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Snap Judgment: Snap #1004 - The Border Hacker. A computer hacker tries to make his way home through two countries, a dense jungle and a seemingly endless string of technical challenges.
Reveal: If you can’t afford a lawyer. If you can’t afford a lawyer, one will be appointed to you – that’s how it’s supposed to work. But in New Orleans, the lawyer in charge of representing poor people accused of crimes is saying no. His office doesn’t have enough money or time to do a good job, he says, so he’s refusing … Continue reading If you can’t afford a lawyer →
The Public Philosopher: The Global Philosopher: Should Borders Matter?. Michael Sandel explores the philosophical justifications made for national borders. Using a pioneering state-of-the-art studio at the Harvard Business School, Professor Sandel is joined by 60 participants from over 30 countries in a truly global digital space. Is there any moral distinction between a political refugee and an economic migrant? If people have the right to exit a country, why not a right to enter? Do nations have the right to protect the affluence of their citizens? And is there such a thing as a 'national identity'? These are just some of the questions addressed by Professor Sandel in this first edition of The Global Philosopher. Audience producer: Louise Coletta Producer: David Edmonds Editor: Richard Knight (Image taken by Rose Lincoln)
Waking Up with Sam Harris: #138 — The Edge of Humanity. In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Yuval Noah Harari about his new book “21 Lessons for the 21st Century.” They discuss the importance of meditation for his intellectual life, the primacy of stories, the need to revise our fundamental assumptions about human civilization, the threats to liberal democracy, a world without work, universal basic income, the virtues of nationalism, the implications of AI and automation, and other topics. You can support the Waking Up Podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
Rank #1: Placemaking and street design for conservatives, with Bill Lindeke. Bill Lindeke started blogging about sidewalks and cities almost 10 years ago. The catalyst was reading Jane Jacobs. When we spoke, Bill was working on his dissertation about bicycling and cities. He’s […]
Rank #2: Convincing politicians to do the right thing, with Kevin Posey. If you keep quiet, they’ll assume you agree. Kevin Posey is an advocate for sustainable transportation policy. He lives in Alexandria, VA (just outside Washington, DC). It’s a city […]
Rank #1: People Behind the Plans: Trevor Dick, AICP. Trevor Dick, AICP, hates dry planning events. That means whenever he's involved in a National Planning Conference session — like the always popular Fast, Funny, and Passionate series — or an APA Illinois Chapter conference event, he makes things fun by using some ... unexpected tactics. Trevor and host Courtney Kashima, AICP, bring the same kind of lively spirit to this episode of People Behind the Plans. Not only does Trevor divulge some of his off-the-wall presentation antics, he also reveals his favorite planning references in pop culture and regales Courtney with stories of public meetings gone awry. The two switch gears to discuss the exciting developments underway in Aurora, Illinois, where Trevor is Director of Development Strategy and Facilitation. Currently one of the city's big projects is revitalizing the Fox Valley Mall, which sits squarely within the Route 59 commercial corridor, the second biggest retail hub in the state after Chicago's Michigan Avenue. Trevor also talks about the city's plan to create a downtown International Marketplace District and how it will serve as an inclusive space for all residents. He goes on to praise the diversity of the city's workforce, as well as his staff's efforts to ensure that every resident's voice is heard as they work to make positive change in the city.
Rank #2: Planning the Autonomous Future: Episode 5 featuring Lisa Nisenson. In this episode, Jennifer and Kelley pick Lisa Nisenson’s brain to find out why the founder of the startup Greater Places and advisor to Alta Planning + Design thinks scenario planning is crucial to designing the autonomous future. Nisenson explains what scenario planning actually is, how it became an essential part of a planner’s toolbox, and how it really works in the context of automation. She mentions notable people working in the field and the tools they’re developing (but she also argues for putting the tools away so as to not limit our thinking). Throughout the conversation, Nisenson makes the case for integrating this framework into planning for the autonomous future.
