010: Los Angeles

010: Los Angeles

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 well as some of the unique attributes of the place and what it’s like to live there.

009: Megaprojects, Are They Worth It?

009: Megaprojects, Are They Worth It?

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 create. They then evaluate this method of investment exploring if there’s a better way to build world class infrastructure and if these enormous investments are truly worth it.

003: The Emergence Of Modern Cities

003: The Emergence Of Modern Cities

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 last thirty years and examine what challenges lie before cities in the coming decades.