blockitecture leaderboard

The Coffee Captial Of The Nation

With more coffee shops per person that any other place in the United States -- Anchorage, Alaska, provides some interesting lessons about latte culture.

With roughly three coffee shops for every 10,000 people, and "just over 100 espresso carts in town", this city of 278,000 people is certainly has a love for java.

"Denise Bruneau said coffee carts were an outgrowth of Anchorage's city planning (or lack thereof). In a city like Chicago, there's public transportation for long distances, and people live in neighborhoods with commercial centers, so they walk everywhere."

"Coffee consumption could have to do with our disposable income, said Neal Fried, a state economist. Anchorage has the third-highest median household income -- $61,217 a year -- of American cities with more than 250,000 residents, according to the U.S. Census Bureau."

Full Story: Anchorage is Coffeetown, USA


building block set

NEW! Build the world you want to see

Irresistible block set for adults when placed on a coffee table or desk, and great fun for kids.
Red necktie with map of Boston

For dads and grads: tie one on to celebrate your city!

Choose from over 20 styles imprinted with detailed city or transit maps.
T-shirt with map of Chicago

Show your city pride

Men's Ultrasoft CityFabric© tees. Six cities available.

NEW! Get the "Green Bible"

Understand the complexities of planning at the local level while preparing for the AICP* exam. Find out why this edition is included in the APA's recommended reading list.