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Roadside Americana: Quaint small college towns


For this list, I chose to keep the town’s size at approximately 15,000 residents or less. Otherwise, it’s increasingly difficult to affix the term “quaint” to a place larger than that population. Berea is the largest community with more than … Continue reading

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A vision of velo purgatory


I recently stopped by the Michigan State University (MSU) Surplus Store and had to take a couple of photos (above and below) of the many forlorn bicycles that are caught in what appears to be best described as “quasi-velo purgatory” – somewhere … Continue reading

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Celebrate the “love of bicycling” in May


There are many bicycling events coming up in the Month of May, as it is National Bike Month here in the United States. These include: National Bike to School Day – May 7th Cyclofemme – May 11th National Bike to Work … Continue reading

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Leading “Tree Campus USA” states


In honour of Arbor Day 2014 (tomorrow, Friday, April 25th), I thought it would be interesting to highlight the Tree Campus USA program conducted by the Arbor Day Foundation. Started in 2008 and similar to Tree City USA, this program recognizes those … Continue reading

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Duplicative college town/city names


Below is my list of duplicative (or repetitive) college city and town names.  I was actually surprised how many there are, but the list is likely incomplete. If you know of any additions, please feel free to pass them along. … Continue reading

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America’s most/least literate cities


For the most part, I will let these lists speak for themselves. Most literate cities in America: Washington, DC Seattle, Washington Minneapolis, Minnesota Atlanta, Georgia Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Least literate cities (all news is not so sunny from the Sunbelt): Bakersfield, … Continue reading

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Do our college communities pass the walkability test?


In a nutshell, the answer is largely a resounding NO. Below is a list of American college communities with their walkability score for 2014 as compiled by walkscore.com. The overall rating was used for each community as students tend to live, shop, … Continue reading

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Ten planning lessons from Boulder


I had the great pleasure of visiting Boulder, Colorado for the first time over an extended four-day weekend. As an urban planner, I was able to take away many useful lessons for many communities across the nation, including here in … Continue reading

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Where the Buffaloes roam


Here are some images of the University of Colorado (or CU in local jargon) taken over the past couple of days. I have long thought that Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Washington & Lee, and Stanford were the handsomest college campuses, … Continue reading

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You know your community is suburban when…


Part two of this satirical series – rural communities were addressed over the past weekend. Enjoy! Dandelions are public enemy number one! Squirrels and groundhogs are public enemy number two and three respectively. There are more car-deer collisions than any … Continue reading

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