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A review of the week's top stories at the intersection of sustainable transportation, urban planning, and economic development. Hosted by Jeff Wood of The Overhead Wire.

Episode Date
Episode 286: A Network of Rose Lanes
38:14

This week we're joined by April Bertelsen, Transit Modal Coordinator with the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) to talk about the Rose Lanes Project.  April chats about implementation, public engagement, and the benefits of the pilot project approach.

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May 28, 2020
Episode 285: The Digital City
59:22

This week we’re joined by Germaine Halegoua, an Associate Professor of film and media studies at the University of Kansas to talk about her book The Digital City: Media and the Social Production of Place.  She talks about how people use digital media to relate to cities whether that’s images on Instagram or through Google Maps. We also talk about how data exchange can be exploitative and how internet infrastructure is used as a commodity rather than a utility and how that affects equity. And finally there's a discussion about smart cities and how they try to create top down culture.

May 21, 2020
Episode 62: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - Streets for Success
59:48

This week we're joined by Chrissy Mancini Nichols to talk about some of the solutions cities are discussing to help businesses out during the Coronavirus. 

Odds and Ends

AirBnB slump could return housing to cities - Guardian

Nashville to raise property taxes - Bloomberg

Santa Monica a harbinger of things to come? - LA Times

Theme of the Week - Coronavirus Solutions

Making us rethink public space - NBC

Restaurants want to open, need space - NYC Streetsblog

 

SF restaurants could take parking spots - SF Chronicle

 

Put restaurants outside - Slate

 

Philly should be 24 hour city - Inquirer

 

New opportunities for downtown districts after pandemic - ASLA Dirt

 

 

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May 19, 2020
Episode 284: California High Speed Rail's Next Steps
43:59

This week on Talking Headways we’re joined by CAHSR Northern California Regional Director Boris Lipkin. He talks with us about the California High Speed Rail project and the recently released draft environmental work. Boris also gives us his thoughts on megaregions, megaproject management lessons, and the agency’s ability to use future funds available through stimulus programs.

May 14, 2020
Episode 61: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - Institutional Control
59:22

This week on the podcast Tracy McMillan of Nelson Nygaard and Chrissy Mancini Nichols of Walker Consultants join the show to talk about density and the coronavirus. Though we end up talking more about institutions because density, while a big current topic, isn't in our minds why the virus is spreading.

Odds and Ends

100,000 retail stores could be gone - USA Today

Amsterdam to use the doughnut model - Fast Company

Making pollinators citizens - The Guardian

Main Theme Discussion - Density

The Risks, know them - Dr. Erin Bromage

Just wait on density talk - Dr. Lisa Schweitzer

Density not the problem - CityLab

A history of blaming place for problems - CityLab

France says no to short haul flights - IRJ

Density could be good for us after the pandemic - NY Times

Puppies and Butterflies

Jerry Stiller - "You Want a Piece of Me"

You can't tickle yourself - Horizons

May 12, 2020
Episode 283: Housing and Golden Gates
01:15:54

This week we're joined by journalist Conor Dougherty to talk about his book Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America.  Conor talks about growing up in San Francisco, his literary inspirations for the book, and the arc of some of the real characters in his book.

May 07, 2020
Episode 282: Houston Mayor Turner's Complete Communities
19:45

This week we’re chatting with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.  Mayor Turner talks about the city’s Complete Communities program and how they are coordinating each city department to support historically under resourced neighborhoods.

Apr 30, 2020
Episode 60: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - Slow Streets
01:05:36

This week on Mondays Chrissy Mancini Nichols joins the show to talk in more detail about the pandemic and slow streets. We take a bit of a deeper dive on the subject and think about how physical distancing might be a good metric for thinking about streets and  for people and commerce.

Main Theme - Streets for People

Oakland slow streets - Curbed SF

New Zealand tactical urbanism - Forbes

100 miles of slow streets in NYC - Streetsblog NYC

Milan has a post virus plan - Guardian

Paris plans for bike lanes - Forbes

Muni's post virus plans - SF Streetsblog

Odds and Ends

Large fall in CO2 - GreenBiz - Grist

Census after a natural disaster - Texas Observer

Colorado counties build own telecom - Colorado Sun

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Apr 28, 2020
Episode 281: Oakland's Coordinated Coronavirus Response
47:22

This week we’re joined by Warren Logan, Policy Director of Mobility and Inter Agency Relations for the City of Oakland. Warren talks with us about Oakland’s Coronavirus response including how they came up with initiatives to respond to the crisis and some of the specific implementations such as the Slow Streets Initiative.  We dive deep into public engagement and how to think about coordination between different departments in new ways.

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Apr 23, 2020
Episode 280: Laws Prioritizing Cars Over People
01:17:26

This week on the podcast we chat with University of Iowa Law Professor Greg Shill.  We were invited to talk at Manny’s in the Mission in San Francisco by the Urban Environmentalists group, an affiliate club of YIMBY Action.  Greg chats with us mostly about his recent research and writing on the normalization of motordom and how we can’t really opt out of it, the idea of automobile supremacy, the legal subsidies to driving and even the tax benefits associated with cars.

 

Apr 16, 2020
Episode 59: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - Teddy Bear Windows
26:32

This week we chat about racial disparities in Coronavirus deaths, the coming housing crunch, and have some fun naming the Western States Pact.

News

Viral modeling of traffic - Inverse

COVID-19 racial disparities - AP Newswire

Coronavirus housing - Curbed

Odds and Ends

Don't flush the wipes - Smart Cities Dive

Puppies and Butterflies

Teddybear in the window - New York Times

 

Apr 14, 2020
Episode 279: Improving Behavioral Health Through Transportation
33:10

This week we’re joined by Gail Nehls and Leslie Patterson of Envida, a nonprofit transportation and home care organization. We chat about how transportation can help those with behavioral health concerns such as opioid addictions and schizophrenia, how innovation can change people's health outcomes, and the systems people need in rural areas to thrive.

Apr 09, 2020
Episode 58: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - Silver Linings
53:23

Tracy joins the show again to chat about pandemic economics, e-bikes in New York, and infrastructure spending.

News

Infrastructure bill - The Hill

E-bikes now legal in NY - Fast Company

Pandemic working paper - MIT News

Odds and Ends

Fuel economy rollback - LA Times

Ann Arbor's carbon neutral plans - M Live

Who is sheltering in place - New York Times

Story of the Week

Infrastructure spending ideas - World Economic Forum

Puppies and Butterflies

Paper Machet animals in Flagstaff - Arizona Daily Sun

Apr 07, 2020
Episode 278: Setting Up Cities for Electric Vehicles
49:06

This week on the podcast we're joined by Chris Nelder of the Rocky Mountain Institute and the Energy Transition Show podcast. Chris chats with us about what cities and utilities need to think about as they electrify transportation and how rules and regulations might make it harder than it needs to be. We also chat about how municipal utilities like Seattle are ahead of the curve and whether your local gas station might disappear.

Apr 02, 2020
Episode 57: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - Pandemic Logistics
56:59

This week on the show Tracy McMillan joins to talk about the recovery bill, HEB logistics, and why pigeons win the urban bird game.

News

Transport Stimulus - Eno Center

HEB logistics - Texas Monthly

Internet speeds - Tech Crunch

Odds and Ends

Pigeons take over - Inverse

Italy on lockdown - The Conversation

HSR patient transfer - NPR

Story of the Week

The trips not taken - Streetsblog USA

Puppies and Butterflies

Strutting Goats - Twitter

Mar 31, 2020
Episode 277: Corridors Where the Bus is King
44:17

This week we're joined by Lindiwe Rennert, Transit Planner at the City of Boston.  She chats with us about her work on the Warren Street corridor; the creation of bus priority for the many riders on the corridor, and how to get feedback on projects.

Mar 26, 2020
Episode 56: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - Urban Design in a Pandemic
01:06:21

This week Shut Ins Local #101 meets again to talk about quick transportation thinking from Seattle and Bogota while discussing urban design in the time of a pandemic.

News

Seattle designates curbs for pickup - City of Seattle

Bogota expands bike lanes - Smart Cities World

Austin Judge throws out council vote - KUT

Odds and Ends

Cleaner air, less traffic - New York Times

Utah pushes forward with renewable plan - Utility Dive

Grocery workers deemed essential emergency - The Hill

Story of the Week

Design in a pandemic - Curbed

Puppies and Butterflies

The online TP calculator - CNN

Mar 24, 2020
Episode 276: The Annual Prediction Show with Yonah Freemark
49:45

This week we're joined by Yonah Freemark of the Transport Politic for his eighth appearance on the show.  We look back at past transit predictions and then make a few more for next year. We talk about building subways around the country and cheer ourselves up about the state of transit as well. 

Mar 19, 2020
Episode 55: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - Shelter in Place
57:46

This week we're joined by Tracy McMillan and Chrissy Mancini Nichols. We chat about the Coronavirus and some of the changes we might see after it passes. We chat about 3d printed homes outside of Austin and some of the reasons why transit is hard to do in the US.

News

Why is US Transit so hard to build - Motherboard

Austin 3D printed houses - Fast Company

Poverty Reduction Plan - WHYY

Odds and Ends

Amazon nixed green shipping - Bloomberg

Equitable home sizes - Fast Company

Story of the Week

Satellite Carbon Analysis - NASA

A new housing bill from CA Sen Scott Weiner - LA Times

Puppies and Butterflies

Cat Tracker - National Geographic

Arnold's PSA - CNN

Penguins - Chicago Tribune

Mar 17, 2020
Episode 275: The Communist Leanings of Charlotte (Streets)
46:00

This week we’re chatting with Geoff Boeing, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at USC. Geoff talks all things data and streets, focusing first on data usage, moving on to street network design, and then to urban design.

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Mar 12, 2020
Episode 54: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - Tunnel Vision
36:09

This week I'm solo on the podcast talking about corporate landlords, Austin Transportation, the BQE tunnel, Indianapolis' transit mayhem and more!

News

Indy transit threatened - Indianapolis Star

An $11B tunnel for NYC? - New York Times

Sunnyside Yards plan - Wall Street Journal

Odds and Ends

Austin expanding I-35? - Austin American Statesman

Texas high speed rail deal - RFI

Heathrow 3rd runway stopped - Guardian

Story of the Week

New Mobility + Transit - Traffic Technology Today

Germany's pedestrian plan framework - City Fix

Corporate Landlords - New York Times

DC plan for free transit - Washington Post

Free transit reaction - GGWash

Puppies and Butterflies

Oldest buildings in US cities - ArchDaily

 

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Mar 10, 2020
Episode 274: Housing on the Bus Yard
46:56

This week on the podcast we are chatting with Adrienne Heim and Rafe Rabalais from the SFMTA about the Potrero Yard electric bus and housing project. We chat about modernization, planning, electricity use and much much more!

Mar 05, 2020
Episode 273: It Came from TRB! Poster Session Part 2
28:47

This is our last week at TRB and we're back on the poster board floor talking with professors and students about their research. This week they cover topics including trip routing with smart phones, stop sign impacts on safety, how rain affects bus travel times, transit agency equity analysis, and much more.

To find out more about the presentations or people, links are provided below.

Rebecca Kiriazes - Georgia Tech - Research

Yousteena Bocktor - McGill University - Research

Patrick Loa - University of Toronto - Research

Margarita Novales - Universidade Da Coruna Spain - Research

Torrey Lyons - UNC Chapel Hill - Research

Sultan Ali  - Florida International University

Travis Moe/Nicolas Farenchak - University of New Mexico - Research

Andrew Schouten - UCLA ITS

Josef Szende - NYCDOT

Feb 27, 2020
Episode 53: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - A Different Look at Loading Docks
01:06:56

This week Chrissy Mancini Nichols is back on the show and we talk HS2 in England, London's congestion, Los Angeles data and disparities in urban areas in the United States.

News

LA wins Uber appeal - Los Angeles Times

HS2 Moves Forward - Guardian

Rose Lanes in Portland - Portland Oregonian

Rich cities vs growing cities - New York Times

Odds and Ends

Moscow subway microbiome - Genetic Engineering and Biotech News

Cincinnati solar farms - Smart Cities Dive

Bike commute joy - SSTI

Story of the Week

London's Congestion - Guardian

Puppies and Butterflies

Seattle Tree Singers - The Stranger

Feb 25, 2020
Episode 272: It Came from TRB! Poster Session Part 1
33:58

This week and next we’ll be sharing poster presentations from January’s Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in Washington DC.  Each year professors and students from around the world come to present their transportation research in a great hall of knowledge that some believe is the best part of the conference. Getting to talk with folks about their work is extremely satisfying.  If you want to learn more about any of the following researchers work, check out our show notes in your podcatcher of choice for links to their work.

1. The 85th Percentile - UCLA Luskin School - Brian Taylor and Yu Hong Hwang - Research Link

2. A Proactive Approach to Redefining Child Road Safety - and Vision Zero - University of Colorado at Denver - Wes Marshall - YouTube Presentation

3. Who is Distracted by Distracted Pedestrians? - Rutgers University - Professor Kelcie Ralph

4. Enhancing Cybersecurity in Public Transportation - University of South Florida- Kevin Dennis and Sean Barbeau - Research

5. Results of the Flower Street Bus Only Lane Pilot - UCLA Luskin School - Cassie Halls - Research

6. The E-Bike Potential: Estimating the Effect of E-Bikes on Person Miles Travelled and Greenhouse Gas on Person Miles Travelled and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Emissions - Portland State University - Mike McQueen - Research

7. Evaluating Uses of Curb Space in NYC - Harvard Kennedy School - Daniel Comeaux

8. Are Cities Prepared for Autonomous Vehicles? - MIT - Annie Hudson - Research

9. Lessons learned from the large-scale application of Driver Feedback Signs in an urban city - University of Alberta - Mingjian Wu - Research

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Feb 20, 2020
Episode 271: Part 2 - Unnecessary Literature Reviews
26:54

This week we’re joined by Professor David Levinson of the University of Sydney for Part 2 of our TRB discussion. This week we chat about the creation and politics of research journals and his new book, The 30 Minute City.

Feb 13, 2020
Episode 52: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - #TransitMascot
01:06:53

This week on Mondays, Ian Griffiths of Seamless Bay Area joins the show to talk about connecting the dots on transit agency integration, a national architecture executive order, and a little bit of the details on Amazon's HQ2.

News

Seamless transit - SF Chronicle

Federal architecture order 1 - Architecture Record

Part 2 - The New Republic

Unaffordable Rental Housing 1 - Reuters

Part 2 - Harvard JCHS

Odds and Ends

Paris streets and cycling - Eltis

Suburbs around the world - CityLab

10 Day hospital build - Core77

Story of the Week

LA and Tokyo - Archinect

Bezos and the Musk - Bloomberg

Puppies and Butterflies

The coyote and the badger

Submit a transit mascot for your agency using #transitmascot

Feb 11, 2020
Episode 270: Part 1 - Complicated Measures and Public Policy
33:47

This week we’re joined Professor David Levinson of the University of Sydney. Professor Levinson spoke to us at the Transportation Research Board conference in Washington DC about his work on measuring access, pricing, understanding the growth of cities, and transport as a utility.  This is part 1 of 2.

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Feb 06, 2020
Episode 51: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - Red Wagons and Red Lines
53:07

This week Laura Bliss joins the show  to talk about SB50's demise, the closing of Market Street to cars, and a red wagon in Germany full of cell phones creating digital traffic.

Sharon Feigon also lets us in on what's happening at the Shared Use Mobility Summit in Chicago.

News

The demise of SB50 - Los Angeles Times

New transportation bill coming? - Politico

Market Street goes free - Streetsblog USA

Odds and Ends

American houses have more bathrooms - The Atlantic

UPS electric vehicles - Engadget

Degraded air quality in US Metros - Environment America

Story of the Week

Creating traffic jams with phones - The Verge

Vacancy Taxes - WBUR

Feb 04, 2020
Episode 269: Combining Urban and Academic Institutions
34:28

This week we’re joined Ben Levine, Executive Director of the Metrolab Network.  We chat with Ben about the partnerships that Metrolab forges between cities and academic institutions, data collection and usage, as well as the Civic Innovation Challenge.

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Jan 30, 2020
Episode 50: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - 60 Seconds to Glory!
01:00:16

This week Laramie Bowron joins the show to talk about Nashville, the Menino Mayors Survey, Andy Byford and more!

Swiftly's State of Public Transit Report - Swiftly

News

Andy Byford resigns - New York Times

Paris warehouses get urban makeover - Wired

Cities annexing to pump up census #s - New York Times

Odds and Ends

Household travel in EU - Eltis

Oregon DOT launches new office - Smart Cities Dive

China bans single use plastics - Core 77

Story of the Week

Nashville's transit plans derailed - TransitCenter

US Mayors know of safety issues, not solutions - Fast Company

Jan 28, 2020
Episode 268: Technology and Mobility in Miami
33:25

This week we are chatting with Alice Bravo and Carlos Cruz-Casas, Director and Assistant Director respectively of Miami Dade County’s Department of Transportation and Public Works.  We chat about better buses, managing the right of way, privacy and data, and their contactless fare payment system.

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Jan 23, 2020
Episode 49: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - Back from TRB
43:34

It's a Solo show with Greedo this week. We're back from the winter break with some news to share!  Also if you want to get on the list for the "Bus Only" soccer scarf, email me at theoverheadwire@gmail.com

News

Governor says no more freeways in Texas - D Magazine

Mass timber in the news - Arch Daily | Vox

London throat - BBC

Odds and Ends

Farewell to Guardian Cities - Guardian

Barcelona's zero emissions zone - Guardian

Story of the Week

SB50 is Back - Los Angeles Times

America's long distance transportation problems - Brookings| Texas Monthly

US land use mapped - Visual Capitalist

Puppies and Butterflies

Transit Supply

Jan 21, 2020
Episode 267: An Operating System for the Public Right of Way
35:31

This week Hugh Martin of Lacuna joins the podcast to talk about his passion for open source ways to operate city streets in the future. As more and more transportation operators look for space on city streets and perhaps in the air, government needs a way to distribute access fairly based on public priorities and policy. Hugh talks about why he’s so passionate about this future for cities and gives us some food for thought on the current state of the relationship between cities and transportation companies.

Jan 16, 2020
Episode 266: AV Policy and The Future of the Bus
32:40

This week we’re joined by Laura Wiens of Pittsburgh for Public Transit to talk about their report on AVs called “Wait, Who’s Driving This Thing”  Laura chats about vehicle data, the future of bus drivers, the frameworks we need for a positive implementation and blows our mind by comparing the movement for micro-mobility and transport choice to the charter school movement. 

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Jan 09, 2020
Episode 265: The Transport Gardener
49:49

This week we're joined by Grace Crunican, former GM at BART. Grace chats about her long and distinguished career as a leader in transportation and what it takes to lead, to mentor, and gives lessons for the next generation of advocates and public officials.

Jan 02, 2020
Flashback: Episode 85 - You Can't Surf After the Storm
33:14

This is one of my favorite episodes ever.  I hope folks enjoy this flashback for the holidays. We chat with Alisa Valderrama and Rob Moore of NRDC all about water.

Dec 26, 2019
Episode 264: Train Daddy Loves You
41:22

This week we’re joined by Ben Kabak of Second Avenue Sagas.  We take a look at New York transit issues including who controls the MTA, why subway rides are getting faster, why he started writing about transit in the city, and the L train un-shutdown.  We also chat about the 14th Street busway, bad airport transit, and the Mayor’s fascination with ferries. 

Dec 19, 2019
Episode 48: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - So Much Bad Service
01:16:21

This week Chrissy Mancini Nichols joins the show to talk about Miami's Velocia app, Jakarta's transit expansion, the urban media landscape and much more!

