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What a “smart park” idea!

According to the Daily Tribune newspaper, the City of Royal Oak, Michigan is in the process of establishing what is thought to be the nation’s first “Smart Park” in a pedestrian plaza within its trendy and vibrant downtown area. This … Continue reading

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Going sky-high and energy wise in Jakarta

The impressive 99 story Pertamina Tower in Jakarta, Indonesia will not only be super tall at 530 meters (or 1,744 feet) when it is completed in 2020, but it is designed to be a net-zero energy user. Wind turbines in … Continue reading

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An art deco masterpiece reawakens

There are many fine examples of art deco or art moderne design. But to this planner, one the most impressive art deco structures anywhere is the former Knapp’s Department Store, which adorns south Washington Square in downtown Lansing, Michigan. Completed in … 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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You know your community is urban when…

The third in this satirical series. Walking or bicycling to places is not considered weird. Comic book superheroes are constantly buzzing about doing good deeds. You have to look up to see the top of buildings. Wildlife is spending your … Continue reading

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The macro and micro of place

  “Placemaking” is a popular catch-phrase among politicians, planners, and economic development experts these days. Generally, everyone knows what they like in certain places and they would like to see such amenities replicated, particularly in those locations that may be lacking them. However, … Continue reading

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A frosty mug of economic development

I don’t know about the rest of you, but from what I have observed over the past few years, beer has become an excellent economic development tool regardless of region. In the past year or so, I have observed packed brewpubs, craft breweries, and … Continue reading

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Downtown destinations yet unknown

During my youth, it was a special treat to travel to downtown Indianapolis with my parents and shop at the L.S. Ayres or William H. Block department stores. As a kid, I was fascinated by the immense size of the stores, their … Continue reading

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The downtown Motown rebound

Saturday evening I attended a fantastic concert by the Canadian alternative rock band Metric at the historic Fillmore Detroit Theater on Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit. On the way there I missed my intended exit and instead took the Lafayette Avenue … Continue reading

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“Downtown” is the 21st century place to be!

I guess Petula Clark was just 47 years ahead of her time when she sang the 1964 hit song, “Downtown,” because I attended a fascinating forum last night in downtown Lansing on “Downtown Pioneers – The New Environmentalists.” The forum was … Continue reading

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