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The science of creating place


For those generations prior to the millennials, one’s place of residence was most often determined by factors such as proximity to family and employment opportunities. For this writer, that meant moving to Dayton, Ohio when I was a fresh, shiny … Continue reading

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Rebounding core cities


Below is a list of core cities in the United States that have seen their populations rebound following several decades of decline. In some instances, such as Denver, Des Moines, San Francisco, and Seattle, the core city is now attained … Continue reading

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Midtown Detroit’s boom shifts into high gear!


Back in 2011, panethos.com highlighted the early stages of a boom taking place in Midtown Detroit. While so much of the national media was solely focused on the bad news coming from the Motor City, it completely missed the bright … Continue reading

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“Small, Gritty, and Green” just misses the mark


While quite an interesting read, the book Small, Gritty, and Green: The Promise of America’s Smaller Industrial Cities in a Low-Carbon World, by Catherine Tumber raised only a few new ideas to this urban planner. Perhaps that was because it … Continue reading

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Michigan needs a Car Czar like a hole in the head


It was recently announced that Michigan’s Governor has appointed a new Car Czar. Really? In a state that is already far too over-dependent on the automobile, we need a Car Czar to tip the scales even further towards one industry? … Continue reading

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An unreliable power grid is unacceptable!


The continuing repairs to the grid across unlucky parts of Michigan, Ontario, New York and Maine clearly shows the weaknesses in our electrical grid and how susceptible it can be to the whimsy of Mother Nature. One sort of expects a power grid to … Continue reading

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A call to…inaction


I completed Edward Glaeser’s 2011 book entitled, Triumph of the City  this past weekend. While this book contains a number of useful and noteworthy snippets about the economic importance of cities, especially in the first two-thirds of the text. Sadly … Continue reading

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“Tweener towns”


“Tweener towns” can be defined as: Those communities that are conveniently located in between two or more large cities and provide easy access to  for work, commuting, shopping, and entertainment, but which largely remain outside the immediate urbanized area of … Continue reading

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America’s primary high-tech nodes


Provided below are two lists compiled from 2011 data and published in a December 2012 report by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute. The first lists those cities or portions of metropolitan areas that have the highest percentage of their … Continue reading

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Six billion better ways to spend money


The total cost of Campaign 2012 from all election races across the country will be nearly $6 billion dollars.  What a sad and sorry number. When I think of all the good works that could have been done with that money, it … Continue reading

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