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Tag Archives: Cities

KunstlerCast #131: Portland, Oregon

The Urban Growth Boundary Released: Oct. 28, 2010 James Howard Kunstler discusses Portland, Oregon–an American city that gets a lot of things right. Topics include: the urban growth boundary, architecture, transit and political attitudes. Come see JHK read from The Witch of Hebron in Washington County, where the World Made By Hand novels are set, more »

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KunstlerCast #130: Seattle

Starbucks City Released: Oct. 21, 2010 James Howard Kunstler shares his observations of Seattle based on his recent trip to that city. He believes that the Queen Anne Hill neighborhood gives one an idea of what the best of American urbanism can be, inspite of some clunky housing types. Though downtown is active and fairly more »

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KunstlerCast #128: Travelogue – WA, LA, N.H.

Restoring Traditional Building Crafts, Design and Urbanism Released: Oct. 7, 2010 James Howard Kunstler checks in with Duncan via phone on the West Coast leg of his book tour for The Witch of Hebron. The bulk of the converstaion is about JHK’s recent visit to New Orleans and his experience meeting preservationists working to replace more »

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KunstlerCast #127: The Tragedy of the Commons

JHK Visits Bay City Michigan Released: Sept. 30, 2010 James Howard Kunstler explains the Tragedy of the Commons, as first described by Garrett Hardin in 1968, as how this philosophical theory relates to the public realm, suburbia, private property, commerce, environmentalism and concepts of freedom. This episode also includes a short radio story produced by more »

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KunstlerCast #126: The Disservice Industry & The Next Manhattan Project

Will Boomers Answer the Call? Released: Sept. 23, 2010 James Howard Kunstler joins Duncan by phone from his hotel room in New Orleans. Their conversation moves from Dearborn, Michigan (2:49 – 5:13 mins) to the failings of the airline industry (5:13 – 14:30 mins), to Burlington, Vt. (14:30 – 22:45 mins), to the potential of more »

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KunstlerCast #125: Cassandra, A Thought Experiment

JHK Travels Back in Time to Warn The American People of the Future that Awaits Them Released: Sept. 16, 2010. Duncan asks JHK what he would say to the American people of 1946 if he had the means to travel back in time. What would Kunstler tell them about the suburban dream as promised to more »

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KunstlerCast #124: The American Vacation

Motoring Thru New England Released: Sept. 2, 2010. James Howard Kunstler muses on The American Vacation and why the act of vacationing in the U.S. has become so stressful and unpleasant. He also shares his observations on Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, three states he visited during his own recent vacation. Kunstler doesn’t believe that more »

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KunstlerCast #119: The Projects

Concentrating Poverty Released: July 8, 2010. JHK explores a mostly abandoned low-income housing project in Duncan’s neighborhood. Two of the three 9-story brick “vertical slums” are boarded up and abandoned. They come complete with their own “rape-o-matic” tunnel for pedestrians to travel under the bridge ramp that separates them. Kunstler says these “towers in a more »

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KunstlerCast #118: A Great American Street

Strolling Uncle Sam’s Neighborhood Released: July 3, 2010. JHK and Duncan celebrate the Fourth of July by touring Uncle Sam’s neighborhood. They stroll down Second Street in Troy NY, admiring the 19th century architecture along the way. Destinations include: Russell Sage College, the county court house and one of only two privately owned and maintained more »

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KunstlerCast #117: Berlin

History, The Prankster Released: June 24, 2010. James Howard Kunstler reports on his recent trip to Berlin, Germany…where everybody knows his name. Thirteen years ago, JHK traveled to Berlin to research a chapter for his third nonfiction book, The City in Mind. On his recent trip, he discovered that the place has healed remarkably over more »

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KunstlerCast #115: Atlanta

Notes from the New South Released: June 10, 2010. James Howard Kunstler shares his observations after a recent trip to Atlanta, Ga. Check out JHK’s Essay “The Horror of Downtown Atlanta.” Atlanta Direct Download: KunstlerCast_115.mp3 (15 MB | 23:15 mins.) Listener Caller Line: 1-(866) 924-9499 toll-free

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KunstlerCast #105: Virtual Tour of Baltimore – Part 2

Google Street Views of B’more Released: April 1, 2010. James Howard Kunstler continues his virtual “walking” tour/commentary of Baltimore, Maryland. In this tour, he inspects the light rail system, the water taxi and market place in historic Fell’s Point neighborhood, and a new urbanist-influenced condo-harbor district. He concludes the tour at the Legg Mason building, more »

