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KunstlerCast #43: Missing Teeth in the Urban Fabric

Empty Spaces in the Streetscape Released: Dec. 18, 2008 James Howard Kunstler explains the negative effects that empty building lots have on the urban streetscape. These empty spaces or “missing teeth” are dead zones that are repellent to pedestrians. But, at the moment, our car crazy society prefers to keep those dead zones for surface more »

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KunstlerCast #42: Victorian Stroll

19th Century Urbanism in 2008 Released: Dec. 11, 2008 James Howard Kunstler joins host Duncan Crary for the Victorian Stroll in downtown Troy, NY. During this annual event, the city evicts the automobile from the streets and 21st century people discover how pleasurable it is to explore this 19th century urban fabric on foot. Kunstler more »

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KunstlerCast #41: Private Property

Community ownership and the diminishing role of government? Released Dec. 4, 2008. James Howard Kunstler says the notion that Americans have a long tradition of being able to do whatever they want with their land is a fallacy. This false notion is really just the result of a propaganda campaign by the promoters of suburban more »

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KunstlerCast #39: Water Transit

The Future of North American Shipping Released: Nov. 20, 2008. James Howard Kunstler responds to a listener question about the future of water transportation in North America. There is a fabulous inland waterway system in North America that is going to become very important again. But, if we want to remain serious about trade in more »

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KunstlerCast #36: The City (1939) – Part 2

The Story of Sprawl DVD Commentary Released: Oct. 23, 2008. In this special video podcast edition of the KunstlerCast you can watch and listen to the second half of a commentary track that James Howard Kunstler and Duncan Crary recorded for a soon-to-be-released DVD called The Story of Sprawl. The DVD is being produced by more »

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KunstlerCast #35: The City (1939) – Part 1

The Story of Sprawl DVD Commentary Released: Oct. 16, 2008. In this special video podcast edition of the KunstlerCast you can watch and listen to a commentary track that James Howard Kunstler and Duncan Crary recorded for a soon-to-be-released DVD called The Story of Sprawl. The DVD is being produced by Planetizen.com. Kunstler and Crary more »

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KunstlerCast #25: Frederick Law Olmsted and the American Park

Imitating nature at the expense of small formalized urban parks Released: July 31, 2008 Frederick Law Olmsted is most noted for designing Central Park in Manhattan. His method of landscape design now serves as the main model for how we design parks in America. But James Howard Kunstler believes that our ongoing attempts to replicate more »

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KunstlerCast #24: One City Block – Part 2

The Rise, Decline, Revitalization and Future of One American City Released: July. 24, 2008. James Howard Kunstler continues his walking tour of one city block in downtown Saratoga Springs, N.Y., a classic Main-street American town. We resume the tour on the corner of Division Street and Railroad Place, where a major urban infill project has more »

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KunstlerCast #23: One City Block – Part 1

The Rise, Decline, Revitalization and Future of One American City Released: July 17, 2008. James Howard Kunstler often describes Saratoga Springs N.Y. as a classic Main Street American town. In part one of this special program, we take to the streets of Saratoga to experience the sense of place in this small city. Kunstler brings more »

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KunstlerCast #22: Handicap Access

Inadvertantly Promoting Sprawl Released: July. 10, 2008. James Howard Kunstler explores the consequences of handicap access laws and codes, and how they have unintentionally promoted suburban sprawl throughout much of America. In many instances, developers feel it’s easier and cheaper to just build one-story buildings rather than multi-story handicap accessible buildings. These laws can also more »

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KunstlerCast #18: Pavement

Asphalt on the Belgian Block Released: June 12, 2008. Asphalt has become the default paving solution in America. And it’s helped turn even side streets into mini freeways. It’s ugly, it’s bad for the environment and it might not be so cheap in the near future as the price of petroleum-based products rises. In this more »

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KunstlerCast #17: San Francisco

