National Strategies for Cities

June 4, 2018 in Community, Politics

How we build our cities is always going to be intertwined with politics. This episode is the second of two episodes where John talks to urbanists who have become politicians.

In the last episode, John talked to Jyoti Gondek, a city councilor in Calgary, about what it’s like to be a urbanist turned politician at the municipal scale.

Today, John talks to Andy Fillmore, a Member of Parliament, about what it’s like to be an urbanist turned politician at the national scale.

 In this episode, Andy and John talk about:

  • Why urban planning is an important profession that is going to help save the world.
  • The National Housing Strategy: a 10 year, 40 billion dollar strategy that was announced by the Liberal government in late 2017.
  • Why investing in infrastructure is important (even though it is seen as an un-sexy topic).
  • How citizens can get involved in political decision making.

Resources
National Housing Strategy
Meet Andy Fillmore
Learn about the Halifax Central Library
Follow Andy on Twitter @AndyFillmoreHFX

 

Urban Politics

May 21, 2018 in Politics

How we build our cities is always going to be intertwined with politics. This episode is the first of two episodes where I talk to urbanists who have become politicians.

Today, I talk to Jyoti Gondek, a City Councillor in Calgary. Jyoti has her PhD in urban sociology. She was elected as the Ward 3 City Councillor during Calgary’s municipal election in the fall of 2017.

Resources
Reframing the debate over growth 
The Opposable Mind by Roger Martin
About Jyoti Gondek
Find Jyoti on Twitter: @JyotiGondek 

Let’s Get Walking

May 14, 2018 in Community, Transportation

In this episode, we’re talking all about walking. We discuss the benefits of walking and have great conversations with folks including The People Walker (Chuck McCarthy in LA) and a Jane’s Walk Facilitator (Jill Roberston in Edmonton).

Resources
The People Walker
Jill Roberston, Dialog Design (Edmonton)
Jane’s Walk
The 8th Fastest Walkers in the World
5 Surprising Benefits of Walking
Edmonton Funicular Project
Jeff Speck – The Walkable City

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