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Images of the Great City of Christ

Images of the Great City of Christ

Constantinople is by far one of the most storied cities on God’s good Earth.  In some respects, it is God’s Great City, greater even than Jerusalem to many Orthodox Christians. The history involved with Constantinople (modern day Istanbul) is as complex as it is beautiful.  I won’t get into all of it today (it’s impossible) […]

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Retail Apocalypse or Evolution?  Finding Retail 2.0

Retail Apocalypse or Evolution? Finding Retail 2.0

In a recent article at Business Insider (BI) the idea of a looming meltdown in the retail economy was discussed.  It talked about the possibility that this meltdown could be/ would be akin to the residential meltdown that happened in 2008.  Similar to how mortgage backed securities turned out to be one of the main culprits that […]

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The New Suburbanization

The New Suburbanization

It’s been a few weeks since my last urban planning post wherein I talked about the future of cities. So today I want to talk about the future of suburbs. Specifically I want to talk about the trend of urbanizing suburbs and what that will mean for the future of suburbia.   The Future of […]

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A Dream is a Wish for Great Places

A Dream is a Wish for Great Places

Architecture is the most noticeable and descriptive thing about cities.  Our first impressions of the places we visit are usually based on the architecture and its location in a space.  This is how we judge a place worthy of our attention or not. In the past few weeks I have been retweeting many different famous places […]

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On the Politics of Public Space

Normally, I don’t like engaging in political discussion publicly.  After all, I like to talk about travel more so than politics when in public.  But as this is also a blog about how the places we travel to came to be, I think it’s important to look at the political dimension once in a while because […]

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Planning as a Community Event

Planning as a Community Event

I came across this video while looking for examples of community engagement in the planning of places.  I wanted to show an example of what Planners and everyday citizens do to imagine their places as something more than what they are today. What’s interesting about the following video is the way in which the various […]

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Global Urbanization: A Poor Vision for the Future

I came across this TED-ED video perusing Google+ earlier and it tells the story of human urbanization. It starts in prehistoric times and makes its way through to the industrial era and finally to our own times. In four minutes, the speaker has informed her audience that the future of humanity is hyper-urbanization– that this is […]

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