Talking Headways: A Streetsblog Podcast (urban )

This week Robin Rather of Collective Strength joins the podcast to talk about missteps in the planning profession.  She discusses how she got to thinking about urban issues and why she believes current planning practice is stuck in the 1990s. We also talk about the often jargon filled language the profession uses and use an example paragraph from Austin’s current code rewrite to illustrate.

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_RR_08172017.mp3
Category:urban -- posted at: 6:24am EDT

This week we’re joined by Lee Einsweiler of Code Studio in Austin Texas.  We talk about all things land use codes and zoning including what goes into a zoning code, different countries approaches to zoning, the dreaded topic of parking, as well as why they usually haven’t been updated for 50 years.

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_LE_07192017.mp3
Category:urban -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

This week we’re back with part 2 of our discussion with Dr. Lisa Schweitzer of USC’s Price School of Public Policy.  We talk about the idea of jobs housing balance, her blog post on the Smartest Boy Urbanist, her favorite planning books and mentors, and we get a preview of her upcoming book on firearms and cities. 

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_LS2_05312017.mp3
Category:urban -- posted at: 4:09pm EDT

This week we're joined by Dr. Lisa Schweitzer of USC's Sol Price School of Public Policy. For this first episode of two with Dr. Schweitzer we chat about how her students respond to urban planning classes, the recent dustup between bike advocates during a city council election in Los Angeles, and autonomous vehicles and land policy.

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_LS_05252017.mp3
Category:urban -- posted at: 5:37am EDT

This week we’re joined by Shelley Poticha, Director of NRDC’s Urban Solutions Program.  We chat about a couple of programs she’s working on at NRDC including SPARCC and the City Energy Project.  I ask about the Clean Power Plan and we talk about how FTA and HUD were finally connected as well as the 1993 book she wrote with Peter Calthorpe about TOD called The Next American Metropolis.

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_SP_04272017.mp3
Category:urban -- posted at: 5:35am EDT

This week we’re chatting with Chuck Wolfe about his new book Seeing the Better City.  We discuss how he makes his own urban diaries with images, the ability to sense events long passed in places we know, the best way for bloggers and urbanists to use pictures in their work and advocacy, and a future where images are data mined hopefully not resulting in the extermination of humans by our AI overlords. 

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_CW_04132017.mp3
Category:urban -- posted at: 5:46am EDT

This week we’re joined by Alexander Garvin, author of the recently released book What Makes a Great City. In this episode we chat about why people are an important factor in building cities and taking pictures, why Houston’s Post Oak Boulevard is going to show up Chicago, San Francisco, and New York’s best streets, and Alexander’s heroes from Edmund Bacon to Haussmann to Robert Moses. 

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_AG_02162017.mp3
Category:urban -- posted at: 4:55am EDT

This week German Marshall Fund fellow Eric Eidlin is the host for two French High Speed Rail experts; Stephan de Fay, the Executive Director of Bordeaux Euratlantique, the public agency that is overseeing the redevelopment of Bordeaux’s main train station to accommodate several new high speed rail lines by 2020 and Etienne Tricaud, President and CEO of AREP, the French Railway’s architecture office. 

Together they discuss the geography of France and its high speed rail network, the station areas as not just transportation projects but major urban projects, the experts and powers available to public agencies working on station area planning in France, the design of the station area versus that of the district as a whole, and finally the importance of having an overall vision for integrating transportation and land use in the station district.  Join us for part 1 of this interesting discussion.

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_HSR1_02022017.mp3
Category:urban -- posted at: 5:35am EDT

This week we’re joined by Pulitzer Prize winning author Francis Fitzgerald to talk about her 1986 book Cities on a Hill.  We discuss the different “visionary” communities from the book including Rajneeshpuram in Oregon, San Francisco’s Castro district, Sun City retirement communities, and Jerry Falwell’s moral majority in Lynchburg Virginia.  Francis also talks about living in New York City and restaurant culture in Vietnam.

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_FF_01192017.mp3
Category:urban -- posted at: 6:13am EDT

This week on Talking Headways we’re joined by Emily Perlmeter of the Federal Reserve Bank in Dallas Texas.  She joins us to talk about the half million people that live in informal settlements on the US side of the Mexican border called Colonias.  She discusses how these settlements are formed and the demographics of who lives there as well as their strengths and hardships.  Join us as we take a look into a little discussed housing problem you might not have known existed.

Direct download: TalkingHeadways_EP_12082016.mp3
Category:urban -- posted at: 6:49am EDT