Talking Headways Podcast: Does Your Street Bring You Joy?

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This week, we taped our show live at the Brooklyn Podcast Festival, chatting with Ryan Westrom of Greenfield Labs and Ford Smart Mobility. Westrom discusses his report, Design Principals for Living Streets, and the history of on-street storage of private vehicles in the public right-of-way (euphemistically called “parking” by drivers). Audience members were asked to give their favorite streets, and I threw in a little Marie Kondo for good measure.


2 thoughts on Talking Headways Podcast: Does Your Street Bring You Joy?

  1. I live in Austin on South First. I feel Austin is overrated and is often ugly and depressing outside of our newest areas.

    We need to use energy efficient white LED lights vs ugly and wasteful Texas orange ones. Graffiti needs to be cleared from abandoned buildings after being reported for months to 311 before it attracts crime.

    Austin has cool tech nerds but also a lot of hillbillies and gangbangers. We can do a lot better to have safe parks and cycle, transit facilities. We need affordable housing and responsive, innovative leaders.

  2. I also live in Austin and 100% agree with your second sentence. Much of the opposition to improvements to the transportation network comes from a politically active cohort of mostly-suburban commuters, so we’re stuck with essentially the same system that was in place in 2000, when I first moved here. It’s depressing.

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