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Five key stones of New York City

The world’s largest city New York consists of five boroughs or sections. Each borough is the home to hundreds of distinguished unique neighborhoods, almost all of them with a definable history and character to convey the feeling of thousands of families residing here. If the boroughs could be granted the status of independent cities, four of them namely Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and the Bronx would be ranked among the ten most populous cities in the United States, without any hard effort.

Brooklyn has ensured its presence is dominated feature on the western tip of the city and it became an official part of the city in 1898. Brooklyn has always been distinctive for its cultural, social ethnic diversity, an independent art scene, neighborhoods and architectural heritage. It is the second borough with a distinct downtown neighborhood. This section of the city features a long beachfront property. Manhattan is the highly populated sector of the city, with the Central Park and with the majority of the city’s skyscrapers, being a part of it. It is the main financial center of the grand city and is home to the United Nations, some important universities, and also residing a large stock of many culturally diverse attractions.

Queens is geographically the largest portion of the city, which is the most ethnically diverse county in the whole of the United States. It is predicted by experts that Queens might overrun Brooklyn as the city’s densely populated borough due to its immense proportionality of growth. Originally it was a collection of small towns and villages founded by the Dutch traders in 1600s; today the borough has maintained its status as a residential to the middle class. Queens also sites the Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets, and annually hosts the grand and highly speculated event U.S. Open tennis tournament. It has two of the three major airports serving the New York city, namely LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Staten Island is truly an island present in the city and is connected to Brooklyn by the historic land mark known as the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and to Manhattan by Staten Island Ferry. The Staten Island Ferry is one of the highly rated tourist attractions in the massive New York City as it is unique part of the city which provides the highly desired views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and lower Manhattan. The 2,500 acres Greenbelt has some 28 miles of walking trails and is the only remaining undisturbed forests in the city. Functional since 1984 in order to protect the island’s natural lands, the Greenbelt is composed of seven city parks. The Bronx  is the most northern borough, home to the only largest cooperatively owned housing complex in the America, the famous Co-op City. The Bronx is the only section of the city that falls in place as a part of the American mainland. It is home to the all time famous and entertaining Bronx Zoo. It is officially the largest zoo in the whole of United America; it covers an area up to 265 acres and resides over 6,000 animals. The Bronx is the mentioned as the homeland to rap and hip hop culture. Staten Island has been declared as the most suburban defined in character between in the five.

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John D. Dingell Transit Center Begins Operation

Dearborn, Mich. (PRWEB) June 12, 2015

The new $ 28.2 million John D. Dingell Transit Center has begun operation in Dearborn, Michigan, positioning the city as a pivotal player in transit connections within southeast Michigan and throughout the region. Planning and design of the project was the result of a collaboration of SmithGroupJJR and Neumann/Smith Architecture.

The new, 16,000-square-foot, two-story transit center, named after former U.S. Congressman John Dingell, Jr., replaces a smaller passenger rail station that dated back to the 1970s. The new center now connects passengers to Amtrak’s Wolverine service, extending from Pontiac to Chicago, and also links to SMART, DDOT and Greyhound buses; corporate and hotel shuttles; taxis; and non-motorized greenways for bicyclists and pedestrians. The project was made possible by a $ 28.2 million grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

SmithGroupJJR, Ann Arbor, Michigan, served as landscape architect and civil engineer for the project, working with the City of Dearborn to select the transit center site, manage the environmental clearance stage and prepare a transit-oriented development (TOD) plan for West Dearborn.

“From the very beginning, Dearborn’s goals for the location of the new transit facility were all about connectivity,” said Patrick Doher, PE, SmithGroupJJR principal-in-charge. “The location needed to serve as a gateway and provide regional connection to the city’s great assets, the non-motorized greenway system, businesses and residential neighborhoods.”

In addition to connectivity, the transit center also needed to be a catalyst for economic growth. With opportunities for transit-oriented development and partnerships with private enterprises in the community, its location on Michigan Avenue and adjacent to The Henry Ford met all of those goals.

