Category Archives: Other Cities

Paradise in the Wreckage of War

[Note: This post is a slightly modified version of “Paradise in the Wreckage of War,” Iowa City Press-Citizen (May 13, 2017), p. 7A.] On April 25-29, Chris Merrill of the U. of Iowa’s International Writing Program and I were in … Continue reading

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Branding, Storytelling, and Urban Identity

Visit any city of substantial size and you are likely to encounter efforts to promote the city’s “brand.” How are such brands (or public images) created? How does the brand relate to the city’s identity and story? And how do … Continue reading

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If Germany, Why Not Here?

For three weeks in June 1999 I participated in a German Studies Seminar along with 25 other American scholars and professionals. Sponsored by the German-American Fulbright Commission, this seminar focused on environmental protection and alternative sources of energy. It was … Continue reading

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Beginning a Career: Confronting the Urban Environmental Crisis and Becoming a Technical Expert, 1971-79

One has to start somewhere; that is, in a context over which one has very little control. From that point on, one can exercise discretion; that is, choose one direction over another. Having graduated from the University of Notre Dame … Continue reading

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Field Trip to the Twin Cities, Minneapolis/St. Paul (1997)

On October 17-18, 1997, 13 students, two professors (Peter Fisher and Cheryl Contant), and I traveled to the Twin Cities for what proved to be the first of a series of field trips to major cities. (See the Field Trips … Continue reading

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Field Trip to the Twin Cities (1998)

On October 15-17, 1998, 14 students and I traveled to the Twin Cities for a follow up to our initial trip in 1997. While driving through the far west suburbs on I-494, I was inspired to tell the students how … Continue reading

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Review of Faludi and van der Valk’s “Rule and Order”

Throgmorton, James A. 1996. “The Rhetoric of Rule and Order: A Good Story?” A Review of Faludi and Valk’s Rule and Order. Planning Theory 16 (Winter): 63-65. This article reviews Andras Faludi and Arnold van der Valk’s 1994 book, Rule … Continue reading

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