The Olympics are almost here and nothing renews my Olympic fervor like reading a history blog about the Olympics. Today I discovered that every one of us ELGLers could have once competed in the Olympic games? How you ask? Because at one time City Planning was an Olympic sport. Yes, you could get a Gold Medal in Town Design and planning. Sign me up and let me walk in the Opening Ceremony because I am about to rock the Olympic world with my Town Planning Gold Medal Performance. Maybe it’s time for an #ELGLOlympics ?


Right Now with Mike Ekey (Twitter / LinkedIn)

What I’m Doing: Getting a website ready for launch.

What I’m Watching: Game of Thrones: Battle of the Bastards

What I’m Listening to: THIS – on repeat.


Charles Downing Lay, 1936 silver medalist in designs for municipal planning

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GOP Congressman Tries to Block Tubman $20, Says It’s “Racist” to Want Black People on Money: I just can’t even with these guys anymore…

Heavily-Armed Possible Vigilantes Arrested On Their Way To NYC To “Save A Friend Who Is On Heroin”: We are entering the age of vigilante justice.

So a Guy on a Horse Just Lassoed a Bike Thief in a Walmart Parking Lot: What is going on up there in Oregon?!

YouTube went down this morning for the first time in forever: I think this is one of the signs of the apocalypse.

Rory McIlroy Says He Won’t Attend Olympics Over Zika Concerns: Wait, golf is an olympic sport, too? Who’d of thought that?

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Finding Local Government with Ben Collins, Plain Township, OH


June 21 to 24 – Association of Washington Cities Conference  at Edward D. Hansen Conference Center, Everett WA

June 22 to 24 – WCMA & ILCMA Summer Conference at The Abbey, Fontana WI

June 30 – New (Fiscal) Year’s Eve Party at Lucky Lab Beer Hall, Portland OR

July 12 to 15 – OCCMA Summer Conference at Mt. Bachelor Village Resort, Bend

July 13 to 15 – NCLGBA Summer Conference at Shell Island Resort, Wrightsville Beach NC


André Verbeke (2 January 1908 – 9 March 1978) was a Belgian architect. In 1932 he won a bronze medal in the art competitions of the Olympic Games for his design of a “Marathon Park”.

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That time my wife, brother and I attended the Olympics… or at least an Olympic-themed party…