Podcast

The City Inspired podcast was created to help civic leaders get good ideas about how to make their communities better.  Think of it as a playlist of the most inspired public action happening in the world.

We sift through the clutter of public policy and discourse to find the communities who are facing their challenges and taking advantage of opportunities at the highest common denominator.  We put a spotlight on ideas that are brave, different and creative.  We then break these actions down with an economist’s point of view into digestible, take-away talking points.

The goal of City Inspired is to learn from others and for people to realize that greatness is possible in their hometown by seeing what’s being done in other towns. These ideas are meant to be taken, improved upon, and taken again.

Find us on iTunes, Google PlayStitcher, or our RSS feed.

Recorded at Cloud Studios in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.


There’s A Better Way

Episode 20: A program in Albuquerque is aimed at giving people who are homeless the chance to work for a day’s wage. But is it a veiled attack on homelessness and panhandling? James and Alex discuss if there’s a better way than “There’s A Better Way”.

Original article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2016/08/11/this-republican-mayor-has-an-incredibly-simple-idea-to-help-the-homeless-and-it-seems-to-be-working

Author: Joey Glocke

Joey is a producer for the City Inspired podcast. He comes from Wisconsin and thus spends his time an arm’s length from cheese and beer.


Solving The Last Mile Problem – Bike Shares

Episode 19: Big cities are tough to navigate. Hangzhou, China, (pop. 6.7 mil), gets its people moving with one of the best bike share programs in the world. But many American cities, (like Seattle), can’t seem to figure it out. Intern Steven, a native of China, gives a firsthand look at what makes the Hangzhou system a success. Alex and James try to figure out how American cities can catch up.

Author: Joey Glocke

Joey is a producer for the City Inspired podcast. He comes from Wisconsin and thus spends his time an arm’s length from cheese and beer.


Don’t Bring Facts to a Feelings Fight – Political Ads

Episode 18: Politics is tied to emotion—and candidates know it. Alex and James discuss effective political ads and share some of their favorite national and local campaigns.

 

 

Author: Joey Glocke

Joey is a producer for the City Inspired podcast. He comes from Wisconsin and thus spends his time an arm’s length from cheese and beer.


Dawn of the Dead Malls

Episode 17: Malls suck, and they’re dying. James and Alex discuss how the mall-centric neighborhood of Belmar in Lakewood, CO rose from the dead.

Special thanks to our guests, Kitty and John.

Original article: http://buildabetterburb.org/a-dead-mall-becomes-a-downtown-for-a-sprawling-suburb/ 

Author: Joey Glocke

Joey is a producer for the City Inspired podcast. He comes from Wisconsin and thus spends his time an arm’s length from cheese and beer.


Reparations

Episode 16: What if a stranger restored your belief in humanity, if only for a moment, by supporting you and allowing you to claim something you need in a material way? James and Alex sit down with Natasha Marin to discuss her new social experiment, Reparations.

Original source: www.reparations.me

The Shrine of Asshats: https://www.facebook.com/events/1748736778726149/

Author: Joey Glocke

Joey is a producer for the City Inspired podcast. He comes from Wisconsin and thus spends his time an arm’s length from cheese and beer.


For Africans, By Africans

Episode 15: Alex and James take a look at the Nigerian film industry and its role in creating opportunities for storytelling across Africa. James discusses his film, Clam Watch.

Relevant articles:

Author: Joey Glocke

Joey is a producer for the City Inspired podcast. He comes from Wisconsin and thus spends his time an arm’s length from cheese and beer.


Superblocks

Episode 14: Barcelona goes on a road diet by creating “superblocks”. We enlist our intern overlord, Nicholas, to visit one of these neighborhoods. James explains “40 acres and a mule” to a millennial.

Special thanks to our correspondent, Nicholas Efthimiadis.

Original article: https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/may/17/superblocks-rescue-barcelona-spain-plan-give-streets-back-residents

 

Author: Joey Glocke

Joey is a producer for the City Inspired podcast. He comes from Wisconsin and thus spends his time an arm’s length from cheese and beer.


Governors Island

Episode 13: In a special edition of City Inspired, James and Alex sit down to discuss the incredible Governors Island in New York City with the president and CEO of the Trust for Governers Island, Leslie Koch. Under Leslie’s direction since 2006, Governors Island has been transformed from an abandoned military base into a vibrant public space, attracting hundreds of thousands of seasonal visitors and a diverse array of arts and cultural programs.

Author: Joey Glocke

Joey is a producer for the City Inspired podcast. He comes from Wisconsin and thus spends his time an arm’s length from cheese and beer.


Turning Dead Spaces Into Living Spaces

Episode 12: James and Alex discuss how cities are turning traditionally neglected urban areas, like highway underpasses, into creative and inspired places to be. Alex gets fired up.

Examples mentioned in the show:

Author: Joey Glocke

Joey is a producer for the City Inspired podcast. He comes from Wisconsin and thus spends his time an arm’s length from cheese and beer.


Bolivia Overcomes Gridlock with a Subway in the Sky

Episode 11: Bolivia uses flying gondolas to overcome geographic challenges. James, the king of cable cars, makes his case for bringing these to Seattle.

