Monthly Archives: October 2013

Ten planning lessons from Boulder


I had the great pleasure of visiting Boulder, Colorado for the first time over an extended four-day weekend. As an urban planner, I was able to take away many useful lessons for many communities across the nation, including here in … Continue reading

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The UK’s ten busiest national parks


Below is the list of the ten busiest (most visitors) national parks in the United Kingdom. This data would include national  parks in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland (none currently designated there). 1.     Lake District (designated in 1951) – 14.8 … Continue reading

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Feck the straight-line mindset!


Please excuse me for utilizing the Irish version of a well-known four-letter profanity. It was picked up while visiting that lovely island last month. The milder term “feck” seemed to be the most appropriate word for titling this post with … Continue reading

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Islands of sanity amid sprawl schlock


Despite seas of commercial and residential sprawl in many parts of suburban Detroit, there are a few places of sane, sensible, and progressive planning that stand out as beacons of hope. Probably the most obvious of these dichotomies is just … Continue reading

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Ten lessons from Dublin, Glasgow, and Manchester


The following post is a variation of a post written for rustwire.com, which was published earlier this week. I’ve had the distinct privilege and honor of visiting the great cities of Dublin, Ireland; Glasgow, Scotland; and Manchester, England over the … Continue reading

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A year as a folding bike commuter


It is hard to believe that it has already been a year since I purchased my first folding urban commuter bike – a “Miami” by Citizen. Since several readers wondered about the long-term durability of the bike, here’s a brief … Continue reading

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More images of Ireland


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Postal pedal power!


Observing the custom of postal delivery by bicycle-mounted carriers for An Post in two different Ireland cities last week (Ennis and Killarney) had me wondering why in the world this is not a more common method of delivery here in … Continue reading

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Applying smart commute to travel


We were very pleased and proud to utilize forms of smart commuting for our entire trip to/in/from Ireland last week. The following is a breakdown of our smart commute trips during our eight days of travel: Commuter rail – 4 … Continue reading

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