Global Urbanization: A Better Vision for the Future

A few weeks ago, I posted about a TED-Ed video that talked about urbanization and the future of cities.  To say the least, I was not impressed.  Far from making me excited about the future, I was dreadful. That video espoused central planning as an answer to an impending social, economic and political crisis of population.  Though […]

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San Francisco, a Beautiful City

Visit San Francisco and you will tour a beautiful city.   Book Now with Expedia   Featuring:  Union Square | Chinatown | North Beach | Fisherman’s Wharf | Nob Hill | Russian Hill | SoMa This video marks the launch of a mini-campaign featuring some of the great places of San Francisco, California.  It highlights a […]

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5 Useful Things for Road Trips

5 Useful Things for Road Trips

Welcome to our 5 Useful Things for Road Trips. (Try our Adobe Spark version too) I recently went on two road trips with my family from Chicago, IL. to Tampa, FL. It was my wife, the three little kids and myself. The first trip to Florida was in a Buick Enclave. The second trip was […]

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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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Different kinds of Bike Lanes

One of the things I want to do with this blog is build a design library from around the internet and from my own experience. I found this practical gem on Pinterest.  This should be really useful when considering the appropriate strategy for on-street bike lanes. Also, when you visit a city, it gives you […]

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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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