News

Bloomberg Media purchases CityLab - Mother Jones

Restaurants on the "streets" of NYC better reviews - WaPo

Indonesia's $40B Metro expansion - South China Morning Post

Odds and Ends

Headphones to alert pedestrians - Fast Company

Wolfhagen Germany goes 100% renewable - The Conversation

Amazon's Ring privacy problem - Gizmodo

Story of the Week

Velocia app rewards active transportation - Fast Company

Indonesia's $40B Metro expansion - South China Morning Post

 

Dec 17, 2019
Episode 263: A Rail~Volution History
25:30

This week we're back at the 2019 Rail~Volution conference in Vancouver BC. We chat with GB Arrington and Steve Dotterer about the early days of Rail~Volution and what the conference has meant to transportation in the United States over the last 25 years. They also tell stories about conferences past from when Al Gore came to Portland to having to move the conference date due to 9/11. Join us for a look at the past and the future. 

Dec 12, 2019
Episode 47: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - Classified Streets
01:01:32

Tracy McMillan of Nelson Nygaard returns to chat about climate change, gas price sensitivity, and free transit.

News

Gas price sensitivity - Haas Energy Institute Blog

Free transit in Kansas City - Jalopnik

The future is transparent wood - Horizon Magazine

World News

Land sold for Egypt's new capital - Reuters

Largest 3D printed building in Dubai - Construction Dive

Story of the Week

Climate change converts - Deseret News

Climate plan for Dallas transportation - Dallas Morning News

 

Dec 10, 2019
Episode 262: The Zero Emission Delivery
32:18

This week we're joined by Giacomo Lozzi of Polis to talk about a report he co-wrote about zero emissions sustainable government procurement. Giacomo talks about how cities such as Rotterdam, Oslo, and Copenhagen are trying to measure and manage the emissions they create through the procurement of goods and services.

Dec 05, 2019
Episode 46: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - Lithium and Solar Towers
24:34

This week Jeff talks about potential sustainability solutions and some really cool curb management trials.

News

TfL is suspending Uber's license in London - The Verge

Solar company seeks to reduce cement, steel emissions - Wired

Story of the Week

Curb flow reduces double parking - Smart Cities Dive

Bastrop's new code - CNU Public Square

Climate change's lithium problem - The New Republic

Zombie miles and Napa Weekends - Jalopnik

Dec 03, 2019
Episode 45: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - Crash Not Accident
28:13

This week we're here on our own before the Thanksgiving holiday here in the United States.  We don't do a story of the week but we review a few big stories from the week before.

News

Briant Park chairs - Gothamist

Ride hailing emissions - Transport and Environment

Americans aren't moving - Brookings

Silver Tsunami - Zillow

HUBZone using old poverty data - Washington Post

Housing Department Renamed Inlivian - Charlotte Observer

Crash not accident - Forbes

Nov 26, 2019
Episode 261: The Sidewalk Barrons
48:58

This week we're joined by Antonoia Malchik to talk about her book A Walking Life. Antonia talks about the speed and shallow organizing brought to us by social media, the experience of making  a pilgrimage on foot, the importance of walking and nature in human well being, and what a Hollywood Sidewalk might be. 

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Nov 21, 2019
Episode 44: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - The Integrated Travel Project
47:45

Gillian Gillette of Caltrans and Jeroen Kok of Rebel Group join this week and talk about the California Integrated Travel Project and the Market Sounding report they did to look at the future of integrated payment systems.  We also went over the usual news and reviews from the previous week.

News

Milwaukee workers no longer required to live in city - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Coastal cities made to plan more housing - LA Times

220 Acre park near downtown Charlotte - Charlotte Agenda

Odds and Ends

Will Kansas City have free transit? - Kansas City Star

Cities sue FCC over fees - Bloomberg

Story of the Week

What does transportation equity mean? - University of Toronto

How transit scaling shapes cities - Phys.org

How megacities of Europe stole a continent's wealth - Guardian

Puppies and Butterflies

Jeff Tumlin to run the SFMTA - Streetsblog SF

Funny clip from Utopia on Australian Broadcast Channel - via Brent Toderian tweet

Nov 19, 2019
Episode 260: Test Before You Invest
37:29

This week we’re joined by Tony Garcia of the Street Plans Collaborative to talk about their new report for TRB entitled Fast-Tracked: A Tactical Transit Study. Tony talks about figuring out how to build transit projects, the activists that have been making things happen, and how you determine whether projects are tactical or not.

 

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Nov 15, 2019
Episode 43: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - Housing + Transportation = Health
40:17

This week I'm on solo talking about the NTSB and Helmets, walkability and the economic ladder, and affordable housing's impact on bond ratings and health care.

News

NTSB gaga over helmets - Streetsblog NYC

Children in walkable communities have leg up - UVA Today

Housing's effects on health care costs - Bloomberg

Odds and Ends

Housing and bond ratings - Bloomberg

Seattle has less car ownership - Seattle Times

Story of the Week

Apple's $2.5B housing push - Curbed SF

Augsburg mobility flat rate - Intelligent Transport

Democrats blind spot on cars - Huffington Post

Housing pushback - Willamette Week

Providence shows way on environmental justice plans - Grist

 

Nov 12, 2019
Episode 259: The Urban Freight Lab
47:48

This week we're joined by Dr. Anne Goodchild of the University of Washington's Urban Freight Lab. We chat with Dr. Goodchild about what's missing from the urban transportation discussion, the ideas they are testing for better deliveries, and the future of streets. 

Nov 07, 2019
Episode 42: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - Cerulean Blue
01:02:43

This week we're joined by Grayline Group's Joseph Kopser. We talk about transportation data, Minneapolis 2040, drones, freight, and more!  

News

Uber and LADOT trade blows - C|NET

NASA wants a major city to have drones by 2028 - C|NET

Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto move forward - Globe and Mail

Odds and Ends

Real estate commissions - Seattle Times

Tulsa attracts remote workers - Next City

Story of the Week

The first map of America's food supply chain - Fast Company

How Minneapolis passed 2040 plan and defeated NIMBYism - The Atlantic

1.5M packages in New York each day - New York Times

Puppies and Butterflies

Human's home towns - Inverse

Nov 05, 2019
Episode 258: Peering into the Future of Livable Communities
01:11:21

This week we're back at the Rail~Volution conference in Vancouver BC for the closing Plenary. GB Arrington moderates a panel with Minneapolis Council President Lisa Bender, Managing Director of the Transformation Alliance Odetta MacLeish White, and President and CEO of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Mac McCarthy. The panel discusses the legacy of Rail~Volution along with what is happening now in communities that are making change for the better. From addressing race and housing to climate emissions, this session shares lessons learned and the potential for more.

Oct 31, 2019
Episode 41: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - Bus in the Hole
28:34

This week we're here with Han Solo to talk about drone deliveries, wildfires, self driving cars and much much more.

News

Minneapolis passes 2040 Plan - Star Tribune

Sound Transit Board doesn't include subway alternatives - Seattle Times

Zoox co-founder says cities are target for AVs - Business Insider

Waymo head says boxes going AV before people - Bloomberg

First drone delivery - Newsweek

Recycling for streets - Core77

Story of the Week

Air quality getting worse - Bloomberg

SUV sales offset electric vehicles - SSTI

Sprawling suburbs cost extra - LSE

ULEZ in London a success - Intelligent Transport

The Future of the Bodega - Curbed NY

Puppies and Butterflies

Driving rats - Salon

Oct 29, 2019
Episode 257: Ride the Bus, Save the World
39:35

This week we're joined by Steven Higashide, Director of Research at Transit Center, to talk about his new book Better Buses, Better Cities: How to Plan, Run, and Win the Fight for Effective Transit. Steven talks about how he got interested in transportation issues, his favorite bus ride, and what we can do to change the way buses operate in our cities.

Oct 24, 2019
Episode 40: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - Don't Just Focus on the Bears
57:55

This week we're joined by Laramie Bowron to talk about transit only lanes, parking levys, and housing oligopolies.

News

Gov Newsom vetoes complete streets bill - Cal Bike

A new transit caucus - WBEZ

Oligopolies hold back affordable housing - Washington Post

Odds and Ends

Cars banned from Market Street - Curbed SF

The Glascow effect - Guardian

Story of the Week

Every bus needs a lane - Curbed

Nottingham's parking levy - Forbes

Bonus Reads -

Auto Emissions Mapped

Congestion Pricing Parking

Puppies and Butterflies

Ancient Khmer city found using lidar - Newsweek

Oct 22, 2019
Episode 256: A Book Club for the Future of Transportation
47:55

This week we’re joined by Steve Raney, Executive Director of the Palo Alto Transportation Management Agency. We talk about a book club he organized based on the Three Revolutions by Dan Sperling that discussed lowering transportation emissions in regions. We talk about the complexity of transportation policy, the organization of local advocacy networks, and potential mechanisms to lower emissions.

Oct 17, 2019
Episode 255: Advanced Approaches to Planning TOD
37:42

This week we’re joined by Brooke Belman, Deputy Executive Director for Land Use Planning and Development and her colleagues Sloan Dawson, Land Use Planning Manager, and Thatcher Imboden, TOD Manager to talk about the ins and outs of transit oriented development at Sound Transit in Seattle. They talk about the 80-80-80 policy, urban design and coordination of TOD planning with light rail construction.

Oct 10, 2019
Episode 38: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - It's Just Politics
31:17

This week on the Mondays show I talk about the importance of thinking about access instead of mobility and floating farms. These things go together!

News

T4 says no new funding - T4America

A freeway LID is feasible in Seattle - The Urbanist

Story of the Week

UPS gets FAA approval for delivery drones - The Hill

14th Street busway a go - Streetsblog NYC

Floating farm creates local dairy - Mother Jones

Thailand PM considers moving capital - Guardian

 

Oct 08, 2019
Episode 254: The Right Way to Prioritize Projects
37:29

This week we’re joined by Beth Osborne of T4 America and Chris McCahill of the State Smart Transportation Initiative. We talk about how states like Virginia and Hawaii are using data on access to score and prioritize transportation projects for funding. Beth and Chris also talk about how easy it can be to get the data and that connecting people to jobs seems to be a goal that is bipartisan.

Oct 03, 2019
Episode 37: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - Public Utilities
35:35

This week we chat about public utilities a lot! Join us as we cover the gamut of transportation policy on the Mondays show.

News

Beijing's new airport - Fortune

Baidu self driving buses - Asian Review

Uber's CEO talks future - The Verge

Odds and Ends

Gas station for electric cars - CNBC

Personal carbon trading - Eltis

Story of the Week

High Line at 10 - Architect

Challenges for women riders - Metro Magazine

Green new deal - Curbed

Oct 01, 2019
Episode 253: Integrated Trips for People Not Vehicles
01:10:53

This week we’re joined by Arielle Fleisher Transportation Policy Director at SPUR, Adina Levin, Executive Director of Friends of Caltrain, and Ian Griffiths Co-Founder and Director of Seamless Bay Area to talk about transit fare integration and policy. We chat about what fare policy is and isn’t, best practices of fare integration from around the world, the difficulty of regional advocacy when there are sooo many meetings to go to, and what's next for the Bay Area.

For more information about The Overhead Wire, visit http://theoverheadwire.com or follow us on twitter @theoverheadwire

Sep 26, 2019
Episode 36: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - This is Our Planet
56:46

This week Laramie Bowron joins the show to talk about climate change, transit ridership and potential transit related Halloween costumes.

News

Report shows how cities can cut emissions - National Geographic

Indianapolis and Ottawa open transit lines - Streetsblog - OnSite Magazine

CA Allows for Statewide ADUs - CAYimby

Odds and Ends

Flight shaming heats up - Reuters

Governor orders transportation aligned with environment - Streetsblog CA

Amazon's 100,000 electric van order - Wired

Story of the Week

Concerns from investor surge - Urban Institute

30 minute commuting principal - CityLab

 

 

Sep 24, 2019
Episode 252: Sidewalk Labs and Toronto's Waterfront
46:28

This week we’re joined by Eric Jaffe, Editorial Director at Sidewalk Labs. Eric chats with us about Sidewalk’s Quayside project on Toronto's waterfront. We chat about the potential for innovative ideas, some of the push back they've been getting on data management, and some of the history as well. 

For more on The Overhead Wire, check us out at http://theoverheadwire.com or follow us on twitter @theoverheadwire

 

Sep 19, 2019
Episode 251: Designing Ninja Proof Seats
42:33

This week we’re joined by Lily Bernheimer of Space Works Consulting. Lily, a Streetsblog/Open Plans Alum, talks to us about her book The Shaping of Us: How Every Day Spaces Structure our Lives, Behavior, and Well-Being. She talks about her research in Environmental Psychology and how humans have evolved to respond to the spaces where we live. Listen in to learn about ninja proof seats, mystery novel models of building, and more on biophilia and human connections to nature.

For more information about The Overhead Wire, visit http://theoverheadwire.com

 

Sep 12, 2019
Episode 250: New Thinking on Economic Development Investments
57:47

This week on the podcast we're joined by Adie Tomer a fellow at The Brookings Institution and Noah Siegel, Interim Deputy Director at the Portland Bureau of Transportation to talk about their new collaboration on a project called the Economic Value Atlas. The EVA is a new data and mapping tool developed to think about regional investments in a more coordinated way, pulling away from the race to the bottom of incentive based economic development. 

For more information about the podcast or The Overhead Wire, visit http://theoverheadwire.com

 

Sep 05, 2019
Episode 249: Gordon Price and The Village at the Edge of the Rain Forest
50:22

This week we're joined by Gordon Price, former Vancouver City Council member and former director of The City Program at Simon Fraser University. Gordon talks about Vancouver's historical importance as well as its future. We chat about transport, the great west coast melting pot, and what folks should check out if they go visit the city.

For more information about The Overhead Wire or Talking Headways, visit http://theoverheadwire.com

 

Aug 29, 2019
Episode 35: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - The Road is Not Your Personal Storage Space
01:16:10

Chrissy Mancini Nichols joins the show this week to talk about land value taxes, cities using fines as revenue, and waze's effects on LA.

Two jobs! BART and Capital Corridor Transbay Tube 2 Project.

News

Addicted to fines - Governing

Vancouver widening sidewalks - Globe and Mail

Ride hailing data sought in England - CityLab

Odds and Ends

Architect must pay Venice - New York Times

Cities and ransomware attacks - New York Times

Bird shuts down infrastructure pay plan - Smart Cities Dive

Story of the Week

Case for the land value tax - Governing

Is Waze ruining LA? - Los Angeles Magazine

Puppies and Butterflies

Hasan Minhaj talks transit - Phoenix New Times

Pay your parking ticket with cat food or school supplies - Washington Post

How about dockless everything? - Washington Post

Aug 27, 2019
Episode 248: The Farm Bill with Dan Imhoff
36:52

This week we're joined by Dan Imhoff to talk about his book called The Farm Bill. Dan chats with us about how he became interested in the Farm Bill, how initially he was excited about protecting wild habitat but got pulled down a rabbit hole of subsidies and perverse incentives.  Dan also talks about how the Farm Bill as it’s currently put together is a reflection of our broken legislative system and how we incentivize farmers that get bigger and produce more while the smaller farmers suffer. 

But how does this relate to transportation and/or cities? Ultimately 70% of the bill’s funding is aimed at the supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) and food stamps, which is important for a lot of nutrition policy in cities. And to look into the future of what cities can do to help, we only have to look as far as what Seattle has done to think outside the usual policy silos.

For more information about us check out http://theoverheadwire.com or follow us on twitter @theoverheadwire

 

Aug 22, 2019
Episode 34: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - School Mobility Education
01:03:45

This week Tracy McMillan joins to talk about safe streets, that pink emoji house, and public and institutional engagement.

News

Moody's credit ratings on climate and transit

Denver Mayor calls for safer streets - Streetsblog Denver

The hot pink emoji house - Guardian

Odds and Ends

Small businesses at core of growth - ICIC

Salt Lake for free transit - SL Tribune

Ignore livable city rankings - The Conversation

News

PA Secretary of Transportation changing conversation - Governing

Rethinking public consultation - CityLab

Puppies and Butterflies

Woman steps into the bus lane to push cars out - Seattle Times

 

For more about The Overhead Wire, visit our website.

Aug 20, 2019
Episode 247: Electric Bus Opportunities and Barriers
38:42

This week we're joined by Camron Gorguinpour, Global Senior Manager for Electric Vehicles at WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. We talk about Shenzhen's 16,000 electric buses and what world cities can learn positive and negative from their implementation. We talk about infrastructure needs for electric bus operations at a fleet level, the impact of street maintenance, and procurement and implementation issues.

 

 

This podcast is a project of The Overhead Wire, to find out more head to http://theoverheadwire.com

Aug 15, 2019
Episode 246: Access as a Metric
36:42

This week we are joined By Andrew Owen, Director of the Accessibility Observatory at the University of Minnesota. Andrew chats with us about how to measure accessibility and their work on mapping access to jobs by transit and bikes. 

Access is a way to measure how easy it is to get places – often jobs – in how much time. Taking into account both transportation and land use, access as a metric can be a powerful tool. On the podcast, Andrew describes the evolution of the metric and how it has been applied. 

For more about The Overhead Wire, visit our website; http://theoverheadwire.com

 

Aug 08, 2019
Episode 33: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - Elephants in Elevated Trains
01:06:11

Tracy McMillan joins this week to talk about Burning Man, 3D sidewalks, telecommuting, and whether GPS affects our brains.

News

Mass telecommuting tax break - Curbed Boston

Feds could help remove freeways - D Magazine

Lessons from Burning Man - Governing

Odds and Ends

Wuppertal hanging rail is back - Guardian

Cities need chief data officer - Dallas Morning News

Homes fastest in flood prone industries - New York Times

Story of the Week

3D crosswalks - Smart Cities Dive

Is GPS ruining our brains? Vox

Elephants and Butterflies

Metro bus gif shows truth on dedicated lanes - Fast Company

Aug 06, 2019
Episode 245: VMT and Electric Utilities
41:30

This week we're joined by Fred Dock, the former Transportation Director for the City of Pasadena California.  Fred talks about his work over the past 30 years, Pasadena's move to measuring VMT and other metrics over level of service, innovation in smaller cities and more!

Aug 01, 2019
Episode 32: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - No Durian on the Train with Laura Bliss
01:25:21

This week Anna Muessig returns and we're joined by Laura Bliss of CityLab.

Laura's CityLab News

NIMBYs vs YIMBYs - CityLab

Should EVs pay per mile? - CityLab

News

CA bypasses fuel standards - Route Fifty

Madrid keeps central car ban - CityLab

Neighborways built to connect slow transport - Indianapolis Star

Odds and Ends

Curb cuts for all of New York - 6sqft

Facial recognition banned from HUD housing - CNet

Story of the Week

Digital Twins - CityLab

 Was the automobile a terrible mistake? New Yorker

Jul 30, 2019
Episode 244: Charlotte's Transit Oriented Zoning Innovations
42:52

This week we’re joined by Monica Holmes, Placemaking Manager for the City of Charlotte and the project manager for the rewrite of the TOD zoning ordinance. Monica talks about why the transit oriented development part of the zoning ordinance was the first part of the code rewrite as well as all of the details about the new point system created to promote economic mobility, the environment, and new transportation.  She also shares how TOD was built in the past and what will be happening along all the city’s transit corridors in the future. 

Jul 25, 2019
Episode 31: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - The Vanlord
01:01:37

This week we are going solo. We talk about using cars for housing, childless cities, and federal transportation funding.

