Do you love Fort Worth and care about what goes on in our amazing city? Well, welcome to the 817 Podcast a weekly Monday morning show hosted by two Fort Worthians who banter and dissect the biggest stories in local culture, politics, and business. EJ Carrion tech CEO and Jimmy Sweeney founder of the Grand Berry Theater will host a diverse guest list of local leaders that drive Fort Worth’s future. We believe Fort Worth can be a nationally known destination for innovation, creativity, and economic opportunity. However, the climate in the city today is polarizing between an evolving community that deals with historic Cowtown roots and a wave of progressive newcomers. What we do today and in the next decade is crucial to the future of the Funk. How we respond to political friction, wealth inequality, and social injustice in our communities can make or break our national reputation. Do we become Austin, Texas, or Jacksonville, Florida? Join us every week as we do our part to keep either from happening. Have a story you want us to highlight? DM us @817pod or text 817-318-6375
Is Fort Worth a Fair and Transparent City? We. will. see.
Jimmy is out so Tony joins the pod again to riff with EJ about several important stories that have happened in the last two weeks. Tarrant County will go through an election audit. The city budget is finalized. Redistricting is on the way. Who will get an additional seat? EJ and Tony share their perspective.
District Map and Income Data: https://drive.google.com/file/d/19L9ZaiCUaxAbyx3Qnvm7gOcUzzqv1Dp-/view?usp=sharing
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Why People Live Where They Live in Fort Worth with Kyle Walker
This week's guest is Kyle Walker, associate Professor of Geography and Director of the Center for Urban Studies at Texas Christian University. His research includes US immigration politics, the demography of cities and suburbs, and open data science.
Check out his new book: Analyzing US Census Data: Methods, Maps, and Models in R
Where is Fort Worth's diversity moving?
This is a jampacked episode. We start the pod by talking about how Fort Worth made the Top 15 Cities in the U.S. according to Travel + Leisure's new list and what PBR's national rodeo event means to the city's brand.
The main story is urban development and how the suburbs are more diverse than we think.
One Year Anniversary Show 🎉🎉🎉 (Part Two)
This week show is a continuation of our anniversary pod as we dive into listener interviews to learn about the 817 pod community. We speak to Kent who grew up in Fort Worth and shares some important orgs with us, Ben an amateur comedian who is passionate about the arts, and Anthony a business professional who cares about giving back and keeping young talent in Tarrant County. Enjoy the show and your labor day weekend!
One Year Anniversary Show 🎉🎉🎉 (Part One)
Enjoy this very special episode which is part one of a two part show where Jimmy and EJ talk with listeners and celebrate a year of working together. Thank you to all of you!!
Crime Control Prevention District gets budget increase and UT Arlington earns prestigious designation
Jimmy and EJ highlight the increase in funding for the Crime Control Prevention District and discuss what UT Arlington's new designation means for the city of Fort Worth.