The Holistic Housing Podcast
Connecting community. Sharing ideas. Finding solutions.
The Holistic Housing Podcast brings together thought leaders, policy makers and program implementers across the affordable housing, community development and economic development field. Guests discuss their experiences and solutions on topics like gentrification, workforce development, homelessness, urban revitalization, sustainability, placemaking, the American Dream and so much more. Through these conversations, we illustrate how housing affects quality of life and in turn, every individual’s ability to lead a successful life.
Jim Johnston Returns
Jim Johnston, NACCED Board President and Manager of Municipal Development at Allegheny County, PA Economic Development, joins the show to take a walk down memory lane. We discuss his time with NACCED and his career in community development, including Pittsburgh’s cultural transformation from an immigrant-rich steel town to a modern tech and robotics hub, and how partnerships make all the difference in successful projects. Plus, we celebrate being together for the first time in two years, and ask, when were emoticons invented? And did Kenny Rogers wear rhinestones? Laura also announces a show hiatus – we’ll see you on the other side! Follow the show on Twitter at @HousingPodcast and send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please subscribe and give us a five-star rating. Thank you for listening!
Adaptive Reuse in a Virtual World
Repvblik co-founder and principal Richard Rubin joins the show to discuss how his company reimagines and transforms existing infrastructure to become workforce housing. We discuss the future of office space, how adaptive reuse helps address the labor shortage, and how to reckon with pandemic-induced questions about quality of life, as we inch our way closer to the “metaverse.” Plus, Laura learns what Branson, Missouri is, and Cameron shares some fun facts about a well-known (but maybe cursed?) Washington hotel ahead of NACCED’s annual Legislative Conference. Follow the show on Twitter at @HousingPodcast and send us a note at email@example.com. Please subscribe and give us a five-star rating. Thanks for listening!
Creating the Urban Dream with Clay Grubb
In the last episode of 2021, Clay Grubb, CEO of Grubb Properties based in Charlotte, NC joins Cameron and Laura to discuss Clay’s career growing up in the family business (including his time as a 12-year-old mortgage collector), why cars are the enemy of affordable housing, the need for more essential housing, and how solutions truly do come from all sides of the political spectrum. Plus, what role did Lexington BBQ play in ending the Cold War? And, we debut a new question: if you were a vending machine, what would you vend?
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An Emergency, not a Crisis
In his book, Sunbelt Blues: The Failure of American Housing, Andrew Ross examines the state of housing in Osceola County, FL. Once the main approach to Disney World, where vacationers found lodging on their way to the Magic Kingdom, the fifteen-mile Route 192 corridor in Osceola has become a site of shocking contrasts. At one end, global investors snatch up foreclosed properties and park their capital in extravagant vacation homes for affluent visitors, eliminating the county’s affordable housing in the process. At the other, underpaid tourist industry workers, displaced families, and disabled and elderly people subsisting on government checks cram themselves into dilapidated, roach-infested motels, or move into tent camps in the woods. We discuss how ineffective government planning, property market speculation, and poverty wages have combined to create this catastrophe, and what solutions are available.
Plus, in this episode, Laura continues to advocate for Christmas music out of season, and Cameron drops a Sherlock Holmes reference. Follow the show on Twitter at @HousingPodcast and send us a note at email@example.com. Don’t forget to subscribe and give us a five-star rating. Thank you for listening!
Meet Cameron Wheeler
It’s time to meet your new co-host! In this episode, Laura interviews NACCED’s new Membership & Operations Associate, Cameron Wheeler, on his work and interests. Topics include: storytelling, federalism, fruit, livin’ simple, and just why NACCED’s local government members are so special. Plus, how DO you pronounce Wawa? And, Cameron answers just about every questions that’s ever been asked on the show, and Laura finally has a hot dog ally.
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Building With Heart
Arroyo Village is an award-winning, first-of-its-kind community in Colorado to encompass a continuum of care for people experiencing housing instability that includes a homeless shelter, permanent supportive housing and affordable housing under one roof. In this conversation, we’re joined by two of Arroyo Village’s leaders, Laura Rossbert of Shopworks Architecture, and Dontae Latson, CEO of Rocky Mountain Communities, to discuss building using trauma-informed design to create opportunities and hope for people in need.
Plus, Laura D. reps the NHP Foundation Symposium (nhpfoundation.org) and asks, is it too early to listen to Christmas music? Follow us on Twitter at @HousingPodcast, rate, review, subscribe, and send us an email to email@example.com. Thanks for listening!
Great show. Informative and entertaining
Having listened to every episode, this has become something to look forward to every month. Perfect for NACCED members and anyone interested in a wide range of housing and community development issues.
One note on questions
I appreciate the content and commentary! I have one suggestion based on the fun questions being asked of guests and cohosts: that the term “spirit animal” be abandoned. There is lots of literature on how this term is appropriative and in many cases misused, therefore damaging to Native persons, communities and culture.
Informative and entertaining. Looking forward to more.