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Bay City, Michigan – in the sweet spot of new urbanism

From what this urban planner can tell, downtown Bay City, Michigan is, or is on the verge of becoming one of the hottest redevelopment markets in the state. The list of on-going and already accomplished projects is impressive for a … Continue reading

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Major US suburbs with most murders

Some sobering statistics from the FBI for major suburbs in the United States. Nine of these 12 cities have seen a rise in murders over the 2015 data and this year has several months remaining. It is worthy to note … Continue reading

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Goma-Gisenyi and other volcanic cities

A more generalized variation of this post was originally published back in June on Progressive Blogic. Here is an updated and expanded version which delves into the geological threats facing the Goma-Gisenyi urban area.  One of the features about Edinburgh, Scotland … Continue reading

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Longest large city names without duplicate letters

Using the web I was able to identify 114 cities (some with the same name) with a minimum population of 100,000, which have at least eight (8) English alphabet letters that do not repeat. The list is provided below. Any … Continue reading

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Rain shadow cities and planning

Rain shadows are a fascinating geological and meteorological phenomenon that results from moisture being squeezed out as weather systems pass over higher elevations on the windward side of the mountains, leaving the leeward side much drier, sometimes even with a … Continue reading

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Cities with a Homeless Bill of Rights

On November 2, 2015 the City Commission of Traverse City adopted a Bill of Rights for homeless residents of the city. I am so very proud of my new home town for having taken this important and compassionate step. In … Continue reading

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Homelessness in paradise

 Since moving to Traverse City approximately six months ago we have observed a number of political and planning issues that are fairly common in larger cities, but which have percolated to the surface here more recently as the region has … Continue reading

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