News

Where have all the children gone? - The Atlantic

SF to open homeless navigation center for car dwellers - Hoodline

Affordable housing in RVs - Yes! Magazine

The Vanlord of Santa Monica - Santa Monica Daily Press

Capital improvement grant hearings - Curbed

Federal transit funding delays cause harm - T4 America

Odds and Ends

A vision for bike highways in Seoul - Korea BizWire

Why no moon cities? CityLab

Record temperatures from heatwave - Curbed

Story of the Week

Urban planners should look at restaurant data - MIT News

Digital twins - Governing

A new vision for I-45 - Houston Chronicle

The symbolism of your daily commute - Quartz

Federal reserve bank looks at gentrification - Philly Inquirer

How gentrification benefits - City Observatory

 

 

Jul 23, 2019
Episode 243: The View from North Vancouver BC
34:32

This week we are joined By Bowinn Ma, Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly for North Vancouver-Lonsdale BC. Bowinn talks about creating better transportation options for her constituents, new transportation technologies, and the importance of political engagement.

Jul 18, 2019
Episode 30: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - Utopia with Avery Trufelman
01:27:23

This week we're joined by Tracy McMillan and Avery Trufelman! Avery talks about her new podcast in association with Curbed called Nice Try! And the gang talks about utopian cities, new transportation bills, and Pokemon Go!

For any of the stories we covered click on the links below.

News

GREEN Streets Act introduced in the Senate -  T4 America

Seattle's best in nation ADU reform - Urbanist

ICE mining data from DMV photos - NY Times

Odds and Ends

Berlin could do euro a day transit pass - Guardian

Social workers in Spain using Pokemon Go for depression - Quartz

Why Amazon nixed New York - CNBC

Story of the Week

The law insists we drive - Atlantic

Rewards programs for transit riders - Wired Magazine

Behind the new cities epidemic - Guardian

Puppies and Butterflies

Friends around subway lines - Wired Magazine

Jul 16, 2019
Episode 242: Highways in the Sky with Dr. Astro
20:08

This week on the podcast we are joined at the Michelin Movin On conference by Dr. Anita Sengupta, an aerospace engineer who has worked for Hyperloop and is the co-founder of Aerial Experience Technologies, a company looking to produce vehicles for passenger flight. Dr. Sengupta talks with us about her work on the Mars Curiosity Mission during her time at NASA, her hopes for her new company in the VTOL space (vertical take off and landing) and her hopes for the future of transportation.

Jul 11, 2019
Episode 29: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - Housing in Space
34:29

This week we review some of the news from the previous few weeks.

News

Oregon votes to legalize duplexes: Sightline Institute

California to sue cities that don't plan for housing: Curbed

Considering a subway for Portland: Portland Oregonian

Odds and Ends

EVs in Europe required to make noise: Smart Cities Dive

Volkswagen worries about traffic collapse: Forbes

100 years of planning trees could reduce emission: National Geographic

Story of the Week

Supreme Court could consider inclusionary zoning - Intercept

Property rights claims gain momentum - Route Fifty

Trump wants to deregulate zoning - Curbed

Quayside plans released - New York Times | Wired

Millennials can't buy a house - The Atlantic

Puppies and Butterflies

Crazy hail storms in Mexico - NPR

Jul 09, 2019
Episode 241: Who's Riding Transit in 2019?
46:55

This week we're joined by Amy Silbermann, Director of Planning for Port Authority of Allegheny County, the transit agency in Pittsburgh, and Steven Higashide and Mary Buchanan of TransitCenter. They are here to talk about a report called Who’s On Board 2019 which discusses transit ridership trends around the country.  They talk about what we should understand about understanding riders, Pittsburgh’s work to improve routes (downtown and to suburban communities) and the need for political and public support for changes to improve transit systems.

This episode first appeared on the Rail~Volution podcast. Subscribe on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

Jul 04, 2019
Episode 240: City Journalism with Nate Berg
42:46

This week we're joined by freelance urban issue writer Nate Berg. Nate talks to us about his love of writing about highways for good or bad, his piece for Curbed on the history of the Bauhaus, our collaborative piece on urban transportation data, writing about housing in Japan, and his process for writing articles.  

Jun 27, 2019
Episode 239: Real Time Information Deep Dive
57:49

This week on the podcast we’re joined by Candace Brakewood a Civil Engineering Professor of the University of Tennessee and Jonny Simkin of Co-Founder and CEO of Swiftly. We talk about real time transit information including its history, benefits, shortcomings, and potential futures.

Jun 20, 2019
Episode 28: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - A Suburban Definition
01:06:01

This week Chrissy joins the show and we have a blast chatting about the definition of suburbs, electric buses, and Ian McHarg's Design with Nature.

News

Portland considers bus lanes - Willamette Week

Ian McHarg's Design with Nature turns 50 - CityLab

Money laundering pilot surprising in its effect - Quartz

Odds and Ends

Transbay Terminal opening again? Curbed SF

Riyahd opens transit system - Cision

Sagrada Familia gets building permit - Fast Company

Story of the Week

How do we define suburbs? - CityLab

Why aren't electric buses taking over the world? - Wired

Listener Questions and Comments

Children in Autonomous Vehicles - Blue Ribbon Panel

Puppies and Butterflies

Every NIMBY's speech at a public hearing - McSweeney's

Jun 18, 2019
Episode 238: Intelligent Transportation Futures
43:11

This week we're joined by Shailen Bhatt, President and CEO of ITS America. He talks about how we can use technology to reduce collisions, how we should spend infrastructure money, and what policy should focus on and change from a transportation and technology standpoint. He also talks about the problems with the communications spectrum and how conflicts are arising as technology improves vehicle communications.

Jun 13, 2019
Episode 27: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - The Lentil Soup That Could
01:12:23

This week we're joined by Chrissy Mancini Nichols to talk about drones, zero passenger vehicles, CAFE standards and more!

Enjoy the podcast? Support us on Patreon! Your help keeps us able to put out the podcasts we do each week.

News

New York's new payment systems - Wired Magazine

6/10 Californians want upzoning near transit - LA Times

Seattle looks at pricing - Seattle Transit Blog

Odds and Ends

Plans to take federal USDA workers out of DC - McClatchy

Auto companies send letter to Trump Admin - NY Times

Paris accords can save lives - NY Times

Story of the Week

NASA tests drone traffic - NASA

Planning for zero occupancy vehicles - Fast Company

Puppies and Butterflies

Vancouver's plastic bags - Vancouver is Awesome

Sending lentil soup on the subway - Gothamist

On demand pogo sticks - Curbed SF

 

Jun 11, 2019
Episode 237: The Pulse of Richmond Virginia
46:21

This week on Talking Headways we’re joined by Maritza Pechin, a planner with AECOM who works with city staff in Richmond on long-range planning. On the podcast, Maritza talks about the Pulse BRT and the broader bus network redesign that was rolled out at the same time. She also discusses how the new system is bringing people back to transit, how the city might tackle housing affordability, and what big ideas the city is considering for the future.

 

Jun 06, 2019
Episode 236: Transit Oriented Bus and Rail in Chicago
38:05

This week we chat with Kendra Freeman of the Chicago Metropolitan Planning Council, an independent non-profit focused on shaping the Chicago region. Kendra talks about her work with Elevated Chicago and how they are trying to bring equitable TOD to rail and bus corridors around the region as well as the original impact of the city's TOD ordinance. She also chats about next steps in pushing the city to consider equity in its update of the ordinance and how they can support entrepreneurs with strategic investments.

 

May 30, 2019
Episode 235: High Impact Investing in Low Wealth Communities
36:05

This week we're joined by Maurice Jones, President and CEO of LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation). Maurice talks about working with communities and existing businesses to develop talent in the workforce, breaking down barriers to entry in certain professions such as property development, and the history of policies and practices that intentionally excluded certain populations from opportunity.

 

May 23, 2019
Episode 26: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - Limousine Liberals and Penthouse Progressives
01:11:03

Chrissy Mancini Nichols joins the show again and we chat a lot about SB50! We also talk about infrastructure and bike lanes.

News

SB 50

Tabled until January - Los Angeles Times

SB50 Urban Footprint Analysis - UF

Kim-Mai Cutler tweet thread - KMC Twitter

Infrastructure Week

PIRG releases report - Frontier Group

Repair Priorities - T4America

Odds and Ends

CA HSR Funding Dropped by FRA- Reuters

IM Pei passes away - NPR

Facial recognition banned in SF - Vox

Thanks to our Patreon supporters! Patreon.com/theoverheadwire

Story of the Week

Bike lanes need barriers not just paint - Curbed

Puppies and Butterflies

Tram Bowling - Wired Magazine

 

May 21, 2019
Episode 234: The Humble Curb
38:10

This week we're joined by Stephen Smyth, Co-Founder and CEO of Coord. He talks about the need for digital infrastructure to be a new layer on top of physical infrastructure in order to inventory our existing assets including curb space. We chat about the tools Coord has created to measure and document curbs, how they work, and how this seemingly innocuous space will change over time with regulation. We also have a little futurist discussion about street space and learn how regulations might change when fleets are operating on the street rather than mostly individual vehicles. 

 

“We talk about mobility as a service, we think of the service as a fleet. Going forward if we look at this as a regulation technology issue, cities and public agencies will be interacting with businesses for a given individuals trip or delivery versus the individual themselves. I think that’s an important shift, and actually it may make it easier to change regulations because there is a layer in between the interaction between the city agency and individual which can create resistance to change potentially. I think that if more trips are delivered by businesses instead of individuals in private cars we can innovate more quickly.”

 

 

May 16, 2019
Episode 25: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - Modern Fortifications
01:13:27

This week we're joined by Tracy McMillan and we talk about alll kinds of stuff! Surveillance and city fortifications and aging in place! The show discussion links are below...

News

I-405 traffic gets worse after widening - Curbed LA

Campo dedicates money for I-35 expansion - Austin Monitor

Facial recognition data leak - TechCrunch

Denver homeless camping initiative - Pew Trusts

Visit our sponsor Moovel.com

Odds and Ends

Uber IPO - NY Magazine

Germany testing an e-highway - DW

Story of the Week

Da Vinci's City - The Conversation

Future of Housing nothing like today - Fast Company

Puppies and Butterflies

WePark in parking spaces - Curbed SF

E-Bikes could transform how we age - Fast Company

May 14, 2019
Episode 233: Urban Innovation and Circulation in San Diego
32:25

This week we chat with Colin Parent, Executive Director of Circulate San Diego, an advocacy organization that promotes public and active transportation in tandem with sustainable growth. Colin is also a city council member for the City of La Mesa. As Colin notes, much of the renewed interest and support for transit and transit-oriented development is being driven by one thing: the housing crisis. We learn how the mayor of San Diego is pushing more housing and less parking, and the long term benefits of advocacy.

May 08, 2019
Episode 24: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - $2T for Infrastructure?
01:18:23

This week on the show we're joined by Tracy McMillan!

The show notes are below...

The News

What to make of White House infrastructure meeting - Brookings

Quadratic voting - Bloomberg

LA pushes for a Green New Deal - Los Angeles Times

A new way to calculate affordability - USC

Odds and Ends

Houston's data driven housing problem - Houston Chronicle

3 people make most of the complaints - Daily Bruin

San Diego switches transport plans - Planetizen

Story of the Week

The importance of shade - Places Journal

A geocode is not an address - Wired

Puppies and Butterflies

Medieval city generator - My Modern Met

Cycling without age

May 07, 2019
Episode 232: Transportation Professionals Will Make or Break the Planet
01:15:22

This week we're at the Shared Mobility Summit from earlier this year in Chicago. Laura Bliss of CityLab moderates a panel of agency leaders including Stephanie Pollack, CEO of MassDOT, Randy Clarke, President and CEO of Capital Metro in Austin, and Sadhu Johnston, City Manager from Vancouver British Columbia.

The panel talks about whether it's too late to address climate change through transportation, how the introduction of ride hailing will work with local regulations in Vancouver, how Austin has been watching the evolution of shared mobility from TNCs to scooters, how buses matter for the future of transportation and much much more.

If you'd like to skip to the conversation portion past the presentations, fast forward to 41 minutes.

 

 

May 02, 2019
Episode 231: Transportation and Patient Care
42:19

This week we’re joined by Brian Ebersol and Eileen Everhart of Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania. They talk about how health care is about more than just patient care at hospitals and how transportation and wellbeing figures into planning for treating the whole person.

Apr 25, 2019
Episode 230: Techno Beats and Designing Swedish Streets
41:30

This week we're joined by Swedish urbanist Alexander Stahle. He talks about how cities in Europe have a lot of the same problems we do in the United States and what some places are doing to make streets safer and more active. He also chats about how his company Spacescape uses data to think about the value of urban form and where new metro lines should go. Alexander also talks about a new street design guide he's helping to create for Sweden.

Apr 18, 2019
Episode 229: The Life of Your Transportation Data
51:07

This week we're at the 3 Revolutions conference in Davis California chatting with Warren Logan of SFCTA, Mollie Pelon McArdle of SharedStreets.io, and Regina Clewlow of Populus. We chat about all things data; how it's used, privacy issues, the correct geography to collect it, regulations and much much more.

Apr 11, 2019
Episode 23: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - Han Shot First
42:22

This week I'm doing a solo show reviewing the news because I'll be gone the rest of the month and wanted to share a few things with listeners. Below are the articles we cover in the show. Hope you enjoy it!

News

Go Triangle Ends Durham Orange LRT - News and Observer

New transit payment schemes - Engadget - Smart Cities Dive

Facebook faces housing discrimination charges from HUD - NYT

Lightfoot elected mayor - Chicago Streetsblog

Idaho Stop Legalized - Streetsblog USA

Denver announces new DOT - Denverite

Story of the Week

Experimental walking directions - Gizmodo

Manhattan Congestion Pricing - NYT

Tallest tower planned - Guardian

Self driving cars considered unthinkable in 50 years - Vox

Ciclovia 25 years - National Geographic

Rockefeller bows out of 100 resilient cities program - Bloomberg

Puppies and Butterflies

20 Minute Nature Pills - Fast Company

Apr 09, 2019
Episode 228: Underinfrastructurized
49:15

This week we are sharing an episode we recorded live for attendees at the Safe Streets Summit in Miami where we talked with Alice Bravo, Director of the Department of Transportation and Public Works for the City of Miami and Chris Sinclair, Founding Principal at Renaissance Planning.  We cover a lot of topics including transit oriented development, multi-modal system productivity, new fare payment systems, using data in planning, frequent bus networks and much much more! 

 

Apr 04, 2019
Episode 227: Innovation in a Food Desert
45:12

This week on the podcast we chat with Vanan Murugesan, Director of Design and Innovation at Pillsbury United Communities.  Vanan talks about the role of community centered design in creating a nonprofit grocery store in North Minneapolis called North Market. We also chat about pros and cons of the farm bill, technology and convenience, and new initiatives in workforce development.

 

 

Mar 28, 2019
Episode 22: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - Going To, Not Through
01:07:01

This week we're joined by Chrissy Mancini Nichols to talk about Gwinnett County's transit election, Level of Service, and transportation data privacy.

News

Gwinnett County rejects MARTA tax - Governing

Amsterdam new homes can't be rented - CityLab

More US cities end recycling - New York Times

Seattle passes zoning changes - Curbed

Visit our Sponsor too - moovel

Story of the Week

Getting rid of level of service - Brookings

Privacy issues come to the forefront - LA Times

Puppies and Butterflies

Seiichi Miyake’s tactile blocks - Curbed

Mar 26, 2019
Episode 226: The Potential of a Fiberoptic Future
33:29

This week we're joined by Susan Crawford, the John A. Reilly Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard School of Law. Susan talks about her new book Fiber which focuses on how cities in the United States are trying to build communications networks with this seemingly limitless technology but get push back from regulators and incumbent companies alike.

Mar 21, 2019
Episode 21: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - A Global Hum
01:13:58

Urbanist Ed Parillon joins the show to talk about autonomous technology, Scott Weiner's SB50 bill, pied a terre taxes in NY, and Gavin Newsom's housing plans that could take away transportation funds.

Visit our sponsor - moovel

News

Boeing Crashes Are a Warning to Drivers, Too - Slate

Twitter Thread on Boeing Technology Issue - Sumner

Pied-à-terre Tax Could Help Pay for MTA - Curbed NY

Gavin Newsom’s Ideas to Spur More Housing - Streetsblog CA

Story of the Week

How Three Cities Ended Chronic Homelessness - Fast Company

How Santa Monica Is Luring People Back to the 3rd Street Promenade - LA Magazine

Spotlight Mobility

Scott Weiner updates SB50 - Curbed SF

Puppies and Butterflies

A mysterious global hum - Guardian

Mar 19, 2019
Episode 225: The Land of 10,000 Comments
43:44

This week we chat with Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender. Lisa, a planner by profession and now a two-term city councilor, chats about public participation in the Minneapolis 2040 planning process locally and the discussions that led to the passing of the city’s comprehensive plan last December. She also talks about streets as public spaces and how Minneapolis 2040 plays into the city’s vision for transportation. Finally, we ask Lisa about the public discourse overall at public meetings and in planning.

Mar 14, 2019
Episode 20: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - Your Childhood Street Memory Map
01:22:10

The week friend of the show Tracy McMillan from SafeTREC joins to talk about making money off of mobility, autonomous buses, the Lyft IPO, outdated city equipment and much more!

The News

Autonomous bus testing in Singapore - Bloomberg

Cashless retail could be outlawed - CityLab

Uber not criminally liable in crash - Smart Cities Dive

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Story of the Week

Automakers struggle to make money on mobility - Bloomberg

Cities running on software from the 80s - Bloomberg

Kings of Dallas Sprawl - D Magazine

Spotlight Mobility

Information available now on Lyft IPO - Reuters

Puppies and Butterflies

Risk, Fear, and Freedom

As always you can reach us on twitter @theoverheadwire or at theoverheadwire@gmail.com

Mar 12, 2019
Episode 224: The Annual Yonah Freemark Prediction Show
55:16

This week we're joined by perennial favorite Yonah Freemark of the Transport Politic. We rate his predictions from last year and give predictions for next year, some of which are already in peril! He chats about his zoning paper that has gotten a LOT of attention from housing advocates, high speed rail and California's current dilemma, and Amazon's New York departure.

For Yonah's previous episodes, check out 45, 61, 88, 132, or 169

Mar 07, 2019
Episode 19: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - It's Cold in Chicago and Duke Sucks
01:08:30

Chrissy joins the show and we talk about Duke rejecting Durham light rail, NY's move towards congestion pricing, Berlin's new transport app, and anchor institutions.

News

Duke rejects light rail - News and Observer

de Blasio endorses congestion pricing - Streetsblog NYC

UPMC joins health providers to think about housing - NextPittsburgh

Join moovel at SXSW - Link

Daimler and BMW join forces - The Verge

Story of the Week

Netherlands pays people to bike to work - Huffington Post

de Blasio endorses congestion pricing - Streetsblog NYC

Spotlight Mobility

Berlin's all in one app - Fast Company

Mar 05, 2019
Episode 223: Designing 3D Cities and Computer Generated Architecture
52:21

This week we're joined by Matthias Buehler of Vrbn and David Wasserman of Fehr and Peers. We talk about the City Engine program and how to create realistic cityscapes for movies and planning applications. We chat about the time it takes to code details, how much collected urban data sets can be used, and what these types of programs could be used for in the future.

A few notes from David and Matt

David:

Complete Street Rule on Github

Future of the Curb and City Engine - ESRI

Software for Bike Planning - People for Bikes

Procedural Modeling for City Design - YouTube

Matthias:

Vrbn Company

Interview with Matthias Buehler - Gnomon Workshop

Independence Day and City Engine

Making a Favela - Ronen Berkman

Feb 28, 2019
Episode 222: Mapping the Land
01:02:57

This week we chat with Jerry Paffendorf, Co-Founder and CEO of Loveland Technologies. We chat about how they collect parcel data from all over the country, how parcels were measured historically, and how they can be used to create better transparency in cities. 

Feb 21, 2019
Episode 18: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - Tax Policy, Amazon, High Speed Rail
01:18:50

This week Chrissy Mancini Nichols joins the show to talk about Amazon, California High Speed Rail, and other top news of the week.

