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Black-owned or operated hotels of the Green Book era

One of the most disturbing consequences of America’s Jim Crow segregation era is the limited amount of archival documentation that can be found about Black-owned and operated businesses and organizations from the time period. Even a search of sites such as … 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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Your community is a resort town when…

  Lodging chains that have long-since disappeared everywhere else still have an operating location here. People will “resort” to almost anything. Golf cart racing is a favorite sport. Sandals outsell shoes. The seasons are “peak” and “off-peak.” The locals start … Continue reading

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Review of “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”

I had my first chance to see The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel entertaining film on DVD over the past weekend while visiting family in Indiana. What a terrific movie! No only are there wonderful characters and interwoven plots, but the … Continue reading

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Things you never (or rarely) find in hotels anymore

During our current two-week West Coast trip, I have noticed a number of things that are no longer (or rarely) found in hotel/motel rooms any longer. Certainly, other items have been added to make one’s stay more pleasant such as … Continue reading

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Is make-believe getting out of hand?

One of my pet peeves is when a business or organization decides to name itself in a completely fanciful and illogical way that makes absolutely no geographical or topical sense for its location. Here are two examples, one from where … Continue reading

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