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Is there a student housing bubble and is it about to burst?


For many collegiate cities and towns across the United States, the steady influx of international students (and often with their families), from primarily China/Asia, have lifted the local real estate markets out of the post-2008 doldrums. The concern now becomes … Continue reading

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A capital city without a country


Depending on your definition and/or the resource(s) you cite, there are between 193 and 200 countries on Earth, each with its own capital city. There are also many individual states, provinces, and territories that contain capital cities. But to this … Continue reading

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When land use planning turns EVIL


As professional planners, we like to think of land use planning as a fairly benign occupation that may stir controversy and discourse every now and then. I doubt many of us would consider the profession as being evil. But, as … Continue reading

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Five Chinatown Gates in eleven days


Here are photographs taken of Chinatown Friendship Gates in Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver, and Victoria, Canada; as well as Seattle Washington during our recent train trip across Canada and the Pacific Northwest. In Winnipeg, there is an especially lovely Chinese Garden … Continue reading

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Greater Lansing’s 2014 Chinese New Year celebration


Below are a series of images from today’s Greater Lansing 2014 Chinese New Year celebration held inside a local mall. A large crowd attended the festive event which included music, a dragon parade, dancing, a fashion show, martial arts, booths … Continue reading

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Sky-high Ferris wheels – latest urban fad?


Until the past few days, I had not realized how many cities have added an enormous Ferris wheel as an urban attraction. Yes, I knew of the London Eye and even visited it myself in 2008, though the queue and … Continue reading

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Dos puertas de la ciudad de China de America del Sur


I was rather surprised to find only two Chinatown gates in South America. They are located in Buenos Aires, Argentina and in Lima, Peru. Below are a photograph of each of these artistic structures: One would think with numerous megacities like … Continue reading

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Chinatown gates of North and Central America


While traveling in Northern California back in August of this year, some of the most interesting places we visited were related to Chinese-American history. These included an 1863 Chinese Temple in Oroville and the Chinese-American Historical Society Museum in San Francisco (see … Continue reading

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Applying the principles of “Feng Shui” to urban planning


The other night I watched a very interesting episode of Adventures With a Purpose on PBS. This show, entitled “Hong Kong: Quest for the Dragon” was hosted by Richard Bangs. During the episode the term/concept of Feng Shui was described and … Continue reading

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Cities in history: review of “Ten Green Bottles”


Vivian Jeanette Kaplan’s book (Ten Green Bottles) about her parent’s harrowing escape from Nazi-controlled Vienna, Austria to Japanese-controlled Shanghai, China is a captivating and disturbing true story of one family’s efforts to escape Nazi aggression. The book primarily covers from the … Continue reading

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