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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 385: Thinking Regionally About New York

June 2, 2022

This week we’re joined by Regional Plan Association President and CEO Tom Wright. Tom looks back at the history of the RPA, the current process for congestion pricing in New York City, and how the Triborough transit line got traction. We also talk about the organization’s thinking on climate change and more!

You can listen to the episode at Streetsblog USA or on our hosting site.

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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 384: Portrait of a Developer in St. Paul

May 26, 2022
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This week we’re listening to a one to one conversation between St. Paul Developer Johnny Opara of JO Companies and Lea Hargett, Principal of Jog Associates. They talk about LISC’s Capacity Building programs that support developers of color, why Johnny got into development, and barriers people of color face in the market which includes the many different types of capital.

You can listen to this episode at Streetsblog USA or our hosting site.

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Mondays 111: A Safe Place to Bee

This week on Mondays we’re joined by Jerome Horne of TransitCenter to share thoughts on Amazon deliveries, new bus networks in Boston, Segregation by Design’s visualizations, and new infrastructure technical assistance and housing plans from the White House.

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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 383: A Communities First Infrastructure Alliance

May 19, 2022

This week we’re listening in on a one-on-one conversation between Stephanie Gidigbi Jenkins of NRDC and North Star Strategies and Helen Chin, President of the Communities First Fund.  Stephanie and Helen discuss why this is an important moment for infrastructure equity and the creation of the Communities First Infrastructure Alliance and its principles.

You can find the White House’s Technical Assistance Guide linked here and Communities First Infrastructure Alliance Principles and organizations here.

You can listen to the show at Streetsblog USA or our hosting site Libsyn.

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Mondays 110: Shop Dogs

May 16, 2022

We are Han Solo this week but wanted to clear the pallet for next week’s guest. We chat about Oslo’s environmental progress, LA’s Universal Basic Mobility plans, and how people walking slowly increases perceived crowding.  The links the all the stories are in the show notes!

You can listen to the show here and check out the links to the pieces we discussed below:

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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 382: Measuring Transport Insecurity

May 12, 2022

This week we’re joined by Alix Gould-Werth of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth and Alex Murphy Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan to talk about their work on the topic of transportation insecurity. We chat about what went in to the creation of the transportation security index and why we haven’t yet created a federal program for individuals like food stamps or housing vouchers for transportation.

You can find their paper Developing a New Measure of Transportation Insecurity: An Exploratory Factor Analysis at the Survey Practice website.

They also have an article at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.

To listen to the episode, you can find it at Streetsblog USA or our hosting archive.

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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 381: A Next-Generation Transport Policy

May 5, 2022

This week we’re joined by Harriet Tregoning, Director at NUMO, and Yonah Freemark, a senior research associate at the Urban Institute to talk about their report, Charting Out a Next-Generation, Place-Based Federal Transportation Policy. We talk what needs to change about federal policy and the entities that need to pursue it.

You can listen to the episode at Streetsblog USA or at our hosting archive.

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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 380: A 15 Minute Church

April 28, 2022

This week we’re joined by Travis Norvell, Minister at Judson Memorial Baptist Church in Minneapolis to talk about his book Church on the Move.  We talk about transforming church parking lots, creating bike commute reports for local radio, and how church has changed after the advent of the automobile.

You can listen to the show at Streetsblog USA and on our hosting page.

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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 378: Repairing America’s Broken Housing System

April 14, 2022

This week we’re joined by Jenny Schuetz, a senior fellow at Brookings Metro to talk about her new book Fixer Upper. We chat about making housing decisions at the wrong scale, where housing reform would make the most sense around the United States, and how we could use MPOs to better organize regional housing.

You can find the audio on Streetsblog USA or at our Libsyn Hosting site.

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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 377: A New Public Engagement in Durham

April 7, 2022

This week we’re featuring a 1 to 1 conversation produced in partnership with Railvolution between Aidil Ortiz, Principal at Aidilisms and Mary Kate Morookian, a transit planner at Kimley Horn. Aidil and Mary Kate discuss the Durham Transit Plan and how they approached public engagement while centering the community in the process.

Listen to this show at Streetsblog USA or in the Libsyn Hosting Archive.

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Mondays 108: A Pattern Language for Podcasting

April 4, 2022

This week on Mondays we talk a lot of different subjects including Christopher Alexander’s A Pattern Language and how where you grow up impacts how good you are at directions. Join us for an Idaho Stop won’t you?

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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 376: Ctrl Alt Delete for Transportation

March 31, 2022

This week we’re joined by Kevin Krizek, Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder and David King, Assistant Professor at Arizona State University, to talk about their book, Advanced Introduction to Urban Transport Planning. We chat about access, justice, and why this book is perfect for changing the conversation around transportation.

You can listen to the episode at Streetsblog USA or our hosting archive.

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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 375: Who Represents “The Community” Part 2

March 24, 2022

This week we’re joined again by Jeremy Levine, Assistant Professor of Organizational Studies and Sociology at the University of Michigan. In part 2 of our conversation Jeremy talks more about his book Constructing Community: Urban Governance, Development, and Inequality in Boston. In Part 2 we discuss how people talk about “the community” and what public outreach and participation could look like in the future.

You can listen to the show at Streetsblog USA or in the hosting archive.

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Mondays 107: Gas Shock!

This week on the Mondays show we talk about the impact of gas prices and have some studies on urbanization’s impact on getting to net zero! We also talk about insurance and wild fires.  Lots of different topics!

Check below for links the the articles we discuss in the show.

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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 374: Who Represents “The Community” Part 1

March 17, 2022

This week we’re joined by Jeremy Levine, Assistant Professor of Organizational Studies and Sociology (by courtesy) at the University of Michigan. Jeremy talks about his book Constructing Community: Urban Governance, Development, and Inequality in Boston and describes how neighborhood groups, elected officials, and public servants all claim the mantle of representing “the community.” In Part 1 we discuss how he went about his research in Boston, and how groups coalesced around the idea of the Fairmount Corridor.

Listen to the show at the Streetsblog USA podcast archive or our hosting site.

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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 373: Real Talk on Climate Action and TOD

March 9, 2022

This week we’re joined by Adie Tomer from Brookings to talk about how transit-oriented development and active transportation play into climate strategies over the long term. We talk about mitigation versus adaptation strategies and what solutions work best for each.

To listen to the show, go to Streetsblog USA’s podcast page or our hosting archive.

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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 372: The Annual Prediction Show with Yonah Freemark

March 3, 2022

This week we’re joined by Yonah Freemark, a senior research associate at the Urban Institute. We chat about the impacts of the pandemic on office work, rethinking federal transportation policy, and make our annual predictions on next year’s transportation policies and projects.

You can listen to the show at Streetsblog USA or on our hosting archive.

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