Building Vibrant Communities

Building Vibrant Communities

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A podcast for anyone interested in supporting and being a part of the future success of our cities and towns. From downtowns and high streets to main streets and small towns. This podcast covers a range of topics including activating public spaces through placemaking, main street small business success and growth, community building and fundraising, and much, much more. You’ll hear from main street directors, city officials, property owners, small businesses, designers, architects, artists, entrepreneurs and urban thinkers about what the future of our cities and towns may hold and how we can


“Changing the narrative - Placemaking as a tool for thriving and inclusive communities.”
Jul 29 • 31 min
Our guest, Kim Van Driel, the Director of Public Space Management at Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., is no stranger to shifting environments and constantly evolving community goals. But, nothing could have prepared her team for the dynamic pivot that was…
Lessons on How to Create Space for Your Community to “Do Better Work.”
Jul 16 • 25 min
Lessons on How to Create Space for Your Community to “Do Better Work” When software start-up Lessonly began they found space in an old school house in downtown Indianapolis. As they have grown, they’ve worked to maintain a connection to their values. In…
“How a corporation can support Main Street?” A discussion with Bill Brunelle of Independent We Stand.
Jul 8 • 20 min
In our efforts to support Main Streets across the country, we heard about Independent We Stand a marketing campaign from gasoline powered equipment producer Stihl. We wondered how a large corporation like Stihl started a movement to support small towns so…
“What’s Important About Place?” A discussion with Indiana’s First Placemaking Manager.
Jul 1 • 34 min
When Carmen Lethig became Indiana’s first ever placemaking manager she chose to work with Patronicity to develop the CreatINg Places program. In this week’s podcast we dive into what’s important about place, about how planners like Carmen can make better…
Pay it Forward: How a Zoom call started a movement to support black & brown-owned businesses and feed the homeless
Jun 24 • 30 min
This is a story about 5 friends who came together to make a difference in their community. In March, as the impact of COVID-19 was disrupting life in Detroit, Melanie D’Evelyn, Godwin Ihentuge, Jeremy Lewis, Shelley Danner, and Sarah Craft jumped on a…
“Social Capital, Power, and Access - The value of connection in growing capacity.” with Deborah Frieze
Jun 17 • 32 min
This week’s guest is Deborah Frieze, an author, entrepreneur and social activist. In 2013, she co-founded the Boston Impact Initiative, a place-based impact investing fund that seeks to create systemic shifts in opportunity for urban communities. Deborah…
“Welcome to Your World: How the Built Environment Shapes Our Lives,” with Sarah Williams Goldhagen
Jun 10 • 27 min
This episode’s guest is Sarah Williams Goldhagen, the author of “Welcome to Your World: How the Built Environment Shapes Our Lives.” She is an author and architect critic who has taught at Wellesley, Harvard and is currently a visiting scholar at the…
How can cities connect and cultivate a local creative community? A discussion with Sean Starowitz
Jun 3 • 27 min
How can cities connect and cultivate a local creative community? We ask this question and more to Sean Starowitz who is not only an artist whose work is focused on social justice and community engagement but who is also a leader who currently serves as…
Jaime Izurieta- A Passion for “Memorable” Storefronts
May 27 • 31 min
Jaime J. Izurieta is an architect and urban designer based in Montclair, New Jersey. He has been identifying patterns in the design of beautiful storefronts since 2003. He works as an urban designer and zoning code analyst and recently published The Ten…
“All in This Together - Creating a Sense of Community in our Connected Systems.” Interview with Ted Howard
May 20 • 30 min
Bridget and Ebrahim chat with Ted Howard, President of The Democracy Collaborative, an action-oriented progressive think tank. Ted is the co-author of “The Making of a Democratic Economy: Building Prosperity for the Many, Not Just the Few”. Join us as we…
Public art, placemaking and community engagement during a pandemic? “Just do it,” says Hannah Berry.
May 12 • 30 min
How can you make art, hold events and unite communities during a pandemic AND get funding for it? You just do it. Hannah Berry, creative director and owner of Lions & Rabbits and the force behind Creston. After Dark, chats with us about public art,…
6 Minutes from Toilet Paper - Why Where You Live Matters. Interview with Zach Benedict.
Apr 29 • 29 min
We’re joined on this episode by Zach Benedict, a principal architect at MKM architecture + design, inc in Indiana. Zach’s work has been focused on how design can impact the well-being of people of all ages and abilities. We talk to Zach about the power of…
What Can Property Owners do to Support Small Businesses? An interview with Noam Ron - Hudson Group
Apr 22 • 38 min
On this episode we interview Noam Ron, Partner at Hudson Group, a Boston based real estate investment and development firm to talk about how they’re working to support their small business tenants during the COVID-19 shutdown. We also dive into a bit…