Between episodes: Wild in the city

I remember picking up a wonderful zine, Urban Pantheist, when we lived in Boston in the early 2000s that focused on wild animals living amongst us in the city. (There was a huge rat problem in Back Bay —and I did spy various critters in The Fens, Somerville, and even Allston.) Here in Portland, there are all […]

Between episodes: Soundcities

We’re backed up on episodes – three in the can and ready to publish. Until then, here’s a super cool site we found that lets users listen in on cities and their sounds. Here’s a blurb from their website: Soundcities was the first online open source database of city sounds and soundmaps from around the […]

Episode four: Randy Simes, Urban Cincy

LISTEN HERE. For more than a year I’ve been obsessed with Cincinnati, Ohio. While doing research on old churches being retrofitted as brewpubs, I stumbled across Taft’s Ale House in Cincinnati’s Over the Rhine neighborhood. From there, I went deep. The architecture. The flight to the suburbs. The abandonment. The subway that was built in […]


I live very near Portland, Ore. I live close enough that I can hop on the newly minted Orange Line and be in downtown Portland in around 25 minutes (depending on how TriMet is running that day). I can walk to the station in 30 minutes or bike to it at around 15. I can […]

Swiftly getting there

I stumbled across a new company and an app called Swiftly. They totally get it. They have a page that explains why they exist (how many tech companies offer this info?). Here’s an excerpt: At Swiftly, we believe that the future of urban transit will be multi-modal, a trend we’re already seeing start today. It […]