Monthly Archives: February 2013

Addressing past street naming/numbering sins


When I resided in Hagerstown, Maryland many moons ago, Washington County’s Planning Department assigned new addresses to nearly every property in the county. This effort was completed successfully in part due to the cooperation all of the local jurisdictions. The purpose of this … Continue reading

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Why the “Bilbao effect” works in Bilbao


The “Bilbao effect” (also known as the ‘Guggenheim effect’) pertains to the cause and effect (causal) relationship that occurred when a single world-class project became the catalyst for reviving this once gritty, economically distressed, post-industrial city. The opening of architect Frank Geary’s masterful Guggenheim Museum in 1997 … Continue reading

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Zingerman’s puts the “deli” in delicious


Even if you have never been to Ann Arbor, Michigan, there is a fairly good chance you have already heard of Zingerman’s. It happens to be one of the coolest, hippest, and yummiest delicatessens anywhere on planet Earth. Located in the historic Kerrytown … Continue reading

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When it absolutely positively has to be there RIGHT NOW!


The title of this post comes from an old Federal Express (now FedEx) advertising theme – “when it absolutely, positively has to be there overnight.” In the United States, FedEx and UPS (United Parcel Sdervice) have captured the bulk of the … Continue reading

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Don’t encourage bad habits – promote good ones like bicycling


Ever notice how many more places have cigarette butt disposal units near their entrance than bicycle parking racks? Well here in Mid-Michigan it may very well be a five or even ten to one ratio.  It seems to me that all … Continue reading

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Charting local bicycle parking data


As the number of people bicycle commuting for work purposes, errands, and shopping grows, an increasing number of organizations are adding bicycle parking to their site. In addition, a number of communities are adding bike parking ordinances which require new development … Continue reading

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