The Urban Phoenix Podcast

The Urban Phoenix Podcast
Conversations around our urban environments and a better tomorrow for our cities Support this podcast:

Five Years Of The Urban Phoenix
Nov 10 • 18 min
A look back at what started this journey 5 years ago! —- Support this podcast:
Interview With Transit Apparel’s Matt Rogers
Nov 10 • 26 min
Matt Rogers doesn’t just make t-shirts, he tells a story of a city or neighborhood with every design he creates. Check out to see his work —- Support this podcast:
Don’t Disparage Our City
Nov 7 • 9 min
A recent New York Post article calling Rochester “Grim and Depressing” has me fired up —- Support this podcast:
Small Moves
Nov 6 • 11 min
We don’t need everyone to sell their car and move from their suburban homes into city apartments… we just need to help everyone take small steps —- Support this podcast:
Interview With Rochester Cycling Advocate Jesse Peers
Nov 5 • 15 min
Jesse and I talk about bike infrastructure, advocacy, attitude and more —- Support this podcast:
Redefining Freedom
Nov 3 • 29 min
What used to be symbols of American freedom, like attaining a license, are quickly becoming a burden —- Support this podcast:
Three Reasons I Bike In The Rain
Nov 2 • 14 min
People often ask me why I ride to work in the rain when I had a perfectly good car. Here’s my answer. —- Support this podcast:
Interview With Rochester Community Cyclist Laura Mack
Oct 31 • 16 min
Laura and I talk about cycling in our communities, bike infrastructure, the challenges women face with cycling today and the fun of group riding opportunities —- Support this podcast:
Interview With Civil Engineer Nicholas Russo
Oct 30 • 24 min
Nicholas Russo is a civil engineer from Pittsfield Massachusetts, and the creator of, an online publication that talks about smart urban design in his home city —- Support this podcast:
Challenge Yourself To Bike Through The Winter
Oct 28 • 11 min
Are you a “warm weather” cyclist? Grab some gear and challenge yourself to bike year round! —- Support this podcast:
New Tech Is Enabling Distracter Drivers
Oct 27 • 12 min
The newest safety features in cars accommodate careless driving… but we still put the onus on pedestrians to look out for themselves —- Support this podcast:
The Big Reason Drivers Disrespect Crosswalks
Oct 26 • 12 min
Drivers have been given ultimate priority in our country. But that doesn’t stop them from disrespecting the little space pedestrians have left —- Support this podcast:
Some Thoughts On Rome, New York
Oct 25 • 18 min
Why a downtown that draws is a must for this sprawling city —- Support this podcast:
Rochester’s Decreased Vehicle Emissions Are Likely The Result Of A Later Decline
Oct 19 • 11 min
A recent NYT article implied that automobile emissions have decreased in Rochester since 1990, where our neighbors in Buffalo and Syracuse saw an increase. Here’s the likely reason why… —- Support this podcast:
Uber, Postmates, Grubhub and Instacart Are All Bleeding Money… Until The Robots Come
Oct 18 • 31 min
A recent article in The Atlantic was the latest to reference the eye-popping financial losses from nearly every venture-capital-funded, app based ventures. But these companies aren’t losing money… they are changing the culture and banking on the fact that…
Buffalo’s Skyway, Transit Infrastructure and a Reprioritization of Urban Mobility
Oct 14 • 9 min
A recent opinion piece in the Buffalo News got me thinking about adding transit infrastructure versus reprioritization of transportation priorities —- Support this podcast:
Interview With Carly Reynolds, Owner Of Vine & Fig in Rome, NY
Oct 14 • 14 min
Carly Reynolds brings an “elevated” but approachable vibe to Rome with a new bistro. We talk about her business, her vision and how it ties in with Rome’s future —- Support this podcast:
Interview with Rome New York’s Jake DiBari and Danny Frieden
Oct 14 • 17 min
Recorded at Copper City Brewing, this interview features two “game changing” influencers in the small Central New York city of Rome —- Support this podcast:
UP Interview: Michael John Heagerty From Syracuse New York
Oct 10 • 22 min
Michael is not only one of Syracuse’s greatest cheerleaders… he’s an instrumental part of that city’s re-emerging fabric. In this remote interview, we talk about the arts, architecture, urban revitalization and his vision for Syracuse’s future! —- Support…
Following Up On Scotland Vs. U.S. Rail Battle Post
Oct 8 • 7 min
Yesterday I launched a UP post that compared Scotland’s rail network with that of the U.S. Here’s a short 6-minute follow up! —- Support this podcast:
Interview With Rochester City Planner Kevin Kelley
Oct 7 • 25 min
In this episode, I talk to Kevin about the Rochester 2034 Comprehensive Plan, Roc The Riverway, family life in the city and a host of other fantastic city-centered topics. —- Support this podcast:
Why I’m Obsessed With Micro-Mobility
Sep 13 • 13 min
Someone asked me recently why bike riding, skateboarding and scootering was so important to me. I thought I might answer “on air.” —- Support this podcast:
Where Our Cities Are Safer
Sep 3 • 14 min
People move out of cities for safety from crime. But cities provide a safety net when we make bad choices or just get dealt a bad day… —- Support this podcast:
