Columbus Ohio is all too typical of the physical imprint of racism on urban spaces. Redlining, urban highways, white flite, prohibitive zoning… All of these things and more have manifested in the economic and racial segregation that plagues Columbus. This episode shares some insight on Columbus’ “urban problems” and offers several resources for planners and non-planners alike to learn more and do better.
A little over a week ago, I graduated with my Bachelors in GIS from the Ohio State University. My dear friend Bridget achieved the same. We were supposed to celebrate together – senior bar crawl, end of semester confessions on the Oval, and photos together in our caps and gowns. We didn’t get what we wanted and certainly not what we deserved.
In this episode, Bridget and I dive into what life has been like in pandemic – from the big naps and loss of time to the effort of friendship and the joys of cable television. It gets a little weird, but it’s honest.
The past few months and weeks have been rife with trials around the world with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The past week in Ohio, we have been home-bound following the governor’s ‘stay at home’ order. This first week has been rough, but I’m thankful to be surrounded (digitally) by dear friends and wise mentors.
In this episode, we discuss an article posted on Medium by Tomas Pueyo, ‘Coronavirus: The Hammer and the Dance’. It’s an overview of the current state of COVID-19 and a summary of what measures should be implemented now in order to provide the world with our best fighting change against the virus. Pueyo presents three strategies: Do Nothing, Mitigation, and Suppression. The author presents a compelling case for Suppression and recommends that readers that are moved to sign a petition to the White House that pressures our leaders to approach COVID-19 with a suppression strategy.
This episode my friend and colleague Tobi Otulana chats with me about the field of planning and her path to sustainable planning. Tobi and I have known each other since spring semester, when we took a sustainable transportation class together. I recognized that Tobi is a super talented and passionate individual and I’ve been hoping our paths would cross again to allow that. Lucky for me, after graduating her MCRP program, she stayed local and has been with the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission for about half year now. I was super curious about her opinion on Ohio State’s MCRP program and how she expects her career trajectory to change.
Disclaimer: All views and opinions expressed in this episode are strictly those of myself and my guest. We in no way represent any organizations or agencies which we are currently or have previously been associated with.
This episode we chat about dance as a consideration in urban design. In China, millions of residents participate in urban dance as a way to enhance their health and foster social connection. These groups practice in parks and ‘waste spaces’ around cities, accompanied often by live music. However, this practice has run into some resistance from the central and city governments. Complaints of too much noise have forced cities to ban these dancing retirees to parking lots and bridge underpasses. But the dancers persist, sometimes as an act of resistance. We unpack all that an more this episode of STEMS and Leaves.
In this episode, Sujata Emani and I spend a good amount of time discussing women of massive determination and how we work everyday to emulate their example. Sujata also shares some insight into her identity as a caregiver for her grandmother; an identity that was chosen for her and certainly changed the trajectory of her life in her mid-twenties.
This episode features Dr Amber Woodburn McNair of the Ohio State University. She serves as an assistant professor in the Knowlton School as well as the Center for Aviation Studies (both within OSU’s College of Engineering. We sat down to discuss Dr Woodburn’s research and experiences in academia and how her identity and presentation as a woman has affected her journey. She also shared some wonderful advice about navigating the murky waters that await after graduation and the importance of keeping the hustle strong.