wrote  a post about the idea of developing an intermodal freight bypass of the Chicago railway bottleneck by developing container ports on both the Michigan and Wisconsin sides of Lake Michigan. That post received a lot of commentary, … Continue reading

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Are we missing a golden opportunity?


I’ve been thinking about the topic of logistics since reading the book Aerotropolis several months ago. One logistical issue that comes up on a regular basis is the congestion and delays that take place in and around Chicago. Being a … Continue reading

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Skyscraper envy? – the rise of the “super-scraper”


Last night while surfing the net I stumbled across a story I had not known before. A 3,445 foot tall, 189 story skyscraper (Azerbaijan Tower) is planned in the Central Asian city of Baku, Azerbaijan. Needless to say, it would be … Continue reading

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How about pro-rating APA conference costs?


With the American Planning Association’s (APA) National Conference being held in the great city of Chicago this spring, I was hoping to attend the weekend portion of the event. Many of the programs, lectures and events sound very interesting. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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World’s 25 busiest air travel “markets” in 2011


It is often heard that Atlanta’s Hartsfield International Airport is the busiest airport in the world. On an individual airport basis, that is correct. But when you calculate the total air passengers passing through each market (single airport or multiple-airport), … Continue reading

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