The Golden Gate City, and other places Jim actually likes Released: June 5, 2008. A listener from San Francisco, who admits to suffering excessive civic pride for his hometown, asks James Howard Kunstler to critique The Golden Gate City and to speak about some of the other places in America that Jim actually likes. Kunstler more »

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KunstlerCast #15: Reactivating Small Cities

Life after oil in small cities Released: May 22, 2008. A listener from Canada asks if small cities will be willing and able to absorb more people after peak oil makes big city life problematic. James Howard Kunstler believes that many small cities across North America are waiting to be reactivated. These places would benefit more »

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KunstlerCast #13: Personal Transit & Green Buildings

Transit, building and behavior as oil prices rise Released: May 8, 2008. James Howard Kunstler takes questions on personal rapid transit, sustainable green buildings and the happy motoring program in America. He also scolds us for us referring to ourselves as consumers. This show is the result of a special collaboration between The KunstlerCast and more »

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KunstlerCast#12: Gentrification

Cities are not just for the poor Released: May 1, 2008. A listener from Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. wants to know about the ethics of gentrification. What happens to the poor people who get pushed out of the cities when wealthier people move in? James Howard Kunstler addresses how abnormal it is that American more »

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KunstlerCast #10: Children of the Burbs

Suburbia: a punishing environment for our children? Released: April 17, 2008. Is raising children in suburbia a form of child abuse? What happens to developing people when public space is the berm between the Wal-Mart and the K-Mart? When school looks like a maximum security “facility”? When parents are chauffeurs? James Howard Kunstler addresses these more »

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KunstlerCast #09: Urban Planning

Featuring: Planetizen, The Planning & Development Network Released: April 10, 2008. James Howard Kunstler is one of the most vocal critics of modern urban planning. So it’s only fair that in this show Jim fields some questions from the professional planning community. First off, the planners want to know how Jim answers to critics who more »

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KunstlerCast #08: The Glossary of Nowhere

Parking Lagoons, Nature Band-aides & Other Kunstlerisms Released: April 3, 2008. When James Howard Kunstler wrote The Geography of Nowhere, it was to give people “the vocabulary to understand what’s wrong with the places they ought to know best.” In this installment we run down a few choice Kunstlerisms, like “parking lagoons” , “nature Band-Aides” more »

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KunstlerCast #06: Zoning

The tragic tale of zoning laws Released: March 20, 2008. Ya seen one town in America ya seen ’em all. But that’s because they’re all mandated to look that way! James Howard Kunstler tells the tragic story of zoning codes in the United States. At one time, zoning was a rational response to unpleasant conditions more »

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KunstlerCast #05: Starchitects

The Seattle Public Library and other award-winning disastrous architecture Released: March 13, 2008. How and why did Seattle build that hideous new public library? asks one listener from that city. James Howard Kunstler tells us how cities get hoodwinked into a status fashion contest to have a museum or library built by one of the more »

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KunstlerCast #04: Parking Garages

Retooling parking in Columbus, Ohio Released: March 6, 2008. A listener from Columbus, Ohio shares the bad news about two proposed downtown parking garages. Even though James Howard Kunstler thinks the happy motoring scene in America is on the way out, he explains how to design a better parking garage with first-floor retail, a central more »

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KunstlerCast #02: Small Cities and Towns

After the end of oil in small American cities Released: Feb. 21, 2008. James Howard Kunstler describes the impending end of cheap oil, which he calls The Long Emergency. Suburbia is a living arrangement with no future. Things are going to get pretty gnarly in the big cities, too. But small cities, that exist at more »

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KunstlerCast #01: Drugstores

Disposable architecture Released: Feb. 12, 2008. James Howard Kunstler rips on drugstores: the one-story, junk food- dispensing boxes that masquerade as buildings on America’s street corners. Topics include: monocultural zoning; big retail vs. mom & pop; separating the business programming from the container that it comes in; and the destiny of these awful structures after more »

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