Neumann/Smith Architecture, Southfield, Michigan, led the multidisciplinary design team during the preliminary and final architectural design phases, including all necessary systems, rail side improvements, platforms and site work, and development of associated linkages to The Henry Ford.

The architectural and site design was based on a unique blending of traditional building details and contemporary elements drawn from transportation cues. The design of the transit center and towers contrasts Romanesque arches of brick and stone masonry with a sleekly inserted metal-paneled bridge that pierces the station’s volume. The building’s traditional detailing elements were implemented to achieve a visual compatibility with its neighbor, The Henry Ford, a National Historic Landmark.

“The transit center’s public face on Michigan Avenue merited a streamlined, contemporary design statement,” explained Neumann/Smith principal Mike Kirk, AIA. “However, the view of the center from within Greenfield Village required a more traditional blending with the village’s historic structures.”

To emphasize the important relationship between the siting of the transit center and The Henry Ford, the passenger bridge over the tracks is aligned on an axis with The Henry Ford Museum’s historic clock tower. “It was an opportunity to honor the past while defining the modern character and design of the transit center,” Kirk said.

Modern site materials, such as stainless steel light columns, wire brushed concrete pavers and concrete bands were utilized for the main entry plaza to contrast with the traditional architecture and automatically draw pedestrians to the “front door.”

“The importance of the Dingell Transit Center can’t be overstated enough,” said Barry Murray, Dearborn’s Director of Community and Economic Development. “It positions Dearborn as a key player in the future of rail transit for Southeast Michigan and is a focal point for economic development in the city’s West Downtown District.”

The transit center is one of the busiest stops on the high-speed corridor between Detroit and Chicago. The highly anticipated commuter rail service between Ann Arbor and Detroit will stop at the station, offering a variety of modern transit options for Dearborn’s residents and visitors.

Since the new transit center began operating in December 2014, plans for a new mixed-use development on underutilized adjacent sites are already underway. Also in development are walkable connections to downtown Dearborn and The Henry Ford, as well as the campuses of the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Henry Ford College.

The transit center is the first train station in Michigan to design and engineer a platform with flip-up edges, helical piers and decorative platform jointing to accommodate both passenger and freight rail while meeting new Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) guidelines that the platform height be 15” above top of rail (ATR).

The building is on track to receive LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design program. It boasts a metal roof with solar collectors, energy efficient lighting, geo-thermal heating and cooling, solar shading glass, electrical vehicle charging stations, bioswale storm water management features and durable finishes of terrazzo, granite, burnished block and metal panels.

The station will support the eventual operation of the Detroit to Chicago High Speed Rail Corridor and the proposed Ann Arbor to Detroit commuter rail line. Also in the future, the commuter rail line will allow easy bus connection to Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

Joining SmithGroupJJR and Neumann/Smith were Tooles/Clark, A Joint Venture, construction manager; Quandel Consultants, rail engineering, Chicago; Kaltsouni Mehdi, rail station consultant architects, Chicago; Penhale & Yates, structural engineers, Southfield, Michigan; DiClemente Siegel Design, mechanical and electrical engineers, Southfield, Michigan; and Somat Engineering, geotechnical engineers, Detroit.

Neumann/Smith Architecture ( specializes in architecture, planning, interior design and historic preservation for corporate and municipal offices, mixed-use developments, multi-unit housing, parking structures, commercial and retail centers and higher education facilities. In addition to the Transit Center, Neumann/Smith has multiple projects in the City of Dearborn, including the City Hall Artspace Lofts, Dearborn Administration Center and the Dearborn Animal Shelter.

SmithGroupJJR ( is a recognized integrated architecture, engineering and planning firm. A national leader in sustainable design, SmithGroupJJR has 360 LEED professionals and 124 LEED certified projects. SmithGroupJJR’s Urban Design Practice views connectivity as the key to urban vitality and strives to unlock the economic, ecological, and social potential of every project. Other noteworthy projects include Northerly Island Framework Plan, Chicago, Illinois; Green Grand Rapids Infrastructure Plan, Grand Rapids; Scotts Runs Station South, Tysons Corner, Virginia; and L’Enfant Plaza, Washington, DC.

