Build, Baby, Build: Make the City Affordable Again

If you live in a major city, you probably know that the rent is “too damn high.” What if the city’s rental affordability crisis were in your hands? Would you do something about it? We think you might, and that’s why you’ll want to hear from the one renter who’s taking on big-city politics and showing us all how it’s done.

In this episode, we get down to the grassroots of housing advocacy with Sonja Trauss.

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To Win the War on Cars, San Francisco Weaponizes Real Estate

Wired quoted Marlon Boarnet and Genevieve Giuliano of the USC Price School about why thriving major cities have significant traffic congestion and how public transportation can alleviate some traffic.  San Francisco is implementing some innovative ideas which are data driven. “Anecdotally, the only major cities unfettered by congestion are terribly declining Rust Belt ones,” says Marlon…

The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies

“To succeed in the new economy … Southern California has to face its mistakes over the last 30 years.” The claim is that the Bay Area has been “better” at doing business than we have in SoCal. The book makes the claim that San Francisco has succeeded where Los Angeles has failed over the last 30 years.

Experts from USC discuss the merits and faults of this comparison of the two regions, and what qualities might make one region “better” than another.

Citizenville

In this edition of the Bedrosian Book Club Podcast, we discuss California lieutenant Governor, Gavin Newsom’s book Citizenville. The book is about how government has not caught up with the ubiquity of smart phones and technology found in the rest of our everyday lives. It is a rallying cry for innovation from within government to revolutionize the way things are accomplished. Newsom argues that technological innovation will both create more efficiency and create a wider public responsiveness.

Do Raphael, David and Sherry share Gavin Newsom’s optimism that technology can easily reinvent government? Find out!

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