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Urbanism Speakeasy is the podcast about human-scale design, just the way the free market intended. We're interested in what makes great cities, towns, and villages. Common sense planning and design has been taboo for decades, thanks in large part to government intervention. We talk about technical issues in plain language for everyone to understand. No advanced degrees or new urbanism pedigree required.

Urbanism Speakeasy is the podcast about human-scale design, just the way the free market intended. We're interested in what makes great cities, towns, and villages. Common sense planning and design has been taboo for decades, thanks in large part to government intervention. We talk about technical issues in plain language for everyone to understand. No advanced degrees or new urbanism pedigree required.
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Urbanism Speakeasy is the podcast about human-scale design, just the way the free market intended. We're interested in what makes great cities, towns, and villages. Common sense planning and design has been taboo for decades, thanks in large part to government intervention. We talk about technical issues in plain language for everyone to understand. No advanced degrees or new urbanism pedigree required.

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English


Episodes

Seeing better cities through your urban diary, with Chuck Wolfe

10/3/2016
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More than street photography. Chuck’s latest book is Seeing the Better City: How to Explore, Observe, and Improve Urban Space [pre-order on Amazon]. He loves street photography, but Chuck’s not interested […] The post Seeing better cities through your urban diary, with Chuck Wolfe appeared first on Urbanism Speakeasy.

Duration:00:22:42

Persuading people to embrace multimodal systems, with David Sands

8/25/2016
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Bike Detroit? If we’re playing word association, you say Detroit, I’m gonna say cars. David Sands joins the podcast to talk about transportation advocacy – basically how to get people motivated […] The post Persuading people to embrace multimodal systems, with David Sands appeared first on Urbanism Speakeasy.

Duration:00:22:12

Anthropology (the fine art of people watching), with Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman

7/30/2016
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The relationship between cities and hinterlands Katrina likes to figure out what makes people tick. More specifically, she’s intrigued by how people interact with the built and natural environment. How […] The post Anthropology (the fine art of people watching), with Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman appeared first on Urbanism Speakeasy.

Duration:00:22:44

Connection between street design and public health

3/20/2016
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Street design didn’t give me the flu, but it does contribute to my health. It impacts all of us, whether or not we realize it. Active Living – it’s […] The post Connection between street design and public health appeared first on Urbanism Speakeasy.

Duration:00:09:25

Bicycling as transportation, with Don Kostelec

10/19/2015
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Warning: Don shares my bias for streets that are safe and comfortable for people of all ages. In other words, he’s not part of the modern infrastructure cult that is […] The post Bicycling as transportation, with Don Kostelec appeared first on Urbanism Speakeasy.

Duration:00:19:22

Give mom a bike lane, with Dena Driscoll & Marni Duffy

7/1/2015
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The Twitterverse. A vast expanse where I have connected with all sorts of great people. Dena Driscoll and Marni Duffy are two such people. I’m pretty sure it was Dena who […] The post Give mom a bike lane, with Dena Driscoll & Marni Duffy appeared first on Urbanism Speakeasy.

Duration:00:32:37

Convincing politicians to do the right thing, with Kevin Posey

6/26/2015
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If you keep quiet, they’ll assume you agree. Kevin Posey is an advocate for sustainable transportation policy. He lives in Alexandria, VA (just outside Washington, DC). It’s a city […] The post Convincing politicians to do the right thing, with Kevin Posey appeared first on Urbanism Speakeasy.

Duration:00:18:05

How traffic engineers predict the future, with Adam Millard-Ball

4/8/2015
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Adam Millard-Ball is an assistant professor at the University of California in Santa Cruz. Before that, Adam worked as a transportation planner. So naturally, one of his focus areas of academic research is […] The post How traffic engineers predict the future, with Adam Millard-Ball appeared first on Urbanism Speakeasy.

Duration:00:20:59

Steps to designing great places, with Howard Blackson

3/10/2015
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“So do you sell your work on Etsy?” Howard Blackson is probably best described as a placemaker. A what? For you planners or engineers out there, that’s a familiar term. […] The post Steps to designing great places, with Howard Blackson appeared first on Urbanism Speakeasy.

Duration:00:23:55

When bicycling makes you invisible to motorists, with Robert Wright

1/26/2015
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The Invisible Visible Man Robert Wright is the U.S. industry correspondent for the Financial Times. A journalist! He wasn’t trained to be a road designer or a pro-bike lobbyist. So […] The post When bicycling makes you invisible to motorists, with Robert Wright appeared first on Urbanism Speakeasy.

Duration:00:21:07

Cards Against Urbanity, with Lisa Nisenson

9/30/2014
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Lisa Nisenson is on the show this week because she wants to save you and me from horrible places. Or maybe save us professional planners from ourselves. Or maybe both. […] The post Cards Against Urbanity, with Lisa Nisenson appeared first on Urbanism Speakeasy.

Duration:00:19:53

Placemaking and street design for conservatives, with Bill Lindeke

9/16/2014
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Bill Lindeke started blogging about sidewalks and cities almost 10 years ago. The catalyst was reading Jane Jacobs. When we spoke, Bill was working on his dissertation about bicycling and cities. He’s […] The post Placemaking and street design for conservatives, with Bill Lindeke appeared first on Urbanism Speakeasy.

Duration:00:26:40

Biking as a viable transportation mode, with Chris Bruntlett

9/3/2014
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Chris Bruntlett joins Urbanism Speakeasy this week. Chris has all sorts of interesting stories, so it’s convenient that he enjoys writing and photography so he can document what’s happening around […] The post Biking as a viable transportation mode, with Chris Bruntlett appeared first on Urbanism Speakeasy.

Duration:00:14:22

Fixing our mean streets, with Tanya Snyder [Streetsblog USA]

8/26/2014
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Streetsblog is on a mission to improve infrastructure for people who walk, ride a bike, or hop on a bus. Streetsblog USA covers federal transportation and land use policy, […] The post Fixing our mean streets, with Tanya Snyder [Streetsblog USA] appeared first on Urbanism Speakeasy.

Duration:00:18:09

New Urbanism Film Festival, with creators Josh & Joel

8/13/2014
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Josh Paget is a comedian living in Los Angeles. Joel Karahadian is a musician and doesn’t always wear socks. These guys created the New Urbanism Film Festival – an event to showcase […] The post New Urbanism Film Festival, with creators Josh & Joel appeared first on Urbanism Speakeasy.

Duration:00:26:36

Designing community streets for people [NPR broadcast]

7/2/2014
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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 […] The post Designing community streets for people [NPR broadcast] appeared first on Urbanism Speakeasy.

Duration:00:51:43

Street design is the secret to great cities and towns, with Victor Dover

3/4/2014
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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 […] The post Street design is the secret to great cities and towns, with Victor Dover appeared first on Urbanism Speakeasy.

Duration:00:20:58

Government’s role in sprawl development, with Michael Lewyn

2/19/2014
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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 […] The post Government’s role in sprawl development, with Michael Lewyn appeared first on Urbanism Speakeasy.

Duration:00:16:52

“In Transit” – a documentary for anyone who’s been stuck in traffic

2/13/2014
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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 […] The post “In Transit” – a documentary for anyone who’s been stuck in traffic appeared first on Urbanism Speakeasy.

Duration:00:14:40

Professional planners guide to tactical urbanism, with Laura Pfeifer

2/4/2014
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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 […] The post Professional planners guide to tactical urbanism, with Laura Pfeifer appeared first on Urbanism Speakeasy.

Duration:00:21:39