Carol Coletta of Knight Foundation unearths innovative ideas for making cities successful and interviews the people behind them.
Knight Cities podcast: Mixed-income neighborhoods build better communities, with Joe Cortright (episode 56)
City Observatory is a daily source of data analysis and policy recommendations on how to make cities successful. The site helps readers separate fact from fiction when it comes to cities. This week, we talked with City Observatory founder and economist Joe Cortright.
Knight Cities podcast: David Maraniss tells the story of how Detroit exported innovation (episode 55)
Detroit was once the innovation center of America. Ingenuity propelled a booming auto industry, Motown synthesized and popularized a new form of music, and social change poured out on race and workers’ rights.
In his new book, “Once in a Great City,” David Maraniss has captured this story of Detroit of the early ’60s. Born in Detroit, David is an associate editor at The Washington Post and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author.
Knight Cities podcast: Using the design of public spaces to increase civic engagement, with Joanna Frank (episode 54)
The Center for Active Design has led the development of design guidelines for promoting physical activity.
Knight Cities podcast: Bringing renewal to Newcastle (Australia) (episode 53)
While between projects in late 2007 and early 2008, Marcus Westbury, a maker, festival director and writer, was exploring his hometown of Newcastle, Australia, and found dozens of buildings and once-vibrant streets that 'had fallen into disrepair and despair.' Today, however, Lonely Planet describes Newcastle as a city whose 'time has finally come.' Marcus' new book, 'Creating Cities,' tells the story of how Newcastle transformed.
Knight Cities podcast: Sowing Detroit’s future in the fertile ground of vacant lots, with Erin Kelly (episode 52)
Erin Kelly is program manager of Innovative Landscapes, an initiative of Detroit Future City.
Knight Cities podcast: Renaissance of Detroit riverfront invites public participation (episode 51)
Make your way to the edge of downtown Detroit, and you will find a river. Until recently, it wouldn't have been a very inviting experience. But today, the Detroit riverfront has become one of America's best waterfront parks. Mark Wallace is president and CEO of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, the organization responsible for turning the waterfront into a great place for people.