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Mondays #27 & #28

June 17, 2019

Chrissy Mancini Nichols joins for these two episodes.

Episode 27 – The Lentil Soup that Could

Episode 28 – A Suburban Definition



Mondays #23 – Han Shot First

April 8, 2019

 

This week I’m doing a solo show reviewing the news because I’ll be gone the rest of the month and wanted to share a few things with listeners. Below are the articles we cover in the show. Hope you enjoy it!

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National Links: Autonomous Buses and Sim City Planners

March 12, 2019

Each week we write a piece with the most interesting articles of the week for Greater Greater Washington and syndicate it to Urban Milwaukee and Streets.mn. We take the most clicked posts of the week from The Overhead Wire daily and write about the most interesting ones.  Follow beyond the crease to
read up on some of this week’s most interesting pieces.

Singapore Preps Full Size Autonomous Buses: The Asian city-state of Singapore will soon begin trialing Volvo’s full-size electric autonomous buses at the campus of Nanyang Technological University. Singapore is aiming to operate scheduled services in residential areas away from the city center by 2022. Committed to launching autonomous public transit, it even built a mini town complete with intersections, bus stops, and pedestrian crossings to test driverless vehicles. (Kyunghee Park | Bloomberg)

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National Links: Concrete and Congestion Pricing

March 4, 2019

Each week we write a piece with the most interesting articles of the week for Greater Greater Washington and syndicate it to Urban Milwaukee and Streets.mn. We take the most clicked posts of the week from The Overhead Wire daily and write about the most interesting ones.  Follow beyond the crease to
read up on some of this week’s most interesting pieces.

Car-Free, Bike-Friendly City in Colorado: Wealth Guru Pete Adeney has partnered with a Dutch urban design consultancy to explore car-free, bike-friendly city outside Denver. The one-square-mile plot would be home to 50,000 people. Adeney’s strategy would be to buy land outside an existing city stems from avoiding any “antique car-based building/zoning rules.” The development would be modeled after Dutch cities, featuring density and short distances. Other planned features include a skate park, BMX track, and dark-sky compliant lighting. (Carlton Reid | Forbes)

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National Links: Modern Metropolis and This Old House

February 25, 2019

Each week we write a piece with the most interesting articles of the week for Greater Greater Washington and syndicate it to Urban Milwaukee and Streets.mn. We take the most clicked posts of the week from The Overhead Wire daily and write about the most interesting ones.  Follow beyond the crease to
read up on some of this week’s most interesting pieces.

Europe’s Modern Metropolis: Rotterdam, Netherlands, was almost completely leveled in World War II. From the rebuilding effort came a city unlike London or its sibling Amsterdam. Full of concrete, steel, and glass, it emerged as its own quirky modern city. Beyond its unique architecture, you can expect barley ice cream, cube homes, or the Natural History Museum’s odd exhibit on “freakish” animal deaths. After all, the postwar effort intended to not simply rebuild Rotterdam as it was, but to create a new modern metropolis from scratch. (William O’Connor | Daily Beast)

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National Links: Interaction Planning

January 31, 2019

Each week we write a piece with the most interesting articles of the week for Greater Greater Washington and syndicate it to Urban Milwaukee and Streets.mn. We take the most clicked posts of the week from The Overhead Wire daily and write about the most interesting ones.  Follow beyond the crease to
read up on some of this week’s most interesting pieces.

The health costs of traffic: On average, American commuters spend 42 hours a year sitting in traffic and long-term exposure to vehicle exhaust has been connected with respiratory problems, especially in children. Stress and mental health are also affected. One study found that to save one minute in traffic, people would sacrifice another five minutes of leisure, while another connected commute stress with nighttime domestic violence. (Austin Frakt | New York Times)

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National Links: The Promise of Online Shopping

December 22, 2018

Each week we write a piece with the most interesting articles of the week for Greater Greater Washington and syndicate it to Urban Milwaukee and Streets.mn.  We take the most clicked posts of the week from The Overhead Wire daily and write about the most interesting ones.  Follow beyond the crease to read up on some of this week’s most interesting pieces.

