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Talking Headways Podcast: Putting Dallas Back Together Again

Patrick Kennedy comes on the podcast this week to talk about what’s going on in Dallas. We discuss the highway removal campaign known as A New Dallas and the recent Texas DOT CityMap Plan to re-imagine the freeways and roads in the city’s downtown. We also discuss downtown subways, urban politics, why existing walkable neighborhoods matter to new walkable neighborhoods, and what’s going on with plans for the Trinity River.

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Talking Headways Podcast: Columbus, the Smartest City in the Land

Josh Lapp, a board member at the advocacy organization Transit Columbus, joins us this week to talk about Ohio’s capital city — how it’s becoming more urban, how its stadiums have been situated to support downtown growth and walkability, and how transportation options like light rail and bike-share are developing. And of course, you’ll hear about Columbus’s winning bid in U.S. DOT’s Smart City Challenge.

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Talking Headways Podcast: The Future of Shared Mobility

This week we’ve got a fascinating discussion from the Live.Ride.Share conference in Denver earlier this year. Hear what representatives from NRDC, Uber, Lyft, and U.S. DOT think about the future of shared-use mobility systems, carpooling services, autonomous vehicles, and their impact on cities and greenhouse gases.

Speakers include:

  • Mark Dowd, deputy assistant secretary for research and technology at U.S. DOT
  • Amanda Eaken, deputy director of the Urban Solutions Program at NRDC
  • Emily Castor, director of transportation policy at Lyft
  • Jonathan Hall, head of economic research for public policy and litigation at Uber

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Mapping the Smells and Sounds of the Sensory City

Daniele Quercia and Luca Aiello of Bell Labs are pioneers of sensory mapping in cities. They have been able to map smells, sounds, and how people feel on their favorite walking routes.

On the podcast Daniele and Luca discuss why people are so focused on noise instead of sound, the languages of smell and sound, as well as the chromatic layers of smell. They also explain why they believe technology, not urban design, is the key to changing our urban landscapes.

Tune in for a look at whether cities of the future will be able to control your feelings, how smell affects public health, and how people of different socioeconomic status travel about a city.

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Talking Headways Podcast: Change in the Mile High City

David Sachs of Streetsblog Denver joins the podcast this week to discuss the big transportation projects and advocacy initiatives happening in the city, from the I-70 highway expansion boondoggle to the possibility of a new transportation department and the rethinking of the 16th Street transit mall.

The first YIMBY conference was recently held in nearby Boulder, and we discuss regional growth and whether Denver has adjusted well to its rapidly increasing population. And finally, we talk about the differing opinions about Denver’s newly completed airport rail line, and the longest, wickedest (as in awesome) street in America, which happens to be in Denver.

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Talking Headways Podcast: A New Path for Urban Mobility

Paul Mackie of Mobility Lab joins me this week to discuss transportation demand management (TDM), urban mobility, and how cities need to adapt to change the transportation status quo.

I ask Paul how he got into transportation and biking, and why messages about active transportation should be more positive, instead of making us feel at risk and less likely to ride. We also talk about how awesome people are on the bus, and how we would all benefit from getting in the habit of riding buses and bikes. Have a listen.

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Talking Headways Podcast: Color Your City Outside the Lines

This week I’m joined by cartographer Gretchen Peterson to talk about mapmaking and her new book, City Maps: A Coloring Book for Adults. We discuss why she made the book and why she chose the 40 city maps she included in it.

Listen in and hear from Gretchen about the art of cartography, including the importance of color, fonts, good data, and whether you have to be a designer to make maps. We also get into why maps are important in reports, maps we might regret, as well as tips for future cartographers. Enjoy.

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Talking Headways Podcast: Ghosts of Motordom’s Past and Future

This week we’re doing something a little different with the podcast. It’s the morning plenary from last month’s Live.Ride.Share conference in Denver. You’ll hear Jill Locantore of WalkDenver introduce University of Virginia Professor Peter Norton, author of Fighting Traffic, who discusses how automobiles were sold to the public at the beginning of the motor age. Following Norton is Gabe Klein, former transportation director in Washington DC and Chicago, who talks about how cars are changing and what that means for streets and cities.

Norton starts at the 5-minute mark and Klein starts at 28:15, then questions from the audience and an open discussion come at 1:02:15.

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Talking Headways Podcast: Sharing (Your Bike, Car, Bus) Is Caring

This week we’re chatting with Sharon Feigon of the Shared Use Mobility Center. Bike-share, car-share, ride-hailing — we talk about all of that and then some, including how these new services may shape the built environment.

Sharon discusses what new research says about who’s using shared transport services and how even the “super sharer” still relies on transit as a base service. And she tells us about all the consolidation and investments by car companies and ride-hailing services, as well as new projects like an all-electric car-share program that will be launched in disadvantaged communities in Los Angeles.

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Talking Headways Podcast: A Better Measuring Stick for Transportation

Kevin DeGood of the Center for American Progress and Deron Lovaas of NRDC join the podcast this week to talk about rules proposed by U.S. DOT to measure congestion and greenhouse gas emissions. These rules matter because they’ll create new feedback loops for transportation agencies — the feds can create incentives to reduce car trips and carbon pollution if they choose. A draft released in April was not very encouraging, but the final rules could be much better.

Kevin starts us off with a look at the rulemaking process and why it matters. He helpfully explains the draft congestion measure, called “Annual Hours of Excessive Delay Per Capita,” which is quite a mouthful and, unfortunately, a car-centric way to go about measuring traffic. Kevin discusses possible alternatives to that metric, as well as the evolution of data gathering that enables better measurement of transportation projects in general.

In the second half of the show Deron discusses the options for measuring carbon emissions, whether from the tailpipe or the well head, and which states are already ahead of the curve in terms of addressing greenhouse gas emissions in transportation policy.

You can weigh in on the draft rules until August 20 — listen in and learn what’s at stake.