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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.

Customer Reviews

Solid Start

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.