Placemakers

Placemakers

All communities face certain challenges.

But some people see challenges as opportunities.

On Placemakers, we bring you stories about the spaces we inhabit and the people who shape them. Join us as we criss-cross the country, introducing you to real people in real communities — people who make a difference in how we travel, work, and live.

You’ll never look at your community the same way again.

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The Quest to Make the Perfect Place

Placemakers

We explore an architectural movement where everything old is new. And possibly creepy?

33 Min

Dec 5, 2016

When Good Placemakers Go Bad

Placemakers

On this episode of Placemakers, producer Mike Vuolo explores the unholy relationship between burglary and the built environment.

34 Min

Nov 28, 2016

Episode
Podcast
Time
Released
31 min
Nov 21, 2016
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Will police ever build trust in minority communities? Dallas tried.

29 min
Nov 14, 2016
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Libertarians Are Moving to New Hampshire in an Attempt to Shape the Key Voting State’s Politics.

28 min
Nov 7, 2016
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How do you solve a problem like the suburbs? How about creating an agricultural utopia?

31 min
Oct 31, 2016
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Three stories from St. Louis highlight different ways to combat urban blight.

35 min
Oct 24, 2016
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Of all the capitals of all the democracies in the world, Washington, D.C., is the only one without full voting rights. Over 13 terms, Eleanor Holmes Norton -- the District of Columbia's non-voting delegate to Congress -- has fought to change that.

25 min
Oct 17, 2016
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Philadelphia wanted its bike share program to succeed where other bike shares have failed: in winning over low-income and minority residents. Turns out it’s working.

25 min
Oct 10, 2016
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Bennie Lee was a gang leader and death row inmate. Now’s he’s helping others break the cycle of crime.

28 min
Oct 3, 2016
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A squatter in Oakland successfully claimed an abandoned building as his home. Now he’s created an organization to help activists around the country do the same thing.

28 min
Sep 26, 2016
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A decade ago, a tornado wiped out the small town of Greensburg. But the town decided to rebuild -- as a totally green community.

22 min
Sep 19, 2016
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Mary Poole has been a nurse, an arborist, a jewelry-maker, and a mom. But she’s never been a politician or an activist. At least not until one heartbreaking photo from halfway around the world changed everything for her.

25 min
Sep 5, 2016
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Can Chattanooga bridge its digital divide?

28 min
Aug 29, 2016
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How a transgender senior created a haven for GLBT elders.

28 min
Aug 22, 2016
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In some places, hard-working kids are taught to measure success by how fast and far they can flee from their community. But one Bronx native has returned to her old stomping grounds to show how “self-gentrification” can remake marginalized neighborhoods.

26 min
Aug 15, 2016
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Climbing rents are driving many creative entrepreneurs out of popular urban centers. Meanwhile, small towns are losing shops and jobs to big box stores. Is there an obvious win-win solution?

27 min
Aug 8, 2016
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Atlanta wanted an end to its public housing projects-- no more pockets of poverty, crime, and despair.

32 min
Aug 1, 2016
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Ultimate Placemaker Jane Jacobs

1 min
Jul 20, 2016
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Stories about the places we live and the people who shape them.

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