Talking Headways Podcast: Saving Cities One Picture at a Time

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This week I talk with Chuck Wolfe about his new book, Seeing the Better City. Chuck shares how he makes urban diaries with images, and weighs in on the best ways for bloggers and urbanists to use pictures in their work and advocacy.

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Podcast: The Anatomy of an Urban Cell

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This week, we're joined by planner Robin Renner, author of "Urban Being: Anatomy and Identity of the City." Robin talks about how living in a number of places around the world got him to think differently about cities — and how urban areas can be improved.

Talking Headways Podcast: When Is My City Going to Fit?

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This week, Mikael Colville-Andersen joins the podcast to talk about his book, Copenhagenize. Mikael tells us how his children influence his work and his feelings about bike culture. He also shares which innovations he believes help move bikes as transportation forward, and elaborates on his disdain for e-bikes and scooters -- which recently received a lot of pushback on social media.

Talking Headways Podcast: The City Is a Painting You Walk Into

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This week I’m joined by James Rojas of Place It! to talk about art in planning and Latino urbanism. James is an award-winning planner and a native Angeleno, and he tells us about how growing up in East LA and visiting his grandmother’s house shaped the way he thinks about urban spaces and design. Tune in and hear James discuss […]

The Future American City as Imagined in 1925

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It’s hard to imagine, but at one point not that long ago, cities in America were at an inflection point. In the early part of the last century, the first signs of motorization and sprawl were just appearing. But not everyone was convinced that the crabgrass frontier was inevitable. At The Urbanist, Stephen Fesler points […]

Elon Musk’s “Master Plan” Won’t Work for Cities

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Earlier this week tech entrepreneur Elon Musk released his updated “master plan” for Tesla, including some thoughts on how autonomous mini-buses will supplant today’s transit and “take people all the way to their destination.” Like every Musk pronouncement, this one got a lot of buzz — but it also drew some healthy skepticism. One reason to doubt Musk’s plan […]