Tag Archives: landscape

Open-pit cities – scarred urban geography


Below is a series of amazing (and in some cases disturbing) aerial images of cities around the world whose destiny is (or has been) at least in part tied to open-pit mining or quarrying. While these mines and quarries may … Continue reading

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Green ribbons of bliss – creating cross-metropolitan scenic hiking trails


As an avid hiker, I love spending time in the great outdoors communing with nature. The sounds of a babbling brook, bird songs, windblown tree canopies, or crunching leaves underfoot are among the most enjoyable on Earth. That being said, … Continue reading

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2013 “Tree City, USA” state rankings


Given that April is both the month of Earth Day (22nd) and Arbor Day (general the last Friday in April or the 26th in 2013), it seemed fitting to conclude the month with a blog post about those states with … Continue reading

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Don’t face your butt to the street


One frustrating nuance of land use planning is when a business wishes to situate their new structure in a manner that detracts from the adjacent street’s aesthetics by facing the primary entrance away from the street.  This most often tends to occur … Continue reading

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