Podcast listing page Introduction
Reimagining Detroit's Civic Commons
Episode 24 August 23, 2017 American CitiesDetroit Planning Director Maurice Cox, Liv-6 Alliance Co-director Michael Forsyth and landscape architect Alexa Bush discuss efforts to redevelop neighborhoods in northwest Detroit with an emphasis on inclusive growth and investing in civic infrastructure to direct redevelopment. Detroit is one of five cities participating in the Reimagining the Civic Commons initiative, co-funded by Kresge.
Reimagining Chicago's Civic Commons
Episode 23 July 18, 2017 American CitiesTheaster Gates, a social practice installation artist, and David Reifman, head of Chicago's Department of Planning and Development, discuss the city's approach to Reimagining the Civic Commons, a three-year five-city effort to reinvest in civic assets to create inclusive, attractive communities.
Reimagining Philadelphia's Civic Commons
Episode 22 June 27, 2017 American CitiesKathryn Ott Lovell, Philadelphia’s commissioner of parks and recreation, and Jennifer Mahar, senior director of civic initiatives for the Fairmont Park Conservancy, discuss the aspirations and challenges of using public-private partnerships to revitalize public places as assets that can help form the foundation of a vibrant, equitable civic life. Philadelphia is one of five cities participating in the Reimagining the Civic Commons initiative, co-funded by Kresge.
Episode 20 May 17, 2017 American CitiesMichael Shaw, program officer with The Kresge Foundation's Human Services Program, discusses new ways of thinking and working to make the $1.1 trillion human services sector more people-oriented and flexible in its approaches to helping those in need.
Women’s Health and Family Planning
Episode 21 May 15, 2017 American CitiesMark Edwards, co-founder of Upstream USA, talks about how the United States' high rate of unplanned pregnancies is connected to poverty, and how his organization is working to identify and remove obstacles that keep low-income women from getting the full range of effective contraception.
Citizen Jane: Battle For The City
Episode 19 April 21, 2017 American CitiesFilmmakers Matt Trynauer and Robert Hammond discuss their new documentary about Jane Jacobs, the author and activist whose 1961 book, “The Death and Life of Great American Cities,” is still considered important for its insights into how sidewalks, parks, retail design and self-organization all contribute to livable places.
Civil Rights: Lessons from Past Apply to the Future
Episode 18 February 20, 2017 American CitiesTerri Freeman, president of the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, discusses the museum's efforts to documents the Civil Rights Movement, the upcoming 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, and lessons from the struggles of the past that are relevant today.
‘Right-Sizing’ A City
Episode 17 February 15, 2017 American CitiesDoug McGowen, chief operating officer for the City of Memphis, recounts how the city grew through annexation in the past, its need to 'right-size' based on population density, and its desire to attract residents and increase density in the city core.