Podcast: You are here

The proposed itnegrated New York subway map. Image: Subway NY NJ.

We all knew this was going to happen eventually. If we're honest, we probably all thought it would have happened even sooner than this, but we managed to restrain ourselves until episode 3.

Anyway: this week's podcast is all about maps.

On it, you can hear from Stewart Mader, the founder of the Subway NYNJ campaign to add New Jersey to the subway map, who argues that improved mapping can be a cheap way to improve a transport network. You can read more on his campaign is here.

We also talk to Tim Fendley, the executive director of Applied Wayfind – the firm behind the Legible London signage about how you go about mapping a city from scratch. Our interview with him is here.

All that, and Barbara and I discuss how maps can affect our perceptions of a city, and why it is that, er, I like maps more than than she does.

(We haven't bothered with a map of the week because it would have felt like over kill and/or choosing between your children.)

The episode itself is below. Also, you can (and, frankly, should) subscribe on Acast, iTunes, or RSS.

Enjoy.


 

 
 
 
 

Podcast: Brizzle

Bristol mayor Marvin Rees, in Bristol. Image: Getty.

This week, we’re off to an English city that, to my shame, I’ve been neglecting: Bristol, the largest city in the south west, and indeed the largest city in the south outside London.

I’m joined by Sian Norris, founder of the Bristol Women’s Literary Festival, to talk about the city she’s lived in since her childhood. She tells me what makes Bristol so liveable, why it’s struggling with inequality, and how it’s coping with the recent influx of London expats bidding up house prices.

Since we’re on his patch, I also spoke to Marvin Rees, who since 2016 has been the elected Labour mayor of the city. He tells me why he was so keen for Bristol to host the Global Parliament of Mayors, and why local politicians need to work together after Brexit. Oh, and he talks about his transport plans, too.

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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