News

Amazon pulls back on NYC plans - New York Times

Governor Newsom to focus on Central Valley HSR Segment - Streetsblog CA

Swiss reject anti-sprawl measure - Reuters

Story of the Week

America's forgettable midrises - Bloomberg

California high speed rail "worst practices" - Eno Center

Midsized City Magic

Denver married couples taking on roommates - Denver Post

Spotlight Mobility

Were the parking taxes on purposes - Sightline Institute

Email congress about the parking tax - Coalition for Smarter Transportation

 

Feb 19, 2019
Episode 221: Where's My Bus? When Will It Arrive?
32:53

This week we're joined by Jonny Simkin, Co-Founder and CEO of Swiftly. Jonny talks about what his company does to crunch data at transit agencies and the impacts they've had on transit agencies outlook on service. He also chats about potential futures for mobility as a service and data privacy.

Feb 14, 2019
Episode 17: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - I Hate Selfie Sticks
01:07:45

This week Chrissy Mancini Nichols and I talk about infrastructure embarrassment, good congestion/bad congestion, and the green new deal.

News

Tourism sites charging entry fees soon - Washington Post

New York seeks designers for odd lots - Curbed

The Green New Deal's flaw - Slate

Bolivian Lithium - National Geographic

Story of the Week

The Infrastructural Humiliation of America - Tech Crunch

Topography of Wealth in LA - Nick Underwood

Who Got What

Chrissy in ITE Journal

Spotlight Mobility

Good Congestion/Bad Congestion - CNU Public Square

 

Feb 12, 2019
Episode 220: Bus Lanes at the Crossroads of America
43:13

This week we are joined by Sean Northup, Deputy Director of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization. Sean chats about the Indianapolis Red Line, the first of three BRT routes that will crisscross the region. Those lines and other transit improvements are being funded in part by local, dedicated funding which was won after a long and arduous process.

Feb 07, 2019
Episode 16: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - Underpants Gnomes and State DOTs
01:03:32

This week we have a full house! Chrissy and Anna join the show to talk about the news from the week in cities.

Read our original article brought to you by moovel and written by Nate Berg - The Transportation Data Tug of War

News

World cities sprawling too much too fast - The City Fix

Young mom dies after falling down subway steps - New York Times

Utah State legislators want housing built, using transport as stick - Salt Lake Tribune

Story of the Week

The Curb of the Future - Uber Under the Hood on Medium

Should Transit be Free? - TransitCenter

Zoning Reform Impacts Property Values in Chicago - Urban Affairs Review

Spotlight Mobility

Dallas rejects highway widening - D Magazine

Puppies and Butterflies

Cloth seats around the world - Twitter

Feb 05, 2019
Episode 219: Does Your Street Bring You Joy?
59:32

This week we are at the Brooklyn Podcast festival talking with Ryan Westrom of Greenfield Labs and Ford Smart Mobility. Ryan chats about his report Design Principals for Living Streets and the history of parking. Audience members are asked to give us their favorite streets and I throw in a little Marie Kondo for good measure. 

Jan 31, 2019
Episode 15: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - The Commute Bread Line
01:11:48

This week Anna and I talk about Uber and Lyft taking share away from transit, congestion pricing in LA, and Viadoom!

News

Shutdown ends after La Guardia suspends flights - NPR

Corporate money and affordable housing - Curbed

Mayors want incentives, just not for other mayors - Next City

Visit this week's sponsor, moovel.

Story of the Week

Uber and Lyft cause transit decline - Streetsblog USA

LA Considers Congestion Pricing - Los Angeles Times

Spotlight New Mobility

Viadoom just never happened - Seattle Times

Puppies and Butterflies

Quote of the week - Yes Magazine

Wedding registries turn to down payments - CityLab

Jan 29, 2019
Episode 218: Bus Driver and Housing Activist
31:19

This week we're chatting with Laura Loe of Share the Cities. Laura chats about her work as a bus driver and as a housing advocate in Seattle.  We talk about how to talk to NIMBY parents and the community that comes along with a bus line.

Jan 24, 2019
Episode 14: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - Oooo Smart Cities!
01:07:14

This week Chrissy and Jeff talk about Smart Cities and Garages and more!

Don't forget to visit our sponsor, moovel

The News

Gavin Newsom Says Housing for Transport Funds - Los Angeles Times

NCUTCD says no walk signals - Streetsblog USA

Center City Connector Gets the Green Light - Curbed Seattle

Story of the Week

Alibaba unveils "City Brain" - CNN

The Garage is Our Favorite Room - New Yorker

Spotlight New Mobility

Scooter Regulations Work - New York Times

Jan 22, 2019
Episode 217: The Future of Transportation Data
29:32

This week on the podcast we're joined by Regina Clewlow, CEO and Co-Founder of Populus. We talk about some of the research Populus has been working on including on shared and micro mobility and we learn more about the transportation data cities need to operate more efficiently. We also discuss what the media is talking about in terms of new transport technologies and what the best jurisdiction level might be for regulation.

Jan 17, 2019
Episode 216: Cleveland BRT's 10th Anniversary
30:16

This week we talk with Interim CEO of the Cleveland RTA Dr. Floun'say Caver and former CEO Joe Calabrese about the Euclid Avenue HealthLine bus rapid transit line on its 10th anniversary. The line which connects two major regional employment centers was the product of input from numerous community stakeholders and has been widely deemed a success. We chat about how the line has influenced development on the corridor, the ridership growth on the line, and the potential for expanding lessons learned from the corridor to the rest of the region.

Jan 10, 2019
Episode 13: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - Viva Las Vegas
01:01:38

This week on Mondays at The Overhead Wire Chrissy and Jeff chat about food deserts, the L shutdown, delivery congestion and more!

The News

Sam Zimbabwe now head of Seattle DOT - Seattle Times

L Train shutdown not happening - Second Ave Sagas

Cap and trade for transportation - Scientific American

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Story of the Week

Grand Rapids disappeared single family zoning - Next City

Dollar stores overwhelm grocers - Eater

Spotlight New Mobility

Delivery congestion - Time Magazine

Puppies and Butterflies

195 Gigapixels of Shanghai - Urban Demographics

Jan 08, 2019
Episode 215: Urbanism and Architecture - When Nerdy and Niche Get Big
38:36

This week we're joined by Kelsey Keith, Editor-in-Chief at Curbed. Kelsey tells us about some early memories of New York, how the internet has changed and shaped urbanism and architecture media, and new longform pieces tying together Texas and California in unexpected ways.

Jan 03, 2019
Episode 214: Trains, Buses, People
49:10

This week we're joined once again by Christof Spieler who recently wrote a new book called Trains, Buses, People. Christof talks about how transit isn't a mystery and we all know what makes it work. But ultimately we're not having the right conversations. We also review Christof's time on the Houston Metro board and why it's important to have people who ride the bus and think about it all the time as a part of the agency discussion.

You can find the book Trains, Buses, People at IslandPress.org

Dec 20, 2018
Episode 12: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - Synthetic Data Replicants
01:05:05

This week we're joined by Anna Muessig of Gehl to chat about using data and tearing down the BQE in New York. Check out the links below to read along with our discussion.

News

Dutch reach - CityLab

Hiring managers discriminate on distance - HBR

Oregon considers four units per parcel - Willamette Week

Visit our sponsor - moovel

Story of the Week

Portland to try Google's Replica data program - Oregon Public Broadcasting

The Apps know where you are - NY Times

Spotlight New Mobility

Tear down the BQE - NY Magazine

Puppies and Butterflies

Kids in Oslo plan transportation - Geospatial World

Dec 18, 2018
Flashback: Walt Disney the City Planner
46:10

This week we're going back to Episode 27 to bring back an episode I had made just for kicks in 2014.  It's Walt Disney the city planner.  Hope folks enjoy it again or for the first time if you hadn't heard it before.

Dec 12, 2018
Episode 11: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - Gingerbread Cities
01:18:51

This week on Mondays at The Overhead Wire Chrissy Mancini Nichols joins to talk about bad Muni, holiday cities, and lots of mobility discussions.

The News

Madrid bans cars from central city - Guardian

A new AV Start bill? - The Verge

Minneapolis passes 2040 plan - Minneapolis Star Tribune

Story of the Week

New CA bill for density near transit - LA Times

Building slow lanes - Forbes

Spotlight New Mobility

Should Cincinnati built its own app - CityBeat

Puppies and Butterflies

The Laughing Room - MIT News

Dec 11, 2018
Episode 213: This is not the TIF You're Looking For
42:29

This week we chat with Professor Deborah Salon of Arizona State about location value capture. Deborah talks about the difference between location and land value capture and we go over the main points of a research study on the subject she wrote with several colleagues. We also chat about where location value capture shouldn't be used and whether certain mechanisms such as TIF take too much value for individual projects.

Dec 05, 2018
Episode 10: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - Does that Particulate Matter Matter
55:45

This week on Mondays at The Overhead Wire Anna Muessig of Gehl joins to chat about her trip to Australia, Minneapolis 2040, and we have fun discussing mobility monopolies.

Below are links to stories we talked about this week.

News

Modern Trains - Streetsblog USA

New York considers banning cashless business - Guardian

Death of Montreal Bagels? Globe and Mail

Story of the Week

Minneapolis' radical rezoning - Curbed

Lina Hidalgo to run Harris County - New York Magazine

Spotlight New Mobility

Becoming the Amazon of Transport - The Conversation

Puppies and Butterflies

The first condo - Price Tags

Dec 04, 2018
Episode 212: Personal Relationships and Place
33:00

This week we're joined by Dr. Manuel Pastor, Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity, University of Southern California, and Director of USC’s Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) and the USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII). We chat about a broad range of topics including the Environmental Justice Screening Method and how that research was turned into California environmental policy. The importance of community organizing in getting agreement for legislation, his new book The State of Resistance, as well as his views on rent control as public policy.

 

This episode was first aired at Rail~Volution.org

Nov 28, 2018
Episode 9: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - Climate Change and Virgin Trains
53:18

This week on Mondays we talk about closing down the GM plant in Youngstown Ohio, climate change, more on housing, and Virgin Trains USA.  We have a bit of a technical issue but hopefully you still enjoy the show.  Below are links to the items we discussed.

News

Three Big Climate Takeaways - Vox

All Cash Purchases Must be Disclosed - 6sqft

Trump Administration floats sharing census information with law enforcement - Washington Post

Story of the Week

Why affordable housing is scarce in progressive cities - Curbed

$17 trillion could be saved with compact development - WRI

Spotlight New Mobility

Bright line will change name to Virgin Trains - Miami Herald

Puppies and Butterflies

Bruce Hallman and the SF Faces - Mission Local

Nov 27, 2018
Episode 8: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - Boomers and Amazons
01:14:51

This week we talk about Baby Boomer housing, Amazon, and decriminalization of transit fares.

News

Decriminalizing Fare Evasion - The Hill

Autonomous Delivery Vehicles - Fast Company

Amazon Won't Save Your Town - New York Times

Story of the Week

Baby Boomers Not Buying Homes - MNN

Spotlight New Mobility

Portland's Little Big Shift - Sightline

Puppies and Butterflies

Sharing a home with older residents - Guardian

Nov 20, 2018
Episode 211: Verkehrsverbund - A Seamless Journey
46:48

This week we're joined by Professor Ralph Buehler of Virginia Tech who talks with us about the German transport concept of Verkehrsverbund (VV). The word translated to English means "transport network".  We discuss where the first VV was formed and how more integrated systems could make transport in the United States more efficient and connected. There's also a discussion about docked bike share as well as how we can think about mobility as a service platforms in the future and their relationship to existing transport systems. 

Nov 15, 2018
Episode 7: Mondays at the Overhead Wire - Nobody Likes Scorpions in their Pants
01:13:48

This week we're joined by Chrissy Mancini Nichols to talk about the election, scooter data, and cities from scratch.

Below are some of the pieces we covered...

News

Clickwork in Nairobi - BoingBoing

Rep. Peter DeFazio sees a bill - Washington Post

Scooter corrals in Santa Monica - LA Streetsblog

Atlanta approves the gulch - Curbed Atlanta

Story of the Week

Cities and scooter data - Wired

Nevada and the bitcoin city - NY Times

Cities from scratch - Bloomberg

Nov 13, 2018
Episode 210: The Return of Urban Manufacturing
49:38

This week on the podcast, Kate Sofis, CEO of SFMade joins us to talk about the resurgence in urban manufacturing.  We talk about what types of goods are manufactured in cities like San Francisco, the zoning codes that allow manufacturing to thrive in strong housing markets, and how cities have changed the narrative on manufacturing in more urban locales. 

Nov 08, 2018
Episode 6: Mondays at The Overhead Wire - Keeping Your Data
01:08:47

This week the team talks about voting and San Francisco's fight between billionaire's over homelessness measures. We chat about how in Estonia you can keep your data and more about MIT's Moral Machine experiment asking people around the world about the trolley problem.

Here are the articles we covered...

Moral Machine - MIT Technology Review

Billionaire War - Wired Magazine

Own Your Own Data - Smart Cities World

Platform Urbanism and Walled Gardens - Fast Company

 

Also visit our sponsor - moovel

More News Items

Electric Delivery - Seattle Times

Rise in TNC Traffic - Tech Crunch

Cars Still Banned from the Seine - CityLab

 

Nov 06, 2018
Episode 209: The Housing Last Policy
41:43

This week California State Senator Scott Wiener joins us to talk about a number of issues near and dear to our heart including housing and transportation. We talk about what's holding California housing back and several of his bills that address this in the Senate including SB35 as well as the potential return next year of SB827 which would upzone housing near frequent transit. We also chat about the potential for state level discussions on congestion pricing as well as a far future idea of getting transit alignments right. 

Oct 31, 2018
Episode 208: One Zone to Rule Them All
37:04

This week on Talking Headways we’re joined by Eric Singer and Andrej Micovic, Associates at Bilzin Sumberg in Miami who talk about the creation of the RTZ ordinance. They also talk about how the recent TIF districts and the county’s Strategic Miami Area Rapid Transit (SMART) Plan interact with the RTZ and what’s important in writing planning code.

Oct 18, 2018
Episode 207: Waiting for the Ghost Bus
51:12

This week we're joined by Dr. Kari Watkins, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech and co-founder and "Chief Motivator" of OneBusAway, an open source platform for real time transit info.

Kari talks about her research into the role of technology in the evolving transit experience, possible "dangerous futures ahead" - such as zero-passenger vehicles - and the "best future" of high capacity transit on dedicated right of way, fed by robust bike and sidewalk networks and TNCs for low density areas, all supported by timely information and payment - mobility as a service.

Also check out Rail~Volution for information about this year's conference starting Sunday.

 

Oct 18, 2018
Episode 5: Mondays at The Overhead Wire
01:04:04

Welcome to our NEW SHOW on the Talking Headways Podcast Network called Mondays at The Overhead Wire where Jeff and a rotating band of amazing co-hosts talk about the top stories from TheOverheadWire.com. 

This week Anna Muessig of Gehl joins to talk about her trip to Copenhagen, AVs, and Uber's move into congestion pricing advocacy.

And don't forget to visit our sponsor moovel.

Featured Discussion Articles This Week

NEWS

London Reducing Vehicles in the Core - Weekly Standard

Anthony Foxx joins Lyft - Medium

Ford Plant gets redevelopment plan - Star Tribune

Saudi $500B Megacity Controversy - Buzzfeed News

STORY OF THE WEEK

Tree Superhighways - Fast Company

Uber Support for Congestion Pricing - Seattle Times

SPOTLIGHT NEW MOBILITY

AV 3.0 Guidelines - USDOT

Kevin DeGood Tweet Storm - Twitter

PUPPIES AND BUTTERFLIES

Cities and Film - ArchDaily

Oct 16, 2018
Episode 206: Future Fare Media and the Clipper Card
45:24

This week we're joined by Carol Kuester and Lysa Hale of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission's Electronic Payments Department. Carol and Lysa talk about the Clipper transit fare payment card and how it works along with coming updates to the system.  We also chat about fare simplification and what it means to different people, whether Clipper can be a first step towards mobility as a service, and what happens to all the money that floats through the system on any given day. 

Oct 11, 2018
Episode 4: Mondays at The Overhead Wire
01:09:18

Welcome to our NEW SHOW on the Talking Headways Podcast Network called Mondays at The Overhead Wire where Jeff and a rotating band of amazing co-hosts talk about the top stories from TheOverheadWire.com. 

This week Chrissy Mancini Nichols of Walker Consultants joins to talk about developers and parking, bike share data, and we go through the week's news.

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Oct 09, 2018
Episode 205: Bicycles as a Rolling Signifier
44:02

This week we’re chatting with Dr. Melody Hoffman, professor of communications studies at Anoka Ramsey Community College at the American Planning Association Midwest Conference about her book Bike Lanes are White Lanes.  We discuss how bike lanes are flashpoints for neighborhood gentrification fights, bicycle advocacy history and the women’s movement, and how bikes can be seen as rolling signifiers.

 

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Oct 03, 2018
Episode 3: Mondays at The Overhead Wire
01:01:08

Welcome to our NEW SHOW on the Talking Headways Podcast Network called Mondays at The Overhead Wire where Jeff and a rotating band of amazing co-hosts talk about the top stories from TheOverheadWire.com. 

This week Chrissy Mancini Nichols of Walker Consultants joins to talk about TNC regulations and neighborhoods. We also play the game WikiCity and discuss why October is the best month.

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Featured Links This Week

America’s Middle Neighborhoods - Next City

Re-emergence of Neighborhoods - CitiesSpeak

Google Climate Tool - The Atlantic

Gas Tax Repealers Launch HSR Measure - LA Times

Invention of the Scooter - CityLab

Tokyo Metro Song on YouTube

Oct 02, 2018
Episode 204: Data Systems for Better Mobility
38:15

This week we're joined by Chloe Spano, Vice President of Business Development and Innovation at Cityway. She discusses how Paris has reduced driving in the city using data and the importance of data in putting together mobility services of the future.

Sep 26, 2018
Episode 2: Mondays at The Overhead Wire
51:38

Welcome to our NEW SHOW on the Talking Headways Podcast Network called Mondays at The Overhead Wire where Jeff and a rotating band of amazing co-hosts talk about the top stories from TheOverheadWire.com. 

This week Anna Muessig of Gehl joins to talk about her trip to Detroit. We also play the game WikiCity and discuss Paris' car free day in October.

Featured Articles This Week

Things I Learned on Foot - Guardian

How Connected Is Your Community - NY Times

Paris Going Car Free for a Day - Fast Company

Philly's First Ever Augmented Reality Mural - Philadelphia Magazine

 

 

Sep 25, 2018
Episode 203: Bringing Back Denver's Union Station
39:45

Bill Sirois, Senior Manager for Transit-Oriented Communities with Denver’s Regional Transportation District (RTD), joins us this week to talk about the success of the transit agency’s TOD program. The Union Station redevelopment—the unique funding, extensive planning, and successful execution—is the focus of the conversation. But Denver has done so much more. Bill also discusses the construction of over 38,000 housing units near transit since 2005, other interesting examples of TOD in the region, and what comes next as the current period of transit expansion comes to a close.

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Sep 19, 2018
Episode 1: Mondays at The Overhead Wire
53:41

Welcome to our NEW SHOW on the Talking Headways Podcast Network called Mondays at The Overhead Wire where Jeff Wood and a rotating band of amazing co-hosts talk about the top stories from TheOverheadWire.com. 

This week Anna Muessig of Gehl joins to talk about why autonomous vehicles should focus on pedestrians and Domino's Pizza as a pothole filling enterprise. We also play the game WikiCity and wonder who should be the voice transit in a city.

