Urbanism Speakeasy show

Urbanism Speakeasy

Summary: Urbanism Speakeasy is the podcast about human-scale design, just the way the free market intended. We're interested in what makes great cities, towns, and villages. Common sense planning and design has been taboo for decades, thanks in large part to government intervention. We talk about technical issues in plain language for everyone to understand. No advanced degrees or new urbanism pedigree required.

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  • Artist: Andy Boenau: new urbanist, raconteur, freedom fighter
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 Seeing better cities through your urban diary, with Chuck Wolfe | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 22:42

More than street photography. Chuck’s latest book is Seeing the Better City: How to Explore, Observe, and Improve Urban Space [pre-order on Amazon]. He loves street photography, but Chuck’s not interested […]

 Persuading people to embrace multimodal systems, with David Sands | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 22:12

Bike Detroit? If we’re playing word association, you say Detroit, I’m gonna say cars. David Sands joins the podcast to talk about transportation advocacy – basically how to get people motivated […]

 Anthropology (the fine art of people watching), with Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 22:45

The relationship between cities and hinterlands Katrina likes to figure out what makes people tick. More specifically, she’s intrigued by how people interact with the built and natural environment. How […]

 Connection between street design and public health | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 9:26

Street design didn’t give me the flu, but it does contribute to my health. It impacts all of us, whether or not we realize it.   Active Living – it’s […]

 Bicycling as transportation, with Don Kostelec | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 19:22

Warning: Don shares my bias for streets that are safe and comfortable for people of all ages. In other words, he’s not part of the modern infrastructure cult that is […]

 Give mom a bike lane, with Dena Driscoll & Marni Duffy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 32:37

The Twitterverse. A vast expanse where I have connected with all sorts of great people. Dena Driscoll and Marni Duffy are two such people. I’m pretty sure it was Dena who […]

 Convincing politicians to do the right thing, with Kevin Posey | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 18:06

  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 […]

 How traffic engineers predict the future, with Adam Millard-Ball | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:59

Adam Millard-Ball is an assistant professor at the University of California in Santa Cruz. Before that, Adam worked as a transportation planner. So naturally, one of his focus areas of academic research is […]

 Steps to designing great places, with Howard Blackson | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 23:56

“So do you sell your work on Etsy?” Howard Blackson is probably best described as a placemaker. A what? For you planners or engineers out there, that’s a familiar term. […]

 When bicycling makes you invisible to motorists, with Robert Wright | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 21:08

The Invisible Visible Man Robert Wright is the U.S. industry correspondent for the Financial Times. A journalist! He wasn’t trained to be a road designer or a pro-bike lobbyist. So […]

 Cards Against Urbanity, with Lisa Nisenson | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 19:53

Lisa Nisenson is on the show this week because she wants to save you and me from horrible places. Or maybe save us professional planners from ourselves. Or maybe both. […]

 Placemaking and street design for conservatives, with Bill Lindeke | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 26:40

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 […]

 Biking as a viable transportation mode, with Chris Bruntlett | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 14:22

Chris Bruntlett joins Urbanism Speakeasy this week. Chris has all sorts of interesting stories, so it’s convenient that he enjoys writing and photography so he can document what’s happening around […]

 Fixing our mean streets, with Tanya Snyder [Streetsblog USA] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 18:09

  Streetsblog is on a mission to improve infrastructure for people who walk, ride a bike, or hop on a bus. Streetsblog USA covers federal transportation and land use policy, […]

 New Urbanism Film Festival, with creators Josh & Joel | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 26:36

Josh Paget is a comedian living in Los Angeles. Joel Karahadian is a musician and doesn’t always wear socks. These guys created the New Urbanism Film Festival – an event to showcase […]


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