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Dense City

Dense City

By Rebecca Mayers
Discussing academic articles and books on the topic of cities with the researchers who write them.

Artwork by Emily Huang: www.instagram.com/emilyh.illustrations/?hl=en

Music by Reid Cai and Ryan Kinneer

2021 American Planning Association Transportation Planning Division Small grant award winner
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16: The $16 Taco: Contested Geographies of Food, Ethnicity, and Gentrification
Today we welcome Dr. Pascale Jossart-Marcelli and discuss her recently published book "The $16 Taco". She is Professor of Geography and Director of the Interdisciplinary Urban Studies Program at San Diego State University. Pascale’s teaching and research focus on urban poverty and social justice. During the past decade, she has conducted research on urban geographies of food, with a particular interest in the relationship between place, ethnicity, and food. Pascale relies on mixed methods in her research, combining analyses and mapping of quantitative data with ethnographic work, participatory research, and media explorations. She collaborates with several community-based organizations in San Diego that are working towards creating a more just, healthy, and sustainable food system. Read the Book: The $16 Taco: Contested Geographies of Food, Ethnicity, and Gentrification, University of Washington Press Follow Pascale on Twitter: @JoassartPascale Follow and Write to DenseCity Podcast on Twitter: @densecitypod Artwork: EmilyHIllustrations Music: Ryan Kinnear, Reid Cai, & Becca Mayers
43:12
December 02, 2021
15: Lights Out: Climate Change and Infrastructure Risk
On today’s episode, We welcome Dr. Evan Mallen who is a researcher with Georgia Tech’s Urban Climate Lab where he focuses on urban heat island mitigation and the public health response. He is also an ORISE Fellow in the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Climate and Health Program.  We’re talking about his paper “Climate change and infrastructure risk: Indoor heat exposure during a concurrent heatwave and blackout event in Phoenix, Arizona” recently published in the journal “Urban Climate” with co-authors Brian Stone, Mayuri Rajput, Ashley Broadbent, Scott Krayenhoff, Godfried Augenbroe, Matei Georgescu Paper: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.uclim.2021.100787 Urban Climate Lab: https://urbanclimate.gatech.edu/ Twitter: @UrbanClimateLab CDC Climate and Health Program: https://www.cdc.gov/climateandhealth/default.htm Artwork: EmilyHIllustrations Music: Reid Cai and Ryan Kinnear
50:25
November 14, 2021
14: Legal Geography and the Chungking Mansions
We welcome Dr. Dhiraj Nainani who is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Centre for Asian Legal Studies at the National University of Singapore. We talk about his dissertation entitled The Legal Geography of Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong’s ‘Last Ghetto’. Chungking Mansions is a ‘notorious’ building complex in the business district of Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. It's notorious because of its historical association with criminality and its longstanding and continuous association with the city’s ethnic minority population, primarily South Asians and Africans. Download here: https://hub.hku.hk/handle/10722/300400 Artwork: EmilyHIllustrations Music: Reid Cai and Ryan Kinnear
01:00:37
October 09, 2021
13: Are Shelters in Place? Mapping the Distribution of Transit Amenities
We welcome Marcel Moran who is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley. The paper focuses on the distribution of amenities at bus stops in San Francisco. Transit stops serve as crucial components of journeys for riders, but their condition is often left out of equity considerations. Marcel conducted a census of transit stops in SF to explore the equity within and between neighbourhoods. We’re talking about his paper Are Shelters in Place?: Mapping the Distribution of Transit Amenities via a Bus-Stop Census of San Francisco. This paper was recently published in the Journal of Public Transportation. Twitter: @marcelemoran Article: https://escholarship.org/content/qt3gj1t495/qt3gj1t495.pdf Here say News Article by Christina Campodonico Artwork: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/EmilyHIllustrations
58:18
September 03, 2021
12: The Need for a National Travel Survey
We welcome Dr. Anne Harris who is an associate professor in the School of Occupational and Public Health at Ryerson University. Anne is an epidemiologist interested in patterns of disease and injuries in populations and particularly committed to studying and improving the methods used to conduct this type of research. She is interested in developing new ways to study occupational and transportation risk relationships. This includes the linkage of large administrative datasets and population-based survey and cohort data. We’re talking about her paper “Estimating walking and bicycling in Canada and their road collision fatality risks: The need for a national household travel survey” recently published in Preventive Medicine Reports with co-authors Michael Branion-Calles, Kay Teschke, Mieke Koehoorn, and Osvaldo Espin-Garcia. Paper: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2211335521000577 Twitter: https://twitter.com/manneharris Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=tSlrEYUAAAAJ&hl=en Artwork: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/EmilyHIllustrations *This episode was sponsored by the American Planning Association Transportation Planning Division Small Grant
39:19
May 05, 2021
11: Not Commuting But Still Traveling (for leisure)
