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A bi-weekly podcast with inspiring guest interviews and practical ideas on making your city, better. Practical advice to inspire you to take action for your place you call home. Join the movement.

Livable City Jim Hodapp

    • Society & Culture
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A bi-weekly podcast with inspiring guest interviews and practical ideas on making your city, better. Practical advice to inspire you to take action for your place you call home. Join the movement.

    A Bottom Up Revolution - Chuck Marohn

    A Bottom Up Revolution - Chuck Marohn

    How about progressive change, what does that have to do with livability? Also, quite a lot.




    Humans can only build, change and adapt to so many things in a short period of time. Building our cities into a state of “completion” in orderly but dumb prescriptive ways hinders the ability of a place to be identified with, loved and with a strong sense of care and ownership from those who live there.

    Chuck Marohn from Strong Towns is my guest today.

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Ecodesign for Cities & Suburbs - Larry Beasley & Jonathan Barnett

    Ecodesign for Cities & Suburbs - Larry Beasley & Jonathan Barnett

    Part II of the conversation with Larry Beasley and Jonathan Barnett.


    Why do we even live in cities? There's been a lot of criticism about them during the pandemic which makes this the perfect time to reflect on this very question. Larry and Jonathan discuss this and much more in this second half of the conversation, the first half from two weeks ago.

    • 53 min
    Ecodesign for Cities & Suburbs - Larry Beasley & Jonathan Barnett

    Ecodesign for Cities & Suburbs - Larry Beasley & Jonathan Barnett

    If you were in a position to lead a plan to make your city more livable, how would you do it, what would you do? How would you go about instilling your vision for greater livability but in close collaboration with your fellow city residents, how would you do that? Guest Larry Beasley and Jonathan Barnett share their wisdom and experience on how they did this during their own careers as planners and professors.

    • 56 min
    Reimagine Your Neighborhood - Jeffery Tompkins

    Reimagine Your Neighborhood - Jeffery Tompkins

    As they say, a picture is worth 1000 words. And when something in your neighborhood or your city has been a certain way for decades or even hundreds of years, it’s easy to forget that a physical place or the places where neighbors come together to know one another can, in fact, change for the better.



    But this is exactly the power of reimagining what a place could be like using basic and more advanced imagery and renderings. Also, it turns out places shape us as people either positively or negativel

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Expand the Conversation - Kea Wilson

    Expand the Conversation - Kea Wilson

    How do we know if our cities are livable? There are many cities that you’ve visited that have felt much more or much less livable to you compared to the one you call home. And this is no different than how livable other peoples’ homes feel to you compared to your own home. But the difference with cities is that thousands or millions of people call it home, and that makes it more challenging to steer them in a certain direction without creating significant injustices.

    • 58 min
    Transit is an Essential Service - Steven Higashide

    Transit is an Essential Service - Steven Higashide

    What’s the role of transportation in the livability foundation of a city? Even more specifically, what’s the role of public transit in making a city more livable? In places where transit has long been neglected, many might even think that public transit might diminish the livability of a place because it becomes correlated with increases in local crime.

    Steven Higashide, Director of Research for TransitCenter discusses the role of transit in the livability of a city.

    • 1 hr

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Jim demonstrates his passion towards improving our communities and connecting people in many more ways than bike paths and public transportation. Looking forward to more content and interesting conversations!

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