The Mayors is a podcast from Blueprint, powered by REEF, dedicated to hearing from, well, mayors—the people who lead our cities, who make the big decisions, who fight for progress in steps and leaps, who sometimes succeed and sometimes fail. We learn about why our guests chose to become mayors and how they got there; what keeps (or kept) them up at night while they work to make good cities great; and the issues, solutions, policies, and partnerships they view as critical to building better communities. In conversation with urbanists Richard Florida and Padden Murphy, we’ll ask and answer the big questions that cities face—it’s a space for us to share, and learn, and celebrate cities.
Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Denver
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock has overseen one of the fastest growing cities in the country. In this week's episode, the Mayor talks to Richard and Padden about balancing the challenges and opportunities that come with rapid growth and shares the story of how a handwritten letter got him his start in city government.
Mayor Libby Schaaf, Oakland
From being laid off by the City of Oakland to becoming mayor, Libby Schaaf knows how to hustle. On this episode, Mayor Schaaf shares her journey going from lifelong activist to the city's seat of power, how private partnerships have helped her reimagine a mayor's impact, and why "potholes are hella sexy in Oakland."
Mayor Dan Gelber, Miami Beach
From the Florida House of Reps to the State Senate and now the top office in Miami Beach, Mayor Dan Gelber is a seasoned public servant. He sat down with Richard and Padden to share the wisdom he's picked up along the way, including how to keep a hospitality town afloat during a pandemic, lessons from being a Democratic mayor in a Republican state, and prioritizing livability in a growing city.
Mayor Francis Suarez, Miami
Can mayors be America’s political unifiers? Miami Mayor Francis Suarez thinks so. He recently sat down with Richard Florida and Padden Murphy to talk about real leadership, creating climate resilience in one of the most climate-threatened cities in the world, and Miami’s unexpected boom amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Mayors - Season 1 Trailer
Meet the mayors working to make good cities great. Hosted by Richard Florida and Padden Murphy.