Rank #1: The Neighborhood Playbook with Joe Nickol and Kevin Wright | #11. What if there was a book that you could hand to a developer that would help them understand how to activate community spaces before dropping millions or billions of dollars into a project? And what if there were a book that you could hand to community leaders that could help them infuse vibrancy into their neighborhoods to attract resources and capital investment? And, what if those two books were one in the same? Kevin Wright and Joe Nickol have created The Neighborhood Playbook to speak to both developers and community leaders, and bring them together to work on a singular goal.
Rank #2: Bang the Table to Motivate Citizen Engagement - Matt Crozier | #5. What does citizen engagement look like in your city or town? Is it people yelling at each other in a 6 pm meeting when most of the sane people are at home having dinner? Why does it seem like only the angriest people show up? My guest today has a solution that makes public participation more palatable, more accessible, and more enjoyable for the average person. That means valuable information from a wider swath of the population. And for those of you thinking that means more angry responses, you may be surprised to hear what happens when you take engagement online.
Rank #1: The Gentrification Episode. Gentrification has almost been labeled a veritable dirty word in many urbanist circles, oversimplified by some to encompass “societal ills” that should probably be called out for what they are. But whether alluding to racism and displacement, rising rent prices or new development, it’s not an easy subject to cover (which probably explains why it took us so long). Join us on this week’s episode where we explain our personal feelings towards the phenomenon — the good and the bad — and learn more about what one community in Brooklyn is doing to prevent gentrification before it starts courtesy of Next City. If you like these conversations and advocating for human-scale cities, you can donate to our efforts on our Patreon page at www.patreon.com/thirdwaveurbanism. Thank you to our supporters, and thank you all for listening, sharing, and doing what you do! As always, you can keep up with our thoughts and send us your comments on Twitter or Instagram: Katrina can be found at @think_katrina Kristen can be found at @blackurbanist Articles referenced in this episode: Main article from Next City — In New York, A Neighborhood Makes a Pre-gentrification Plan: https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/new-york-brownsville-jobs-businesses-arts-hub-economic-development NPR on the Tulsa Riot (audio): http://one.npr.org/?sharedMediaId=532076186:532076188 City Lab — Toward Being a Better Gentrifier: https://www.citylab.com/equity/2017/06/toward-being-a-better-gentrifier/531324/ Gentrifier (the book): https://www.amazon.com/Gentrifier-UTP-Insights-John-Schlichtman/dp/1442650451/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1498682441&sr=1-1
Rank #2: Ranking Cities. What does it mean to rank cities on livability or quality of life? In this episode we look at the recently released Monocle Quality of Life Survey for 2016 and discuss how it, and other ranked city lists (not listicles!), can impact the way cities progress and compete. Whether looking at overall metrics of a city like housing, affordability, safety, and public transportation - or even if it's possible to sit at a cafe at 11pm and sip a glass of wine - we think these mixed-methods surveys have their merit, especially for the purposes of promoting good urban practices. Other lists focus on more specific aspects like individual countries or bicycle infrastructure and culture, like the Copenhagenize Bicycle Friendly List, and serve a purpose towards encouraging other cities to improve that specific item as well. So what do you think? Do you keep up with these lists each year or do you find fault in their metrics? Have you been to any of the cities or do you live there and have a difference experience? Let us know our twitter https://twitter.com/ThirdWaveUrban! Here are some of the articles and full lists referenced in this episode: Skift article on Monocle cities: https://skift.com/2016/06/22/monocles-new-quality-of-life-top-25-cities-survey-tokyo-is-tops-again/ Video on Monocle cities: https://monocle.com/film/affairs/top-25-cities-2016/ Night mayors: http://www.citylab.com/cityfixer/2016/01/night-mayor-amsterdam-mirik-milan/433893/ https://monocle.com/film/affairs/night-mayors/ Monocle video on Tokyo: https://monocle.com/film/affairs/most-liveable-city-2016-tokyo/ Copenhagenize Bicycle Friendly Cities index: http://copenhagenize.eu/index/ Personal account of moving to DC: http://katieaune.com/moving-to-dc/ Barcelona superblocks: https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/may/17/superblocks-rescue-barcelona-spain-plan-give-streets-back-residents http://www.vox.com/2016/8/4/12342806/barcelona-superblocks Video on racism in “progressive northern states” like Oregon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4U1ozz7nM8&index=4&list=PLnvZ3PbKApGM-hHuQ9lNc5oSKsusjn0Z6 Livability rankings - US - 2016: http://www.livability.com/best-places/top-100-best-places-to-live/2016 Rent control in Paris (working well): http://www.citylab.com/housing/2016/08/paris-rent-control-laws-are-working/494282/?utm_source=nl__link2_080316 Rent control in Berlin (Doing okay): https://theknowledgeexchangeblog.com/2016/05/06/rent-controls-lessons-from-berlin/ Portland housing prices: http://money.cnn.com/2016/02/05/pf/oregon-unaffordable-california/
Rank #1: Podcast 53.8: Trail Wisdom from Bryce Canyon National Park.
