Matt Staub – Building Dense Urban Neighborhoods for Everyone

Matt Staub on the Future of Living Podcast with Blake Miller

Matt Staub (@staubio, TW) expects that in the not-so-distant future urban neighborhoods will see an even greater influx of residents than is already being experienced. The pace of automation replacing traditional jobs will gut rural and exurb towns, driving those residents to nearby metros in search of work. In Staub’s opinion, this means we have to think more broadly about the definition of affordable housing.

Matt Staub serves as Kansas City Parking and Transportation Chair and Commissioner of the Kansas City Streetcar Authority. He describes himself as an urban advocate and outspoken civic leader, taking a no-nonsense approach to improving the quality of life for citizens and visitors.

In this conversation Blake and Matt discuss:

  • The importance of “naturally occurring” affordable housing.
  • What “housing a la carte” means and how it will shape future neighborhoods.
  • The opportunities available to City Planners as the makeup of urban neighborhoods rapidly evolves.

We highly recommend following Matt on Twitter, @staubio.  His Instagram, also @staubio, is also full of delightful urban and transportation oriented eye candy. You can learn more about his marketing firm, Proxima at https://findproxima.com, and more about Matt on his LinkedIn page.

Find more of The Future of Living Podcast online at https://futureoflivingpodcast.com. Connect with us on Twitter and Instagram, @FutureLivingPod.

 

Jeff Wood – Optimizing Urban Transit and Land Use

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Jeff Wood (@TheOverheadWire, TW) thinks we won’t ever have truly autonomous cars and that Apple is stuck in the past. His reasoning is sound, unique, and definitely not what you might expect to hear from anyone in Silicon Valley. Jeff owns and operates The Overhead Wire, a San Francisco based consultancy focused on transit and land use strategies primarily in urban areas.

Jeff also curates The Overhead Wire Daily, a newsletter disseminating over 30 pieces of news about cities around the world for advocates, elected leaders, researchers, and other interested parties. Additionally, you can hear Jeff each week on the Talking Headways podcast.

In this conversation Blake and Jeff discuss:

  • The “Location Affordability Index”.
  • Why we should be concerned that only a few companies control map data.
  • Challenges and opportunities facing city executives, planners, and real estate entrepreneurs as urban areas continue to boom.

Find Jeff online at The Overhead Wire, on Twitter, @TheOverheadWire, and on the Talking Headways podcast. You can also connect with Jeff on his LinkedIn page.

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