Featured Articles This Week

Left Behind America - Frontline

What America's Mayors Think About Domino's Pothole Filling Stunt - Eater

Autonomous Cars Need to Think More Like Humans - Fast Company

Sep 18, 2018
Episode 202: The Anatomy of an Urban Cell
34:29

This week we're joined by planner and author Robin Renner. We talk about his wonderful book 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 that led to his categorization of urban clusters. I ask how his work can be used by cities and he gives us a look into his thought process and the different geographies of the city.

 

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Sep 13, 2018
Episode 201: Building the Dutch Cycling City
43:17

This week we're joined by Melissa and Chris Bruntlett to talk about their new book Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality. They chat about their trip to the Netherlands and their experiences in a number of different cities and how they relate to the North American context.  We also chat about overflowing bike parking, why bikes are often left behind, and how street design is better than signs.

To purchase the book, visit Island Press

Sep 06, 2018
Episode 200: Urbanism as a Way of Life by Louis Wirth
54:37

This week on the podcast it's our 200th episode!!!! We have a bit of a dance party in the intro before getting to the good stuff. We read in full "Urbanism as a Way of Life" by Louis Wirth from the Journal of Sociology in 1938.  The piece is introduced by Dr. Lisa Schweitzer, a professor at USC Sol Price School of Public Policy who believes this piece and others sometimes get overshadowed by Jane Jacobs. So let us change that shall we? I really hope you enjoy this episode.  If you do please send us an email at theoverheadwire@gmail.com

 

Copyright © 1938 The University of Chicago. This podcast is published by arrangement with the University of Chicago Press, and was produced in the year 2018 by The Overhead Wire.

Aug 30, 2018
Episode 199: Recycling Capital for Public Good
37:36

This week we're joined by former President and CEO of the Low Income Investment Fund (Liif) Nancy Andrews. Nancy and I chat about community development, poverty reduction strategies, and the Bay Area Transit Oriented Housing Fund.

Aug 22, 2018
Episode 198: Setting Real Goals and Accelerating Change
46:03

This week we're joined by Doug Farr, President of Farr Associates and author of the new book Sustainable Nation. Doug chats about the arrangement of the book by different patterns of urbanism and how we can take a bottom up approach to change our cities. He also chats about the forced boredom of the Burning Man festival and why Alexis de Tocqueville's 1835 work Democracy in America is still relevant today. 

Aug 16, 2018
Episode 197: The Uber Effect
39:50

This week we're joined by Andrew Saltzberg, Head of Transportation Policy and Research at Uber. Andrew talks about growing up in Montreal and his previous transportation work at the World Bank. We also chat about the importance of transportation policy at the city level and Uber's support for congestion pricing as well as the issue of geometry in urban places. 

Aug 09, 2018
Episode 196: Infill is Brain Damage
33:44

This week we’re chatting with Susan Henderson of PlaceMakers about the use and benefits of form-based codes. We talk about the focus of these codes, how they are used to support transit, and how a code can affect the streets around them. Susan also discusses why people might push back against form-based codes and how to frame conversations about them and their benefits.

Aug 02, 2018
Episode 195: The First Shoupista
48:48

This week Patrick Siegman joins us to chat on the topic of parking. We chat about the etymology of the word parking, the legend that is Donald Shoup, and why the topic of parking gets so personal.

Jul 26, 2018
Episode 194: When is My City Going to Fit Me?
36:09

This week we're joined by Mikael Colville-Andersen to talk about his book Copenhagenize. Mikael tells us about how his children influence his work and his feelings about bike culture. He also shares his dislike of e-bikes and scooters as well as the innovations that he believes help move bikes as transportation forward.   

Jul 19, 2018
Episode 193: The Eternal Rush Hour
19:23

This week we’re back at Michelin’s Movin On conference talking with Greg Rogers, Director of Government Affairs and Mobility Innovation of SAFE.  Greg talks about autonomous vehicle regulations around the country and some of the limits of techno optimism.  We also discuss a bit of what we liked and didn’t like at the Movin On conference and prospects for the future.

Jul 12, 2018
Episode 192: Highways and Partisanship
39:54

This week we're joined by Clayton Nall, a professor of political science at Stanford University, to discuss his new book about the interstate highway system and political partisanship called The Road to Inequality: How the Federal Highway Program Polarized America and Undermined Cities.  We chat about how partisanship affects the way people vote for transportation projects and the history of political change in the transportation world.

Jul 05, 2018
Episode 191: The Logistics of Urban Deliveries
30:42

This week we're joined by Tom Madrecki, Director of Urban Innovation and Mobility at UPS. Tom talks to us about what urban mobility means to a logistics and delivery company like UPS. He talks about the costs of congestion to the company and how streets that make single occupant vehicles the first priority are not good for active transportation and deliveries.

Jun 28, 2018
Episode 190: Textbook Value Capture and TOD
30:06

This week we talk with Stan Wall of HR&A Advisors. We talk about his previous work as the Director of Real Estate and Station Planning for WMATA in Washington DC such as how planning, funding and redevelopment at the NoMa transit station happened. Stan also talks about his favorite projects and what value capture actually means.

Jun 21, 2018
Episode 189: The New Atlanta Way
40:54

This week we’re joined by Odetta MacLeish White of the Transformation Alliance in Atlanta. She talks about displacement pressures along the Beltline, history of segregation in planning, and big changes coming to advocacy and equity in the Atlanta region.

Jun 14, 2018
Episode 188: The Cost of a Subway
44:53

This week we're joined by blogger and transport journalist Alon Levy. We talk about how Alon got into transportation, subway costs and price comparisons, and the thinking behind a new Boston commuter rail electrification plan.

Jun 07, 2018
Episode 187: A Shift in the Short Trip
41:00

This week we're joined for a second time by Shared Use Mobility Center Executive Director Sharon Feigon. Sharon talks to us about the newest trends in shared mobility including scooters and e-bikes and we talk about whether the animosity towards ride hailing has waned. We also chat about the issues cities and transportation companies are coming across as they try to create mobility platforms and whether car share usage is going down due to more options in the market.

May 31, 2018
Episode 186: Bonus Episode - The City as Mobility Operating System
01:28:35

Recently we moderated a panel in Austin during South by Southwest hosted by moovel and the Rocky Mountain Institute. The panel featured a number of folks from all different backgrounds discussing the future of mobility platforms in cities. We had representatives from the private sector, public sector, and advocacy voices to balance out the discussion and I think it was a good one folks will enjoy. 

Jason JonMichael - City of Austin

Hilary Norton - FastLA

Karina Ricks - City of Pittsburgh

Nat Parker - Moovel

Tim McHugh - Portland Tri-Met

Jules Kortenhorst - CEO Rocky Mountain Institute

Meg Merritt - Nelson Nygaard

 

May 29, 2018
Episode 185: Building a Culture of Ridership
39:46

This week we’re joined by the Executive Director of the KC Streetcar Authority, Tom Gerend. Tom talks about some of the challenges in creating the streetcar and a broader regional transit network. He explains the value capture funding mechanism that’s funds 100 percent of the streetcar’s operations and maintenance—as well as some of the project design and construction). The KC Streetcar is unique in a lot of ways, including its lack of a fare. Tom explains the rationale behind the decision to make the streetcar free.

May 24, 2018
Episode 184: Extraordinary Innovation at LA Metro
44:11

This week we're joined by LA Metro CEO Phil Washington to talk about the many interesting things the agency is working on. He discusses building affordable housing near transit, testing new ideas like microtransit, and the origins of Metro's Office of Extraordinary Innovation.

May 17, 2018
Episode 183: Planning for Godzilla in SimCity
50:55

This week on the podcast we’re joined by Joe DiStefano of Urban Footprint.  We talk about Joe’s work with Calthorpe Associates doing regional planning as well as creating digital tools for big planning ideas.  Joe also talks about the importance of planners having information at their fingertips in order to make decisions as well as being the ones in the room to remind everyone plans are about people.

May 10, 2018
Episode 182: Media Has Shaped the City
34:12

This week we're joined by Shannon Mattern, Associate Professor of Media Studies at the New School in New York City. Shannon discusses her new book Code+Clay ... Data+Dirt: 5,000 Years of Urban Media. We talk about how she came up with the idea to teach a class on the intersection of media studies, architecture, and cities, her favorite research, and how the perfect future interface humans are looking for does not exist. There's also a discussion about mapping and how digital mapping can leave out aspects of space that should be considered.

May 03, 2018
Episode 181: Climbing the Ladder Together
29:14

This week, we’re joined by Somerville MA Mayor Joseph Curtatone. The mayor talks about Somerville’s proximity to Boston, its amazing density and variable housing types, and how the community is working together on plans for future transit-oriented development around the Green Line Extension. Mayor Curtatone also talks about how that process is being monitored and can be recreated in the future. Finally, the mayor looks back at how the city has transformed yet maintained its unique character over his 14 years in office.

Apr 26, 2018
Episode 180: The Evolution of Federal Livability Policy
42:40

This week we're joined again by Mariia Zimmerman of MZ Strategies. Mariia discusses how she got into transportation and urban planning after growing up in rural Minnesota and how livability policy has changed over time at the federal level. She also talks about the evolution of discussions about transit oriented development from initial proof of concept to a greater discussion on equity.

Apr 19, 2018
Episode 179: Data will Respirate the Future City
49:41

This week we’re joined by Los Angeles DOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds.  We chat about how she got into transportation planning and how we can innovate for everyone.  There’s also a discussion about the future of streets, air rights of way, and how cities can handle partnerships with mobility providers that benefit cities.  And finally we talk about pricing and what that means for cities as well as how to address changing revenue sources as cities evolve.

Apr 12, 2018
Episode 178: The Three Revolutions in Transportation
40:04

This week we're joined by Daniel Sperling to talk about his new book Three Revolutions. We talk about the possible sea changes happening in the transportation world with electrification, automation, and shared rides. I ask him about the importance of regulations, how he got his epiphany that shared rides are the future, and what this revolutions means for auto manufacturers.

Apr 05, 2018
Episode 177: Peak Experience with Jarrett Walker
43:37

This week Jarrett Walker of Jarrett Walker and Associates joins the podcast to talk about communicating difficult issues in transportation and planning. We talk about Jarrett’s excitement about urban change in Portland Oregon where he grew up and the importance of humanities majors in the transportation profession. We also talk about why NIMBYs feel the way they do and how we can think differently about our language and approach to housing and transportation.

Mar 29, 2018
Episode 176: Mobility is Like a Heavy Metal Band
59:58

This week we’re at the National Shared Mobility Summit in Chicago.  Jeff Tumlin of Nelson Nygaard moderates a panel of experts on new mobility including Carla Bailo from the Center for Automotive Research, Krista Huhtala-Jenks from the Finland Ministry of Transport and Communications, Dick Alexander from Trandev, and Justin Erlich from Uber.  They talk about the new business model of shared mobility, actually moving people versus selling things, what are the pieces that go into transportation and mobility services as well as the future of moving people around.  You might also hear amazing references to MacGyver and heavy metal bands.

Mar 22, 2018
Episode 175: Albuquerque - An Example for Midsized Cities
30:55

This week we chat with Brian Reilly, former Economic Development Director in Buffalo, NY and Cleveland, OH and the Principal of the planning consultancy Doing Good, about integrating transportation and land use in Albuquerque. As Reilly explains, the city’s new bus rapid transit line ART is just one project but it forms a frequent and reliable backbone for Albuquerque's entire transportation system. Today, the city is focused on redevelopment along the Central Avenue corridor where ART runs, part of the historic Route 66. Reilly also talks about how the city is approaching poverty reduction from a transportation angle.

Mar 15, 2018
Episode 174: Building More Than Just a Transit Line
45:43

This week we’re joined by Jonathan Sage Martinson, former Director of the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative in the Twin Cities.  We talk about how the collaborative got started, how they supported planning in the Green Line light rail corridor between Minneapolis and St. Paul, and how one member even got the FTA to change a much discussed cost effectiveness rule.

Mar 01, 2018
Episode 173: Pro·pin·qui·ty - The State of Being Close to Someone or Something
45:18

This week we’re joined by Robert Cervero, Erick Guerra, and Stefan Al to talk about their new book called Beyond Mobility. They talk about the idea of recalibrating cities and how we can put people first when we think about transportation and the built environment. We also talk about silly regulations such as one parking space per toilet seat and some of the examples of good transportation and planning we can borrow from around the world.  

Interested in checking out the book? Use the code “4Beyond” at IslandPress.org and get 20% off. 

Feb 22, 2018
Episode 172: The Smartest Station
42:53

This week on the Talking Headways podcast we’re joined by George Karayannis, Vice President of CityNow, a smart city arm of Panasonic Corporation. George talks about smart cities and how to think beyond shiny technology and what it means to think about the future. George also discusses what CityNow is setting up at Pena Station Next, a new smart city concept on Denver RTD's A Line commuter rail that incorporates ideas such as district energy, smarter streetlights, and intelligent power management in buildings. He talks about how and why the station location was chosen for this innovative project.

Feb 15, 2018
Episode 171: This is Not Mapping Just for Humans
24:58

This week we’re joined by Christof Hellmis, Vice President of Strategic Program at Here Technologies in Berlin Germany.  I was invited to CES in Las Vegas by HERE to check out the next generation in data and maps and got to sit down with Christof to talk about data and transportation.  We chatted about how mapping and location will be important for new transportation technologies and old and I ask questions about equity and data and potential privacy concerns.  At one point Christof goes on to say this isn’t just mapping for humans, it’s maps for everything. 

Feb 08, 2018
Episode 170: Houston Spreads Like a Spilled Bucket of Water
49:59

This week on the podcast we’re joined by Kyle Shelton of the Kinder Institute to talk about his new book Power Moves: Transportation, Politics, and Development in Houston.  I ask Kyle why he wrote the book and his feelings about looking back at history knowing about potentially better transportation outcomes.  We also talk about the idea of “infrastructure citizenship” and how local advocacy groups wielded power in past fights between road builders and transit advocates.

Feb 01, 2018
Episode 169: Annual Prediction Show with Yonah Freemark
48:51

This week we’re joined by Yonah Freemark of the Transport Politic for our annual prediction extravaganza!  Find out how last year’s predictions held up and whether you agree with this year’s thoughts on Montreal transit and Bus Rapid Transit in Boston. We also discuss the leaked infrastructure plan from the new administration and talk about our favorite writers focused on urban issues. 

Jan 25, 2018
Episode 168: Conference Clash - TRB vs CES
48:10

This week’s episode features Fehr and Peers Ron Milam and me discussing the differences between the Transportation Research Board conference in Washington DC and the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, both of which took place on the second week in January.

We discuss all the interesting topics that emerged from both conferences including delivery drones, curb management, massive data collection from autonomous vehicles, and the potential uses and rights issues that might arise in the built environment from the use of augmented reality.

Jan 18, 2018
Episode 167: Changing Hearts and Minds in the Street Renaissance
01:06:30

This week we're back at NACTO 2017 in Chicago with a series of speakers that did quick presentations on how the work we do as advocates to change minds. 

Skye Duncan hosts and starts off with a discussion of the NACTO Global Designing Cities Initiative.

Chris Bruntlett talks about the work he and his family do at Modacity "marketing the lifestyle of cycling".

Ed Solis of The City of San Jose describes Viva Calle, San Jose's Cyclovia.

Kris Carter of the City of Boston talks about the safety competition app "Boston's Safest Driver".

Ankita Chachra discusses the language of design and tools to make change in small ways that empower citizens to demand change.

And finally Ronnie Matthew Harris talks about showing people in his neighborhood alternative ways to plan journeys without the car.

Jan 11, 2018
Episode 166: Paris' Transportation Revolution
39:10

This week we’re back at the NACTO Designing Cities conference for the closing plenary.  Paris’ Deputy Mayor for Transportation and Public Space Christophe Najdovski discusses all the improvements that are being made to the city’s transportation network.  He chats about expanding the subway and tram networks, improving cycling infrastructure, creating more space for people in public squares and pedestrianizing the left bank of the River Seine.

Dec 21, 2017
Episode 165: Transatlantic Part II
41:46

This week we’re chatting again with Jonn Ellege of CityMetric.  This time it’s my turn to interview and we cover a lot of ground.  We talk about housing in London and out including the basics of council housing.  We chat about major transportation projects including Crossrail and high speed rail while also discuss what’s happening to the buses on Oxford street and how Transport for London is regulating Uber. 

Dec 14, 2017
Episode 164: Taming Pittsburgh's Aggressive Corridors
48:48

This week we're joined by Breen Masciotra, TOD Manager for the Port Authorty of Allegheny County and Karina Ricks, Director of the Department of Mobility and Infrastructure at The City of Pittsburgh.  We discuss transportation in Pittsburgh and the challenges they face including topography, new technologies, and hostile streets. We also talk about awesome improvements to the system including new bus rapid transit, transit oriented development, eco innovation districts, and connecting multiple mobility types.  

Dec 07, 2017
Episode 163: Mayor Rahm Emanuel at NACTO Chicago
32:47

This week we're at the NACTO Designing Cities Conference in Chicago and hear keynotes from Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Department of Transportation's Director of Planning and Programming Erin Aleman.

 

The Mayor discusses Chicago's distinct advantages compared to other cities as well as improvements that have been made to the cities transportation system. He also talks about new funding sources including a ride hailing fee for transit capital and why those things are related.

 

In her discussion after the Mayor, Erin Aleman discusses how IDOT is working to use NACTO's street design guides, how improvements are being made to reduce fatalities on streets, and how transportation affects everyone.

Nov 30, 2017
Episode 162: One Rule - Don’t Talk About Professor’s Parking Spaces
39:37

This week we’re joined by James Corless, CEO of the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, the Sacramento area’s MPO and COG.  We chat with James about the Sacramento region and its connections to both urban and rural economies, his past working on federal transportation policy in Washington DC, why it’s kind of ridiculous to do 30 year regional long range transportation plans, and why mid-sized cities are part of a whole new space race for providing jobs and housing around the United States.   

Nov 16, 2017
Episode 161: Defending the Right of Way
26:00

This week we chat with Benjamin De La Pena, Deputy Director for Policy, Planning, Mobility, and Right of Way at Seattle DOT.  We talk about SDOT’s New Mobility Playbook which offers strategies for future transportation that focuses on people first.  Benjamin also discusses his affinity for international transportation, how we help the unbanked with transportation solutions, and how organizations can get ahead on policy during this whirlwind time for new mobility.

Nov 09, 2017
Episode 160: Mayors of Innovation
01:10:09

This week we’re sharing the last plenary session of the Rail~volution conference which was a panel discussion of three current mayors of major United States cities hosted by Maurice Jones of LISC.  Mayor Libby Schaaf of Oakland, Mayor Bill Peduto of Pittsburgh, and Mayor Michael Hancock of Denver discuss transportation and innovation in their cities including civic focused non-profits, public-private partnerships, neighborhoods pressures and resilience. 

Oct 26, 2017
Episode 159: A Tombstone with NEPA on It
20:49

This week we’re back again at Rail~Volution and joined by Diana Mendes, Transit/Rail Practice Leader and Vice President at HNTB.  We talk about how Diana met the author of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and what needs to change about environmental planning.  She talks about the environmental planning process for the Lower Manhattan Recovery after 9-11 in addition to early use of GIS.

Oct 19, 2017
Episode 158: Visiting with Congressman Earl Blumenauer
35:19

This week we’re back at the Rail~Volution conference in Denver talking with Congressman Earl Blumenauer who represents Oregon’s 3rd District which includes parts of Portland.  Congressman Blumenauer discusses how Rail~Volution got its start, how we can use congestion pricing and road user charges to pay for transportation, Vision Zero, and why urbanists should be thinking about the Farm Bill

Oct 12, 2017
Episode 157: Subsidizing Congestion with Commuter Tax Benefits
45:24

This week we’re joined by Tony Dutzik of the Frontier Group and Steven Higashide of TransitCenter to discuss their new report entitled Who Pays for Parking? We discuss where these parking tax subsidies come from, what are some case studies of cities that have learned how to create value from parking, and who benefits from these parking subsidies.

