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Urban Areas within Rift Valleys


Many are familiar with the Great Rift Valley of eastern Africa. But, it is certainly not the only rift valley on Earth. In fact, there are a number of rift valleys (also sometimes referred to as grabens) located on the … Continue reading

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Largest “pur” suffix cities of India and beyond


Continuing with our tabulation of city suffixes, the following list identifies the world’s largest cities containing the suffix of “pur” along with two variations, “pura” and “pore.” Pur and pura are suffixes meaning “city” or “settlement”, used in several place … Continue reading

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World’s largest “ham” suffix cities


For the third in our series of city suffixes, we are listing the world’s largest cities whose name contains the suffix of “ham.”According to Quora.com: The term “ham” is an Old English word meaning farmstead. The Pronunciation Studio goes a … Continue reading

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“Bu-tte-ful” Town Names


Below is a list of cities, towns, villages, hamlets, and census-designated places in the United States and Canada that are named for one of my favorite geographic/geologic landforms – the butte  (okay, quit snickering). The photo above aptly shows the … Continue reading

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Geography of Target’s Smaller/Flexible Urban Store Format


While visiting Chicago earlier this month, one could hardly miss seeing the influx of major retailers into urban areas. Particularly noticeable was Target with its trending urban and collegiate smaller/flexible format stores popping up over much of the city and … Continue reading

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Playing “Boggle” With City Names Inside City Names


Taking a page from Peggy Hill’s championship playbook for the classic word game “Boggle,” the following list identifies those cities or towns whose name contains the names of other cities and towns. A minimum of three (3) other city or … Continue reading

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Largest Cities/Towns That Incorporate Other State Names


The following list of cities and towns containing the names of other states is presented in order by size of the city/town using 2016 population estimates, unless otherwise noted. While some of the websites that are listed at the end … Continue reading

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Namesake Cities With The Most Compass Point Suburbs


The following list identifies those cities and towns in the United States and Canada that have at least two (2) suburbs that use the namesake city’s title along with a compass point direction. Not included are communities in New England … Continue reading

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Sweet and Clever Donut Shop Names


Here’s some sweet fun for Independence Day. Below is a list of iconic, as well as newer doughnut/donut chains across America, including their hometown and the year they were founded (if known). Those doughnut/donut chains shown in bold are our … Continue reading

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Cities With Single Letter Name Differences


Just for fun, below is my list of cities with nearly the same name, except for one (1) single letter. Most commonly, the (1) letter difference arrises from these sources: Plural versus singular, such as Danville versus Danville Use of … Continue reading

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