18 episodes

nextSTL began as the St. Louis Urban Workshop in 2009. Since then, the site has continued to evolve. Incorporating more voices across more platforms to tell the story, past, present, & future, of St. Louis. The evolution of Facebook and Twitter has changed the discussion, and the process of writing about urban and civic issues. Conferences, events, appearances by nextSTL contributors on radio and television, we’ve done, and will continue to do it all.

Now it’s time to launch the Future Great City podcast. The podcast will facilitate more conversations with more of the people shaping St. Louis today.

The Future Great City podcast Conversations with the people shaping St Louis with Alex Ihnen of nextSTL

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nextSTL began as the St. Louis Urban Workshop in 2009. Since then, the site has continued to evolve. Incorporating more voices across more platforms to tell the story, past, present, & future, of St. Louis. The evolution of Facebook and Twitter has changed the discussion, and the process of writing about urban and civic issues. Conferences, events, appearances by nextSTL contributors on radio and television, we’ve done, and will continue to do it all.

Now it’s time to launch the Future Great City podcast. The podcast will facilitate more conversations with more of the people shaping St. Louis today.

    Episode 16 - Tishaura Jones

    Episode 16 - Tishaura Jones

    Just a week ahead of the decisive Democratic primary in the St. Louis City mayoral contest, our guest is city Treasurer and mayoral candidate Tishaura Jones.
    We have also spoken to mayoral candidates Lewis Reed, President of the Board of Aldermen (listen to Lewis on the Future Great City podcast) and Lyda Krewson, Alderwoman for the 28th Ward (listen to Lyda on the Future Great City podcast).
    From the Tishaura Jones for Mayor website (see her policy statements here):
    Building on a background as a public servant, financial services professional, and educator, Tishaura O. Jones was sworn in as Treasurer of St. Louis on January 1, 2013. She is the first woman to hold the office in the history of St. Louis and is running for Mayor of the City of St. Louis.

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    Episode 15-2 - Lewis Reed

    Episode 15-2 - Lewis Reed

    Our guest this week is St. Louis City President of the Board of Aldermen and mayoral candidate, Lewis Reed. Reed became the second official candidate for Room 200, a seat occupied by Mayor Francis Slay for the past 15 years. 28th Ward alderwoman Lyda Krewson was the first to announce a run in June. Listen to Lyda on the Future Great City podcast here.
    Reed is currently in his third term as president of the Board of Alderman, a citywide elected office. Prior to that office, Reed was elected to two terms as alderman for the city's 6th Ward. He unsuccessfully challenged Slay in the 2013 mayoral contest. 2013 saw basically a one-on-one primary, while the coming contest could feature a half-dozen or more candidates vying for the open seat.
    We plan to invite each officially declared candidate for mayor on the Future Great City podcast and feature interviews on a single page to better inform city voters. Our conversation with Lewis Reed ran well over an hour and we veered off into talking cycling and the city near the end. As a result, this podcast is presented in two parts, with the second half posted next week.
    Reed's announcement to run again was made with this video: Lewis Reed for Mayor of St Louis 2017, and accompanied by the following statement:
    St. Louis, Missouri-President of the Saint Louis Board of Alderman Lewis Reed released a video today (August 8, 2016) as an introduction to the community on his candidacy. Reed had previously made it public that he will be running for mayor, but this is the official announcement and first campaign communication. In the video, Reed highlights his diverse family life and why it is always best to include diverse opinions & perspectives, compassion and respect for others when addressing an issue.
    Also highlighted is his success in spearheading development in Lafayette Square and on Washington Ave as Aldermen of the 6th Ward, creation of Bike St. Louis, creating funding sources for youth programs, and bringing the NextDoor platform to the City of St. Louis.

    • 28 min
    Episode 15-1 - Lewis Reed

    Episode 15-1 - Lewis Reed

    Our guest this week is St. Louis City President of the Board of Aldermen and mayoral candidate, Lewis Reed. Reed became the second official candidate for Room 200, a seat occupied by Mayor Francis Slay for the past 15 years. 28th Ward alderwoman Lyda Krewson was the first to announce a run in June. Listen to Lyda on the Future Great City podcast here.
    Reed is currently in his third term as president of the Board of Alderman, a citywide elected office. Prior to that office, Reed was elected to two terms as alderman for the city's 6th Ward. He unsuccessfully challenged Slay in the 2013 mayoral contest. 2013 saw basically a one-on-one primary, while the coming contest could feature a half-dozen or more candidates vying for the open seat.
    We plan to invite each officially declared candidate for mayor on the Future Great City podcast and feature interviews on a single page to better inform city voters. Our conversation with Lewis Reed ran well over an hour and we veered off into talking cycling and the city near the end. As a result, this podcast is presented in two parts, with the second half posted next week.
    Reed's announcement to run again was made with this video: Lewis Reed for Mayor of St Louis 2017, and accompanied by the following statement:
    St. Louis, Missouri-President of the Saint Louis Board of Alderman Lewis Reed released a video today (August 8, 2016) as an introduction to the community on his candidacy. Reed had previously made it public that he will be running for mayor, but this is the official announcement and first campaign communication. In the video, Reed highlights his diverse family life and why it is always best to include diverse opinions & perspectives, compassion and respect for others when addressing an issue.
    Also highlighted is his success in spearheading development in Lafayette Square and on Washington Ave as Aldermen of the 6th Ward, creation of Bike St. Louis, creating funding sources for youth programs, and bringing the NextDoor platform to the City of St. Louis.