Oct 05, 2017
Episode 156: 14 Years and One Purple Line
35:50

This week on the podcast we’re bringing you an episode we recorded at Rail~Volution in Denver in front of a live audience. I was joined by transit advocate and Maryland local Dan Reed to talk about the Purple Line light rail project.  After 31 years of discussion the Purple Line is finally under construction and Dan gives us some background on the project including where the project goes, how the public private partnership was put together and how lawsuits just couldn’t keep a good line down.  We also learn how Dan used to talk about the project with his friends in high school and how his advocacy has spanned 14 years. 

Sep 28, 2017
Episode 155: Guidelines and Expectations for Transit Oriented Development
35:57

This week we’re joined by Abby Thorne Lyman, the Transit Oriented Development Program Manager at BART. Abby discusses BART’s new TOD Guidelines and the group of agency policies they pull together.  We talk about the importance of reduced parking, the ridership benefits, and expectations transit agencies should have for property developers.

Sep 14, 2017
Episode 154: Land Value Capture and Transit
25:53

This week we are back at the UITP Global Public Transport Summit in Montreal. We recorded this session on Land Value Capture featuring Julian Ware of Transport for London, Sharon Liu of Hong Kong’s MTR, and Iain Dobson of Strategic Regional Research Associates in Toronto.  Each of them discuss how each of their organizations looks at land value capture as a specific tool for transport development.

Sep 07, 2017
Episode 153: Rise of the Undead Car
37:15

This week we’re chatting with Nico Larco, an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Oregon and  Co-Director of the Sustainable Cities Initiative.  We talk about the secondary effects of autonomous vehicles and e-commerce such as street design, parking, and land values.  We also talk about terrestrial drones, zombie cars, delivery bee hives, and the fact that cities just aren’t ready yet for an autonomous future.

Aug 24, 2017
Episode 152: Critiquing the Language of Planners
36:28

This week Robin Rather of Collective Strength joins the podcast to talk about missteps in the planning profession.  She discusses how she got to thinking about urban issues and why she believes current planning practice is stuck in the 1990s. We also talk about the often jargon filled language the profession uses and use an example paragraph from Austin’s current code rewrite to illustrate.

Aug 17, 2017
Episode 151: Transatlantic Part 1 - United States
36:02

This week is the first part of two where I chat with Jonn Elledge, the editor of City Metric and the host of the Skylines podcast.  In this episode Jonn interviews me about US transportation, particularly the history of urban subways and light rail and we also talk about transport politics and possible futures.

Aug 10, 2017
Episode 150: Self Driving Cars Getting Drunk on Motor Oil
38:37

This week we welcome back Tanya Snyder of Politico Magazine for the 150th episode of Talking Headways. We discuss aviation legislation in the house of representatives including what it means for drones and whether private jets should pay more for air traffic control. We also talk about legislation on self-driving vehicles and all of the smaller details you might not have heard before including state versus federal regulations of vehicles and children’s safety.

Aug 03, 2017
Episode 149: Planning is Easy, Zoning is Hard
37:24

This week we’re joined by Lee Einsweiler of Code Studio in Austin Texas.  We talk about all things land use codes and zoning including what goes into a zoning code, different countries approaches to zoning, the dreaded topic of parking, as well as why they usually haven’t been updated for 50 years.

Jul 20, 2017
Episode 148: Sharing a Ride to the Future
31:15

This week on Talking Headways we’re joined by Zack Wasserman, Head of Global Business Development at Via, a ride sharing company headquartered in New York.  We talk about Via’s role as a ride sharing provider and software builder for transit agencies and how we can get more people sharing rides.  We also discuss how future transportation will likely change in lower density places and the role of innovation in both the public and private sector transportation space.

Jul 13, 2017
Episode 147: Avoiding Carbon Emissions by Taking Transit
24:33

This week we’re coming to you from the UITP Global Transport Summit in Montreal with guest Projjal Dutta, the Director of Sustainability at the NYMTA.  We chat about the idea of transit avoided carbon, how you measure emissions, and the impact of Superstorm Sandy on sustainability thinking in the NY region.

Jul 06, 2017
Episode 146: Gifting TIGER and Transit Money to Wall Street
37:11

This week on the podcast we’re chatting with Beth Osborne of T4America and Kevin DeGood of The Center for American Progress about infrastructure plans of the new administration.  We talk about the budget process skinny or thick, the possible benefits and drawbacks of public private partnerships, the difference between funding and financing, and what this means for transportation in rural areas. 

Jun 29, 2017
Episode 145: Zero Emissions Cities are the Key
14:37

This week we’re joined by Patrick Oliva, the Co-Founder of the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate to talk about decarbonization of transport.  We chat about electrification of the transport sector and what it means for climate change, the role cities need to play in the Paris process and what levels of government work best, and the what the focus should be for mayors in the coming decade.

Jun 22, 2017
Episode 144: More Than Just a Box
30:48

This week we’re joined by Matthew Heins to talk about his book The Globalization of American Infrastructure: The Shipping Container and Freight Transportation.  Matthew talks about how the American highway and rail systems created a global standard for shipping containers, the local actors shaping globalization, containerization’s effects on labor and relevance to an automated trucking future, and the massive intermodal terminals in cities like Chicago. 

Jun 09, 2017
Episode 143: Supply and Demand is So Boring
37:42

This week we’re back with part 2 of our discussion with Dr. Lisa Schweitzer of USC’s Price School of Public Policy.  We talk about the idea of jobs housing balance, her blog post on the Smartest Boy Urbanist, her favorite planning books and mentors, and we get a preview of her upcoming book on firearms and cities. 

May 31, 2017
Episode 142: Lightsaber Fights from Autonomous Pods
37:52

This week we're joined by Dr. Lisa Schweitzer of USC's Sol Price School of Public Policy. For this first episode of two with Dr. Schweitzer we chat about how her students respond to urban planning classes, the recent dustup between bike advocates during a city council election in Los Angeles, and autonomous vehicles and land policy.

May 25, 2017
Episode 141: The Streets Revolution Will be Televised in Purple
40:32

This week we chat with Streetfilms own Clarence Eckerson Jr.  We chat about how he started making films and his beginnings with BikeTV.  Additionally, we talk about the best way to make films and what some of recommendations are for approaching people on the street.  There might also be a few stories about Veronica Moss, The Zozo, and The Color Gurple.

May 04, 2017
Episode 140: The Urban Policy Translator
37:25

This week we’re joined by Shelley Poticha, Director of NRDC’s Urban Solutions Program.  We chat about a couple of programs she’s working on at NRDC including SPARCC and the City Energy Project.  I ask about the Clean Power Plan and we talk about how FTA and HUD were finally connected as well as the 1993 book she wrote with Peter Calthorpe about TOD called The Next American Metropolis.

Apr 27, 2017
Episode 139: The Battery Powered Electric Bus
39:28

This week we’re chatting with Matt Horton of Proterra, a company that designs and manufactures battery powered electric buses.  We chat about the basics of electric buses, power consumption and recharging, the benefits and costs, as well as possible environmental outcomes. 

Apr 20, 2017
Episode 138: Saving Cities One Picture at a Time
37:49

This week we’re chatting with Chuck Wolfe about his new book Seeing the Better City.  We discuss how he makes his own urban diaries with images, the ability to sense events long passed in places we know, the best way for bloggers and urbanists to use pictures in their work and advocacy, and a future where images are data mined hopefully not resulting in the extermination of humans by our AI overlords. 

Apr 13, 2017
Episode 137: The Future is Not Far Away
35:13

This week we’re joined by UITP’s Sylvain Haon ahead of the organization’s global public transport summit in Montreal.  We talk about big projects happening around the world, private and public moves towards mobility as a service, sustainable mobility planning in Europe, and how autonomous vehicles will help transit support a shared transportation future.

Apr 07, 2017
Episode 136: Oakland Part 1 - Transport Oakland
41:17

I can’t believe this episode is finally out for everyone to hear!  Over a year ago I was approached by a colleague who told me that something big was happening in Oakland and that I should monitor the process as they try to put together a new Transportation Department.  This the first and hopefully not the last episode in this series I’m starting on the Oakland Transportation Department to cover how it came to be and what comes next.  This particular episode follows new advocacy group Transport Oakland as a parklet project they wanted to see completed became political.  Future episodes will cover more politics and mechanics of the department specifically, but I thought this would be a good starting point.  So I hope you enjoy this first part of the series, and hopefully it won’t take another year to get to episode 2!

Mar 31, 2017
Episode 135: When Relatives Take Transit, You Ride Too
35:54

This week we’re joined by Darnell Grisby, Director of Policy Development and Research at the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). We talk about the national dip in transit ridership, who rides transit around the United States and federal policy going forward.  Darnell also talks about technology innovation that might be coming to transit agencies including autonomous buses, different vehicle sizes, new payment systems and more.   

Mar 24, 2017
Episode 134: Don’t Take Either Party for Granted
46:29

This week we’re back at the Shared Use Mobility Summit in Chicago this last October.  In what feels like a bit of a time warp, Laura Washington of the Chicago Sun Times hosts a panel featuring The Metropolitan Planning Council’s MarySue Barrett, the Shared Use Mobility Center’s Sharon Feigon, and Transportation for America’s James Corless. The panel discusses what they think federal policy will be like with a new administration and what to expect from a Republican Congress.  There’s a lot of valuable information for thinking about our current infrastructure spending discussion including partnerships and programs even though there was no knowledge of the eventual November winner. 

Mar 16, 2017
Episode 133: Designing City Streets for People
37:52

This week we’re joined by Corinne Kisner and Matthew Roe of the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) to talk about their mission and series of Street Design Guides.  We talk about how the guides are put together, how cities are using them to change their streets, and the importance of creating streets for people.

Mar 09, 2017
Episode 132: Annual Transit Prediction Show with Yonah Freemark
44:20

This week we’re joined by Yonah Freemark of the Transport Politic and Streetsblog’s new series Getting Transit Right.  This is our annual prediction show where we break down the results of last year’s transit predictions and make some more for 2017.  In between Yonah and I talk about high speed rail, transit and development, Elon Musk’s crazy tunnel ideas, and the future of federal policy. 

Feb 23, 2017
Episode 131: Can All Cities be Great?
43:12

This week we’re joined by Alexander Garvin, author of the recently released book What Makes a Great City. In this episode we chat about why people are an important factor in building cities and taking pictures, why Houston’s Post Oak Boulevard is going to show up Chicago, San Francisco, and New York’s best streets, and Alexander’s heroes from Edmund Bacon to Haussmann to Robert Moses. 

Feb 16, 2017
Episode 130: Integrating High Speed Rail Stations with Communities in France Part 2
30:58

German Marshall Fund fellow Eric Eidlin guest hosts the podcast this week for part II of our discussion of French high-speed rail and cities. Joining Eric are Stephan de Fay, executive director of Bordeaux Euratlantique, the public agency overseeing the redevelopment of Bordeaux’s main train station to accommodate several new high speed rail lines by 2020, and Etienne Tricaud, president and CEO of AREP, the French railway’s architecture office.

This week we chat about how large projects in France are treated as projects of national significance and the expectations on these projects.  There’s also a discussion of the Paris region’s over 1,483 mayors and the way the Grand Paris project has created better governance structures.  Finally Stephan and Etienne discuss their perceptions of Diridon station and how we can create value with these opportunities.

Feb 09, 2017
Episode 129: Integrating High Speed Rail Stations with Communities in France Part 1
37:08

This week German Marshall Fund fellow Eric Eidlin is the host for two French High Speed Rail experts; Stephan de Fay, the Executive Director of Bordeaux Euratlantique, the public agency that is overseeing the redevelopment of Bordeaux’s main train station to accommodate several new high speed rail lines by 2020 and Etienne Tricaud, President and CEO of AREP, the French Railway’s architecture office. 

Together they discuss the geography of France and its high speed rail network, the station areas as not just transportation projects but major urban projects, the experts and powers available to public agencies working on station area planning in France, the design of the station area versus that of the district as a whole, and finally the importance of having an overall vision for integrating transportation and land use in the station district.  Join us for part 1 of this interesting discussion.

Feb 02, 2017
Episode 128: Innovation, Introverts, and Uber Wars
46:02

This week we are joined by David Zipper, the Managing Director at 1776 Ventures, a global startup hub based in Washington D.C.  A veteran of the Bloomberg Administration in New York City and the mayoral administrations of  Adrian Fenty and Vincent Gray in Washington D.C., David discusses innovative initiatives he’s been a part of including a deal DC struck with startup company Living Social in addition to the introduction of ride hailing regulations during the infamous DC Uber Wars.  We also chat about innovative transportation companies blossoming around the globe as well as what kinds of traits make for great innovators.

Jan 26, 2017
Episode 127: Cities on a Hill
29:20

This week we’re joined by Pulitzer Prize winning author Francis Fitzgerald to talk about her 1986 book Cities on a Hill.  We discuss the different “visionary” communities from the book including Rajneeshpuram in Oregon, San Francisco’s Castro district, Sun City retirement communities, and Jerry Falwell’s moral majority in Lynchburg Virginia.  Francis also talks about living in New York City and restaurant culture in Vietnam.

Jan 19, 2017
Episode 126: Planning While Black
55:10

This week we’re going back to NACTO in Seattle and listening to a plenary given by the Los Angeles Bicycle Coalition’s Tamika Butler.  The plenary, “Planning While Black” goes through some of Tamika’s personal history, issues of diversity and equity, and how we should be planning for people who aren’t represented in the process. 

Jan 12, 2017
Episode 125: Navigating Nairobi with Ma3Route
27:35

This week we’re joined by Stephane Eboko of Ma3route, a transportation information platform with over half a million users in Nairobi Kenya.  We chat about the platform and how it helps travelers in the city avoid traffic, what interesting reports and information have come from users reporting their experiences, and what travel is like in Kenya’s Capital.

Jan 05, 2017
Episode 124: Every Cocktail Napkin Has an Alternative Alignment
46:19

This week we head to Seattle for the NACTO Designing Cities Conference<> to discuss the myriad of issues transportation agencies face when trying to move projects forward and the relationships that make it work out in the end.  Moderated by David Bragdon, Executive Director of TransitCenter, the panel features LA DOT’s  General Manager Seleta Reynolds, LACMTA’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer Stephanie Wiggins, Seattle DOT’s Director Scott Kubly, and Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff.

Dec 15, 2016
Episode 123: Colonias - Informal Housing in the United States
38:40

This week on Talking Headways we’re joined by Emily Perlmeter of the Federal Reserve Bank in Dallas Texas.  She joins us to talk about the half million people that live in informal settlements on the US side of the Mexican border called Colonias.  She discusses how these settlements are formed and the demographics of who lives there as well as their strengths and hardships.  Join us as we take a look into a little discussed housing problem you might not have known existed.

Dec 08, 2016
Episode 122: A Bus Full of People Should Go Ahead of a Tesla
01:06:43

This week we’re back at the Shared Use Mobility Summit in Chicago listening to a great panel discussing how we can use a changing technology and information landscape to get more equitable outcomes.  Jackie Grimshaw of the Center for Neighborhood Technology moderates this panel featuring Anita Cozart, Deputy Director at the Center for Infrastructure Equity at Policy Link, Rob Puentes President and CEO for the Eno Center for Transportation and Joshua Schank, the Chief Innovation Officer at LA Metro.

A lot of interesting discussions come up including the idea that innovation doesn’t always have to be from technology, the fact that not all people are benefitting from transportation investments, the measurement bias in the models we use to make transportation decisions and much much more.  It’s a great discussion and I highly recommend the listen.

Dec 01, 2016
Episode 121: Will Your Autonomous Future be Heaven or Hell?
51:44

This week we’re at the Shared Use Mobility Summit in Chicago listening to a keynote speech from Zipcar Co-Founder Robin Chase.  Robin talks about her ideas on the brave new world of shared mobility services and autonomous vehicles.  She discusses how autonomous vehicles could be heaven by making space for more active transportation like biking and walking or a hell where we are just swapping out everyone’s cars for a driverless version and continuing existing policies.

Nov 22, 2016
Episode 120: Dave Cieslewicz at the Empty Storefronts Conference
38:59

This week we’re in Madison Wisconsin for the Empty Storefronts Conference and joined by former Mayor and Executive Director of the Wisconsin Bike Fed Dave Cieslewicz. We chat about his transportation hero, how bikes interact with small businesses, economic development, and why new technologies should make us think twice about building new parking spaces.   

Nov 10, 2016
Episode 119: Christof Spieler Live from Rail~Volution
48:29

This week we’re joined live from Rail~Volution by Houston Metro Board Member Christof Spieler.  We talk about the progress on Houston’s bus reimagining and Christof gives tips for public engagement and system planning.  There’s also a discussion about route alignments for bus and rail lines and a plea to use more data when making decisions. 

Nov 03, 2016
Episode 118: This is an Elizabeth Line Train
49:11

This week we’re chatting with Ian Brown, former Managing Director for London Rail. We discuss everything London transport including operations contracts, congestion pricing, constructing, financing and making the case for the massive Crossrail project, cycling, bus operations and even contactless payment systems.

Oct 28, 2016
Episode 117: Will They Throw Tomatoes or Flowers
46:39

This week I’m joined by Meea Kang, Rail~volution Board Member  and Founding Partner of Domus Development.  Meea joins me live from the Rail~volution conference to talk about what it’s like to be an affordable housing developer building sustainable projects.   We talk about the 16 variances it took to do TOD in Sacramento, workforce housing in Tahoe on a bus line with 60 minute headways, and what it takes to pass a state law that reduces parking requirements near transit. 

Oct 20, 2016
Episode 116: Remixing the Future of Transit Planning
33:13

This week I’m joined by Tiffany Chu, the Co-Founder of the transit planning software firm Remix.  Tiffany discusses the positive responses that the company has gotten from the industry and what made got it started.  We also discuss the possible policy implications as well as the movement towards open data. 

Oct 14, 2016
Episode 115: 100 Percent Universally Designed
28:20

This week we’re chatting with transit advocate Sunday Parker about transportation access for people with disabilities. We talk about the design of transit stations, the layout of the new BART train cars and what that means for different types of users, the idea of universal design and access in the built environment overall, and our best transit days.

Sep 29, 2016
Episode 114: The City of Los Angeles is Full
41:32

This week we’re joined by Shane Phillips who writes at the blog Better Institutions.  We chat about Los Angeles’ and everyone else’s housing issues including The Neighborhood Integrity Initiative, development exactions, vacancy rates, and more.  Shane also talks a bit about how he keeps motivated to write the blog and what allows him to think a little bit outside the box before thinking about the importance of urbanist happy hours. 

Sep 22, 2016
Episode 113: A Different Look at Transportation
33:04

This week we’re joined by Rob Puentes of the Eno Center for Transportation, a 95 year old organization focused on better transportation outcomes.  We discuss a number of different topics including some we usually don’t hear much about.  Aviation, freight, coordinating automated vehicle policy, and the presidential election are some of the big topics in our discussion.

Sep 15, 2016
Episode 112: The Vancouver Model
40:12

This week we’re joined by former Vancouver BC chief planner Brent Toderian. We discuss the best way to do density, when towers are appropriate for cities, what type of cities should take on the Olympics, and what happens to a planner after they have kids.  Brent also talks about the negatives of not only NIMBYs but YIMBYs and whether we should believe all those articles that rank cities by any measure.

Sep 01, 2016
Episode 111: Putting Dallas Back Together Again
34:18

This week we’re joined by Patrick Kennedy to talk about what’s going on in Dallas.  We discuss A New Dallas and the recent TXDOT CityMap Plan which will re-imagine the freeways and roads in downtown Dallas.  We also discuss the importance of existing dense neighborhoods to promote new neighborhoods, downtown subways, urban politics, and what’s going on with plans for the Trinity River.

