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.
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.
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.
On the 27th episode of The UrbanCincy Podcast, we’re joined by former city council candidate Mike Moroski to discuss the outcome of the November 5th election. We also speculate on why voter turnout was so low and which issues motivated voters to actually show up at the polls.
On the 26th episode of The UrbanCincy Podcast, we’re joined by Alex Ihnen of nextSTL. We discuss St. Louis’ status as an independent city, and dive into the history surrounding the city’s MetroLink light rail system that recently celebrated 20 years of service. We also compare the urbanist movement in St. Louis to what’s happening in Cincinnati, and compare how the two cities are dealing with urban interstate highways.