Tag Archives: communications

Is your community a bully?


The title of this post may sound odd, but I am convinced that the persona of certain communities is to act like bullies towards their counterparts on the local and regional stage. In reality, this assertion shouldn’t be so strange … Continue reading

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The next land use/technology dinosaur will be…


Certain technologies and their related land uses have come and gone throughout history. In the past fifty years, examples include phone booths/pay phones, the Fotomat, or automated stamp dispensers – all victims of technological advancements and consumer choice. Another technology/land … Continue reading

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Urban design without fake plastic signs


In many communities across the country, commercial signage seems to be employed in a manner that appears more appropriate in Las Vegas, Times Square, or in this Radiohead video for the song Fake Plastic Trees, rather than on businesses fronting Main Street. … Continue reading

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City names with the most syllables (in English)


Below is my list of the city names with the most syllables when pronounced in English. These geographic brain benders and tongue twisters do not include hamlets, villages, and/or small towns. Any additions or corrections to his list of cities … Continue reading

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Seeking admission into the realm of hipsterdom


Does the realm of hipsterdom have a maximum age limit? That’s a question I have often asked myself.  Can someone like me, who soon will be facing the 40th high school reunion squarely in the face, really be considered a … Continue reading

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A new era to begin!


As many readers of Panethos have probably noticed, a number of recent blog posts have dealt with bicycling issues. As my love for bike riding has grown, so has my interest in stories related to topics surrounding the bicycling culture. As … Continue reading

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If I had a nickel for every urban legend…


As urban planners we hear some real whoppers now and again. Beyond that, we also hear our fair share of rumors, innuendo, guesstimates, conjecture, hyperbole, and flat-out lies. But, it is the urban legends that I find most fascinating. Those … Continue reading

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Rolex down the highway


Driving eastbound along Interstate 96 between Grand Rapids and Lansing, I recently noticed there are five separate billboards advertising very expensive jewelry. From Rolex watches to wedding rings to other fine jewelry, there they are, on billboards lit up like … Continue reading

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Geography and siting of heliports


The list provided near the conslusion of this post shows those  nations with ten or more heliports in 2012, as defined by the CIA. The heliport statistics from CIA’s World Factbook are based on the following criteria: “The total number of heliports with hard-surface … Continue reading

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Screw the long-term cell phone contracts


Ever since the wireless revolution began I have had a personal discomfort with being locked into a long-term contract (most typically two years) with the large telecommunications companies. It seemed to be a way to trap a consumer into a … Continue reading

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