What happens when the public doesn't trust planners? And how can we work to build more trusting, two-way relationships between community members and the folks in local government? This is Part 2 of our discussion.
On this episode, we talk with Bianca and Derek Avery of COIR Holdings about what it means to be a responsible developer—especially at a time when many people are skeptical of the profession. We talk the difference between a "spreadsheet developer" and a "community developer," and the possibility of "revitalizing" a neighborhood without generating displacement.
We talk with Michael Kovacs and Justin Weiss from Fate, Texas, about their city's unique approach to steering development in a way that strengthens their financial future, rather than jeopardizing it. It does involve math, but it turns out to be actually pretty simple!
We're excited to bring you a conversation with Active Towns founder John Simmerman, who's been on a long journey to document what cities are doing to become safer and more comfortable places to walk, bike, and be active.
Today we're talking about a push by state lawmakers in Texas to put a cap on how much cities can raise their property tax rates from one year to the next. This proposed legislation would have huge repercussions, severely undercutting cities' ability to collect enough revenue to pay for needed services. To help us dive deeper into what this means for city governments, we're joined by Mayor Connie Schroeder of Bastrop, Texas.
We're back with the B-Side to episode 25! That discussion ran too long for one episode, so we're back to talk about some specific ways cities could tie their zoning codes, subdivision ordinances, transportation plans, and economic development decisions to a rigorous fiscal analysis.
In this episode, we follow up on last week's chat on the crucial challenge facing city administrators across the country—their city's resource gap. We talk about how city leaders can understand whether their current processes and daily decisions are moving them toward or away from long-term fiscal health.
Running a city is hard work, and it’s even harder when there aren’t enough resources to cover basic service and infrastructure needs. More and more cities are finding themselves in this tricky spot, and it’s easy for city leaders to feel helpless. In this episode, we talk about the challenges facing city administrators (as well as their staff) who are increasingly stretched thin by their city's growing resource gap. Then we discuss what they can do about it.
Ben Orcutt is a bike advocate-turned-small business owner and candidate for city council of Anderson, Indiana. He joins the podcast to discuss the importance of believing in your neighborhood, how cities could help clear hurdles for citizens who want to contribute, and what we stand to gain by focusing on authenticity and transparency in local government.
We hear this a lot: Apartments bring higher crime, which means more police, which means higher police costs. But is that really the case? Join Felix Landry and Jordan Clark for a quick discussion about Felix's latest piece for the Verdunity blog.
Happy New Year! It's a record-breaking episode, as we speak with all four co-founders of Re:Form Shreveport, a grassroots organization whose aim is to “create a stronger and more resilient Shreveport by growing a culture of engagement and trust between citizens, businesses, and government.”
We’ve talked about the value of small investments on this podcast before, and in this episode we sit down with someone whose name is synonymous with small, incremental development—Monte Anderson, CEO of Options Real Estate. Monte is a developer, small-business booster, and co-founder of the Incremental Development Alliance. In part one of this discussion, we talk about the ways Monte is trying to help communities build wealth one incremental development at a time, how small development can...
In this episode we speak with Kevin Klinkenberg, an urban designer, planner, architect, and writer on all things cities. We discuss what city leaders can learn from the messiness of cities past, why small scale development is better for our communities (and why these days it's so hard to actually do), how to balance top-down and bottom-up action, zoning recommendations for cities that want to become walkable, and more.