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Ten planning lessons from our national parks

Provided below are ten planning lessons garnered from having the honor and pleasure of visiting countless national parks, monuments, historic sites, battlefields, lakeshores, seashores, trails, and preserves across our nation. The lessons are not necessarily presented in order of importance, … Continue reading

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No place better on Earth than “Up North” in the summertime

We spent the past week in Mother Earth’s idyllic playground – also known as the Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan, centered around Traverse City. I have yet to find a photograph or painting that adequately depicts the visual beauty and … Continue reading

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The loveliest commuter railway of all

I will grant that I have not ridden every commuter railway line on the planet, but one would find it hard to find a one any lovelier than the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) line that extends 17 miles from Dublin’s … Continue reading

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Pondering and wandering the Great Plains

The Great Plains have long fascinated me, though I am not exactly sure why. Somehow that vast, semi-arid stretch of mostly flat land intrigues me in a mystifying way. Places with legendary names like Cheyenne, Dodge City, Pecos, Scottsbluff, Deadwood, Abilene (Kansas … Continue reading

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Explaining the “WOW” factor!

Recently, I noted in a post about mass transit rail versus buses on rustwire.com, that bus rapid transit (BRT) does not have the “WOW” factor of a light rail transit (LRT), commuter rail, subways, or a modern streetcar system. At … Continue reading

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