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Pioneer's urban legacy

The YHA Hostel in Village of Hartington in Derbyshire
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We spent five nights in the magnificent YHA Hostel that is located in this village. We used it as a base for cycling on the Tissington Trail and the High Peaks Trail, and for walks into Beresford Dale, Biggen Dale, Wolfscote Dale, and Dovedale.

The town itself, though quite small, had much to recommend it. Here are some quotes from the Wikipedia Entry:

"Hartington is a village in the Derbyshire Peak District, England, lying on the River Dove. According to the 2001 census the parish of Hartington Town Quarter, which also includes Pilsbury, had a population of 345. Formerly known for the mining of ironstone, limestone and lead, the village is now known for cheese-making and tourism.

Notable buildings in the village include: the market hall (formerly the site of a market); the 13th century parish church of Saint Giles; and 17th century Hartington Hall. A prominent house in the centre of the village is Bank House, built by the former village mill owner and in the past used as the village bank. A half-mile to the south of the village, on the Dove, is the fishing house of the famous angler Charles Cotton. In the north of the village is Pilsbury Castle,[1] an 11th century motte-and-bailey castle, that survives only as an earthwork.

Near Hartington is the finest neolithic stone circle in the Peak District, Arbor Low. There are numerous ancient tumuli and cairns in the landscape around Hartington, probably dating from the Bronze Age. Hartington Mill, now a private house, stands by the River Dove. This was the local water mill for grinding corn.

The village has a youth hostel at Hartington Hall, which serves two major National Cycle Network routes; the Tissington Trail and the High Peak Trail, which meet at nearby Parsley Hay. These trails pass just under one mile to the east of the village, and offer 30 miles of off-road cycling and walking along old railway trackbeds through the Peak District National Park. Hartington signal box, on the site of the former Hartington railway station, and nearly two miles distant from the village, has been renovated and converted to a Visitor Centre.

A little south of the village, overlooking the Dove, stands Wolfscote Hill (388m at grid reference SK137583), a good viewpoint, now in the care of the National Trust.

Three miles to the south-west lies the small settlement of Hulme End, which marks the northern starting point of the Manifold Way, an 8 mile tarmacked walk- and cycle-route following the route of the former Leek and Manifold Valley Light Railway.

Hartington was mentioned in the Domesday book as belonging to Henry de Ferrers and being worth forty shillings.[2] The parish was originally quite large, and part of the hundred of Wirksworth. Hartington had four townships, known as the Town Quarter, Nether Quarter, and Middle Quarter, and Upper Quarter, which are now all separate parishes. These became separate civil parishes in their own right in 1866.[3] They are marked on Ordnance Survey maps.

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The Grand Hotel is the premier hotel in Taipei. It was begun in 1952. The first part was completed in 1956. This photo shows the Chi-Lin Pavilion, opened in 1963, the newest part of the hotel when I was there in 1967. I stayed there with my brother David, who lwas stationed in a U.S. Air Force base near Taipei. Our room was on the ground floor, just beyond the awning.

The Grand Hotel was established at the initiative of Chiang Kai-shek, President of the Republic of China (Taiwan) after the Nationalists were forced out of mainland China. One reason was to have a hotel suitable for receiving foreign dignitaries. A large tower was opened in 1973. It is at ieast 10 stories high.

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Original Caption: The Grand Hotel on Minnesota Street in New Ulm, Minnesota in the Past Five Years Local Merchants on the Main Street Have Restored the Fronts of Many of the Old Buildings and Painted the Brickwork as It Had Been in the Past. The Town Was Founded in 1854 by a Company of German Immigrants. It Is a Farming Area That Has Changed From Quite Small Family Farms to Larger Units. They Are Still Operated by Families, But Two Or Three Generations at Once.

U.S. National Archives’ Local Identifier: 412-DA-15670

Photographer: Schulke, Flip, 1930-2008

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Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island
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