We welcome Hannah Hook who is a Ph.D. student at Ghent University of Belgium. She is an urban geographer and EIT Urban Mobility Fellow focusing on daily travel behavior and the relationship between travel satisfaction and well-being. Her background is in Sustainable Cities and GIS Technology. Her research aims to understand the motivations for and attitudes toward daily travel, as this can identify opportunities for encouraging sustainable, healthy travel and improving the social equity of travel. We’re talking about her paper entitled ‘Does undirected travel compensate for reduced travel during lockdown?’. This paper was recently published in Transportation Letters with her co-authors Jonas De Vos, Veronique Van Acker, and Frank Witlox. Paper: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19427867.2021.1892935 Twitter: https://twitter.com/hook_tweets Artwork: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/EmilyHIllustrations *This episode was sponsored by the American Planning Association Transportation Planning Division Small Grant
30:37
April 28, 2021
10: Understanding the Cycling Gender Gap
We welcome Dr. Léa Ravensbergen, who is a post-doctoral fellow at TRAM or (Transportation research at McGill) in the School of Urban Planning. Her mixed-methods transport research is driven by an overarching concern for equity in the creation of healthy and sustainable cities. Her doctoral research on the gender gap in cycling won the 2019 American Association of Geographer’s Urban Geography PhD Dissertation award. She recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at McMaster University where she conducted community-engaged research on older adults’ experiences using public transportation. We’re talking about her paper entitled 'Toward feminist geographies of cycling'. This paper was published in Geography Compass in 2019 with co-authors Ron Buliung, and Nicole Laliberte. Paper: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/gec3.12461?casa_token=A-QVpilA2lMAAAAA%3ARUH5PtI2wzbYPHmUPk4W6OsS_LiKfVucQNw7m3Y9MDA7g4Xmw-NbmPI0M7UloSppf90cjQcazvqDqw Read and cite more of Lea's work: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=JVqj9wxWT0UC&hl=en&oi=sra Artwork: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/EmilyHIllustrations *This episode was sponsored by the American Planning Association Transportation Planning Division Small Grant
34:33
April 22, 2021
9: Road Reallocation and Beyond
We welcome Dr. Meghan Winters who is an associate professor in the faculty of health sciences at Simon Fraser University. She is an epidemiologist interested in the link between health, transportation, and city design. She is the founder and lead of the Cities, Health, and Active Transportation Lab at SFU (CHATR). We’re talking about her paper entitled ‘COVID-19 street reallocation in mid-sized Canadian cities: socio-spatial equity patterns’ published in the Canadian Journal of Public Health with her co-author Jaimy Fischer. Paper: https://link.springer.com/article/10.17269/s41997-020-00467-3 CHATR Site: https://chatrlab.ca/ Room to Move Storymap: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/6c8ee50c32e043a0b635426c366aac0c Artwork: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/EmilyHIllustrations *This episode was sponsored by the American Planning Association Transportation Planning Division Small Grant
51:34
April 11, 2021
8: Distracted by "distracted pedestrians"?
We welcome Dr. Kelcie Ralph who is an assistant professor at Rutgers in the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. In her research, Dr. Ralph works to identify and correct common misperceptions about travel behavior and safety to improve transportation planning outcomes.  We’re talking about her paper entitled “Distracted by ‘distracted pedestrians”? Published in the journal Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives with co-author Ian Girardeau. This study focuses on the framing of distracted walking, irons out some of the literature on what we know about it, how large a problem it actually is, and what measures we should be focusing on to keep pedestrians safe. As we’ll learn from Kelcie, what we know about distracted pedestrians highly influences how we try to address this issue. Paper: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2590198220300294 Website: http://www.kelcieralph.org/ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZ88Qw1X_DkBRy27SIrFPGw *This episode was sponsored by the American Planning Association Transportation Planning Division Small Grant
41:48
March 06, 2021
7: People Living with Dementia and Public Engagement
On today’s episode, we welcome Dr. Samantha Biglieri (@s_biglieri) who is an assistant professor in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University. She is an urban planner, and her research uses critical approaches at the intersection of planning and health and wellbeing, making connections with practice to build inclusive and accessible communities. We’re talking about her paper The Right to (Re)shape the City as a Person Living with Dementia: Examining the accessibility of a public engagement tool for people living with dementia. Journal of the American Planning Association. Checkout more of Samantha's work here Artwork: emilyh.illustrations Music: Reid Cai and Ryan Kinnear
01:02:23
February 17, 2021
6: Repeat Photography and Urban Change
On today’s episode, we welcome Dr. Brian Doucet who is an Associate Professor in the School of Planning at the University of Waterloo. He is the Canada Research Chair in Urban Change and Social Inclusion. He is interested in the lived experiences of urban change, gentrification, and displacement. His work seeks to use this knowledge to elevate marginalized voices in order to enhance debates and shape policy and planning. We’re talking about his paper “Repeat photography and urban change” which is an examination of streetcar photographs of Toronto since the 1960s. This paper was recently published in the “City” Journal and has a forthcoming book on the topic to be published later this year with the University of Toronto Press with his co-author Michael Doucet. Read Brian's Paper here You can also access some of the photos on Brian's personal website Follow Brian on Twitter @bmdoucet  Read his other scholarly work through his GoogleScholar page Artwork: emilyh.illustrations
