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All communities face certain challenges. But some people see challenges as opportunities. On Placemakers, we bring you stories about the spaces we inhabit and the people who shape them. Join us as we criss-cross the country, introducing you to real people in real communities — people who make a difference in how we travel, work, and live. You’ll never look at your community the same way again.
||CleanThe Quest to Make the Perfect Place||We explore an architectural movement where everything old is new. And possibly creepy?||12/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPaid Podcast: Uniting a Neighborhood||Seattle’s Yesler Terrace was the first racially integrated housing project in the U.S. Today, it remains a multicultural nexus for the city. The Seattle Housing Authority and its partners at JPMorgan Chase have been hard at work rebuilding and rejuvenating this historic community’s infrastructure and investing in its economic sustainability. Join Brian Babylon as he explores how the city has tackled such an enormous revitalization project.||12/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhen Good Placemakers Go Bad||On this episode of Placemakers, producer Mike Vuolo explores the unholy relationship between burglary and the built environment.||11/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA City of Blue Ribbons||Will police ever build trust in minority communities? Dallas tried.||11/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLive Free or Die||Libertarians Are Moving to New Hampshire in an Attempt to Shape the Key Voting State’s Politics.||11/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Greatest Misallocation of Resources in the History of the World||How do you solve a problem like the suburbs? How about creating an agricultural utopia?||11/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFighting Blight in the Gateway City||Three stories from St. Louis highlight different ways to combat urban blight.||10/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPaid Podcast: Elevating the Neighborhood||In the 1950s and ‘60s, Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard was a thriving commercial district beloved by New Orleans’ African-American community. After decades of disinvestment, the boulevard has turned a corner and is starting to blossom, once again, into a lively center for commerce and the arts. Down in the Big Easy, we explore how local businesspeople, JPMorgan Chase philanthropists, and creative community thinkers have brought the boulevard back to life.||10/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Warrior on the Hill||Of all the capitals of all the democracies in the world, Washington, D.C., is the only one without full voting rights. Over 13 terms, Eleanor Holmes Norton -- the District of Columbia's non-voting delegate to Congress -- has fought to change that.||10/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBuilding a Better Bike Share||Philadelphia wanted its bike share program to succeed where other bike shares have failed: in winning over low-income and minority residents. Turns out it’s working.||10/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Recidivism Effect||Bennie Lee was a gang leader and death row inmate. Now’s he’s helping others break the cycle of crime.||10/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPlacetaking: Squatting for House and Home||A squatter in Oakland successfully claimed an abandoned building as his home. Now he’s created an organization to help activists around the country do the same thing.||10/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBigger, Better, Greener||A decade ago, a tornado wiped out the small town of Greensburg. But the town decided to rebuild -- as a totally green community.||9/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Soft Landing in Missoula||Mary Poole has been a nurse, an arborist, a jewelry-maker, and a mom. But she’s never been a politician or an activist. At least not until one heartbreaking photo from halfway around the world changed everything for her.||9/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPaid Podcast: Mapping Urban Renewal||Over the last 40-plus years, Detroit has seen its economy falter and its population dwindle, leaving thousands of homes empty and starting a downward spiral of neighborhood decay. In this episode, join host Brian Babylon as he digs into how Loveland Technologies has used city support and funding from JPMorgan Chase to build an innovative crowdsourcing platform to help heal Detroit’s neighborhoods.||9/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInternet for All||Can Chattanooga bridge its digital divide?||9/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Matriarch of Spirit on Lake||How a transgender senior created a haven for GLBT elders.||8/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSelf-Gentrifying in the Bronx||In some places, hard-working kids are taught to measure success by how fast and far they can flee from their community. But one Bronx native has returned to her old stomping grounds to show how “self-gentrification” can remake marginalized neighborh||8/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMighty Tieton||Climbing rents are driving many creative entrepreneurs out of popular urban centers. Meanwhile, small towns are losing shops and jobs to big box stores. Is there an obvious win-win solution?||8/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThey Tore Down Hell||Atlanta wanted an end to its public housing projects-- no more pockets of poverty, crime, and despair.||8/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Cheerful Hurly-Burly||Ultimate Placemaker Jane Jacobs||7/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanComing Soon: Placemakers||Stories about the places we live and the people who shape them.||7/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Smart beginning. As someone who had never heard of Jane Jacobs, episode 1 was helpful in understanding the issues and tensions surrounding cities and planning. Ready for episode 2!
Great First Episode
I loved the annalysis of how differently Jane and Robert viewed New York. The episode was incredibly incitful and intriguing.
Nuanced meets Clear meets Entertaining meets Timely - this is masterful podcasting. Hear it!
An introduction to Jane Jacobs and her critics that is nuanced yet easy to follow, succint yet richly human, up-to-date and intensely relevant yet timeless - all that and downright entertaining as well. Hardly anyone could combine all those qualities; Sheir makes it feel easy as only a master of the medium could. And she uses the debates to frame this new series, the rest of which I await eagerly! Highly recommended.