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Re: And the tallest US building goes to?

Former Member ·
The judges have chosen the "fairest in the land". I would be happy to tour both buildings. The ingenuity of architects and engineers never ceases to impress me. Some buildings that I have particularly enjoyed touring - the World Trade Center and the Rockefeller Center in NY, the dome of St. Peter's in Rome, all of St. Paul's in London, the Reichstag in Berlin and all of the small historical buildings at Greenfield Village, Michigan.
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Re: Lighthouses of Lake Havasu – Part 2 of 3

DrFumblefinger ·
Makes me want to go out, buy an RV and go see all the lighthouses in the world! I love lighthouses, and to have so many in one place, even if they're "just" replicas, is great! Thanks, Samantha.
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Re: Lighthouses of Lake Havasu – Part 2 of 3

RoadWorrier ·
Cool idea, lighthouses all over. Do boaters on the lake count on them, or just for fun?
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Re: Lighthouses of Lake Havasu – Part 2 of 3

Samantha ·
They are cool to see. Some are just for fun, but many of them do actually light up to help the boaters.
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Re: Frank Lloyd Wright's Nathan Moore House (Where Gumbo Was, #121)

Samantha ·
Thanks for the informational post. I have always liked Wrights work. We will be in Chicago next year and this would be great to see. Thanks again for the pictures.
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Re: Chicago Fire Still Holding Up Air Traffic

HistoryDigger ·
Thanks for posting. I wondered about that.
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Re: Chicago's Harold Washington Library: Where Gumbo Was (#59)

Travel Rob ·
I thought it looked like a newer building but I love the design!
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Re: TSA strands 450 overnight: could it get worse?

DrFumblefinger ·
What a mess. The very agency that is to protect citizens from terrorist activity is creating an environment wherein "tent communities" are springing up at America's airports. How embarrassing is that. Talk about a target rich environment for the bad guys. The TSA's funding, even with "cuts", is about US$ 7.3 billion for 2016. In contrast, Canada, which has 1/10th the population of the USA, has an airport screening budget of about CDN $0.56 billion, and Transport Canada acknowledges it has...
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Re: TSA strands 450 overnight: could it get worse?

GarryRF ·
Most countries around the world exchange ideas and processes to fulfil the common good. But some countries refuse to enter into a dialogue and share ideas. Russia is another one.
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Re: TSA strands 450 overnight: could it get worse?

PHeymont ·
To be fair to the TSA (which I find hard to do), the $7.3 billion is not all for screening, only about half is. That said, while airports are looking to outsource the screening, maybe they should hire Transport Canada! As for the PreCheck point: TSA can't seem to make up its mind. When it started, they semi-randomly selected 'extra' people to go through it, on the theory that they would like it enough to buy it—and some did, but not enough. Then the people who had paid for it started to...
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Re: TSA strands 450 overnight: could it get worse?

Travel Rob ·
The few US airports that have private security companies handling the screening are reporting good results and I think that's a good option for the airports. My guess is for liability reasons, airports are scared to dump the TSA. After seeing the comments by DrFumblinger and PHeymont, I do think we can learn from Canada on this. I did a little more reading on Canada's airport security. It seems all major airports in Canada have private screening. The airports give out three year contracts.
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Re: Van Gogh comes to Airbnb: $10 a night

PortMoresby ·
Link to the listing: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/10981658?s=9qhtAoOY
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Re: Willis Tower and Our Skydeck Experience—Chicago

PHeymont ·
I haven't been on this one, but I have gone to a few, including Empire State and the old World Trade Center in NY. I always enjoy the view, but if there's an open observation area, I find myself with small chills and odd feelings in my legs as if I were going to fall...no matter how secure it is! So for me, it's the view plus a thrill ride!
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Re: Willis Tower and Our Skydeck Experience—Chicago

DrFumblefinger ·
I've been to the Hancock tower in Chicago, but not the Sears tower (I like that name better to). The views sure are spectacular. As for me, I'll admire the view without going into the skybox, thank you very much!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day. May 5, 2014: Spring in Chicago!

PortMoresby ·
Isn't it interesting how the red tulips seem 3-dimensional. I noticed it in the Ananda pictures too. Very nice, DrF.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day. May 5, 2014: Spring in Chicago!

Travel Rob ·
i love Chicago and your photos really capsured the feel of Spring. A note for cheapskates like me ,is parking is expensive.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day. May 5, 2014: Spring in Chicago!

