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“Urban” cities and towns


The following is my list of cities and towns with the word “urban” contained in their name. Surprisingly, there are only seven that were identified, with Urbana being easily the most common with four. Iowa and Ohio share honors for … Continue reading

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Unofficial guide to hipsterhoods of the Mid-Atlantic Region


This unofficial hipsterhood guide for the Mid-Atlantic Region covers the states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, the Southeastern portion of Pennsylvania, Virginia, as well as the District of Columbia. It is fifth in the series – Rust Belt, Texas and … 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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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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A witty map of hipster urban habitats in the Lower 48


Below is an edgy map of the Lower 48 that I stumbled upon while creating the post last week on hip(ster)hoods of the Rust Belt. While certainly not comprehensive (Chicago and LA are not even included), it does include some … Continue reading

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Slang and synonyms for “urban”


As a follow-up to terms for “rural,” here’s my list of positive and demeaning terms for “urban.” Asphalt jungle Built Built environment Built-up Citified Concrete jungle Conurbation Cosmopolitan Dense Downtown Inner City Manhattanized Megalopolis Metropolis Metropolitan Micropolitan Midtown Overbuilt Sprawl … Continue reading

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If every city looks alike, then we are failing as a profession


In response to a cartoon I posted yesterday on panethos.wordpress.com, (see above) a comment was made that planners are one of the reasons why so many cities look-alike. That was a very thought-provoking and rather disconcerting response. With reflection, I … Continue reading

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