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The loss of urban innocence


There are many finely crafted songs and complete records that have been written about cities and towns, both specific to a particular community and in general. Some may note the dynamic vibrancy of the city, such as “New York, New … Continue reading

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Your community is a “sprawl blob” when…


Here is the sixth in this satirical series. You’re know your community is an urban “sprawl blob” that’s visible from outer space when… You cannot tell when you have arrived or when you have left. There is no “there,” there. … Continue reading

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You know your community is a boomtown when…


Fourth in the series of you know your community is… Everyone is a baby boomer. The Big Bang Theory is the favorite television show. The Boomtown Rats (Bob Geldof and the Boys) regularly play concerts there. You keep hearing sonic booms. … Continue reading

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2013’s economic superstar counties


Published annually by Fourth Economy Consulting of Pittsburgh, the Fourth Economy Index identifies those counties that are “ideally positioned to attract modern investment and managed economic growth.” The index is broken down into micro (<25,000 population) small (25,000-49,999), mid-sized (50,000-149,999), and large (150,000-499,999) counties based on … Continue reading

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Why must progress look like destruction? – John Steinbeck


I recently read John Steinbeck’s memorable non-fiction book published in 1962, entitled Travels with Charley: In Search of America.  Intertwined throughout this charming book, Mr. Steinbeck makes some fascinating and poignant observations about American cities. Here are a few chosen samples of … Continue reading

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