PortMoresby ·
I'd like to comment on design as it applies to the Pic of the Day thumbnail that appears on the homepage. I've been trying to choose pictures for this feature that look attractive in the small scale we first see, that will invite viewers to click on it to see it full-sized, along with whatever else we post. I think this one is a great example of what looks good in such a small size, clear design elements, in this case the central flower bed with a linear frame of pavement, trees and...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day. May 5, 2014: Spring in Chicago!

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for the comment, PortMoresby.
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WiFi in the air spreads on regional jets

PHeymont ·
The networks of regional flights that connect the major airline hubs to smaller cities are getting wired...or rather, wirelessed. Delta has already added some, United recently announced plans, and yesterday, American put in its bid, announcing that...
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Michelin's new maps focus on food

PHeymont ·
Michelin, the French company that makes tires, maps and food ratings has now leveraged the maps and food into a new product—quick reference maps of where to eat. The first in the series, the "New York City Map of Great Places to Eat 2015" went...
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Chicago — City of Skyscrapers & Cloud Gate

DrFumblefinger ·
Like the monolith in Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke’s monumental film, 2001: A Space Odyssey, “Cloud Gate” looks like an alien object dropped onto a terrestrial landscape (not the African Savannah, but rather into...
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KLM Flash Sale: NYC to Kilimanjaro RT for $798

PHeymont ·
If Mt. Kilimanjaro has been on your mind since reading Hemingway in high school (or if you've seen the movie), here's your chance. KLM has a 24-hour flash sale at $798 RT from NYC, or $848 if you're leaving from Chicago or DC. The fare is only...
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New plans "Motivate" Alta Bike Share

PHeymont ·
Alta, the biggest US player in the bicycle sharing market (with contracts in New York, Chicago, Columbus and other cities) is under new management—and a new name. The company's moving from Portland to NYC, has hired Jay Walder, an experienced...
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O'Hare, Atlanta share 'busiest airport' honors

PHeymont ·
Chicago's O'Hare has reclaimed at least part of the "world's busiest airport" title it held for years until Atlanta's Hartsfield/Jackson passed it in 2005. The title is split now, with O'Hare having the most departures and arrivals, and Atlanta having...
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Airport playgrounds take off for kids

PHeymont ·
The GO Group supplies limos and shared shuttles at airports, but they've also taken a look at what goes on inside the airports, and found what they call the Top Five Airport Playgrounds for Kids, including the "Kids on the Fly" shown below at...
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Chicago set to open new rail-line park

PHeymont ·
Chicago will open its new Bloomingdale Trail, a park built on 2.7 miles of abandoned railway on June 6. That's 6/06 if you write it a different way, and 606 is both the root of Chicago area codes, and the name of an overall park project (the606) that...
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She believes she can fly...no ticket needed!

PHeymont ·
Marilyn Hartman seems to have a need to fly, and no intention of bothering with mundane issues such as tickets or security. The 63-year-old California woman has a long history as a serial stowaway, and a number of arrests while trying. Considering how...
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American completes "re-banking" its hubs

PHeymont ·
American Airlines has completed a series of schedule changes at its Miami, Chicago and Dallas hubs to create shorter layovers, and so far it appears to be working. That's the report from a respected airline blog,  Cranky Flier .   A few...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Feb. 28, 2015: Rookery, Chicago

PHeymont ·
  View looking up through the ornamental stairs of the Rookery building's lobby in Chicago. The Rookery is the product of an unusual architectural "collaboration." The quotes are because the original 1886 building, a masterpiece by Daniel Burnham...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, March 3, 2015: Chicago by Night

IslandMan ·
    City skylines can look the same after a while, but seeing them at night is a different experience again. As part of a USA trip, I wanted to visit as many iconic skyscrapers as I could. The Sears Tower in Chicago was on my list and I...
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AA teases West Texas with 787 dry runs

PHeymont ·
When an airline gets a new type of plane for the first time, its pilots need to learn to fly it. And no matter how many hours go into work on a simulator, there's no substitute for the real experience.   Case in point: American Airlines got its...
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United testing revamped boarding areas...and scents.

PHeymont ·
Gotcha on that last one. Yes, United's plan to re-invent boarding areas includes a signature scent that you'll get a whiff of as you approach the plane!   On a more down-to-earth basis, the new areas being built at several Chicago O'Hare gates,...
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Amsterdam on JetBlue? Orlando on Icelandair? Codeshare coming!

