By Andy Boenau: new urbanist, raconteur, freedom fighter
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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.
||CleanSeeing better cities through your urban diary, with Chuck Wolfe||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 […]||10/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPersuading people to embrace multimodal systems, with David Sands||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 […]||8/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAnthropology (the fine art of people watching), with Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman||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 […]||7/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnection between street design and public health||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 […]||3/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBicycling as transportation, with Don Kostelec||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 […]||10/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGive mom a bike lane, with Dena Driscoll & Marni Duffy||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 […]||7/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConvincing 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 […]||6/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow traffic engineers predict the future, with Adam Millard-Ball||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 […]||4/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSteps to designing great places, with Howard Blackson||“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. […]||3/10/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhen bicycling makes you invisible to motorists, with Robert Wright||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 […]||1/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCards Against Urbanity, with Lisa Nisenson||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. […]||9/30/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPlacemaking 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 […]||9/16/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBiking as a viable transportation mode, with Chris Bruntlett||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 […]||9/3/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFixing our mean streets, with Tanya Snyder [Streetsblog USA]||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, […]||8/26/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNew Urbanism Film Festival, with creators Josh & Joel||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 […]||8/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDesigning community streets for people [NPR broadcast]||Peter Norton was a guest host for WMAR’s Virginia Insights, a regular NPR show. (You may remember hearing Peter interviewed by me in this episode.) Peter invited Fionnula Quinn and me […]||7/2/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStreet design is the secret to great cities and towns, with Victor Dover||Many of you know that Congress for the New Urbanism was a major inspiration for this show. Not the national conference itself — but the tribe of people who […]||3/4/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGovernment’s role in sprawl development, with Michael Lewyn||Michael Lewyn has been teaching at numerous law schools for 14 years, and has written extensively about urban and suburban development. Like several other guests on Urbanism Speakeasy, we first met […]||2/19/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“In Transit” – a documentary for anyone who’s been stuck in traffic||Todd Drezner is a New Yorker who wants to create a documentary for anyone who’s ever been stuck in traffic. So I’m going to make the educated guess that if […]||2/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanProfessional planners guide to tactical urbanism, with Laura Pfeifer||photo by Laura Pfeifer Laura Pfeifer is an urban planner living in Toronto, Canada. (Ignore what you hear me say on the show. She used to live in Montreal.) She’s been involved […]||2/4/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
Interesting topics but...
As a civil transportation / traffic engineer I appreciate discussion on these topics. I have been drawing roads since I was five and have worked in the transportation design industry for twenty three years. I am aware of the problems that DOTs have with the reluctance to allow design exceptions and the like. But there are successes in implementing standards for all modes of transportation. And the biggest problem is funding. Are advocates of other modes of transportation going to have some skin in the game? Or are they going to be like everyone else and expect someone else to pay for it. And right now there is no government program that is paid for. Hard to complain about the DOTs when they are funding the project
This is a great podcast for those interested in concepts related to land use planning. As a planning professional, I find the grassroots nature of the broadcast informative and inspiring! Thanks!
Street design for the layperson
Anyone with a passing interest in streets, street design, and/or land use issues should subscribe to this podcast. This is the best podcast I’ve found on the topics of street design and its impact on the health of our communities, in the figurative and literal sense. Latest episode on roundabouts was grounded in simple statistics that make it clear just how insane our standard traffic engineering approaches can be in the US.
Keep up the good work!!