The Next Mile


Episode 3 - The Pissed Urbanist

Season 1, Ep. 3

Placing one foot in front of the other can take us pretty far.

Before we had cars, before getting from Point A to Point B could be done conveniently behind a wheel, a lot of people walked.

As more convenient modes of transportation become readily available, walking becomes more and more obsolete.

We've created an infrastructure that is no longer conducive to foot travel, forcing people off the sidewalks and into various other modes of transportation.

But is all this for the better?

What do we lose when we turn our backs to the original form of transportation?

On today’s episode, we’re talking about urbanism and its relationship to transportation, with The ATL Urbanist, Darin Givens. He’s the co-founder of the urbanism advocacy group, ThreadATL, based here in Atlanta. He shares his thoughts on how we could improve Atlanta’s roads and what are the main obstacles in doing that.

So, listen in, and learn how step-by-step, urbanism advocacy can actually change us for the better.

Questions I asked:

  • What is an Urbanist? (05:55)
  • What got you interested in urbanism in the first place? (08:05)
  • Are there any people, internationally or globally, that are achieving the standards that you feel like we need to have as a society? (15:50)
  • Why does opening up new lanes does not solve everything? (24:15)
  • Who is the most important voice in the journey that’s ahead of us, that’s redefining how we travel and how we move? (30:20)

In this episode, you will learn:

  • What ThreadATL is. (02:15)
  • How Darin came up with an amateur urbanist theory according to which the design of our roads brings the worst in people. (10:00)
  • What the biggest obstacle is on making the right design changes. (13:20)
  • What Atlanta could learn from New York City. (16:00)
  • How parking decks negatively influence traffic into the city. (21:35)
  • How politicians should approach transportation. (31:55)

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Episode 4 - Blasts from the Past

Season 1, Ep. 4
When we think of transportation, cars are probably one of the first things we think of.It’s a mode of transportation we see, if not use, on a daily basis.These days, the existence of cars is hard to escape,And this comes as no surprise.They've been a part of society for over a century and they’re not going anywhere soon.On today’s episode, Jeff and I are going to take a journey through time to see how we arrived at today’s modern automobile.Jeff Lane is the Director of the Lane Motor Museum, in Nashville, Tennessee. He has been a car enthusiast ever since he was a kid. He began restoring his first car—a 1955 MG TF—when he was a teen. His personal collection was the donation that began the foundation.Jeff not only knows a lot of things about cars, but he has some great insight into the many ways they have been designed and produced throughout history.So listen to Episode 4 of The Next Mile, to understand how people developed cars that worked for the area and the time period that they were in, and where we’re headed in the future.Questions I ask:Can you tell me about some of your favorite cars in the collection? (07:31)Can we talk about the Dymaxion? (14:48)Do you feel like the collection that you guys have, captures perfectly in a bottle what it was like to try to design cars when there were no standards? (20:20)Do you guys have any vehicles that were designed specifically for a certain type of person? (24:29)What does it take to get into your collection? (33:39)In this episode, you will learn:The type of cars exhibited at the Lane Motor Museum (02:15)How Jeff became a car enthusiast. (03:12)What an amphibious car is. (10:40)How the road size is an impediment to making bigger cars. (14:00)Why the flying cars didn’t „take off” (25:50)Resources:Lane Motor Museum WebsiteFacebook