Aug 18, 2016
Episode 110: Columbus - The Smartest City in the Land
35:58

This week we’re joined by Josh Lapp, a board member at Transit Columbus to talk about Ohio’s capital city.  We talk about the changes that have been happening to make Columbus more urban, how its stadiums have been situated to support downtown growth and walkability, and transportation issues such as bike share, light rail, and of course the recent win by Columbus of USDOT’s smart cities challenge. 

Aug 11, 2016
Episode 109: Future Shared Mobility in Smart Cities
57:07

This week we're going back to the Live.Ride.Share conference from Denver for the closing plenary.  Speakers discuss the Smart City Challenge put on by the DOT, the future of shared use mobility carpooling services, autonomous vehicles, and their impact on cities and greenhouse gases.

Speakers include:

Mark Dowd, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology at USDOT,

Amanda Eaken - Deputy Director of the Urban Solutions Program, NRDC

Emily Castor - Director of Transportation Policy, Lyft

Jonathan Hall - Head of Economic Research for Public Policy and Litigation, Uber Technologies

Aug 04, 2016
Episode 108: Mapping the Smells and Sounds of the Sensory City
38:24

This week on the podcast I’m bringing back a conversation I had in Cambridge England with Daniele Quercia and Luca Aiello of Bell Labs.  This focus recently has been on data mining and aggregation which has led to sensory mapping<> in cities.  With this information they have been able to map smell, sound, and how people feel on their favorite walking routes. 

Jul 27, 2016
Episode 107: Change in the Mile High City
33:07

This week we’re joined by David Sachs of Streetsblog Denver. David talks about the amazing advocacy landscape in the city as well as a number of specific projects and initiatives that are happening in the city from the controversial widening of I-70 to the possibility of a new transportation department and the rethinking of the 16th street bus mall.

Jul 14, 2016
Episode 106: An Alternative Future for Mobility
37:34

This week we're joined by Paul Mackie of Mobility Lab, to talk about transportation demand management (TDM) and mobility in cities. We discuss how cities are not prepared for new mobility and the need to share data and plan for different mobility outcomes.

Jul 07, 2016
Episode 105: Color Your City Outside the Lines
34:56

This week we’re joined by cartographer Gretchen Peterson to talk about map making as well as her new book, City Maps: A Coloring Book for Adults. We talk about why she designed the book and why the cities she chose to display were included.

Jun 23, 2016
Episode 104: Ghosts of Motordom's Past and Future
01:19:24

This week we replay the morning plenary broadcast live from the Denver Live.Ride.Share conference that happened last month.  Jill Locantore of WalkDenver introduces University of Virginia Professor Peter Norton, author of Fighting Traffic who discusses how automobiles were sold to the public and Gabe Klein, former DOT Director in Washington DC and Chicago who talks about what he believes their future might be.

Peter’s talk is at the 5 minute mark and Gabe’s starts at 28:15.  Questions from the audience and a discussion between the two start at 1:02.15 if you’re short on time. 

Jun 16, 2016
Episode 103: Sharing (Your Bike, Car, Bus) is Caring
36:27

This week we’re chatting with Sharon Feigon of the Shared Use Mobility Center.  I ask what shared use mobility is and we talk about the growth of bike share, car share, ride hailing, and more.   

Jun 09, 2016
Episode 102: Changing the Federal Rules
38:51

This week I’m joined by Kevin DeGood of The Center for American Progress and Deron Lovaas of NRDC to talk about rules proposed by the Federal Highway Administration to measure congestion and greenhouse gas emissions.

Jun 02, 2016
Episode 101: Moneyball for Transit
29:18

This week we’re joined by Laurel Paget-Seekins to talk about her work as a transit activist in Atlanta, her thinking about transit networks from her time in Santiago Chile, and her current work on data collection and dissemination as the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the MBTA in Boston.

May 26, 2016
Episode 100: Moving Sidewalks with Tanya Snyder
33:53

This week we’re joined by Tanya Snyder to look back a bit on 100 episodes of the Talking Headways Podcast. We also talk about DC Metro, Moving Sidewalks, and your transportation habits when you move to a new house.

May 13, 2016
Episode 99: It Costs More to Drive 'Till You Qualify
46:30

This week we’re joined by Shima Hamidi, Reid Ewing, and John Renne to talk about their paper “How Affordable is HUD Affordable Housing?” in the Journal Housing Policy Debate which discusses the issue of housing and transportation affordability.

May 05, 2016
Episode 98: A Shared Space Revolution
37:23

This week we’re joined by Robert Ping, The Executive Director of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute. We talk about complete streets, active living, and Pittsburgh's plans for shared space.

Apr 28, 2016
Episode 97: The City is a Painting You Walk Into
26:36

This week we’re joined by James Rojas of Place It! to talk about art in planning and Latino Urbanism.

Apr 21, 2016
Episode 96: Getting Transit Agencies a Seat at the Land Use Table
37:33

Brian McMahon and GB Arrington talk about TCRP Report 182, Linking Transit Agencies and Land Use Decision Making.

Apr 07, 2016
Episode 95: American Walking and Biking Benchmarked
37:19

This week we’re joined by Christy Kwan, Interim Executive Director of the Alliance for Biking and Walking to talk about their bi-annual national Benchmarking Report.  We talk about the awesome information in the report and why local activists might use it to advocate for better communities.

Mar 31, 2016
Episode 94: Measuring Walkability on the Wasatch Front
36:21

This week we’re joined by Muriel Xochimitl, Jon Larsen, and Callie New of the Wasatch Front Regional Council MPO in Utah to talk about their new interactive story map tool measuring urban street design that took the walkability research of Reid Ewing and Otto Clement at the University of Utah and turned it into a data rich map the team hopes will become a standard measure for all streets.

Mar 17, 2016
Episode 93: 100 Years of Cincinnati's Incomplete Subway
36:50

Jake Mecklenborg, the author of Cincinnati's Incomplete Subway joins us to talk about the history of the tunnels under the city that have been there now for 100 years.

Mar 10, 2016
Episode 92: The Indian Transportation Context
38:21

Akshay Mani joins us to talk about transportation issues in India.

Mar 03, 2016
Episode 91: Trinidad, Transit Dates, and Dive Bars
39:46

Ed Parillon comes on the show to talk about living in Trinidad, dive bars, housing, raising kids in cities, and transit dates.

Feb 25, 2016
Episode 90: New Tactics for Transportation Ballot Measures
37:22

Jason Jordan joins the podcast to talk about transportation ballot measures and new tactics from the opposition.

Feb 11, 2016
Episode 89: Food Culture, Regional Urban Form, and Memories from the Mall with Kristen Jeffers
37:57

This week we’re joined by Kristen Jeffers, the Communcations and Membership Manager for Bike Walk KC and the Author of The Black Urbanist. Join us for a fun conversation about regional department stores, hair salons, and more!

Feb 04, 2016
Episode 88: The Year in Transit Starts #3 with Yonah Freemark
40:53

Yonah Freemark joins us to talk about his new mapping tool Transit Explorer and the big transit projects that are opening or under construction in the next year.

Jan 28, 2016
Episode 87: A Car Free Travel Guide for Los Angeles
28:36

Author Nathan Landau joins us to talk about his travel guide Car Free LA and Southern California.

Jan 09, 2016
Episode 86: The Carpool Reimagined
36:00

Rob Sadow of the carpool app Scoop talks about the future of transportation and how his app works for businesses wanting more employees to ride to work together.

Jan 06, 2016
Episode 85: You Can't Surf After the Storm
33:27

Alisa Valderrama and Rob Moore of NRDC talk about how water and climate change effects cities and infrastructure now and in the future.

Dec 17, 2015
Episode 84: Houston Won't Be "Planning by Pitchfork" Anymore
31:46

This week we’re chatting with Jay Crossley of Houston Tomorrow and Streetsblog Texas. On September 30th Houston passed a new comprehensive plan and ceased to be the largest city in the United States without one. Plan Houston was over 14 years in the making and allows Houston to stop as Jay says “Plan by Pitchfork”.

Dec 10, 2015
Episode 83: Don't Miss the #NerdTrain
35:07

Matt Johnson from DC joins us to talk about how he's ridden 101 different rail transit systems and the origins of #NerdTrain

Dec 03, 2015
Episode 82: Gabe Klein's Start Up City
31:29

Former head of Chicago and DC departments of transportation Gabe Klein discusses themes from his new book called Start Up City.

Nov 19, 2015
Episode 81: Live from Dallas: Arts Districts, Carless Bridges, and Electric Light Parades
01:02:57

Live from the Rail~Volution conference in Dallas, we chat with Catherine Cuellar and Dave Unsworth about Dallas and Portland respectively.

Nov 12, 2015
Episode 80: The Built Environment and Public Health
45:02

Dr. Richard Jackson joins the podcast to talk about health and cities.

Nov 04, 2015
Episode 79: Pattern Cities and the Bellbottoms of Urbanism
44:13

Mike Lydon joins us to talk about Tactical Urbanism and Pattern Cities.  I also wonder, is Urbanism like fashion? Things just keep coming back into style.

Oct 22, 2015
Episode 78: Measuring Carbon Emissions at Street Level
39:49

Dr. Kevin Gurney of Arizona State joins us to chat about carbon emissions data collection at the street, the block, and the city level.

Oct 15, 2015
Episode 77: Three Weeks in the Mountain West without a Car
37:53

Tim Sullivan joins us to talk about his new book Ways to the West

Oct 08, 2015
Episode 76: Louisville's Urbanism Derby
31:09
Oct 01, 2015
Episode 75: A Transportation Innovation Revolution
35:02
Sep 17, 2015
Episode 74: Your Brain on Two Legs
34:15
Sep 10, 2015
Episode 73: The Urban Displacement Project
32:55
Sep 03, 2015
Episode 72: Remaking California's Transportation System
49:02
Aug 25, 2015
Episode 71: Indexing Livability for All Ages
34:03
Aug 13, 2015
Episode 70: The Missions of San Antonio
42:14
Aug 06, 2015
Episode 69: Tanya's Back! Platers Gonna Plate
37:12
Jul 30, 2015
Episode 68: The Freeway That Never Was
31:57
Jul 21, 2015
Episode 67: High Speed Rail Lessons from Germany and France
38:29
Jul 13, 2015
Episode 66: An Applied Urban Anthropologist
36:18
Jul 06, 2015
Episode 65: Charlotte's Urban Web
42:13
Jun 25, 2015
Episode 64: The Sharing Economy, Robots, and You
35:05
Jun 18, 2015
Episode 63: St. Louis is Awesome, You Just Don't Know It Yet
37:21
Jun 11, 2015
Episode 62: Metro Areas: The True Laboratories of Democracy
35:16
Jun 04, 2015
Episode 61: A Positive Vibe for Chicago TOD
36:09
May 21, 2015
Episode 60: The Missing Middle Housing
37:49
May 14, 2015
Episode 59: Milwaukee - The Fresh Coast
44:59
May 07, 2015
Episode 58: Oklahoma City Shapes Up
33:01
Apr 30, 2015
Episode 57: These Roads Won't Pay for Themselves
34:01
Apr 23, 2015
Episode 56: We Built This City on Transit and Roads
26:51
Apr 13, 2015
Episode 55: The City Lighting Revolution
44:48

Clifton Lemon and Steve Lawton of LightPlace Advisors join me this week to talk about how lighting is going to change in cities with the advent of the LED.

Apr 09, 2015
Episode 54: Urban Cowboys on Light Rail
40:03

Christof Spieler joins me again to chat about Houston.  This time we chat transportation and all the great things Houston is working on. 

Apr 01, 2015
Episode 53: Growing Up and Out in Houston Texas Part 1
30:51
Mar 24, 2015
Episode 52: They Took Our Jobs!! ...Downtown
33:45

This week on the Talking Headways Podcast I’m joined by Joe Cortright of City Observatory to nerd out on employment data and discuss their most recent report Surging City Center Job Growth.We learn how employment cores for many cities are growing and why this looks like a longer term shift in growth. 

Mar 12, 2015
Episode 51: The Peking Order
39:26

This week on the podcast I’m joined by Dr. Mariela Alfonzo to discuss walkability in China.  We talk about her recent paper, Walkability, obesity and urban design in Chinese neighborhoods in the journal Preventative Medicine as well as the lack of data availability for researchers, the obstacles to walking such as poles and poorly designed ramps, and the huge issue of air quality indoors and out.

Mar 04, 2015
Episode 50: Green Tripping
32:06

This week Ann Cheng of the California Transportation Advocacy Group Transform joins me to talk about their Green Trip program.   Ann, a planner, the former Mayor of El Cerrito California, as well as one of San Francisco Business Times “40 Under Forty” in 2014 discusses how housing developers can build less parking and more housing by giving residents better travel options through Green Trip Certification.

Feb 25, 2015
Episode 49: They Know Where the Bodies Are Buried
34:59

Mariia Zimmerman of MZ Strategies joins me to chat about her new report on local advocacy for transportation reform called Transportation Transformation.<>   Mariia, former Deputy Director for the Office of Sustainable Communities at HUD as well as former Chief of Staff to Congressman Earl Blumenauer, spent a year probing the local transportation advocacy landscape to see what issues people were working on, which regions were the most innovative, and case studies that look at the San Francisco Bay Area and the Washington DC region.

 

Feb 17, 2015
Episode 48: Urbanism in the Style of Gangnam
41:01

Guest host Randy Simes, Headline writer for the Streetsblog Ohio Network Blog and owner of UrbanCincy.com, joins me from South Korea to give his thoughts on his current home in the Gangnam district of Seoul and his previous one in Atlanta.  We cover Keith Parker’s turnaround of Atlanta’s transit agency MARTA, talk about the belt line and the types of people that won’t leave the cozy boundary it creates,  and Randy shares the best place to get southern hospitality in town.

 

From there we swerve from a discussion about Al Gore’s $90T plan to remake cities without cars into a chat about America’s crumbling infrastructure.  Or splintering.  Depends on what material the pipes are made from. 

 

And for the final few minutes there is a celebration of Denver’s 10 year anniversary of the Fastracks vote.  Regionalism and light rail on freight rights-of-way is debated and the locals might know what Randy means when he mentions Biker Jim.  

 

 

All that and more on this week’s Talking Headway Podcast

 

Feb 09, 2015
Episode 47: We Are Speeding by Design
38:22

Guest host Tim Halbur joins Jeff to talk about how we design our roads for speed, the idea that we need to design complete streets with Trucks in mind, age in cities, and the airbnb-ification of parking. 

Feb 02, 2015
Episode 46: Free Ranging Transport Data
33:14

Tanya Snyder and Jeff Wood discuss free range kids, bus riding dogs and Uber's data dump. 

Jan 21, 2015
Episode 45: The Year in Transit Starts (feat. Yonah Freemark)
38:17

This episode pretty much sums up why this podcast exists in the first place. You thought you knew something about transit? Listening to Yonah Freemark of the Transport Politic and Jeff Wood of the Overhead Wire (and my lovely co-host) geek out on transit starts of 2014 and 2015 is a humbling, and surprisingly animating, experience.

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You can study for this episode by reading Yonah's seventh annual compendium of "Openings and Construction Starts Planned for 2015" or you can come straight here and hear him tell it (and then argue with Jeff about it).

You thought the Oakland airport connector was a good idea just because transit is good? Get schooled. Didn’t know the country was getting its first bus/rail/bike/ped (but no cars!) bridge? Learn about it here. Wondering how escalator length impacts subway ridership? Yup, you heard it here first, folks.

With that, I present to you: Yonah and Jeff on the transit starts of 2014 and 2015. Spoiler alert: Last year was a good year for expanding transportation options, and this year stands to be even better. But don’t take my word for it. Have a listen.

Jan 12, 2015
Episode 44: Here I Am, Stuck in Seattle With You
32:39

Stuck in Seattle or Stuck in Sherman Oaks. There are so many places to get stuck these days and so many clowns and jokers making it worse. 

First, poor Bertha, stuck 100 feet under Seattle. All the tunnel boring machine wanted to do was drill a 1.7-mile tunnel for a highway that won't even access downtown and is projected to cause more congestion at a higher price than a parallel surface/transit option -- and it got stuck just 1,000 feet in. Last December. Now the rescue plan is making downtown sink. It's not going well. And to be honest, it was always destined to not go well, but it was a crappy plan to begin with. Luckily, there is a rescue plan for the rescue plan, if anyone cares to carry it out. It starts with some accountability and ends -- spoiler alert! -- with pulling the damn plug.

But if the new tunnel to replace Seattle's Alaskan Way Viaduct is likely to cause traffic tie-ups, it's nothing compared to the perennial jam on LA's I-405. The popular navigation app Waze has started directing drivers off the freeway and into the residential neighborhood of Sherman Oaks, infuriating the people who live there. Their solution: Try to convince Waze there are traffic jams in Sherman Oaks too. Our solution: Build a better transportation system.

And that's it! This is our last podcast until the New Year. You can catch up on anything you missed on iTunes or Stitcher, and if you follow our RSS feed (or our Twitter feeds) you'll be the first to know when a new episode is out.

Happy Holidays, and Happy Trails!

Dec 19, 2014
Episode 43: Level of Disservice
57:38

Whether you’re building an office tower or a new transit line in California, you’re going to run up against the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The law determines how much environmental analysis you need to do for new projects. But sadly, it’s better at supporting auto oriented development than it is at determining environmental impacts. 

That’s because instead of looking at a project’s impact on the environment, it looks mostly at its impact on traffic. And the measures CEQA uses to determine traffic impact focus on individual intersections, instead of the region as a whole. As a result, they end up penalizing urban infill development and transit projects while promoting sprawl and road expansion. 

Here’s the good news: This traffic measure, known as Level of Service (LOS), is set to be overhauled in California. Last year, Governor Brown signed into law SB743. Mostly what that bill does is allow the Sacramento Kings to build a new stadium. But the other thing it does is allow for the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research to come up with a new measure to replace LOS. We’ve discussed this on Streetsblog before, and this week’s Talking Headways is a special podcast episode all about how LOS works against sustainable development patterns and what is being done to change it. 

Jeff produced this podcast for the NRDC Urban Solutions Program. Guests include Jeff Tumlin of Nelson\Nygaard, Amanda Eaken of NRDC, and Chris Ganson of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research. Hope you enjoy it.

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Dec 12, 2014
Episode 42: I'm Not a Scientist
29:30

Do you ever think about the ecology of the city you live in? Not just the parks and the smog. Scientists are starting to examine urban ecosystems more holistically: the trees and the concrete, natural gas lines and soil, water pipes and rivers. The natural and the synthetic feed off each other in surprising ways. We're not scientists, but we found it interesting.

Then we move from the ecosystem to the highway system -- specifically, the argument made by Evan Jenkins in The Week to abolish the National Highway System. Chuck Marohn at Strong Towns thinks it's a good idea (which should be a surprise to nobody). Jeff and I aren't so sure. Could rail really pick up the slack? Would states make better decisions? What funding source would replace the federal gas tax? 

Enjoy this, our 42nd episode of Talking Headways. Find us on the Twitters already. And oh yeah, also on iTunesStitcher, and the RSS feed.

Nov 20, 2014
Episode 41: You've Got to Fight for Your Right to Party Politics
36:13

Has the stupor worn off yet? Election Day was last Tuesday, and we'll be living with the results for years. But Beth Osborne, a former Hill staffer and U.S. DOT official now at Transportation for America, says the changes on the Hill are no big deal: Nothing was getting done anyway.

So Beth, Jeff, and I examine the prospects for a new transportation bill. One is due in May, and it's a Republican House and a Republican Senate that will preside over it. Will lawmakers raise the specter of devolution of transportation funding to the states? Will they suggest that the Highway Trust Fund should just be used for highways? Of course they will! But the conversation won't end there. 

