Podcast: Shanks's Pony

Some people, walking. Image: Getty.

So, this is a bit anecdotal but I think it holds true nonetheless: walkable cities are more exciting cities. Not only do they tend to be healthier and less polluted than those built around the car: they’re also more likely to have what one can only describe as cool stuff.

To talk about why we should all get walking, and what mayors and planners can do to encourage us, this week I’m joined by Steve Chambers, from the charity Living Streets. We talk about the planned pedestrianisation of London’s Oxford Street; what a ‘walking network’ might look like; and what we can all learn from Coventry. (Steve has written for us before; you can find his work here.)

The episode itself is below. You can subscribe to the podcast on AcastiTunes, or RSS. Enjoy.

Jonn Elledge is the editor of CityMetric. He is on Twitter as @jonnelledge and also has a Facebook page now for some reason. 

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Podcast: Beyond the wall, with John Lanchester

A sea wall in Japan. Image: Getty.

This week it’s another live episode, of sorts. In early April I was lucky enough to chair an event at the Cambridge Literary Festival with the journalist and novelist John Lanchester.

John was mostly there to promote his latest novel, The Wall, a “cli-fi” book about a Britain trundling on after catastrophic climate change has wiped out much of the planet. In the past he’s also written about other vaguely CityMetric-y topics like the housing crisis and the tube - so he’s a guest I’ve been hoping to get on for a while, and was kind enough to allow us to record our chat for posterity and podcasting purposes.

Incidentally, I didn’t find a way of turning the conversation to the tube. We do lose ten minutes to talking about Game of Thrones, though.

The episode itself is below. You can subscribe to the podcast on AcastiTunes, or RSS. Enjoy.

Jonn Elledge is the editor of CityMetric. He is on Twitter as @jonnelledge and on Facebook as JonnElledgeWrites.

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