Talking About Cities podcast Kresge's Carol Coletta unearths innovative ideas for making cities successful and interviews the people behind them
Equity. What Is It And How To Achieve It?
Episode 30 August 7, 2018 The Kresge FoundationAndrea Batista Schlesinger, a partner at the real estate and economic development consulting firm HR&A Advisors, dscusses her experience in developing strategies to make cities equitable and inclusive, emphasizing aspects such as equal access to public spaces and community-engaged design.
Closing the Achievement Gap at Georgia State University
Episode 29 June 28, 2018 The Kresge FoundationDr. Tim Renick, senior vice president for student success, explains how Georgia State developed a system of predictive analytics to use data to help students and keep them on track to succeed in coursework and graduate. The university has seen graduation rates improve "by leaps and bounds" and achievement gaps based on race, ethnicity and income disappear.
The Future of Washington D.C. Public Libraries
Episode 28 February 28, 2018 The Kresge FoundationRichard Reyes-Gavilan, executive director of District of Columbia Public Library, discusses libraries' evolution from mainly repositories of information to “engines of human capital,” how library patrons increasingly are becoming "creators" rather than simply "consumers," and how the D.C. system is building new libraries for a booming population and crafting some unusual public-private partnerships along the way.
Media and Libraries
Episode 27 January 31, 2018 The Kresge FoundationShannon Mattern, an associate professor at the New School in New York City, discusses the current media environment and its effect on public trust, the "smart city" movement and the importance of libraries and librarians to smart cities and people's lives.
Diversity: The Magic of a Market
Episode 26 December 20, 2017 The Kresge FoundationAdele Yellin, director of Los Angeles' 100-year-old Grand Central Market, talks about one of the city's few true civic spaces and how it draws together people and provides them with a wide range of food and experiences.
Reimagining Akron's Civic Commons
Episode 25 October 31, 2017 The Kresge FoundationSuzie Graham, president of the Downtown Akron Partnership, Nick Moskos, chief of planning for Summit Metro Parks, and Dan Rice, president and CEO of the Ohio and Erie Canalway Coalition discuss Akron's work to take full advantage of the historic canalway and the importance of listening to local residents, building trust and the challenges of working in broad coalitions.
Reimagining Detroit's Civic Commons
Episode 24 August 23, 2017 The Kresge FoundationDetroit 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 The Kresge FoundationTheaster 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.