Brewing Up Community

November 26, 2018 in Business, Community

“The vaunted ‘third space’ isn’t home, and isn’t work – it’s more like the living room of society at large. It’s a place where you are neither family nor co-worker, and yet where the values, interests, gossip, complaints and inspirations of these two other spheres intersect. It’s a place at least one step removed from the structures of work and home, more random, and yet familiar enough to breed a sense of identity and connection. It’s a place of both possibility and comfort, where the unexpected and the mundane transcend and mingle.

And nine times out of ten, it’s a bar.”

This is a quote from Michael Hickey, a community developer in the U.S. A few years back, he wrote an article called “In Praise of Loud and Stinky Bars”. Hickey wrote that bars act as vital gathering spaces for communities.

And he’s definitely not the only one that sees the value in local bars and breweries.

Today, you’ll hear from Vanessa Mathews and Mark Heise about how breweries can provide a sense of place, build up other industries and give back to their community, one pint a time.

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Restorative Spaces in the City

November 12, 2018 in Health

Jenny Roe is an environmental psychologist. She studies how we interact with our world, and how the world impacts our health, wellbeing and behaviours. In this episode, John and Jenny bounce through a number of concepts, including how digital technology, car-oriented planning, green spaces and fascinating buildings are related to our health and well-being.

Resources

  • Learn more about Jenny’s work
  • Listen to a past episode with Mike Lydon to learn more about tactical urbanism

Cycling Through Snow

October 29, 2018 in Transportation

To get us all ready for winter, we talked to Calgary’s own winter biking aficionado. Tom Babin is an author, writer and blogger with a focus on winter cycling. He is the author of Frostbike: The Joy, Pain and Numbness of Winter Cycling

Learn more about the ways that bicycles can make our lives better, at Tom’s blog shifter.info. The blog discusses all sorts of topics, from how to make short bike rides easier, tips for keeping your feet warm while riding a bike, and how to make a left turn while cycling.