The CityAge Podcast

More than 70% of the world's population will live in cities by 2050

At CityAge, we talk to city builders every day who are solving the world’s biggest problems, from climate change, to accessibility, to inclusive economic growth. We put together digital events, roundtables, and market research showcasing how cities are rising to the occasion, innovating in the face of some daunting, and (forgive the buzzword) disruptive challenges.

The idea of this show is to share those conversations - the kind we get to be a part of all the time. They’re free-flowing, human, energizing, clear and hopeful. We’ll talk to government leaders, industry leaders, startup founders, architects, engineers, and more. We’ll ask them how they’re building the future, but we’ll also ask them about their challenges and hopes for the future. 

We live in an urban world, and it’s getting more and more urban by the day. So when we talk about the future of cities, we’re actually talking about the future of humanity. And we’d like to think pretty much everyone cares about that. 

We hope you’ll listen in. And we hope you like it. After all, you can’t build the future alone.

Episodes

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On the final episode of season 1, brought to you by Genome BC, Anna sits down with Rick Cole, Executive Director of Congress for the New Urbanism. The CNU is a champion for legalizing walkable urbanism, supporting complete neighborhoods, designing for climate change, and building cities that work for everyone by addressing historic inequities. Rick and Anna chat about how the response to the concept of the new urbanism has changed over the course of Rick’s career and Rick’s faith in Gen Zs’ ability to help solve some of the biggest problems facing North American cities. 

For more on zoning: How Zoning Broke the American City (https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/06/zoning-housing-affordability-nimb)

Learn more about Genome BC here (https://www.genomebc.ca/)


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Nicolia Robinson is an architect from Cooper Carry, and she’s on the show today to tell us what it means to take a community-driven approach to urban design. Nicolia and Anna chat about how Nicolia’s team engages the community, why it’s important, the growth that Nicolia’s city (Atlanta) is experiencing, and Alon and Anna chat about why they both love architects.

Then, Anna and Alon share the story for this week: Louisville awarded $20.5 million in federal RAISE grants to fund ReImagine 9th Street, Broadway All the Way

Learn more about Microsoft’s Westside Campus in Atlanta.

Learn more about the Kauffman Foundation.

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On this episode Anna sits down with Lafayette Crump, Commissioner of City Development for Milwaukee. They cover a lot: from the basics of his role as Commissioner, how he balances multiple competing priorities, community engagement in neighborhood investment, and what he’s learned during his time in the role. Then, CityAge Co-Founder Miro Cernetig tells us about the future of food in a special feature segment. You’ll hear from food expert Evan Fraser, Director of the Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph and Tamara Rebanks, Director at the Weston Family Foundation. We dive into the state of the food crisis, what role Canada can play in solving it, and how the Weston Family Foundation is helping the country lead the world. 

Then Anna and Alon share this week’s story: Averting a Lost Decade.

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On this week’s episode, brought to you by the Kauffman Foundation, CityAge Co-Founder, Marc Andrew, chats with Cindy Wallis-Lage, Executive Director of Sustainability and Resilience at the engineering firm, Black & Veatch. They talk about her new role as well as her previous position in Black & Veatch’s Water Business, the federal infrastructure money, EV charging, why everyone needs to take responsibility for building a more sustainable future, and why.

Then Anna and Alon share this week’s story: Washington, DC, among cities piloting transparency standard for digital tech

Learn more about the Kauffman Foundation.

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On this week’s episode, brought to you by Genome BC, Anna chats with Miles Sandler, Director of Policy and Engagement and Public Affairs at the Kauffman Foundation, about how investing in entrepreneurship, and diverse, inclusive entrepreneurship in particular, is critical to building better cities. They get into how regional economic growth is directly impacted by the success of small businesses, how neighborhood design impacts whether someone can access entrepreneurial, educational, and job opportunities, and why supporting businesses owned by women and people of colour helps all of us. 

Then Anna and Alon share this week’s story:

Abolish Zoning. Entirely. For good.

Learn more about Genome BC.

Learn more about the Kauffman Foundation’s policy framework, America’s New Business Plan.

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On this episode of the CityAge podcast Anna and Alon chat about summer, parks (did you know your insurance might go down if you live close to one?), and of course today’s guest: Barbara Humpton. Barbara Humpton is the CEO of Siemens USA. Fast Company named Siemens World Changing Company of the Year in May. Marc, one of CityAge’s Co-founders, sits down with Barbara to talk about what it really means to change the world. They touch on three of the verticals of infrastructure that Siemens is transforming (transportation, buildings, and energy), her advice for young women building a career in city building, where she gets her optimism from, and what it’s really like to work in DC among federal leaders. 

Then Anna and Alon share their story for this week, sent to them by Heather, CityAge’s Event Manager, all about how Houston is confronting homelessness:

How Houston Moved 25,000 People From the Streets Into Homes of Their Own

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On this special episode of The CityAge Podcast, Anna & Alon share a feature on what we like to call The Natural City. Then CityAge Co-Founder, Miro Cernetig, sits down with Monte Wilson, the Global Market Director for the Built Environment at Jacobs, to dive in a bit deeper. They talk about the practice that makes the Natural City possible (biomimicry), what it means for the future of cities, what kind of work Jacobs is doing in this area right now, and how the public, especially in Houston, is responding to the idea of biomimicry. 

Then Anna and Alon share this week’s story: 8 Cities That Show You What The Future Will Look Like

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On this episode Anna chats with Bruce Katz, Founding Director of the Nowak Metro Finance Lab at Drexel University and one of the Co-Founders of the New Localism. He helps cities design, finance and deliver transformative initiatives that promote inclusive and sustainable growth. Katz regularly advises global, national, state, regional and municipal leaders on public reforms and private innovations that advance the well-being of metropolitan areas and their countries. Katz is the co-author of The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism and The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities and Metros are Fixing Our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy. Both books focus on the rise of cities and city networks as the world’s leading problem solvers. Anna and Bruce talk about why he calls our current era The New Disorder instead of The New Normal, what role cities will play in navigating it, and why he views cities as the real “doers” in our society. Then Bruce shares which book has taught him the most about cities (the answer might surprise you).

Then Anna and Alon share this week’s story: A new Maryland-based nonprofit aims to create a hub supporting women of color entrepreneurs.

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On this episode Anna sits down with Kim Williams, Chief Innovation Officer for the Metro Transit Authority for Harris County. She’s worked in California, Washington, D.C. and Beijing but today, she is in charge of METRO’s “idea factory”. She looks for the latest and greatest developments in transportation and figures out how to make them work for the Houston area. They talk about how the rise of Uber and Lyft pushed public transit to innovate, public-private partnerships, the biggest challenges that come with working in transit, her vision for the future of cities, and the move towards more people-centered transportation.

Then Anna and Alon share with you their story for this week:

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In this kick-off episode Alon and Anna discuss CityAge’s delayed entry into podcasting, what they hope listeners will take away from the show, and Alon reveals he doesn’t know much about blockchain. 

Then CityAge Co-Founder and journalist, Miro Cernetig, sits down with founder, professor, author, and smart city expert: Jonathan Reichental. They talk the future of cities, autonomous vehicles, digitizing government services, and more. 

Finally Alon & Anna share with you the stories and articles that the CityAge team has been sending each other lately. You can read them here:

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