Homeowner ordered to rebuild original house: In a move to dissuade developers from demolishing homes in San Francisco without permission, the city’s planning commission has voted to require a homeowner to build an exact replica of a destroyed home designed by Richard Neutra. The homeowner will also be required to furnish a sidewalk plaque that tells the story of Neutra, the demolition, and replica. (Brock Keeling | Curbed SF)

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National Links: Amazon’s Reconnaissance

December 11, 2018

Each week we write a piece with the most interesting articles of the week for Greater Greater Washington and syndicate it to Urban Milwaukee and Streets.mn.  We take the most clicked posts of the week from The Overhead Wire daily and write about the most interesting ones.  Follow beyond the crease to read up on some of this week’s most interesting pieces.

Amazon’s search for HQ2 was reconnaissance: In the search for a second home, Amazon sought proposals from cities that would shower the company with potential tax breaks and new infrastructure. But Nick Tabor believes there was another reason for starting a bidding war, to gather as much intelligence about the state of infrastructure and more in major cities around the country as possible in order to out compete other companies. (Nick Tabor | New York Magazine)

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National Links: International Trainsets Allowed

December 3, 2018

Each week we write a piece with the most interesting articles of the week for Greater Greater Washington and syndicate it to Urban Milwaukee and Streets.mn.  We take the most clicked posts of the week from The Overhead Wire daily and write about the most interesting ones.  Follow beyond the crease to read up on some of this week’s most interesting pieces.

FRA finally allows for international trainsets: The Federal Railroad Administration has finalized new safety rules that would allow passenger railcars from asian and european countries to run on American rails. Previous rules stipuled that the train cars withstand 800,000 pounds of impact in case they were to crash into freight trains. (Angie Schmitt | Streetsblog USA)

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Podcast and Transcript: Verkehrsverbund with Professor Ralph Buehler

November 26, 2018

This week we’re joined by Professor Ralph Buehler of Virginia Tech, who talks with us about the German transport concept of Verkehrsverbund.

We had a request for the transcript for this episode so decided to try out some auto generating software.  Needless to say I don’t think the software is there yet as it took about 3 hours to clean it up.  But with that being said we have this one available after the jump.  We might do some in the future by popular request but it’s not likely to happen for every episode of Talking Headways unless we get a transcript sponsor. <hint hint>

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National Links: Is It Too Soon for Baby Boomer Retirement Homes?

November 20, 2018

Each week we write a piece with the most interesting articles of the week for Greater Greater Washington and syndicate it to Urban Milwaukee and Streets.mn.  We take the most clicked posts of the week from The Overhead Wire daily and write about the most interesting ones.  Follow beyond the crease to read up on some of this week’s most interesting pieces.

Not self-driving anytime soon: Waymo CEO John Krafcik recently put the brakes on the fantasy that autonomous vehicles would be ubiquitous anytime soon. He also believes there will never be a time when self driving vehicles will be able to operate in all weather. While self driving cars might not be here soon, trucks might be another story. (Shara Tibken | CNET)

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National Links: Beware the Walled Garden

November 13, 2018

Each week we write a piece with the most interesting articles of the week for Greater Greater Washington and syndicate it to Urban Milwaukee and Streets.mn.  We take the most clicked posts of the week from The Overhead Wire daily and write about the most interesting ones.  Follow beyond the crease to read up on some of this week’s most interesting pieces.

There’s danger in creating “walled gardens” in transportation: A “walled garden” is a technology platform that limits the options available to a user to ones curated by the company (think Amazon’s Kindle or Apple’s App Store). David Zipper argues there is a real danger of limiting transportation choice when ride hailing companies, for example, create walled gardens that could push out other options such as public transit. (David Zipper | Fast Company)

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Podcast: Waiting for the Ghost Bus

October 26, 2018

This week we’re joined by Dr. Kari Watkins, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech and co-founder and “Chief Motivator” of OneBusAway, an open source platform for real time transit info.

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Mondays at The Overhead Wire Episode #5

October 24, 2018

Welcome to our NEW SHOW on the Talking Headways Podcast Network called Mondays at The Overhead Wire where Jeff and a rotating band of amazing co-hosts talk about the top stories from TheOverheadWire.com.

This week Anna Muessig of Gehl joins to talk about her trip to Copenhagen, AVs, and Uber’s move into congestion pricing advocacy.

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