Within Reach tackles the biggest challenges that big cities face. Host Jennifer Keesmaat goes deep into issues that hinge on getting urban planning, traffic management, development, housing affordability and transit right
Within Reach with Jennifer Keesmaat (EP 9) Elliot Cappell
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Maybe its time we started talking about resilience and climate change, and how it affects our growing city. Jennifer is joined by Elliot Cappell, an international climate change specialist who focuses on climate resilience and is formally the Chief Resiliency Officer for the city of Toronto. They discuss what Toronto is doing to now, and into the future to help increase the city's ability to handle extreme changes in North America's weather patterns.
Within Reach Podcast (EP 8) with guest John Pasalis
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We like to believe there's a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow...if we can find the 'pot of gold'. If you bought a home at the right time, in the right place...you might have the 'pot of gold' already. In fact, we've based a lot of financial planning on this idea there might be a 'pot of gold' beyond the horizon. This podcast is about trying make life easier, but with housing, there doesn't seem to be a quick fix...it's just getting too expensive. John Pasalis is the CEO of Realosophy...his company is a real estate brokerage that uses data to help people make better real estate choices. John joins Jennifer Keesmaat to talk about housing affordability and the impact on the next generation.
Within Reach Podcast (EP 7) with Amanda O'Rourke
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We sometimes get trapped into thinking, big moves and big changes in big cities... demand big money; That there is little we can do in our own neighborhoods to make our city a better place to live. Amanda O'Rourke is the Executive Director of 8 to 80 Cities. A planner by training, she aims to accelerate action in reducing pedestrian fatalities with a project called "8 to 80 Streets". This project will transform sites across Toronto, showcasing how quickly different types of design elements can produce safer, more vibrant, and human centered streets.
Within Reach (EP 6) with John Sewell
City government…not exactly a topic that makes your heart skip a beat. But think about it, when garbage pick-up falls apart…it quickly makes your blood boil. Municipal services like water, road, and transit have the biggest impact on our everyday lives. Local government has always been the place to get in touch with your local elected official to impact change, but this simple premise has been a struggle in Toronto.
Today on the podcast, we’re joined by John Sewell, former mayor of Toronto and recent activist… to chat about how we can make the city of Toronto a better place to live.
The Value of the Neighbourhood News (EP 5)
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We are social creatures. And while we like the anonymity of living in a big city, we also would like to think that in a crunch our neighbors will have our back. Listen in as Dave Bidini describes the reinvention of the neighborhood news – and the launch of the West End Phoenix. What’s the role of the conversations taking place on our front porches in advocating for our city?
The Roads Aren't FREE (EP 4)
Guest: Jeffrey Tumlin, Principal at Nelson|Nygaard (Transportation Solutions) Author of the book “Sustainable Transportation Solutions”
It could be argued that we have a pretty shabby system for managing our road networks in cities – if the system worked, we wouldn’t be stuck in traffic. Most cities don’t have room for more roads, and as a result they need new approaches to better use the infrastructure we’ve got.
Listen in as Jeffery Tumlin, a Principal and Director of Strategy at Nelson Nygaard in San Francisco and author, makes the pitch for putting a price on our roads, as a way to get us all moving.