Urbanism Speakeasy is a about making places better for people. No fancy degrees or secret knocks required. Look to your left and to your right at Urbanism Speakeasy, and you’ll see disruptive planners and critical thinkers. You won’t agree with everyone on the show, but we hope to provoke thoughtful critique of the built environment.
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It’s always fun to share big ideas and dreams with like-minded planners. But it usually takes some real world examples to spark real excitement (and action!).
Streets once served as vital community places. Destinations.
They now often function as dividers between and within communities – as a way of simply getting somewhere rather than as a [...]
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 to talk about the connection between transportation networks and community life. Or in geek speak: placemaking and livability.
Obviously you [...]
Livability is a concept that has enjoyed tremendous popularity in recent years. The Federal Highway Administration established a formal “Livability Initiative” and in 2010, published a guidebook to educate transportation planning and design professionals.
So how are we doing? Are we improving the health and safety of the traveling public?
Even with the enormous amount [...]
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 are eager to challenge the status quo and actually do something to make their cities and towns more vibrant.
So it’s only fitting [...]
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 through Congress for the New Urbanism.
Does your local government policy promote sprawl?
Michael and I began our conversation with [...]
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 you’re listening to this show, this documentary is for you.
But here’s the catch. Todd needs help. He launched a Kickstarter campaign to [...]
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 in community projects like Park(ing) Day — which is where parking spaces are temporarily converted to miniature [...]
Not everyone is a bicycling news junkie. But if you’ve read about bike infrastructure projects in the last year, you’ve probably read articles by Michael Andersen. He’s on staff with the Green Lane Project — a program that helps people design better bike lanes.
He also works part-time as a news [...]
Greg Lindsey is a professor at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. He has collected quite a few awards over the years for his work linking academic research with real-world practice.
What caught my eye was his work studying the relationship between the built environment and physical activity.
Greg has [...]
Jillian Glover works in communications and media relations. Her passion in that space is connecting with people about urban issues.
Jillian writes about cities at a few places online, including her own blog — This City Life.
Her writing is paying off. This City Life was recently named one of the Top [...]