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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 394: Let’s Go to the Mall!

August 3, 2022

This week we’re joined by architecture writer and journalist Alexandra Lange to talk about her book: Meet Me by the Fountain: An Inside History of the Mall. We chat about the evolution of the mall, equity and legal implications, and of course pop culture.

Listen to this episode at Streetsblog USA or on our hosting page.

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New Scarves for Sale

August 1, 2022

One of the things we’ve been talking about for a while is figuring out a reward for podcast listeners and long time guests. The idea of a supporter soccer scarf designed for transportation nerds was what we came up with. My intern Khris and I designed the Bus Only version and I had it made by Roughneck Scarves.

Previously we only had one scarf, but now we have three versions!  We have one “Bus Only” knit scarf, and two versions of our **NEW** “Bike Only” scarf. The bike versions come with a checkerboard design which can be ordered based on whether you want a lighter or heavier weight scarf.

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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 393: Inside the Phoenix TOD Community Plan

July 28, 2022

This week on Talking Headways, we’re listening in on a 1 to 1 conversation between City of Phoenix planner Elias Valencia, and community champion Victor Vidales. Elias and Victor talk about the process of creating the South Central TOD Community Plan and what it takes to create strategies that empower neighborhoods and reduce displacement.

Listen to this episode at Streetsblog USA or our hosting site.

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Mondays 114: Heat Waves and Ridership Drops

July 25, 2022

This week we’re Han Solo, but don’t let that stop you from listening to the news!  We chat about DOT’s emissions monitoring plan as well as Charlotte’s ridership drop.

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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 392: Sustainable Infrastructure for Cities

July 21, 2022

This week we’re joined by Professor Michael Neuman to talk about his book Sustainable Infrastructure for Cities and Societies.  We chat about why trees are important models for infrastructure development, the important lessons of Barcelona for the world, and why infrastructure is lately seen as a monetary asset instead of a public good.

You can listen to this episode at Streetsblog USA or on the host page.

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Mondays 113 – The New Universe!

This week on Mondays we’re joined by Sophia Li, the editor of the Talking Headways podcast and Landscape Architecture Masters Candidate at the Harvard GSD. We chat about Doug Gordon’s piece on the phrase ‘Ban Cars’, Bogota’s GPS pricing scheme, sounds of cities, and how Germany is coping with the 9 Euro pass. Join the fun!

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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 390: Bringing Joy with Transit and TOD

This week on Talking Headways we’re joined by staff from MARTA in Atlanta for a 1 on 1 conversation. Collie Greenwood, Deputy General Manager, and Jacob Vallo, Senior Director of TOD, Real Estate, and Art in Transit talk with each other about the agency’s bus network redesign and their TOD program.
You can listen to this episode at Streetsblog USA or on our hosting site.
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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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