PHeymont ·
JetBlue Airways and Icelandair, which already have an interline partnership, have asked for U.S. government permission for a codeshare agreement. If approved, JetBlue would place its code on seven Icelandair routes from the U.S. to Iceland, and eight...
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AA announces its first Dreamliner routes

PHeymont ·
American Airlines, which last month took possession of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner, has announced first routes. Starting May 7, it will take over a DFW to Chicago route, and on June 2, it will start using 787s on DFW-Beijing flights. DFW-Buenos...
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Chicago's Midway to get a makeover, too

PHeymont ·
  Chicago officials are looking at plans for a makeover for the city's #2 airport, aimed at relieving complaints about inadequate facilities and amenities, and above all ending security backups that have been reported as "mile-long."  ...
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Chicago's History Museum knows the city's story

PHeymont ·
When it comes to the great Chicago Fire of 1871, seen in a diorama above, the Chicago History Museum knows all about it: The museum, founded in 1856, was destroyed in the fire and had to start again from scratch—only to burn again in 1874....
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Frank Lloyd Wright's Nathan Moore House (Where Gumbo Was, #121)

PHeymont ·
This is a tale of one architect, one owner and two houses on the same foundation. It's also, because it's about Frank Lloyd Wright, a tale of a man who really liked to have his way, and resented it when his equally stubborn rich clients got...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day. May 5, 2014: Spring in Chicago!

DrFumblefinger ·
  Despite its well-earned reputation for having freezing, harsh winters, the cold weather ultimately leaves Chicago and is replaced by a very pleasant spring.  This is a great time of year to visit the "Windy City".  Tulips and cherry...
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Ouch! Airline Satisfaction barely ahead of taxes!

PHeymont ·
Airlines barely beat out the IRS to avoid the bottom spot in customer satisfaction last year, according to this report from the Chicago Tribune . Even top-rated JetBlue and Southwest slipped in their rankings. Surprising to some, American/USAir...
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Qatar, USAir create Philly code-share hub

PHeymont ·
Not a sexy headline, but good news for travelers in USAir cities around the country as Qatar Airways and USAir expand their codeshare arrangements so that travelers from USAir cities such as Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami,...
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Chicago's Harold Washington Library: Where Gumbo Was (#59)

PHeymont ·
It was easy for guessers to mistake Chicago's central library building, named for the late Mayor, for a rail station or a public market, and to place it in Paris, Barcelona or Belgium. As a post-modernist building, it incorporates bits of the style...
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Chicago Fire Still Holding Up Air Traffic

PHeymont ·
Flight delays caused by a fire at a major FAA facility near Chicago have had paralyzing effects across a wide area of the country, with planes unable to use normal facilities at Chicago's O'Hare (a hub for United and American) and Midway (a major...
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Santa Fe Styling

Jonathan L ·
  http://www.postersofsantafe.co...es/products/419l.jpg 20 years ago, The Amazing Ms. D and I bought this magnet. Santa Fe style is a combination of Spanish and Indian esthetic. Native art and jewelry, Southwest architecture and housewares and a...
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Delta NY-BOS shuttle changes planes and LGA terminals

PHeymont ·
Starting in November, Delta's NY-Boston hourly shuttle operation is moving from the Marine Air Terminal, Laguardia's old terminal for the Pan Am flying boats of the 30s to Delta's main terminal at the far end of the field. It will no longer be able to...
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Brooklyn Museum: Three shows to visit, one closing soon

PHeymont ·
Following the "more than Manhattan" theme of the piece below, here are three current exhibits worth visiting at The Brooklyn Museum (America's most over-shadowed major museum) this season—but for one, you'll have to hurry, because it ends July...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, July 10, 2014: Cloud Gate, Chicago

DrFumblefinger ·
    One of the most fascinating pieces of public art I've ever seen is this one in Chicago.  Known as Cloud Gate, it sits in Millennium Park.   When I first saw it a number of years ago, I wrote the following about it which I...
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Explore the Intriguing Museum of Science and Industry - Chicago

Samantha ·
On a visit to Chicago, the Museum of Science and Industry wasn't at the top of Samantha's list...but now it might be. Here's her report!
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Navy Pier, Chicago—Over 100 Years in the Making

Samantha ·
Chicagos Navy Pier celebrates its 100th anniversary, and Samantha finds it full of attractions for the whole family.
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Willis Tower and Our Skydeck Experience—Chicago

Samantha ·
A visit to Chicago's tallest building, with its spectacular new glass features, with Samantha.
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Take-off delays for O'Hare expansion?

PHeymont ·
A plan to end gate shortages and ease flight delays at Chicago's O'Hare needs to win approval from current airline tenants.
 
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