01:02:57
January 27, 2021
5: DUDES Club Indigenous Men's Wellness Promotion
On today’s episode, we welcome Dr. Lyana Patrick, an assistant professor at Simon Fraser University in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Her research focuses on indigenous health and justice, urban indigenous community planning, and institutional change through decolonizing education. We discuss her paper “The power of connections: How a novel Canadian men’s wellness program is improving the health and well-being of Indigenous and non-Indigenous men”. This paper was published in the international indigenous policy journal. The other authors on this paper include Iloradanon Efimoff,* Viviane Josewski, Paul Gross, Sandy Lambert, and Vicki Smye. Learn more about DUDES Club Read more about Lyana's quantitative work on the same program published in The Conversation Read more about Lyana and her work on her SFU Website Artwork by Emily Huang of Watercolouredbyemily
57:37
January 13, 2021
4: Rule Compliance and Desire Lines in Barcelona’s Cycling Network
On todays episode, we welcome Dr. Jordi Honey (@jordihoney) and Adam Lind. Jordi is an Associate Professor at the School of Community and Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia. Adam is a graduate of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, where he specialized in environmental science and city planning. We’re discussing their paper “Rule compliance and desire lines in Barcelona’s cycling network” which was published in the International Journal of Transportation Research in 2020. Citation: Lind, A., Honey-Rosés, J., & Corbera, E. (2020). Rule compliance and desire lines in Barcelona’s cycling network. Transportation Letters, 1-10. Artwork: Watercolouredbyemily: https://www.instagram.com/watercolouredbyemily/?hl=en Music: Reid Cai and Ryan Kinnear
47:08
December 16, 2020
3: Decolonizing Planning? A Discussion About Planning Theory
On this episode, we’re chatting with Dr. Magdalena Ugarte who is an assistant professor in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University. Her research and teaching agendas are shaped by her journey across design, planning, and social policy over the past fifteen years, both as a scholar and as a practitioner. In her scholarship, she examines the role of planning, policy, and law in the marginalization of some communities, especially Indigenous peoples and immigrants.  Today we are discussing Magda's research paper entitled "Ethics, Discourse, or Rights? A Discussion about a Decolonizing Project in Planning" in the journal of planning literature. Quoted in the episode on colonial timelines of planning: Sierra Tasi Baker is the lead cultural and design consultant at Sky Spirit Consulting. Sierra is a descendant of Squamish, Musqueam, Kwakwaka’wakw, Tlingit, Haida and Hungarian Chieftains and Matriarchs. See the video by Vancouver Planning Commission: http://vancouverplanning.ca/our-work/post-pandemic-city/video/
52:05
November 02, 2020
2: Signs with a Side of Fries: Food Information Environment
Today's guest is Alexander “AJ” Wray, who is a doctoral student in geography and environment at the University of Western Ontario, coordinating the Food Retail Environment Study for Health and Economic Resiliency (FRESHER) and ParkSeek projects for the Human Environments Analysis Lab. His research interests span the range of health, GIS, impact assessment, chronic disease prevention, and local policy. AJ recently received his Masters in Geography from Western and holds an undergraduate degree in planning and environmental assessment from the University of Waterloo. We discuss his Master's thesis entitled "Signs with a Side of Fries: The influence of outdoor advertising on retail food outlet purchases by adolescents." Thesis: Signs with a Side of Fries AJ's Google Scholar Page Artwork: Watercolouredbyemily Music: Reid Cai and Ryan Kinnear
58:14
October 10, 2020
1: Strategies for Animating Public Space
Today’s guest is Dr. Troy Glover. He is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies and Director of the Healthy Communities Research Network at the University of Waterloo. His research explores the role of leisure in advancing or deterring community, primarily through the development of social capital and transformative placemaking. This expertise generally leads him to research topics such as community gardens, neighbourhood festivals, dog parks, playgrounds, tourism. Today, we’ll be chatting about his recent book chapter “Bringing Public Spaces to Life: The animation of public space” in the book “Companion to Public Space” By Vikas Mehta and Danilo Plazzo, published by Routledge in 2020. Glover, T. D. (2020). BRINGING PUBLIC SPACES TO LIFE. Companion to Public Space. Routledge. Link to the paper: https://books.google.com.au/books?hl=en&lr=&id=5urkDwAAQBAJ&oi=fnd&pg=PT474&dq=BRINGING+PUBLIC+SPACES+TO+LIFE+TD+Glover+Companion+to+Public+Space&ots=md00DPftbR&sig=4z6VMplk1UeEdcx1Lbvzrarpo-0#v=onepage&q&f=false Link to read more of Troy's work: https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=P8OQyCIAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao Watercolouredbyemily: https://www.instagram.com/watercolouredbyemily/?hl=en
01:04:32
October 01, 2020
About the Podcast
On today's episode, I’ll introduce the podcast, my intentions, and what to expect out of listening. Artwork: Watercolouredbyemily Music: Reid Cai, Ryan Kinnear, & Me
03:49
September 12, 2020