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KunstlerCast #104: Virtual Tour of Baltimore – Part 1

Google Street Views of B’more Released: March 25, 2010. James Howard Kunstler sometimes thinks of Baltimore, Maryland as the poster child for how cities are going to contract in this country and around the world as we enter into a new energy era. In many ways, Kunstler says Baltimore is a very damaged city, but more »

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KunstlerCast #103: Parking Militants & Hot Heads

Passionate Positions on Parking Released: March 18, 2010. James Howard Kunstler is sometimes propelled into “mad dog mode” when speaking about the modern American landscape. But tempers fly on all sides of these urban policy debates. And there are many times when the only sane response is to be angry about what we’ve done to more »

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KunstlerCast #100: Rochester

A Robust Little City Released: Feb. 18, 2010. James Howard Kunstler is pleasantly surprised by Rochester, N.Y., a small industrial city in the Great Lakes region. The first portion of this program features two of JHK’s former classmates who share stories about Jim’s college days at SUNY Brockport. The bulk of the show includes a more »

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KunstlerCast #87: Boston

Where Gentrification is a Good Thing Released: Nov. 5, 2009. James Howard Kunstler thinks Boston is one of the few healthy major cities left in the U.S. He says gentrification has been a good thing for the city. He is disappointed with the outcome of Boston’s “big dig” project, though. When the city finally placed more »

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KunstlerCast #86: The High Line (NYC)

Rails to Freakish Parks Released: Oct. 29, 2009. James Howard Kunstler discusses two major projects that have recently turned 19th century railroad structures into parks: the High Line in lower Manhattan and the Walkway Over the Hudson in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The High Line is a unique park in New York City, built upon a former more »

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KunstlerCast #85: Is NYC The Green Metropolis?

The Last Major Renovation of Manhattan Released: Oct. 22, 2009. Inspired by David Owen’s book “Green Metropolis,” James Howard Kunstler examines the idea of Manhattan as a “green” city. Kunstler believes that, during his lifetime, New York has never been in as good shape as it is now. But he also thinks it will never more »

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KunstlerCast #84: Urban Thinkers

Christopher Alexander, Daniel Burnham, Lewis Mumford, Leon Krier, Le Corbusier Released: Oct. 15, 2009. James Howard Kunstler believes that urban design will be the next big philosophical battle for the hearts and minds of Americans. One of the most important tasks we will face is determining the size, scale and shape of the 21st Century more »

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KunstlerCast #83: Jane Jacobs, Urban Thinker

The Death and Life of Great American Cities Released: Oct. 8, 2009. Planetizen, an urban planning website and book publisher, recently conducted a poll about the Top 100 Urban Thinkers. Jane Jacobs, author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities, made #1 on the list. Kunstler explains the story and importance of Jacobs. more »

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KunstlerCast #81: Los Angeles

Provisional Civilization Released: Sept 24, 2009. James Howard Kunstler shares his thoughts on Los Angeles, California after a recent visit to Tinseltown. The motoring infrastructure of Los Angeles stretches from horizon to horizon. It is a provisional civilization in which all is subordinate to the car. However, Kunstler believes Los Angeles is more urban than more »

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KunstlerCast #78: Litter & Pollution

Trashing Places We Don’t Respect Released: Sept 3, 2009. James Howard Kunstler says one reason why American cities are so dirty is because we do not have a firm agreement about how to treat the public realm in this country. He believes that people will literally trash a place that they don’t like or respect. more »

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KunstlerCast #67: Jaime Correa & The 40 Percent Plan

Planning for Peak Oil Released: June 4, 2009. New Urbanist Planner and Author Jaime Correa speaks about urban planning in the peak oil era. KunstlerCast Host Duncan Crary recorded Correa’s talk on May 28 at the Albany Roundtable in Albany, N.Y. Correa speaks about how the end of cheap oil will affect communities in the more »

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KunstlerCast #65: Virtual Tour of Detroit

Google Street Views of the Motor City Released: May, 21, 2009. At the suggestion of a listener caller, James Howard Kunstler gives a virtual walking tour of Detroit, Michigan using Google Street View. Google Street View is an interactive photographic map that allows users to view photographs of streets and buildings in many cities throughout more »

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KunstlerCast #60: Bad Behavior & Urban Policing

The Broken Window Theory, Car Cops and Rising Tensions in Tough Times Released: April 16, 2009. James Howard Kunstler often advocates for a return to urban living arrangements. But urban living often bring residents into close proximity to bad behavior. The situation can be especially frightening when people inhabit cities that aren’t fully repopulated yet. more »

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