Tag Archives: historic preservation

Five historic Michigan lighthouses of northern Lake Huron

Here are photos of five of the historic Michigan lighthouses located along the northern shoreline of Lake Huron taken over the past few days. We were delighted to have the opportunity to climb the stairs to the top of both … Continue reading

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The world’s tallest minarets and minars

As was discovered previously while researching airport control towers, seaport control towers, and underwater highway tunnels, there is a lack of comprehensive information on the internet listing the tallest minarets (or minars) in the world. So, Panethos decided to explore … Continue reading

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Fotos de San Antonio

I love San Antonio! We spent half of a long six-day weekend in this captivating city and fell in love with its beauty, charm, history, people, cuisine, diverse cultures, architecture, arts, and many, many other countless attributes. Needless to say, … 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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Roadside Americana – Motel memories

I am probably going to date myself yet again with this post, but to this urban planner, one of the most memorable images of the American highway system in the 1960s and 70s was the motel or motor court. Often … Continue reading

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Why is Indiana off the beaten path?

There is but one lonely state that does not have a single inch of the National Trails System (Historic or Scenic) contained within its boundaries. Sadly, that is my birth state of Indiana. How can that be? Is Indiana so … Continue reading

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Seven Detroit-area marquees

Below are photographs taken over the past couple of years of seven historic theater marquees from the Metro Detroit area. Enjoy! Alger (seen better days) Berkley (pride of Berkley)  Fillmore (brilliant) Fox (stellar) Main (pride of Royal Oak)  Michigan (an Ann Arbor gem) State (another Ann Arbor … 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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Europe’s largest indoor performance halls

While tabulating the data listed below, I was quite surprised at the famous cities and venues that are not included in the list. This may be partially due to the minimum 2,000 seat size chosen, but may also have to … Continue reading

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The price we pay for our disposable ways

If you are an urban planner and have not listened to the Tuesdays at APA podcasts, you really should. A number of these have been superb presentations that provide valuable insights. The podcast I listened to over the past Easter … Continue reading

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