9,925Apr 14, 2011
State and Municipal Government Debt, Governors Panel
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) and Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin (D) testified on the fiscal status of their states. Governor Walker defended his efforts to strip public employee unions ...
9,051Oct 29, 1999
Book Discussion on All Souls: A Family Story from Southie
Mr. MacDonald talks about his book, All Souls: A Family Story from Southie, published by Beacon Press. The book describes the author’s upbringing in the Irish borough of South ...
2,588Sep 18, 1996
Book Discussion on Rosa Lee: A Mother and Her Family
Mr. Dash talked about his new book, Rosa Lee: A Mother and Her Family in Urban America, published by Basic Books. It focuses on a single-parent family of eight children in public ...
1,632Mar 2, 2011
Book Discussion on Triumph of the City
Edward Glaeser argues that the city is humanity’s greatest invention and our salvation for the future. Mr. Glaeser says that the 2/3 of Americans who live in cities (which take up ...
1,513Oct 11, 2012
Q&A with Heidi Ewing
Heidi Ewing, co-director and co-producer with Rachel Grady of the documentary film Detropia, discussed the premise of the film, which seeks to highlight the continuing deterioration of ...
1,453May 12, 2012
Book Discussion on The Good Food Revolution
Will Allen recounts his career change from a former professional basketball player and executive at Proctor and Gamble to urban farmer. In 1993, Mr. Allen bought a two-acre plot of land in ...
1,378Jun 8, 1998
State of the Cities
Panel members talked about current programs to revitalize cities. They talked about the ways in which cities are attempting to draw suburbanites back to inner cities and downtown areas and way ...
1,223May 13, 2010
Book Discussion on Detroit Disassembled
Photographer Andrew Moore presents a collection of photographs of Detroit that depict parts of the city in decay. Mr.Moore’s photographs focus on portions of Detroit that have been ...
1,211Sep 24, 2010
U.S. Conference of Mayors, Part 1
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed talked about the agenda of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, who were meeting in Washington, D.C. He also talked about stimulus spending in the city of Atlanta and efforts to ...
1,121Jul 30, 2013
After Words with Leigh Gallagher
Leigh Gallagher talked about her book, The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream is Moving, in which she argues that the recession and crash of the housing market have caused the rapid ...
1,103Feb 1, 2012
New York City Skyscrapers and Public Buildings
Architectural historian Barry Lewis teaches a course on New York’s architecture and urban planning at Cooper Union in New York City. In this week’s class he looks at the buildings ...
1,064Feb 1, 2012
Urban America in the Mid-20th Century
This week, an examination of urban America in the mid-twentieth century, with Brian Purnell, a professor at Bowdoin College in Maine.
The class is part of a course called, “The Wire: ...
906Apr 7, 2011
Book Discussion on The Seamless City
Rick Baker, former mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida, talked about his book The Seamless City: A Conservative Mayor’s Approach to Urban Revitalization That Can Work Anywhere ...
882May 26, 2010
Book Discussion on On the Grid
Mr. Huler examines what he calls the vital support of daily life that is “shrouded in mystery” - infrastructure. To understand how it all works, what needs to be fixed, and ...
858May 16, 2012
Book Discussion on Season of the Witch
David Talbot presents a history of San Francisco from 1967 to 1982. The city, connected to the counter culture movement of the 1960s, witnessed a series of transformative events in the succeeding ...
857Jun 24, 2010
Book Discussion on The Fires
Joe Flood recounts the RAND corporation’s partnership with the New York City Fire Department during the 1970s and the company’s computer model that assured efficient use of public money ...
848Apr 25, 2012
Post-World War II Growth of Suburbs
History Professor Andrew Morris discusses the unprecedented demand for affordable housing from the mid-1940s and into the 1950s that was created by returning World War II veterans. Professor ...
845Feb 18, 2003
Book Discussion on The Devil in the White City
Mr. Larson talked about his book, The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America, published by Crown Publishers. In the book ...
838Mar 4, 2013
Book Discussion on The Measure of Manhattan
Marguerite Holloway talked about her book, The Measure of Manhattan: The Tumultuous Career and Surprising Legacy of John Randel Jr. Cartographer, Surveyor, Inventor, in which she ...
800Mar 15, 2011
Q&A with Stephen Goldsmith
Stephen Goldsmith spoke about his career and experiences in public service. In the 1990s, he was mayor of Indianapolis, the country’s 12th largest city. After losing a bid for ...
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