Monthly Archives: July 2013

Your zoning code/map is out of date when…


You start sneezing from all the dust when you open the code. It would be a valuable find on Antiques Roadshow or American Pickers. The Smithsonian wants to put it on display. Your community would actually look better planned without a zoning … Continue reading

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Do you get a bike helmet forehead spot?


Okay…I have been wondering this for years. What the heck causes many bicycle riders to get an oblong-shaped reddish spot on their forehead from their bike helmet. It’s not like there is something on the inside of the helmet that … Continue reading

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Your community is a “sprawl blob” when…


Here is the sixth in this satirical series. You’re know your community is an urban “sprawl blob” that’s visible from outer space when… You cannot tell when you have arrived or when you have left. There is no “there,” there. … Continue reading

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The mega-commuting states


Below is a list of those states/territories with the highest percentage of 60 minute plus commuters (one-way). Having done that myself for two years in the mid-1990s, I can personally attest to how much time, effort, energy, and dollars such … Continue reading

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You know your community is urban when…


The third in this satirical series. Walking or bicycling to places is not considered weird. Comic book superheroes are constantly buzzing about doing good deeds. You have to look up to see the top of buildings. Wildlife is spending your … Continue reading

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Happy Trails! – RTC’s Trail Hall of Fame


Between 2007 and 2012, the Rails to Trails Conservancy (RTC) inducted 26 trails (see below) into its Hall of Fame. Below is a list of those trails, the state where they are located, and the month/year they were given this … Continue reading

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