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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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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 371: Transit Project Costs and Solutions

February 24, 2022

This week we’re joined by Paul Lewis, Policy Director at the Eno Center for Transportation. Paul discusses their report on transportation construction costs, Saving Time and Making Cents: A Blueprint for Building Transit Better.  We chat about the project database they created for the research, the different level of scrutiny between highway and transit capital projects, and some of the ways agencies can create better governance structures and lower project costs.

To listen to this show, you can do so at Streetsblog USA or our Libsyn host site.

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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 370: Planning for Underground Cities

February 16, 2022

This week we’re joined by Dr. Asal Bidarmaghz, lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. Dr. Bidarmaghz discusses planning for underground infrastructure and why it’s so important for the future of cities including underground climate change, coordination among long term projects, and putting appropriate land uses in better places.

To listen to this episode, check it out on Streetsblog USA or our hosting archive at Libsyn.

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Mondays 105: Seamless Transit

February 15, 2022

This week we’re joined by Ian Griffiths of Seamless Bay Area to talk about their work in the Bay Area and we talk about a few news items from the weeks before on housing and transportation.


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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 369: Treating Social Media Like a City

February 10, 2022

This week we’re joined by Sahar Massachi of the Integrity Institute to talk about his piece in MIT Technology Review titled “How to Save Our Social Media by Treating it Like a City”. We chat about the similarities between managing social media’s bad actors and urban problems like black box highway modeling, speed management, and city building.

To listen to this episode, visit Streetsblog USA or our hosting archive.

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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 368: A Grassroots Bus Network Redesign

February 3, 2022

This week we are featuring a Rail~Volution one on one conversation between Carlos Cruz-Casas, Assistant Director, Department of Transportation and Public Works for Miami Dade County, and Grace Perdomo, Executive Director of Transit Alliance in Miami. Grace and Carlos chat about the Better Bus Project, an advocacy-led community driven redesign of the Miami-Dade bus network.

You can find the audio of the show at Streetsblog USA or our archive at Libsyn.

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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 367: Reimagining Sustainable Cities

January 27, 2022

This week we’re joined by Tina Rosan, Associate Professor at Temple University and Stephen Wheeler, Professor at UC Davis to talk about their new book Reimagining Sustainable Cities: Strategies for Designing Greener, Healthier, More Equitable Communities. We talk about a broad array of topics including rethinking public meetings, urban power dynamics, and structural change in government systems.

You can find the audio of the show on Streetsblog USA or our Libsyn host page.

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Mondays 104: New Cities, New Towns, New Trouble

January 24, 2022

We’re Han Solo this week on Mondays at the Overhead Wire!  We talk about Jennifer Homendy and the 94% rule, the need to stop fetishizing old buildings, Donald Shoup’s sidewalk fix, and how some non-profits and foundations are taking a greater governmental role as governments atrophy.

We also talk about moving the capital of Indonesia away from Jakarta, the future of underground cities, concrete block alternatives, and Fort Worth’s river redevelopment plan.

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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 366: Inherent Transportation Expertise

January 20, 2022

This week we’re joined by Anna Zivarts from Disability Rights Washington and Paulo Nunes-Ueno from Front and Centered. They join us to talk about the Disability Mobility Initiative and story map, as well as the Mobility Bill of Rights.  We also chat about why mobility experiments might make travel harder for disabled travelers and why a core part of anyone’s civil rights should be the ability to be safe on the road.

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

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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 365: A City is Not a Computer

January 13, 2022

This week we’re joined by Shannon Mattern, professor of Anthropology at the New School for Social Research. Shannon talks with us about her new book A City is Not a Computer: Other Urban Intelligences.  We discuss the ideas of smartness versus wisdom, the idea of maintenance as a way of absorbing information, and the city as a processing machine, just not in the ways you might automatically think.

You can listen to this episode at Streetsblog USA or the Libsyn Archive.

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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 364: Creating a Better Transit Board

January 6, 2022

This week on the podcast, we’re back at last fall’s virtual Railvolution conference. Former BART GM Grace Crunican moderates a panel discussing the role of board members in transit agencies with Former MBTA board member Monica Tibbits-Nutt and former Houston Metro board member Christof Spieler. They talk about how to deal with board members with opposite ideas, how to help agency staff, and using the budget as a policy document.

To listen to the episode, find the audio on Streetsblog USA or our Libsyn archive.

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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 363: Not Just Wires, Pipes, and Roads

December 16, 2021

This week we’re joined by Michael Spotts, a senior visiting research fellow at ULI’s Terwiliger Center for Housing and head of Neighborhood Fundamentals. Michael chats with us about takeaways from the Shaw Symposium on Urban Community Issues, the definition of infrastructure, and the importance of taking a systems approach to important interconnected topics like transportation, education, and health care.

Below is a full unedited transcript.  If you wish to listen to the show you can do so at Streetsblog USA or our hosting archive.

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(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 362: The Traffic War is Never Won

December 8, 2021

This week we’re joined by University of Virginia Associate Professor Peter Norton, to talk about his new book Autonorama: The Illusory Promise of High-Tech Driving.  Peter discusses the false promises of auto makers and technologists and the mobility solutions that are already in front of us.

To listen to this episode, find it at Streetsblog USA or the Libsyn hosting page.

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Mondays 101: Auto Nostalgia and the Oil Crisis

December 7, 2021

This episode of Mondays we’re joined by Gabrielle Esperdy, a professor of architecture at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and a contributing writer for Places. This episode was produced in partnership with Places Journal.

Gabrielle discusses her piece ‘Twilight of Autopia‘ in Places, which includes a deep dive into nostalgia, thoughts on the word sprawl, and the ultimate cultural impact of the 1970s oil crisis.


(Unedited) Podcast Transcript 361: Infrastructural Optimism

December 2, 2021

This week we’re joined by Linda Samuels, associate professor of urban design at Washington University in St. Louis to talk about her book Infrastructural Optimism. We chat about how growth for growth’s sake is not the answer, learn from post modernist urbanism, and why systems should be more connected.

Listen to the audio of this episode first at Streetsblog USA or in the Libsyn archive.

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