Rank #2: Episode 29: Madison Metro Transit. The unique geography of Madison, Wisconsin -- built on an isthmus, a narrow strip of land between two lakes -- creates an interesting bus service design. It's not quite narrow enough to put all buses on one street that everyone could walk to for very frequent service, but still there is frequent combined service on three corridors running the length of the isthmus. Like many agencies, Madison Metro Transit is struggling to manage steady growth in ridership. They were recently awarded the Outstanding Public Transportation Award for their efforts to improve and promote their service in innovative ways. Marketing Director Mick Rusch joins me to discuss their services and some of the operational issues they deal with.Bus routes and schedules are designed to facilitate connections at a series of transfer points at the edges of the city and downtown around the State Capitol. The most transit friendly city in Wisconsin has installed many transit priority facilities such as bus lanes and most notably a busway for the full length of the busy State Street pedestrian mall. The University of Wisconsin offers unlimited transit passes for their students, faculty and staff.Metro Transit is struggling to deal with overcrowding and is even considering raising fares in order to increase service frequency. Would changing from a city department to a regional transit authority be the solution? Listen in to learn about bus-bike interaction, winter weather, bus technology and much more.In the second half a listener shares a video on the structure of Singapore's bus and rail networks and suggests that privatized transit can only work well when heavily regulated. But if a public entity makes all the important decisions, is it still attractive to those who advocate for deregulation? We also consider whether transit agencies should strive for profit, and suggests a way for the public sector to capture and reinvest some of increasing real estate values that their services facilitate. Send your comments and suggestions for topics and/or guests by contacting me. Follow the blog at criticaltransit.com, and if this work is useful to you, please support the show to help me continue traveling and reporting.
Rank #1: How to Plan a City. Irene Dumas, Director of Planning for Columbia, South Carolina based Boudreaux joins Tia and Janet to discuss how cities should approach urban planning and design. Boudreaux is an architecture, planning, and interiors firm that works with local government, universities, religious groups, as well as businesses.
Rank #2: How Public-Private Partnerships Make a City. According to Lakey Boyd, Founding Principal of Re:Posit Strategies, the whole goal of a good public-private partnership is for cities to procure as limited funding as possible to leverage maximum private investment over a longer term. Based in Birmingham, Alabama, Lakey helps us understand the crucial elements for these types of partnerships: well-structured deals, exhaustive communication and vision-casting leadership. Using example cities like Decatur, Georgia and Chattanooga, Tennessee, we learn about how leaders better understand stakeholder motivations and satisfy self-interests for the benefit of the greater community.
Rank #1: Episode 46: Free Ranging Transport Data. Tanya Snyder and Jeff Wood discuss free range kids, bus riding dogs and Uber's data dump.
