Talking Headways Podcast: Cities on a Hill

This week we’re joined by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Francis Fitzgerald to talk about her 1986 book, Cities on a Hill. We discuss the different “visionary” communities described in the book, including Rajneeshpuram in Oregon, San Francisco’s Castro district, Sun City retirement communities, and Jerry Falwell’s moral majority in Lynchburg, Virginia. Francis also talks about living in New York City and restaurant culture in Vietnam.

Fitzgerald’s latest book, The Evangelicals, is out April 4.

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Obama’s Transportation Bill Would Allow States to Toll Existing Interstates (Land Line, Hill) Florida’s SunRail Celebrates Grand Opening (News 13) A Proposal for “Networked Livable Communities”(Atlantic Cities) Boston Transpo Team Delivers Fresh Ideas to Mayor (Boston Globe) Study: Does City Living Influence Boomers’ Travel Behavior? Colorado Communities Step Up For Amtrak Funds (Denver Post) For Bike/Ped Infrastructure, […]

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House GOP Lukewarm About Obama Infrastructure Plan (The Hill) Study: Distracted Driving Doubles Response Time (Times Herald) Maryland Gets Federal OK on the Purple Line (Washington Times) Smart Money Takes a Swing at Amtrak Mayor Emanuel to City Employees: Take the El (Sun-Times) California Gov. Jerry Brown Nixes Safe Passing Law (Cyclelicious) Transit Saves Motorists […]

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WaPo: Don’t Dismiss Obama’s Transportation Proposal 77 Cities Respond to DOT’s Smart City Challenge (CNET) Feds Threaten to Yank DC Metro Funding Over Safety (WaPo) Richmond, Virginia, Approves $49M BRT Project (Richmond Times-Dispatch) What Mexico City’s BRT Can Teach Chicago (Chicago Reader via Streetsblog Chicago) Poll: Majority Aren’t Ready to Embrace Self-Driving Cars (The Hill) Vegas Preps to […]

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In Town for the Auto Show, Obama Will Take a Look at Detroit’s Resurgence (Free Press) Tech Groups Want Washington to Provide National Guidance on Driverless Cars (The Hill) When Will There Be a National Union for Bike-Share Workers? (Next City) Vegas Looks to Other Cities for Rail Inspiration (Las Vegas Sun) Uber and Lyft Compete for […]

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Mica: Amtrak Should Get Out of the Commuter Rail Biz (The Hill, Bloomberg) Boxer Pushes for MAP-21 Funding Levels in 2013 (The Hill) AJC Looks at Georgia’s Post-TSPLOST Options Is Maryland County Ready to Join D.C.’s Bike-Share? (Transpo Nation) Chicago Looks to Build Transpo Center Near Union Station (Sun Times) Will Millennials Stay Rooted to […]
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Talking Headways Podcast: Can All Cities Be Great?

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The guest this episode is Alexander Garvin, author of the recently released book What Makes a Great City. We chat about why people are an important factor in building cities and taking pictures; Houston’s Post Oak Boulevard is going to show up Chicago, San Francisco, and New York’s best streets; and Alexander’s heroes, from Edmund Bacon to Haussmann to Robert Moses.