    • 48 min
    Episode 14 - John Schneider

    Episode 14 - John Schneider

    In this episode we speak with "Mr. Streetcar" John Schneider of Cincinnati. A longtime downtown resident there, John has been instrumental in the biggest civic infrastructure projects in that city over the past 30 years. This episode was recorded at the 21C Hotel on the streetcar line in downtown Cincinnati.
    John Schneider was a board member of Downtown Cincinnati, Inc. and served as its first transportation committee chair. In that role, he proposed and helped to advance the reconfiguration of Fort Washington Way (Interstate 71) through downtown, proposed the location for the new riverfront home of the Cincinnati Reds, and chaired the campaign that resulted in Hamilton County voters overwhelmingly approving the site of the Great American Ball Park.
    Schneider is an alumnus of Leadership Cincinnati, vice chairman of the City Planning Commission, and chairs the Alliance for Regional Transit. He has authored many articles on Cincinnati’s planning and infrastructural issues and is a frequent speaker on rail transit. Former Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory named Schneider “Mr. Streetcar” for his role in returning passenger rail transit to Cincinnati after a sixty-year absence.
    Schneider is Managing Member of First Valley Holdings LLC, a redeveloper of property in and around downtown Cincinnati. John and his wife, April, have resided in downtown Cincinnati for many years.
    *bio sourced from Rotary Club of Cincinnati

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    Episode 13 - Umar Lee

    Episode 13 - Umar Lee

    In this episode we speak with Umar Lee of St. Louis, an activist, author, and former cab driver. Lee became known to many during the 2014 protests in Ferguson following the killing of Michael Brow. He was also a vocal presence during the debate surrounding the entry of ride sharing services in St. Louis such as Lyft and Uber.
    We spoke with Lee about his upbringing in North St. Louis County, how things have changed, and how in some ways the scene has been set for years for unrest. Regarded by many to be a controversial figure, Lee's critique of the region is clearly a product of his love for St. Louis. In the podcast we touch on Lee's conversion to Islam, his time away from St. Louis including a stint in New York, and his return to St. Louis, and why he often rails against "Hipsters" on social media.
    Umar can be found on Twitter @penofumar.
    The Future Great City podcast by nextSTL is sponsored by Creatives on Call and Red Brick Realty.

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    Episode 12 - David Dayen

    Episode 12 - David Dayen

    David will be speaking at SPACE Architecture + Design this Thursday. The event is free and open to the public, but you are asked to please click here to register. The event is presented by nextSTL and Left Bank Books. Copies of Chain of Title will be available to purchase.
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    In this episode we speak with David Dayen, author of Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street's Great Foreclosure Fraud, published in May of this year. David was awarded the Studs and Ida Terkel Prize, awarded annually to a first-time author who demonstrates a "commitment to exploring aspects of America that are underrepresented by mainstream media".
    We discuss the broad, national foreclosure crisis, which was (and is) really is criminal mortgage fraud. The centuries old basic tenant of American land ownership is being undermined. At times, who owns a home can't be proven. Millions of Americans have experienced foreclosure, some are still in their homes, banks have paused proceedings in places where home prices have not yet rebounded. While the "crisis" may seem to be our rearview mirror, its effects are long lasting and will take decades to be resolved.
    While centered in the "sand states" of Florida, Arizona, Nevada, and California, where the majority of new home construction occurred in the past decade, cash out, interest-only, and adjustable rate mortgages were (and are) common in Missouri. In St. Louis, mortgage products often focused on the African-American homeowner, who may have had equity in their homes.
    David Dayen is a journalist who writes about economics and finance. He is a contributing writer to Salon.com and The Intercept, and a weekly columnist for The Fiscal Times and The New Republic. He also writes for The American Prospect, Vice, The Huffington Post, and more. He has been a guest on MSNBC, CNN, Bloomberg, Al Jazeera, Russia Today, NPR, Pacifica Radio and Air America Radio. He lives in Los Angeles, where prior to writing about politics he had a 15-year career as a television producer and editor.
    Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street’s Great Foreclosure Fraud
    David Dayen recent articles and more on Tumblr

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