With the Rail~Volution Podcast, we’re delving deeper into aspects of building livable communities, with special focus on equity and community participation.
NEW ON THE RAIL~VOLUTION PODCAST
Community Organizing, Equity and Place,
with Manuel Pastor
Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity, University of Southern California, and Director of USC’s Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) and the USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII)
Manuel Pastor spoke at Rail~Volution 2018 in Pittsburgh in a session focused on the Los Angeles Equity Platform Network (see the Monday 2pm lineup). On the podcast, he describes the role of both research and community organizing in passing the law (SB35) that dedicates revenue from California’s carbon cap and trade program to disadvantaged communities. He sees this as one example of the ways that solutions now bubble up from the local to the state level and beyond. His new book, State of Resistance, delves deeper into the ways that California’s record of organizing in every community led to gains in diversity, inclusion and equity – and is being replicated around the country. Manuel describes the ways that both conservatives and progressives have worked to create a social base of support for their policies.
Also on the podcast:
a definition of place-based organizing (including some of the leaders who started in community-based organizations, including Karin Bass, Kevin De León, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez);
how California and Texas differ;
serendipity and the “ease with mixing” in Los Angeles; and
why most Economics 101 classes need to update the way they teach about minimum wage and rent regulation.
When we are disconnected, we are not able to grow together. And when we’re not growing together, we’re not able to grow at all. – Manuel Pastor
Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech and co-founder and “Chief Motivator” of OneBusAway, an open source platform for real time transit info.
Kari talks about her research into the role of technology in the evolving transit experience, how Atlanta has changed in the 7 years she’s lived there and the difference between teaching undergrads and grad students about transportation. She considers “dangerous futures ahead” – such as zero-passenger vehicles – and the “best future” of high capacity transit on dedicated right of way, fed by robust bike and sidewalk networks and TNCs for low density areas, all supported by timely information and payment – mobility as a service.
What does it take to get there? Transit agencies working with cities and DOTs. Incentives. Focus on high capacity networks and innovation. “When we look to a future of AVs and other technologies, it’s all the more critical to think about how we can do this efficiently and sustainably. It’s important that we get it right and soon.”
Getting to Mobility as a Service | Chloe Spano
We’re joined by Chloe Spano for a look at integrated mobility systems and the idea of mobility as a service. A native of France, Chloe has been with Cityway since it was a startup 18 years ago, working with transit agencies to provide information for transit riders. Fast forward to current efforts in the greater Paris region to prepare for the 2024 Olympics by integrating transit and other modes (from roadway congestion to bike share and carpooling options) to provide real-time, predictive trip planning and payment for the general public.
What are the most important factors in making this happen? What about suburbs and rural locations? What about dockless bikes and scooters? Listen!
Investing in People and Places | Nancy Andrews
We’re joined by Nancy Andrews, longtime leader in community development finance. She recently retired as CEO of the Low Income Investment Fund, which has invested more than $2 billion in 30 states by acting as an intermediary between private capital markets and neighborhoods. Andrews captures the creativity of community development finance (“we go way out on the risk curve”) and speaks for the importance of economic diversity in busting poverty and making stable communities. Listen for an inside look at how funds are put together and all the players that need to be involved.
We’re joined by Patrick Siegman to unpack automobile parking – perhaps the most subsidized element of transportation! Find out about what parking really costs and how to approach this hot-button issue in community discussions. Find out how managing curb parking can unlock valuable assets for affordable housing, equity, and beautiful streets. Urban planner, traffic engineer, landscape architect, city official, advocate – don’t miss this one!
The New Atlanta Way | Odetta MacLeish-White
We’re joined by Odetta MacLeish-White, Managing Director of Atlanta’s TransFormation Alliance. She shares her memories of growing up riding transit, recalls teaching her son about crossing the street, and describes the vibrant work in Atlanta with several partner organizations to leverage new transit investments, including innovative approaches to community engagement and use of a new equity scorecard. Don’t miss this and more!
The Lens Called Equity | Phillip Washington
We’re joined by LA Metro CEO, Phil Washington, to talk about the evolving role of transit agencies in the life of cities. He discusses building affordable housing near transit, testing new ideas like microtransit, and the origins of Metro’s Office of Extraordinary Innovation.
The Once and Future Livable Community | Mariia Zimmerman
Mariia Zimmerman recaps her experience with the evolving conversation about transit and livable communities, from the days of proving transit-oriented development as a concept (including some blind spots) to TOD as a mobility hub. The goal: “creating great places where people across all income levels can live.”
Equity Strategies for a Transportation Corridor | Jonathan Sage Martinson
We’re talking with Jonathan Sage Martinson, former director of the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative, about the very deliberate steps taken to ensure community participation in defining the outcomes from a new light rail transit line the Twin Cities.
Rail~Volution is a network and an annual conference focused on ways that communities leverage major transportation investments (including rail, bus rapid transit, bus, as well as bicycling walking, sharing and emerging options) and related development to connect people with employers and neighborhoods.
For our 2018 podcast lineup, we’re working on three tracks or themes:
BUILDING LIVABLE COMMUNITIES HOLISTICALLY – with local leaders committed to equity, participation, innovation, and collaboration
LAND USE AND THE NEW MOBILITY – looking at the wider implications of new modes, from policies to implementation, stations to curbs
CORRIDORS AND COMMUNITY – innovative corridor planning, tools to combat displacement, authentic engagement, choosing and integrating modes
Look for a new podcast around the start of every month, with some bonus episodes along the way.
Rail~Volution in Pittsburgh, PA
A legacy city experiencing a dramatic rebirth around technology and people
Known for its fabulous historic architecture and green hillsides, Pittsburgh also boasts a unique range of transit modes, including dedicated busways and funiculars (aka incline railways), along with local bus, light rail, and a growing network of bikeways. A legacy city (some LRT and busways date from the 1980s and earlier), Pittsburgh is experiencing an exciting rebirth around technology, including driverless vehicles. There is a lot to learn from Pittsburgh about building livable, equitable cities.
Pittsburgh: AmazonHQ2 finalist. Climate leader. The Portland of the East?