The Value of a City Miniature Model

How much value can a miniature model of a city have? Why don’t you ask the citizens and officials of San Francisco? They have a roughly 40 feet x 40 feet model of the city from the 1930s that is a buzz in the city today for conversations around the city’s history, present, and democratic urban planning for the future. That’s despite the model having been recently rediscovered and restored, some 80 years after it was built and 70 years after it had been put away? But if you can’t talk to the San Franciscans, or the right ones, have a listen to the 99% Invisible podcast below and hear for yourself!

Every city needs a decent city model, it would seem to me. There seems to be something about seeing the entirety of something in front of our eyes that changes our minds and feelings about it. Think about the Blue Marble photo of planet Earth taken over 50 years ago. It still inspires many. But so few cities have such a model, probably for the worse, and that’s too bad.

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The Dahlias and Other Flowers of Public Gardens in Halifax

This summer, Public Gardens in Halifax, Nova Scotia, had a gorgeous dahlia exhibit.

With my Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM macro lens (buy on Amazon.com), I tested it out on those dahlias and other flowers in August. The lens is magnificent, as you can see in the gallery below.

There were displays to show the different types of dahlias in the exhibit, which I displayed first in the gallery below. There were peony, pompom, miniature ball, cactus, semi-cactus, incurved cactus, formal decorative, informal decorative, stellar and collarette dahlias.

See if you can identify the various types of dahlias. Aside from a few types like the stunning collarette dahlia that is my favourite, it’s not as easy as you think!

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