Even the short-term extensions aren't as easy as they used to be, and that could make the politics of a long-term bill a little easier to manage. Some people blame the end of earmarks for the difficulty passing a bill, but Beth makes the point that you can't very well turn a transportation bill into a Christmas tree for every member of Congress when there's absolutely no money.

We don't have a crystal ball, but here's everything you need to know to make an educated guess about how the next six months will play out -- this, and our coverage of the ballot initiativesgovernors' racesSenate leadership shakeup, and the new top transportation Democrat in the House.

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Nov 13, 2014
Episode 40: Uber and the Case of the Hidden Gas Tax
30:52

Uber is celebrating. DC passed an Uber-legalization law that Uber thinks cities the world over should follow. The problem is, most cities have much more tightly regulated taxi industries than DC, with a far higher cost of entry. In those cases, letting Uber get away with providing taxi services while complying with none of the rules is unfair. The taxi companies have been screaming about this for a while now. Uber's response is something like, "Catch me if you can, old geezer." DC's contribution to that conversation strengthens Uber's position.

In other news, a front group for the oil industry is trying to cause panic among California drivers about a "hidden gas tax" that's going to hit come January. What they're really talking about is California's landmark cap-and-trade law to limit greenhouse gas emissions, which will start including transportation fuels at the beginning of the year. Jeff and I called up Melanie Curry of Streetsblog LA to explain to us a campaign that didn't seem to really make any sense and she assured us that we're not crazy; it really doesn't make any sense.

Stay tuned; our election recap edition will be coming out shortly.

We want to hear what you think in the comments.

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Nov 11, 2014
Episode 39: That Indie Flick You Were Looking For
36:09

If you're a Netflix member, you're part of the downfall of the brick-and-mortar video store. There are all kinds of reasons to be sad about that, but we look at its implications for urbanism and transportation. Besides, now where will you find esoteric foreign films to impress your friends? There are reasons to believe a few hardy indie-shop survivors could keep hanging on for a while (and we encourage you to bike to them).

Next, we shift gears to talk about how Vision Zero is unfolding in New York City. Streetsblog has called attention to the need to go beyond grand policy pronouncements and do the dirty work of changing the very culture that surrounds mobility. Specifically, the police need to stop forgiving deadly "errors" by drivers and start taking death by auto as seriously as other preventable deaths.

And then we called it a day because really, that was a lot.

Tell us about your favorite video store, or your least bike-friendly cop, or whatever you feel like telling us, in the comments.

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Oct 30, 2014
Episode 38: Dear Bike People
26:29

Do people of color and low-income people ride bikes? Not as much as they could be, given all the great benefits biking offers, particularly to people without a lot of disposable cash. But yes, non-white and non-rich people ride bikes -- in many cases, more than rich and white people.

But even if they're equally represented on the roads, people of color and low-income people are largely missing from the bicycle advocacy world. The League of American Bicyclists, along with countless other groups around the country, are out to change that. We covered their report on equity in the bicycling movement last week -- but there was still lots more to talk about.

So Jeff and I called up Adonia Lugo, the League's Equity Initiative Manager. We talked about what groups can do if they want to reach out to new constituencies, whether infrastructure design really needs a multicultural perspective, and how the movement can start "seeing" bicyclists that don't fit the dominant stereotype. 

We know you have strong feelings about these issues. Tell us all about 'em in the comments  -- after you listen.

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Oct 23, 2014
Episode 37: Zero Deaths, Zero Cars, Zero Eurasian Water Shrews
28:29

Special guest Damien Newton of Streetsblog LA joins Jeff and me on this episode to tell us all about LADOT's new strategic plan, which includes a Vision Zero goal: zero traffic deaths by 2025, a vision all of our cities should get behind. He walks us through the oddities of LA politics and the pitfalls that may await the plan, as well as some really good reasons it could succeed. (Her name is Seleta Reynolds.)

Then Jeff and I move on to Helsinki, Finland, and its even more ambitious goal: Zero private cars by 2025. They have a plan to do it, which includes many elements that are already in place in the United States and that haven't -- yet -- brought us to zero cars. We talk about what Helsinki has in store that could get them to their goal.

And then we research Finnish fauna.

I know you're listening to this podcast on your phone while you're on on your bike or whatever, but when you get to a safe place to stop, shout at us in the comments. 

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Oct 08, 2014
Episode 36: OMG Enough About Millennials Already
36:14

Jeff is back from Rail~volution with all the highlights from the sessions he skipped because he was deep in conversation in the hallways. Isn't that what conferences are for? We discuss what we do and don't get out of these big meetings.

We also get into CityLab's examination of the gap between public support for transit spending and actual transit ridership, and we bring in some illuminating survey results from Transit Center [PDF] (and of course, The Onion) to shed light on what the people want from their transit systems. And we agree: While millennials are an important cohort to look at as we examine changing trends in transportation habits, good lord we are sick of talking about them

Stay tuned till the end of the podcast for Jeff's rundown of the conferences you can still attend this season -- there are, according to his count, 50 bajillion more. Pick one and go skip all the sessions and hang out in the hallways like the cool kids.

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The comments section awaits your contribution to our witty repartee.

Oct 02, 2014
Episode 35: The Real News About America’s Driving Habits (Short)
13:46

Consider this a bonus track. A deleted scene at the end of your DVD. Extra footage.

Or, consider it what it is: A short podcast episode Jeff and I recorded 2 1/2 weeks ago that never got edited because I went to Pro-Walk Pro-Bike and he went to Rail~Volution and we recorded (and actually posted) a podcast in between and basically, life got in the way.

But better late than never, right? Here is a Talking Headways short in which we discuss the Federal Highway Administration's recent (er, not so recent anymore) announcement that Americans are driving more than anytime since 2008 and so we'd better spend lots more on highways. Here's a quick visual to help you understand just one reason we thought their reasoning was flawed:

Above, the change in total vehicle miles traveled, and below, the change in per capita vehicle miles traveled.
Above, the change in total vehicle miles traveled, and below, the change in per capita vehicle miles traveled.

You'll have to listen to the podcast to hear the rest. It's a short one; you can listen to the whole thing while you fold the laundry. And there's something extra-adorable in there as a special prize for putting up with our tardiness.

Jeff will be back soon from Rail~volution and then we'll get to hear all about that, and then we'll be back to normal podcasts on, we hope, a more normal schedule.

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Sep 23, 2014
Episode 34: Pro-Walk Pro-Bike Redux
32:55

After a week at the Pro-Walk Pro-Bike Pro-Place Conference in Pittsburgh, it was all I could talk about -- and luckily, Jeff was an eager audience. 

In this podcast, Jeff and I talk about the relative utility of a character like Isabella, the new fictional spokesperson of People for Bikes and the movement for safe, low-stress bikeways. We dig into the announcement that U.S. DOT is going to take on bike and pedestrian safety as one of its top issues. And we debate the pros and cons of holding the next Pro-Walk Pro-Bike in Vancouver.

There were hundreds of workshops, panels, presentations, and tours -- not to mention countless side conversations, power lunches, and informal caucuses that were probably at least as energizing as the formal sessions -- so my impressions are just one tiny slice of the pie. We'd love to hear your thoughts of the conference, the host city, and your experience in the comments.

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Sep 15, 2014
Episode 33: Jeff's Milkshake
27:29

Forgive us for the unacceptable two-week gap between podcast episodes but this one is totally worth the wait. Your transit geekery will feast on our in-depth exploration of three transit lines (in order of fantasy to reality): Las VegasMinneapolis, and Salt Lake City.

Despite having population density that rivals Manhattan, the Las Vegas strip doesn't have high-quality transit running along its full length, but that might be about to change. Meanwhile, in Minneapolis, a light rail line is inching closer to reality but its route stops just short of the densest parts of the region, making it far less useful than it could be. And in Salt Lake City, a line that fails on many metrics is still being hailed as a great success.

And, do I still even need to say it? The comments. The RSS feedStitcheriTunes. That is all.

Sep 04, 2014
Episode 32: Crown Prince of Fresh Air
21:01

What would you think of a city planner, out ruffling feathers with his bold ideas about density and urbanism -- who commutes to work an hour each way from his ranch way outside the city? Ironic -- or hypocritical? That's the question we wrestle with in our discussion of Brad Buchanan, the head honcho at Denver's Department of Community Planning and Development. 

And then we head from Denver to Dallas, where MPO chief Michael Morris has unilaterally declared that the plan to convert I-345 into a boulevard is going nowhere. Trouble is, he doesn't actually have the authority to say that, and his facts are wrong. But by asserting it, will he make it true? 

Say your piece in the comments. And subscribe to this podcast on iTunesStitcher, or our RSS feed.

Aug 19, 2014
Episode 31: Zoned Out
27:03

Welcome to the dog days of summer! Before skipping town, Congress passed a transportation funding patch so they wouldn't have to deal with the real problem of the unsustainable way our nation builds and pays for infrastructure. I give the briefest possible rundown of where we are now before Jeff and I launch into discussions about the issues of the day: zoning and ride-share.

Houston is famous for its wild-west attitude toward zoning, but that laissez-faire approach was put to the test recently when residents of a single-family neighborhood protested the construction of a 23-story apartment building. No matter how the situation resolved itself, it was bound to have ripple effects through the development community. 

We also talk about new services offered by Lyft and Uber that bring them a little closer to true ride-sharing -- though, as we note, they're still a far cry from the platonic ideal: hitchhiking.

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Aug 13, 2014
Episode 30: Poor Door Von Spreckelsen
29:30

In this week's podcast, Jeff and I take on the infamous New York City "poor door," designed to keep tenants of affordable units segregated from the wealthy residents that occupy the rest of the high-rise at 40 Riverside. In the process, we take on the assumptions and methods that cities use to provide housing, and by the time we're done, we've blown a hole in the whole capitalist system.

Then we investigate the reasons behind the assertion that "restaurants really can determine the fate of cities and neighborhoods." We determine that food is mostly a proxy for other needs people have related to where they live, but we do love a good pupusa.

And finally, we wrestle with the paradox that if we love nature, we should live in cities.

Argue with our take on urbanism, economic justice, and burrito justice in the comments. Subscribe on iTunesStitcher, or our RSS feed.

Aug 04, 2014
Episode 29: Square Footage
36:04

Welcome to Episode 29 of the Talking Headways podcast. In it, we evaluate the potential of Boston's attempt to "gentrification-proof" the Fairmount Line, building affordable housing to keep transit from displacing people with low incomes. Too often, the allure of transit raises rents, bringing in a new demographic of people who can pay them -- and who, ironically, usually have cars.

One innovative way to build affordable housing -- and keep your not-quite-grown kids under your watch at the same time -- is to build accessory dwelling units, or backyard cottages. They're a great way to increase density without bringing a lot of cars into the neighborhood, but see if you agree with our conclusion that they have limited utility. 

On the other side of the spectrum is the McMansion, object of desire and scorn in equal measure. You might be surprised to hear Jeff's defense of the 3,000-square-foot house. And as a bonus, you'll get his distance runner's analysis of the difference between runability and walkability, in which he circles back yet again to the idyllic nature of his McMansiony suburban upbringing.

Tell us about your childhood and your square footage in the comments. Check us out on iTunes and Stitcher, or sign up for our RSS feed.

Jul 23, 2014
Episode 28: Good Riddance, "Level of Service"
33:57

All the buzz is about Arlington, Virginia, these days -- the Washington, DC suburb has seen its population rise and its car traffic drop at the same time. How did they do it? It could be a lesson for Palo Alto, California, which is considering various growth proposals, including one that would invite greater density as long as it comes with no additional driving, carbon emissions, or water use. 

Denser, more transit-oriented development would be a big win for Palo Alto, but ironically, California's environmental law has long penalized projects like that for diminishing "level of service" for vehicle traffic. A new basketball stadium came to the rescue, however, and the state has dumped level of service as a metric for judging development projects. That change could potentially slow down highways like "level of service" used to slow down smart growth and transit projects. It's a whole new world.

Check it all out on Talking Headways. Talk at us in the comments, subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher, or sign up for our RSS feed.

Jul 15, 2014
Episode 27: Walt Disney, City Planner
44:51

While most people know Walt Disney as the creator of lovable characters like Mickey Mouse and movies like Snow White and Fantasia, Disney doesn't get as much credit for his design of Disneyland. Turns out Disney made himself an expert on the subject.    

 

This podcast isn't a typical Talking Headways conversation. It's a 45-minute episode, produced by Jeff for the Overhead Wire, on one topic: the history and ideas of Walt Disney the planner. Guests Sam Gennawey, an urban planner and author of three books on Walt Disney, and Tim Halburdirector of communications for the Congress for the New Urbanism, discuss in detail Walt’s focus on planning places for people in Disneyland, Disney World, and Celebration Florida. 

 

We hope you’ll take a listen and enjoy. We'll be back next week with your regular dose of news and banter from Talking Headways.

 

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Jun 30, 2014
Episode 26: Helmet Hair
36:39

Did you wear your helmet when you biked to work this morning? Whether you did or you didn't, it's up to you. So why are there so many people shrieking about it? On one side, the 85-percenters, overstating the protection helmets offer against head injuries. On the other side, the 3-footers, claiming that it's actually safer to go helmetless because drivers give you more space and a host of other reasons. Some recent hysteria around bike-share and head injuries fueled this fire. Jeff and Tanya may not have put that fire out with our discussion, but they at least tried to make some sense of it. 

Speaking of fiery discussions, did you see the back-and-forth between Colin Dabkowski, a Buffalo News journalist, and walkability guru Jeff Speck after the most recent Congress for the New Urbanism? Jeff and Tanya clear up once and for all some misconceptions about how New Urbanism's winners-and-losers strategy does and doesn't address social equity. 

And in between, they take a moment to celebrate a small victory in San Francisco, where a community pushed back against the fire department's push to widen streets

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Jun 24, 2014
Episode 25: Rondo Revisited
28:06

Finally, there is a light rail line connecting the Twin Cities. The Green Line, running 11 miles from Union Depot in downtown St. Paul to Target Field in downtown Minneapolis, cost $957 million and several decades to build. The process of choosing stations was contentious but eventually embraced the proposals of the low-income communities that wanted stations, and the line is already being looked at as a model. It's not the fastest way between the two downtowns, but it might be the best way. Jeff and Tanya discuss.

Then we sink our teeth into the Sightline Institute's proposal to change the property tax structure in order to incentivize better uses of downtown space. That might help some cities with their parking crater problem.

And finally, we rejoice at Calgary's decision to tear down a whole mess of parking outside one of its light rail stations, and we discuss the balancing act between preserving broad access to transit and creating walkable, compact communities where they belong: near transit. 

We can't wait to read your thoughts in the comments.

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Jun 20, 2014
Episode 24: A Butterfly Flaps Its Wings In the Metro
36:57

The metro is coming to Loudon County. Eventually.

The Silver Line expansion that opens this summer will only go as far as Reston, but by 2018 it'll be in Loudon, one of the nation's fastest-growing -- and wealthiest -- counties.

As the county continues to add population density -- in large part by growing its communities of color -- will it hit 800 people per square mile, which is the threshold at which places magically turn from Republican to Democrat? And if it does, will it turn Virginia from purple to blue? And with such an important swing state shifting solidly to one camp, does that change the national political balance? And what is it with the number 800 anyway? 

We try to figure it all out on this week's Talking Headways. Plus, Stephen Miller, my colleague from Streetsblog New York, joins us to talk about what is -- and what isn't -- moving forward as part of the city's Vision Zero plan. 

And: Detroit is tearing down more than 20 percent of its housing stock to reduce blight and still splurges on roads. Is that the way to revitalize a city? The comments section awaits your comments.

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Jun 13, 2014
Episode 23: Les Rues Are Made for Walking
29:36

This week, Smart Growth America brought us the bad news: More than 47,000 people died while walking between 2003 and 2012. Most are killed on high-speed arterial roads. A disproportionate number are elderly or racial minorities.

Paris brought us the antidote: The city is lowering its default speed limit to 30 kilometers, or about 18 miles, per hour. Speeds are already set at that level in about a third of the city's streets. That's good policy, and one cities around the world should be following.

Meanwhile, the New York Times informed us that while housing is crawling out from the rock it's been hiding under since the bust, the new construction boom is almost entirely made up of multi-family housing -- a major shift from the single-family rut we've been stuck in for decades.

In this episode, Jeff and I process all of that and more. Find holes in our analysis in the comments. And don't miss an episode: Subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher or by signing up for our RSS feed.

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May 28, 2014
Episode 22: Houston, Transit Paradise
49:14

Welcome to a super-long extra-bonus episode of Talking Headways! We only took on two topics this week, but we got so gonzo excited about them both we just couldn’t shut up.

First, we talked to Christof Spieler, a member of Houston Metro, about the “blank-sheet” bus overhaul he helped design. Instead of trying to tweak the current system around its edges, Metro decided to start again from scratch, planning a system of routes and service that makes sense for the way the city is now. They thought the upside would outweigh the downside, but they weren’t prepared for this: There was almost no downside. By eliminating  redundant and inefficient service, they could optimize their routes without eliminating low-ridership routes that people depend on. And to hear Christof tell it, what they’re accomplishing is pretty amazing:

What we’re really doing is focusing on frequent service. We’re basically doubling the number of routes that offer frequent service, and we’re extending that frequent service to seven days a week. So: every 15 minutes, seven days a week, network of about 20 routes.

That puts a million people within walking distance of those routes; it puts a million jobs within walking distance of those routes. It is going to be one of the largest coverage areas of high frequency transit in the United States. And that is a huge deal for our existing riders, because currently only about 25 percent of our boardings are at stops that have all-week frequent service. This will take that up to 73 percent.

Once we tear ourselves away from Christof and his beautiful vision of the future of transit, we do a debrief on what’s going on with the transportation bill in Congress. The Senate bill isn’t all it could be, but in Congress nothing is ever all it could be, and this one at least stands a chance of passage — or it would, anyway, if there were an actual, realistic funding stream attached to it. No such luck. Tune in for all the gory details.

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May 22, 2014
Episode 21: The Census' Deep Dive Into Biking and Walking
33:13

We were so excited about the Census' first-ever report exclusively focused on biking and walking that we devoted this entire episode of the Talking Headways podcast to an interview with its author, Brian McKenzie. 

Bike commuting is up 60 percent since 2000, the Census data shows, and people with low incomes are by far the biggest proportion of the riding public. 

People who bike and walk are hungry for reliable data. While government-sanctioned statistics on vehicle-miles-traveled are easy enough to come by, where would you go for foot-miles-walked or bicycle-miles-ridden? Strava? No. The Census.

Not that the Census data doesn't have its limitations, and Brian talks candidly about those. But the data gives us a glimpse of who's walking and biking for transportation, and where, and why they stop.

Dive deep with us. Here is a full half-hour just for you bike-ped dataheads. Enjoy. And talk at us in the comments. 

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May 12, 2014
Episode 20: California Über Alles
34:49

Welcome to our all-California, all-the-time episode of the Talking Headways podcast.

We start with a statewide debate over whether $60,000+ Teslas should qualify for tax breaks -- or whether any electric vehicles should get tax breaks. Then on to the conversation about how California's cap-and-trade dollars should be spent. One proposal, from the State Senate leader, would spend it on affordable housing, sustainable communities, transit, and high-speed rail. And then we zoom in on Fresno, where one blogger wonders why the demise of BRT didn't get as much attention as it did in Nashville.

We missed the podcast after a long-ish break and are glad to be back! We hope you filled the gaping hole in your life from by our long headways by listening to back episodes of Talking Headways goodness and subscribing to us on iTunes or Stitcher or signing up for the RSS feed.

And, side note: The giveaway for our spring pledge drive has changed since we recorded this podcast. Now, you'll be entered into a drawing to win a package of zines and books by feminist bike activist and writer Elly Blue. Thanks for your donation!

May 01, 2014
Episode 19: Escobar's Escalators
34:55