What Uber And Lyft Are Really Trying To Do
Aug 11 • 14 min
Uber has lost an incredible amount of money… or have they? Investors are changing people’s minds about how we move about, and that could pay huge dividends down the line. —- Support this podcast:
The Range of Micro Mobility
Aug 10 • 14 min
In a follow up to a recent blog post, I talk about the importance of micro mobility range —- Support this podcast:
Wide Roads and Tons of Trails: Iceland’s Unique Transportation Build
Aug 3 • 12 min
Recently I spent a day in Iceland… while a new rush of tourism has led to the construction of wide roads, trails, pedestrian and bikes access still cover the landscape —- Support this podcast:
Electric Cars Aren’t The Answer
Jul 21 • 14 min
Most of our electric power is still generated from fossil fuels. The answer to our energy and environmental crisis isn’t electric cars, it’s smaller vehicles and living closer to everything —- Support this podcast:
E-Scooters In Nashville: A Tragic Death and Misplaced Blame
Jul 5 • 17 min
A 26 year old man was killed when his e-scooter was struck by an SUV in Nashville. Now scooters are banned from the streets. Why not cars? —- Support this podcast:
An Interview with Brooke Fossey from Bagel Bike in Pittsford, NY
Jul 1 • 14 min
Brooke Fossey found a beautiful way to blend her love of biking with a small business venture that adds character to her community —- Support this podcast:
UP Commute: Chicago’s Amazing Public Spaces
Jun 26 • 15 min
I was in Chicago last weekend. Chicago’s dedication to public space is simply incredible! Here are some thoughts on this, and on how other cities can apply these ideas. —- Support this podcast:
What Is Walkability?
Jun 17 • 14 min
There are many different definitions of a walkable environment. Here’s mine. —- Support this podcast:
Sprawling Within: Bigger Homes, Smaller Families
Jun 15 • 19 min
Sprawl isn’t just happening with regard to our metro areas, it’s happening within our own homes. Clearly, we are a nation moving farther apart in every way. —- Support this podcast:
Backseats and College Campuses: Why Millennials Are The Way They Are
Jun 6 • 8 min
We spent more time in the backseats of cars at a time when traffic congestion was the highest… it’s not wonder we want our cities to look more like the college campuses —- Support this podcast:
It’s Time To Stop Right On Red
Jun 3 • 13 min
Legal right-on-reds on our American roads become a federal allowance in the 1970s as a result of the oil shortage. It’s time to make this unsafe practice illegal once again —- Support this podcast:
Bikes and Scooters on Sidewalks Just Want to Be Safe Too
May 25 • 18 min
I’m learning how to ride a skateboard. It’s given me a new perspective on why we should be patient with bikes and scooters on the sidewalk! —- Support this podcast:
Looking Up
May 25 • 19 min
Our cities have work to do… but there’s nothing wrong with looking at the powerfully positive things we have accomplished —- Support this podcast:
Bike Advocacy: Safety or Legitimacy?
May 19 • 13 min
Bike organizations and active cyclists try to educate drivers on how to share the road with cyclists. But are they educating drivers on WHY people bike in the first place? —- Support this podcast:
Scooter Share in Rochester
May 16 • 12 min
Scooter share is coming to Rochester as soon as this summer. What should we expect? —- Support this podcast:
A Different Direction
May 5 • 8 min
Summer 2019 will lead the UP down the path of multi-media as I attempt to show you why I love city living —- Support this podcast:
Who’s Responsibility Is It When A Local Business Fails?
Apr 17 • 11 min
When a business closes due to lack of patronage, who deserves the blame? When people want transit but no one uses it, who should be on the hook!? —- Support this podcast:
City Streets or Highways: Which Would You Remove?
Apr 8 • 11 min
City Streets Or Highways: Which Would You Remove? —- Support this podcast:
Cars: A Tax On The American Dream
Apr 1 • 12 min
Urbanists aren’t against cars. We are against an America in which the most expensive form of transportation is actively subsidized about all else —- Support this podcast:
The Difference Between A Suburban Village & A City Neighborhood
Mar 28 • 13 min
Small town Main Streets are great, but here’s where they differ from Urban Neighborhoods —- Support this podcast:
The Urban Phoenix Podcast #3: Stop Blaming and Get Involved
Mar 12 • 12 min
Blaming political movements does nothing for our cities. Get involved and activate something positive —- Support this podcast:
The Urban Phoenix Podcast #2: Rochester Bike Share & A Year In Limbo
Mar 7 • 12 min
In 2018, two-thirds of Rochester’s bike share fleet was stolen. What does that say about our city and our city’s ability to move forward? —- Support this podcast:
The Urban Phoenix Podcast #1: A New Direction
Mar 1 • 11 min
The Urban Phoenix has morphed and adapted in its 4 years of existence. In 2019, we will talk a great deal about the relationships we have with our cities. We will talk more about social capital, and the ups and downs of our own connections with our urban…