The NEW Urban Phoenix Podcast

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The New Urban Phoenix Podcast is super simple.  Just me and a microphone for 10-12 minutes.  Sometimes I just get the inspiration to talk about city and national issues for a few minutes over a glass of whiskey.  That’s basically what this is.  No studio, no guests, just an iPad and an extension of the UP content that you’ve come to know.  Give these a listen and add us to your regular podcast rotation!

Why I’m Obsessed With Micro-Mobility

Someone asked me recently why bike riding, skateboarding and scootering was so important to me. I thought I might answer “on air.”


Where Our Cities Are Safer

People move out of cities for safety from crime. But cities provide a safety net when we make bad choices or just get dealt a bad day…


What Uber & Lyft Are Really Trying To Do

Uber has lost an incredible amount of money… or have they? Investors are changing people’s minds about how we move about, and that could pay huge dividends down the line.


The Range of Micro Mobility

In a follow up to a recent blog post, I talk about the importance of micro mobility range


Wide Roads and Tons of Trails: Iceland’s Unique Transportation Build

Recently I spent a day in Iceland… while a new rush of tourism has led to the construction of wide roads, trails, pedestrian and bikes access still cover the landscape


Electric Cars Aren’t The Answer

Most of our electric power is still generated from fossil fuels. The answer to our energy and environmental crisis isn’t electric cars, it’s smaller vehicles and living closer to everything


E-Scooters In Nashville: A Tragic Death and Misplaced Blame

E-Scooters In Nashville: A Tragic Death and Misplaced Blame



An Interview With Brooke Fossey from Bagel Bike in Pittsford, NY

Brooke blends her love of biking with a small business venture while adding character to her community


UP Commute: Chicago’s Amazing Public Spaces

UP Commutes are simpler podcast pieces I record on the rare occasion I drive my car. Today I talk about Chicago’s commitment to public space and how we can apply the ideas to any city.



What Is Walkability?

Haven’t we beaten this to death? Maybe not. It’s important to define exactly what creating a”walkable environment” means!



Sprawling Within: Bigger Homes, Smaller Families

Americans aren’t just moving their homes farther away from cities, they are moving farther away from each other within their own homes!


Backseats and College Campuses: Why Millennials Are The Way They Are

A look at why younger people want better transit more than any other previous generation



It’s Time To “Stop” Right On Red

Right-on-red has been allowed since the 1970s. Here’s why it’s time for it to “stop.”


Bikes and Scooters Just Want to Be Safe Too

Too often, we chastise these modes of transit on the sidewalk… why we should be more understanding



Looking Up

Our cities need a lot of work. But there’s nothing wrong with seeing the good things we’ve done


Bike Advocacy: Safety or Legitimacy

Bike organizations and active cyclists try to educate drivers on how to share the road with cyclists. But are they educating drivers on WHY people bike in the first place?


Scooter Share in Rochester

It’s coming.  Here are my thoughts


A Different Direction

The UP’s journey into 2019 will include a strong “multi-media” presence


Who’s Responsibility Is It When A Local Business Fails?

When that neighborhood bar, or your favorite local place to shop goes under, who’s to blame?


City Streets Or Highways: Which Would You Remove?

Curious thoughts one what would be better for our cities


Cars: A Tax On The American Dream?

Are cars just a tax on the American Dream?


The Difference Between A Suburban Village And A City Neighborhood

The difference between a suburban village and an urban neighborhood


Stop Blaming And Get Involved

Stop blaming politicians for our struggles and get involved in your community!


Rochester Bike Share & A Year In Limbo

Rochester’s Bike Share: After two-thirds of our city’s bike share fleet was stolen in 2019, what is our perception of bike share in 2019? How does what happened last year affect our vision of Rochester’s urban revitalization?


A New Direction

A re-introduction to the new direction of The Urban Phoenix