Rank #2: Episode 209: The Housing Last Policy . This week California State Senator Scott Wiener joins us to talk about a number of issues near and dear to our heart including housing and transportation. We talk about what's holding California housing back and several of his bills that address this in the Senate including SB35 as well as the potential return next year of SB827 which would upzone housing near frequent transit. We also chat about the potential for state level discussions on congestion pricing as well as a far future idea of getting transit alignments right.
Rank #1: Urban Planning Conversation with Brent Toderian. This episode features Brent Toderian, former Chief Planner for Vancouver, BC, Canada and current founder and principal at TODERIAN UrbanWORKS. Brent shares his perspective on city planning and urban design. He discusses the relationship between transportation engineers and planners, noting the evolution of the "plangineer."
Rank #2: TRB Critical Issues in Transportation Discussion with Executive Director Neil Pedersen. Neil Pedersen, executive director of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) joins the ITE Talks Transportation Podcast to discuss the Critical Issues in Transportation report recently released by TRB. The discussion notes some of the significant changes since the last update in 2013, with a focus on topics including technology, safety, and public health. Pedersen also shares ways in which transportation engineers can utilize the report, which can be found at www.TRB.org/criticalissues.
Rank #1: Suburban Redevelopment Requires Patience, Engagement and a Positive Attitude. A couple weeks ago, Chuck Marohn shared an image on Facebook that sparked a contentious conversation. It was an illustration of a potential retrofit project, turning a suburban big box site into a slightly denser — but still quite auto-oriented — development. Comments rained in from other Strong Towns advocates, many in agreement, others pushing back. Then the developer who originally posted the image called us and asked to talk. So we invited him onto our podcast. Bob Barber is a founder partner at Orion Planning+Design, a Mississippi native and the former planning director for the City of Hernando, MS. In this conversation with Chuck Marohn, Barber discusses the challenges and different approaches to pushing for change in smaller, more suburban communities. In his experience, the people who approach change from a positive angle in the communities where he works have a much better chance of building a strong town than the people who begin by putting the community down and pointing out where it has gone wrong.
Rank #2: Strongest Town Contest Round 3: Kent, OH. Welcome to the third round of our annual Strongest Town Competition! 4 towns are facing off right now and 2 will advance to the championship based on your votes. We invite you to listen to the podcast interviews that representatives from each conducted with Strong Towns staff to discuss their economic strength and resilience. Visit this page to vote: http://strongtowns.org/journal/2018/3/20/round-3-pensacola-fl-vs-kent-oh In this conversation, president of Strong Towns, Chuck Marohn, chats with Kent City Manager Dave Ruller. They discuss unique planning processes in the city, the energy that college towns offer, and how the community approached a recent controversial issue. Listen to the Pensacola, FL podcast, then vote for the strongest town in this match-up: http://strongtowns.org/journal/2018/3/20/round-3-pensacola-fl-vs-kent-oh Voting closes at 12pm CT on Friday, March 23.
Rank #1: KunstlerCast #71: Doomers. James Howard Kunstler and other commentators are often called "doomers" for their seemingly bleak outlook for modern society after the peak of oil production. Kunstler gives a brief introduction to other "doomer" authors, including Dmitri Orlov, John Michal Greer, Jay Hanson, and James Lovelock. Though Kunstler rejects the doomer label, he does believe that we are involved in a human system that needs to be severely pruned. He believes that resurrection and redemption are great themes in the human story and that civilization has a few more cycles to go.
Rank #2: KunstlerCast #72: Sprawling to Obesity. This May, the Committee on Environmental Health of the American Academy of Pediatrics confirmed that the design of U.S. communities (i.e. car-dependent suburbia) negatively affects the health of children (i.e. makes them obese). James Howard Kunstler explores the relationship between suburban sprawl and the declining health of Americans. SPONSORSHIP INFO: This week's sponsor is PostPeakLiving.com, offering online courses that prepare you for the post peak oil world. Use "KunstlerCast" as your discount code.