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We're telling the stories of entrepreneurs artists and other creative class warriors making a go of it in cities and small towns all over the country. The Are We Here Yet? Podcast blends topics of economic development, urban planning and arts and culture. We are the official podcast for SMGravesassociates.com.

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We're telling the stories of entrepreneurs artists and other creative class warriors making a go of it in cities and small towns all over the country. The Are We Here Yet? Podcast blends topics of economic development, urban planning and arts and culture. We are the official podcast for SMGravesassociates.com.

    The Journey IS the Destination

    The Journey IS the Destination

    We're joined this week by our guest Rob Hunden, President and CEO of Hunden Strategic Partners of Chicago, IL.
    Rob discuses with us a topic that has as of late been top of mind for many of our listeners.  'How do we turn our community into a' destination town?' 
    Perhaps the better frame of question to provide is, 'What key components come together to make a place worth living and working in?'
    Through Rob and his team's extensive background in providing data, community outreach and other key support for projects throughout the Unites States we got a complete sense for pattern; the key factors that you can bring to your community or that are required to exist in order to encourage the growth of a neighborhood around a sport, a fine or performing arts center, a mixed-use district that is energized with the life and work habits of a wide spectrum of citizens.
    Find examples of Hunden Projects here
    That's this week on SMG's 'Are We Here Yet?' Podcast.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    AWHY Music Feature: Jon Faddis, Pt. II

    AWHY Music Feature: Jon Faddis, Pt. II

    We begin the two part series of our interview with Trumpeter Jon Faddis. He talks about his long relationship with Dizzy Gillespie and the many influences in his career.
    Learn more at www.trengajazz.com 

    • 30 min
    Do Rail Trails Bring Wealth to Neighborhoods?

    Do Rail Trails Bring Wealth to Neighborhoods?

    Craig Della Penna is the Executive Director with Norwottuck Network, an Associate Broker with The Murphys Realtors, Trailside Team, as well as the Owner of Sugar Maple Trailside Inn in Florence, MA.
    For 12 years, Craig marketed rail freight and operated New England’s largest and most successful railroad-owned, transloading facility—Railroad Distribution Services, Inc. For seven years, he worked for Rails-to-Trails Conservancy as their New England Field Representative focusing on the policy end of building rail trails as well as public outreach. Today he is a successful Realtor, the fist realtor in the US specializing in the sale of property near to rail trails.
    He spoke with us just before their annual conference being held this year in Gilbertville, MA.  
    In talking about the history and his pivotal role in progressing multiple trails in Massachusetts, we get the story that leads us to this pivotal 'Are We Here Yet?' question: Do Rail Trails Bring Wealth to Neighborhoods. 
    In countless examples, such as the Erie Canalway Trail the state of New York surmises the completed trail has created $250MM USD per mile of trial of economic development. 
    By incorporating other important priorities of more sustainable and human-scale development into trialside projects, such as this one in Falls Church, VA, communities are solving middle-market housing challenges as well as bringing important parcels back live on municipal tax roles. 
    Click here for Norwottuck Network's latest Newsletter
    Our episode is a trail map of sorts, guiding you on how to optimize your trail space for maximum momentum.  
    On this episode of SMG's 'Are We Here Yet?' podcast.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    AWHY Music Feature: Jon Faddis, Pt. I

    AWHY Music Feature: Jon Faddis, Pt. I

    We begin the two part series of our interview with Trumpeter Jon Faddis. He talks about his long relationship with Dizzy Gillespie and the many influences in his career.
    Learn more at www.trengajazz.com 

    • 30 min
    The Economics of a Post Roe America

    The Economics of a Post Roe America

    We've tackled the social and political implications of Dobbs v Jackson on our sister podcast, On The Rocks Politica.
    We've written essays on what it means to communities and to women from a broad spectrum of experience and socio-economic backgrounds on this podcast and at 'Essays from An Artist.
    So it was important here at M the Media Project that we tackle the economic implications on this week's 'Are We Here Yet?' podcast.
    Our guest, Chanel Dubofsky is an author, educator and advocate who shared with us a multiplicity of information regarding the economic implications for women and for society as a whole due to restrictions placed on women to access reproductive healthcare.
    Chanel's Lilith Article June 24 2022
    About Chanel:
    Chanel Dubofsky's writing on reproductive health, abortion access, religion, and pop culture can be found in New York Magazine, Lilith, and others. She is currently working on a novel about American Jews in Israel and Palestine in the aftermath of the 1967 war, and appears in the new documentary 'My So-Called Selfish Life', about the choice to be childfree.  The movie is streaming beginning July 29.  She has an MFA in Fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and lives in Brooklyn, NY.
    For those in need you'll find resources mentioned in our episode and then some here.  Thank you to Chanel for providing both resources and insight to empower us all.  We have a generations work to accomplish.
    Abortion Resources 
    Learn about the difference between abortion pills (mifepristone and misoprostol) and emergency contraception (Plan B, Ella). What's the Difference? The Abortion Pill vs. Emergency Contraception
    Give to abortion funds in states that will absorb abortion seekers from states where abortion is banned (New Mexico, Illinois, Colorado, Minnesota). If you can't give, spread the word about abortion funds. www.abortionfunds.org
    Spread the word about abortion pills. Find out more at abortionpillinfo.org      
    Consider how you may hold and perpetuate abortion stigma, or negative attitude and wrong information about abortion by anti-choicers. Everyone has been impacted by abortion stigma, even if you work for abortion justice. Some examples of abortion stigma:
                "I would never have an abortion, but…"
                "No one wants to have an abortion."
                "Only cis women have abortions."
                "Abortion leads to infertility, cancer, depression (etc)."
    You might not know that these 4 statements perpetuate abortion stigma, but they do
    Let's talk about the stigma of multiple abortions
    Just 5 Things that are More Dangerous Than Abortion   
    Learn about Crisis Pregnancy Centers - anti choice medical clinics which use religions coercion and shame, as well as lies about abortion, pregnancy, and birth control to steer folx (particularly young people, queer people, and BIPOC) away from abortion care.
    Reproductive Transparency Now
    Pro-Truth Home - Pro-Truth (A map of CPCs in New York state) 
    Crisis Pregnancy Center Map
    How to Spot a Crisis Pregnancy Center Before You Walk in the Door 
    CPCs in New Hampshire:  https://www.instagram.com/p/CforFxMuvJH/
    Follow abortion justice and reproductive justice activists on social media: WeTestify, Indigeneous Women Rising, Shout Your Abortion, Yellowhammer Fund, SisterSong, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice,etc.
    Plus: 
    The Turnaway Study
    Abortion Finder
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    Massachusetts Abortion Laws
    New Hampshire Abortion Laws
    The Reality of Accessing Abortion in the Bluest of States  
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    No More Coat Hanger Imagery
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    For Pro-Choice/Pro-Abortion People of Faith 
    You can be a religious person and support reproductive rights  
    Abortion's Religious History—Forgotten Job of Clergy Pre-Roe
    Rev. Warnock blasted for being a 'pro-choice pastor,' but his position isn't uncommon 
    Why Some Progressive Christians Support Abortion Rights 

    • 1 hr 39 min
    AWHY Music Feature: The Royal Bopsters

    AWHY Music Feature: The Royal Bopsters

    We met the Royal Bopsters at the Newport Jazz Festival last year. We talked with each member of the group and their special guest legendary Singer, Shelia Jordan. We learned about the beginning of the group and their support from Shelia Jordan. Sadly in early 2020 the alto, Holli Ross passed away.
    Learn more about the Royal Bopsters at https://www.royalbopsters.com

    • 29 min

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