Tag Archives: Texas

El Paso’s impressive Loop 375 bypass could be extraordinary

It’s not often that one comments about a specific freeway, but the Texas Loop 375 bypass of El Paso is not your typical highway. The freeway connects the central city with Interstate 10 southeast of town, then to US 62 … Continue reading

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Echoes from a 20th Century ghost town – Glenrio, NM/TX

One typically thinks of ghost towns being worn relics from the 19th Century or of earlier time periods. However, in the case of Glenrio, New Mexico/Texas, the town was founded, prospered, and died during a narrow time span within the … Continue reading

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Laredo: From 275-day national capital to border boomtown

Between 1838 and 1841 there was an effort to establish a new nation along the Rio Grande composed of parts of the Northern Frontier of Mexico and disputed portions of the then Republic of Texas located south of the Nueces … Continue reading

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Ten Planning Lessons from San Antonio

Here are my ten (10) planning lessons from one of America’s most enjoyable and dynamic large cities – San Antonio, Texas. San Antonio’s River Walk can easily be classified as one of America’s “most iconic planning efforts.” It helped set … Continue reading

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Two Towns and Two Death Tales of Billy the Kid

Frontier Towns, Chapter 5: Fort Sumner, New Mexico and Hico, Texas Normally, I am skeptical of conspiracy theories. But, I also realize that history tends to be written by the victors. With that, the victors can and will tend to … Continue reading

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The Old West Personified in a Town’s Iconic Name

Frontier Towns, Chapter 2: Pecos, Texas Few names portray a better image of the Old West than “Pecos.” The Pecos River is the natural dividing line between central and western Texas, as to the west of this iconic river the … 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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It’s a beach, not a litter box for plastic!

This disgusting and disgraceful view is what we were greeted with upon arriving at the beach of San Jose Island on the Texas Gulf Coast 10 days ago.  The largely uninhabited island sits on the north side of the mouth … Continue reading

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Unofficial guide to hipsterhoods of Texas and the Great Plains

With the exception of Texas, much of the Great Plains is often overlooked by the national media when citing hipster-cool city neighborhoods and districts. Similar to the Rust Belt, what is actually considered Great Plains is somewhat fluid, depending on whom you ask. For … Continue reading

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City names with three+ sets of side-by-side matching letters

Below are eleven cities in the United States whose names have three or more sets of matching letters located side-by-side. Interestingly, all are from the Southern United States. Nearly two-thirds of them (seven) come from Florida and Georgia and are a … Continue reading

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