Polis: A Show About Cities

Polis: A Show About Cities

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A Show About Cities
011: E-Scooters And Bike Sharing: Future Of Transit or Public Nuisance?
Nov 5 • 67 min
Ben and Jon talk about the recent phenomena of bike sharing programs and E-scooters. These new modes of transport have taken the cities of the world by storm causing all sorts of unexpected outcomes. Our hosts get into their personal experiences with…
010: Los Angeles
Aug 6 • 65 min
A show about cities should explore concrete examples and case studies in urban growth and development. To that end this we our hosts begin a series of City profiles with Jon’s hometown: Los Angeles. They discuss the city’s history, present, and future as…
009: Megaprojects, Are They Worth It?
Jul 9 • 61 min
Megaprojects, they’re the biggest and most impactful manifestation of infrastructure and urban policy on Earth. Our hosts have a discussion trying to define these projects and break down examples of the financial disasters and engineering wonders they…
008: Airbnb And The Global Housing Crisis
Jun 29 • 65 min
Ben and Jon discuss the impact of AirBnB on cities around the world, how some cities are responding, and the broader implications on both urban housing policy and travel markets.
007: Walkable City Part 2
Jun 10 • 57 min
Ben and Jon dive into second half of Walkable City by Jeff Speck. They examine the 10 steps of walkability and the four subsections: the Useful Walk, Safe Walk, Comfortable Walk, and the Interesting Walk. They apply these to cities they’ve spent time in…
006: Walkable City Part 1
May 27 • 55 min
Ben and Jon discuss the book Walkable City by Jeff Speck. They talk about why you might want to read the book and the first two sections that cover the general theory of walkability and why walkability is so central to the functioning of a great city.
005: Autonomous Vehicles Will Reshape Cities
May 1 • 68 min
Ben and Jon discuss the looming arrival of autonomous vehicles. They go through what they’re likely to look like, how they’ll first arrive, and how they may reshape the world’s cities. They also touch on how these advances will impact investments in…
004: What The Best Cities Do Right
Apr 17 • 69 min
Jon and Ben discuss some of the best cities on earth and what they get right. They look at what these cities have in common and the importance of green space and street life. They then describe what an ideal city might look like if we built it from…
003: The Emergence Of Modern Cities
Apr 3 • 59 min
Ben and Jon discuss the when, how, and why modern cities emerged. They go into many of the key technologies that facilitated this transition and their externalities, both good and bad. They then talk about some technologies that have shaped cities in the…
002: How Permanent Settlements Changed The Human Experience
Mar 17 • 66 min
Ben and Jon talk through the origins of cities, where and why they started and what advantages they brought to early people. They also discuss the impacts good and bad of shifting into an agricultural and settled society. They touch on the power dynamics…
001: A Show About Cities
Mar 2 • 49 min
Ben and Jon discuss why they’re starting a podcast all about cities, some of the important questions we should be asking about the places we live, and how they first got interested in the topic. Then they wander off down a tangent about benches, trees,…