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All communities face certain challenges. But some people see challenges as opportunities. On Placemakers, we bring you stories about the spaces we inhabit and the people who shape them. Join us as we criss-cross the country, introducing you to ...Show More
The Quest to Make the Perfect Place

33:18 | Dec 5th, 2016

Imagine a place where you can stroll down the sidewalk, wave to yourneighbors on their porch, then pick up your dry cleaning or have lunch at the café.That’s the kind of walkable, compact, mixed-use community envisioned by thefounders of New Urbanism...Show More
Paid Podcast: Uniting a Neighborhood

19:07 | Dec 5th, 2016

Seattle’s Yesler Terrace was the first racially integrated housing project in the U.S. Today, it remains a multicultural nexus for the city. The Seattle Housing Authority and its partners at JPMorgan Chase have been hard at work rebuilding and rejuve...Show More
When Good Placemakers Go Bad

34:14 | Nov 28th, 2016

George Leonidas Leslie was perhaps the most sensational—and successful!—criminal in American history. An architect by training, he planned and pulled off a series of record-breaking bank robberies throughout the late 1800s and arguably ushered in the...Show More
A City of Blue Ribbons

31:30 | Nov 21st, 2016

Long before the Black Lives Matter movement swept the U.S., Dallas’ policechief tried to diffuse the anger and mistrust between minority communities andpolice. His reforms made an impact. The number of people killed in confrontationswith police fell,...Show More
Live Free or Die

29:28 | Nov 14th, 2016

How does a small group of people change politics? The Free State Projectwants libertarians to concentrate themselves in New Hampshire and promotelibertarian causes. Thousands have already moved, and thousands more are on theway. But not everyone is h...Show More
The Greatest Misallocation of Resources in the History of the World

28:44 | Nov 7th, 2016

How do you solve a problem like the suburbs? For one man in Arizona, itmeans creating an agricultural utopia, replete with picket fences and a communitygarden. He was inspired by one of our era's  most scathing critics of suburbansprawl: James Howard...Show More
Fighting Blight in the Gateway City

31:10 | Oct 31st, 2016

Three stories from St. Louis highlight different ways to combat urban blight,from fighting urban decay on MLK Jr. Drive, to turning vacant lots into lush cornergardens. Whether it’s one street, one garden or one tree, it gets easier to imaginechange ...Show More
Paid Podcast: Elevating the Neighborhood

19:22 | Oct 31st, 2016

In the 1950s and ‘60s, Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard was a thriving commercial district beloved by New Orleans’ African-American community. After decades of disinvestment, the boulevard has turned a corner and is starting to blossom, once again, into...Show More
The Warrior on the Hill

35:06 | Oct 24th, 2016

Washington, D.C., may be the political center of the free world, but its670,000 residents don’t have a say in the national legislature. What they do have is a“non-voting delegate” in the House of Representatives. Eleanor Holmes Norton canintroduce le...Show More
Building a Better Bike Share

25:37 | Oct 17th, 2016

Philadelphia has made a mission of making bike share attractive to low-income and minority residents, trying to buck the national trend of bike-share usersbeing white, rich, educated, and male. The city has moved bike stations intononwhite neighborho...Show More
The Recidivism Effect

25:12 | Oct 10th, 2016

When Bennie Lee was only 13 years old he became a leader of the Apache Vice Lords, an African-American street gang on Chicago’s west side. In and out of prison for years, Lee eventually landed on death row in the aftermath of a deadly riot at the Pon...Show More
Placetaking: Squatting for House and Home

28:22 | Oct 3rd, 2016

After punk singer Steven DeCaprio learned how to legally acquire tax-defaulted property in Oakland, California, by squatting, he decided to grow amovement of political “squatter-activists” to take over the land. The group, knownas Land Action, seeks ...Show More
Bigger, Better, Greener

30:06 | Sep 26th, 2016

A decade ago, a tornado wiped out the small town of Greensburg. But the town decidedto rebuild -- as a totally green community. Ten years out, has green rebuilding program beensuccessful, and is this a model that might be used by other towns? Or is g...Show More
A Soft Landing in Missoula

25:24 | Sep 19th, 2016

Mary Poole has been a nurse, an arborist, a jewelry-maker, and a mom. But she’s neverbeen a politician or an activist. At least not until one heartbreaking photo from halfway aroundthe world changed everything for her. Now she’s on a mission to make ...Show More
Paid Podcast: Mapping Urban Renewal

21:07 | Sep 12th, 2016

Over the last 40-plus years, Detroit has seen its economy falter and its population dwindle, leaving thousands of homes empty and starting a downward spiral of neighborhood decay. In this episode, join host Brian Babylon as he digs into how Loveland ...Show More
Internet for All

27:56 | Sep 5th, 2016

Chattanooga, Tennessee, has a lightning-fast, publicly-run broadband network that hasattracted a lot of tech talent to the city. But as the city builds an economy around technology,one thing is becoming apparent: There’s a gaping divide between those...Show More
The Matriarch of Spirit on Lake

30:36 | Aug 29th, 2016

Spirit on Lake looks a lot like any other apartment complex built over the past few years. But something very specific sets it apart from nearly every other apartment building in the nation: It’s an affordable-housing development aimed at gay, lesbia...Show More
Self-Gentrifying in the Bronx

31:02 | Aug 22nd, 2016

Majora Carter embraces the idea of “self-gentrification” in her native South Bronx. She founded a park in a spot slated to become a waste-transfer facility. She hires local gamers to test software and provide customer service for major tech outfits. ...Show More
Mighty Tieton

29:06 | Aug 15th, 2016

It’s no secret that climbing rents are driving many creative entrepreneurs out of popular urban centers. When Seattle book publisher Ed Marquand stumbled across a dearth of cheap real estate in a struggling small town not far from the big city, he th...Show More
They Tore Down Hell

29:32 | Aug 8th, 2016

Atlanta wanted an end to its public housing projects-- no more pockets ofpoverty, crime, and despair. In the 1990s, the city started tearing the projects down,replacing them with mixed-income neighborhoods. The shining success story of thiseffort? Ea...Show More
The Cheerful Hurly-Burly

35:24 | Aug 1st, 2016

To understand the stories we'll tell on Placemakers, you must understand the ultimate placemaker: Jane Jacobs. She lacked formal training in city planning but became an urban visionary who promoted dense, mixed-use neighborhoods where people interact...Show More
Coming Soon: Placemakers

04:20 | Jul 20th, 2016

Starting August 1, host Rebecca Sheir introduces you to people facing challenges and trying to make a difference in 18 different communities across America. .