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Suburban USA “cities” that occupy more land area than the core city


The following list identifies those suburban cities in the USA that occupy more land area than the core  city in the same metropolitan area. Any additions or corrections are most welcome. Please note that “towns” as found in the Northeast … Continue reading

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Best new planning term in years: “spreadlining”


  Friday, @schmangee of streetsblog.org and rustwire.com pointed out an  interesting issue on her Twitter feed. It noted: “We need issue branding as good as the term gentrification for the more common & devastating combination of sprawl, segregation & bad … Continue reading

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Most spacious American cities with 100,000+ residents


As a companion post to the listing of the most compact American cities with 100,000 or more residents, below is a list of the most spacious (largest area in square miles) American cities with 100,000 or more residents. It is … Continue reading

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Puddle jumpers – America’s smallest commercial airports


Below is a list of America’s smallest commercial airports (those served by airlines) as measured by by acreage. These are the airports most likely to be served by puddle jumpers, even if they are nowhere near a large water body. … Continue reading

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More street connections = less cut-through traffic


The argument that connecting new neighborhoods to existing ones causing cut-through traffic is only true if there are limited street connections in the transportation network in the first place. If a community has a well-planned, interconnected transportation network then more … Continue reading

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Does geography contribute to a healthier downtown?


Over the years as both a planner and a traveler, I have noticed that compact downtown areas tend to be more vibrant and healthy than those that are spread out across the landscape. Examples include Manhattan, which is hemmed in … Continue reading

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The geography of Facebook data centers


Just this week, Facebook announced it would be building its fifth data center complex in Fort Worth, Texas. Hat’s off to Facebook, as the entire complex will contain 750,000 square feet in three buildings on 111 acres, will be 100% … Continue reading

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Polishing our window to the world


Detroit Metropolitan Airport is very impressive to anyone who arrives there by aircraft. Both the McNamara Terminal and the North Terminal are bright, shiny, modern, busy, welcoming, and clean.  The same cannot be said for those arriving by car or … Continue reading

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North America’s super suburbs


Here’s the list of the largest suburbs (by population) in North America. A minimum threshold of 150,000 residents was utilized. The population for all communities in the United States and Puerto Rico are 2013 Census Bureau estimates. For other nations, … Continue reading

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Ten planning lessons made in Detroit


Here are my ten planning lessons from Detroit. It’s a great city that I have seen change dramatically, both for the positive and the negative, over the past 22 years as a resident of Michigan. Beneath this downtrodden city was a sleeping giant … Continue reading

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