Episode #33: Westwood Square

Westwood SquareOn the 33rd episode of The UrbanCincy Podcast, John and Travis are joined by John Lewandowski, the Artistic & Executive Director for Madcap Puppets. We discuss the Westwood Square project that was designed as part of the city’s form-based code charrette process, and the new Madcap theatre that will be located at the new square.

For more information on form-based codes, you may want to listen to Episode 12 of The UrbanCincy Podcast, where we discussed the topic with then-Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls.


Episode #32: Spring Update

Uber appOn the 32nd episode of The UrbanCincy Podcast, Randy, John, and Travis cover a few local issues recently in the news.

We cover the launch of Lyft and Uber in Cincinnati and what it could mean for local cab companies. We also talk about the proposed renovation of Burnet Woods and several other Uptown developments. Finally, we talk about the opposition to tolls on the Brent Spence Bridge and whether the bridge can be built without that funding source.

Episode #31: Technology & Transporation

Microsoft "Connector"On the 31st episode of The UrbanCincy Podcast, Jake, John, and Travis cover a few issues at the intersection of transportation and technology.

We discuss the “Google bus” phenomenon in the Bay Area and speculate why some companies opt to run their own private shuttles, in contrast to companies like Amazon that help fund public transportation improvements. We also speculate on why some of these companies are choosing to maintain their headquarters in areas where many of their employees don’t prefer to live.

Finally, we discuss taxi alternatives like Uber and Lyft, which provide a more high-tech but less regulated way of getting around. We question whether driverless cars will ultimately disrupt both taxis and public transportation, and ponder their overall impact on urban areas.

Photo of Microsoft shuttle bus near Bellevue, Washington by Travis Estell.

Episode #30: Looking Back at 2013 (Part 2)

U Square at The Loop

On the 30th episode of The UrbanCincy Podcast, we bring you the second half of our conversation looking back at 2013. In the first half our discussion, we talked about recent events surrounding the Cincinnati Streetcar.

In this second half, we discussed a variety of development projects across the region. We speculate on the future of the Uptown area, with new projects such as U Square, other housing and mixed-use developments, a demolition on UC’s campus, and the upcoming new interchange at Martin Luther King Boulevard. We also cover downtown projects such as the Dunnhumby Centre, the Tower Place and Pogue’s Garage redevelopments, and the mystery of Phase II of The Banks. Finally, we touch on Manhattan Harbor, Blue Ash Summit Park, The Kenwood Collection, and the new Brent Spence Bridge.

Aerial photography of U Square by Jake Mecklenborg for UrbanCincy.

Episode #29: Looking Back at 2013 (Part 1)

"Line the Line" Event

On the 29th episode of The UrbanCincy Podcast, the team takes a look back at what happened in Cincinnati in 2013. Our conversation was so long that we’ve split it into two episodes. The first half was dominated by talk of the Cincinnati Streetcar project, which had been saved by a council supermajority just a week before the recording took place. The second half of the conversation will be coming your way on the next episode of the podcast.

“Line the Line” rally photo by Travis Estell for UrbanCincy.

Episode #28: Krampus

Ghost Empire CollectiveOn the 28th episode of The UrbanCincy Podcast, we’re joined by Anthony “Tank” Mansfield of Ghost Empire Collective. He talks to us about the local visual arts scene, and the challenges of getting people more to come out to shows. We also discuss the upcoming Krampus event at Mainstay Rock Bar.

Photo by 5chw4r7z.