As the summer weather heats up, and I ride my bike to work more often, podcasts are getting back into my routine more regularly. One of the great podcasts I listen to, which I can just about squeeze two episodes into my commute to work, is called 99% Invisible. Created by Roman Mars, it’s a great 10 minute listen about urban design and other little parts of life. I started on something like episode 30, and then went back and listened to the other 29 before going on, so that I could feel “caught up”. Anyways. You should listen to it.
This week, Mars writes about exclusion in the urban fabric of Baltimore, and how, in this case, it’s directly related to the social status of the people on both sides of a certain avenue in Baltimore. His producer is traveling with Daniel D’Oca, an urban planner at Interboro Partners, to look at certain areas of Baltimore. They’ve written a book that will be published this fall, called The Arsenal of Exclusion & Inclusion.
It’s an 11 minute clip. But it’s a great 11 minutes, so if you can spare the time, give it a listen. You should probably just subscribe to the podcast.
[Illustration: The Arsenal of Exclusion & Inclusion, by Lesser Gonzales.]