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Doomsday Bunker Cities and Towns


The following post lists known bunker cities and towns that have been built as a way to survive a nuclear or biological holocaust and/or maintain continuity of government. Many were constructed during the Cold War era, some of which are … Continue reading

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An image of human-made Earth acne


The image below is a satellite photograph of the Cananea Copper Mine in the northern Mexico state of Sonora. As the old adage states, “a picture says a thousand words.” In this case, most of those  words would be negative. … Continue reading

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Whose sidewalk is it anyway?


Recently, I have noticed two things about public sidewalks that seem to be amiss. The first is, why do property owners or businesses and their private landscapers insist on installing their sprinkler systems within the public right-of-way to water the … Continue reading

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Where dogs go postal


Here’s the 2014 list of the cities with the most postal carrier dog bites. Initially, it appears that Houston sits atop the list as the bad doggy capital of America. But, when the numbers provided below are calculated in terms … Continue reading

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Book review of “Pedaling Revolution”


I have just wrapped up reading the fine book, Pedaling Revolution, by author Jeff Mapes. The subtitle of How Cyclists are Changing American Cities best describes the premise of his book, as Mr. Mapes thoughtfully explores the promises and pitfalls … Continue reading

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A titanic shift in bike helmet design


In our quest to find a folding bicycle helmet for use while traveling, Kathy made me aware of a new helmet technology that some (like me) will consider a titanic shift from the traditional bicycle helmet design paradigm – the … Continue reading

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Prudent planner ideas based on the Winter of 2014


Given the truly delightful winter we have been suffering through this year, I thought it might be a good idea to list off some suggestions for us planners to consider for addressing potential future winter mayhem. You can never be … Continue reading

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Shush! – you’ve entered a railroad quiet zone


Following yesterday’s list of the states with the most and least number of railroad quiet zones, at the end of this blogpost is a list of those metropolitan areas in the United States with the most quiet zones. Texas has four metropolitan areas … Continue reading

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Their footprints will live on…


I really had hoped that by some divine miracle this post would never have to be published. Ashley was a young, vibrant, happy, and tenacious woman who lived life to its very fullest. My co-workers and I were blessed to … Continue reading

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Powerful, peaceful, poignant, pedal parade


Yesterday evening, I had the great honor to take part in my first Greater Lansing Ride of Silence. One of more than 350 such events being held in all 50 states and 21 countries on May 15th, the Ride of … Continue reading

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