Original article: http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/feb/10/la-paz-cable-difference-city-subway-sky

Author: Joey Glocke

Joey is a producer for the City Inspired podcast. He comes from Wisconsin and thus spends his time an arm’s length from cheese and beer.


The Human Library

Episode 10: Cities around the world are opening up libraries that let you check out a human for the day.

Original article: http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/human-library-fosters-diversity-by-checking-out-people/

Author: Joey Glocke

Joey is a producer for the City Inspired podcast. He comes from Wisconsin and thus spends his time an arm’s length from cheese and beer.


Wild Leeks and Sea Kale

Episode 9: Alex tries to convince James that a food barge in New York City is not just a floating Whole Foods.

Original Article: http://www.citylab.com/navigator/2016/04/an-urban-food-forest-takes-to-the-water/478479/

Author: Joey Glocke

Joey is a producer for the City Inspired podcast. He comes from Wisconsin and thus spends his time an arm’s length from cheese and beer.


Practical Pigeons

Episode 8: James and Alex talk pigeons. The flying rats shape urban art, safety, and pollution in interesting ways.

Inspiration: http://creativetime.org/projects/flybynight/

Author: Joey Glocke

Joey is a producer for the City Inspired podcast. He comes from Wisconsin and thus spends his time an arm’s length from cheese and beer.


Facing Homelessness

Episode 7: In a live version of City Inspired, Rex Hohlbein hosted a dinner at The Cloud Room to discuss how empathy builds the groundwork toward facing homelessness.

A special thank you to our guest, Rex Hohlbein and his organization, Facing Homelessness, and to The Cloud Room for hosting this week’s episode.

Author: Joey Glocke

Joey is a producer for the City Inspired podcast. He comes from Wisconsin and thus spends his time an arm’s length from cheese and beer.


The Fair-Haired Dumbbell

Episode 6: Portland’s Guerrilla Development uses crowdfunding for the unusual Fair-Haired Dumbbell building.

Special thanks to our guest, Kevin Cavenaugh.

Original article: http://www.crowdfundinsider.com/2016/04/84504-oregons-guerrilla-development-completes-reg-a-tier-1-crowdfunding-deal-for-the-unusual-fair-haired-dumbbell-building/

The fair-haired dumbbell at night. Photo by FFA Architecture and Interiors
The fair-haired dumbbell at night. Photo by FFA Architecture and Interiors.

Author: Joey Glocke

Joey is a producer for the City Inspired podcast. He comes from Wisconsin and thus spends his time an arm’s length from cheese and beer.


Rialto’s Body Cameras

Episode 5: By using body cameras, Rialto, CA has made the one of the largest impacts in the country toward better policing.

Original article: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/04/california-police-body-cameras-cuts-violence-complaints-rialto

Author: Joey Glocke

Joey is a producer for the City Inspired podcast. He comes from Wisconsin and thus spends his time an arm’s length from cheese and beer.


Theatre of the Oppressed

Episode 4: The Theatre of the Oppressed describes theatrical forms that the Brazilian theatre practitioner Augusto Boal first elaborated in the 1960s, initially in Brazil and later in Europe. We look at how Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood uses the technique as a community planning tool.

Philadelphia’s Just Act and T.O. Philly’s blog.

Original article: https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/philly-theater-community-planning-tool-community-engaged-design

Author: Joey Glocke

Joey is a producer for the City Inspired podcast. He comes from Wisconsin and thus spends his time an arm’s length from cheese and beer.


Now Calling Sweden

Episode 3: Sweden is the first country to have its own phone number. We called it. That inspired us to look back at our favorite and least favorite tourism campaigns. Along the way, we discover how tourism begets tolerance.

A special thank you to all of the friendly Swedes that answered our calls.

Author: Joey Glocke

Joey is a producer for the City Inspired podcast. He comes from Wisconsin and thus spends his time an arm’s length from cheese and beer.


Pee Wars

Episode 2: A fed-up community group gets creative in tackling the problem of public urination by covering building walls with water-repellent paint and letting the “splash-back” do the work.

A special thank you to our guest, Johannes Everke.

City Inspired post: http://www.cityinspired.com/pee-wars/ 

Original article: http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/mar/04/st-pauli-pees-back-hamburg-red-light-district-revenge

Author: Joey Glocke

Joey is a producer for the City Inspired podcast. He comes from Wisconsin and thus spends his time an arm’s length from cheese and beer.


Germany’s Affordable Housing Solution

Episode 1: In the inaugural episode of the City Inspired podcast, we learn how Germany is doing a better job of keeping housing more affordable than just about any other Western government.

A special thank you to our guest, Johannes Everke.

City Inspired post: http://www.cityinspired.com/germanys-housing-supply-meets-demand-and-keeps-pricing-affordable/ 

Original article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/eamonnfingleton/2014/02/02/in-worlds-best-run-economy-home-prices-just-keep-falling-because-thats-what-home-prices-are-supposed-to-do/

Author: Joey Glocke

Joey is a producer for the City Inspired podcast. He comes from Wisconsin and thus spends his time an arm’s length from cheese and beer.