Abundance - A Metropolitan Abundance Project Podcast

Abundance - A Metropolitan Abundance Project Podcast

Welcome to Abundance, a Metropolitan Abundance podcast where we chat with the academics, researchers, and practitioners who inspire and inform our work.

Episodes

May 23, 2024 90 mins

Welcome back to the Abundance Podcast! In this episode, M. Nolan Gray chats with Sarah Karlinsky. Sarah is the Research Director at the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at UC Berkeley where she leads the development of the center’s research agenda. They’re joined in this episode by Robyn Leslie, the director for strategic partnerships at California YIMBY.

In this episode, they chat about Sarah’s new report, “Structured for Succ...

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Welcome back to the Abundance Podcast! In this episode, M. Nolan Gray and Ned Resnikoff chat with Megan Kimble.  Megan is an investigative journalist and the author of Unprocessed. A former executive editor at The Texas Observer, Kimble has written about housing, transportation, and urban development for The New York Times, Texas Monthly, The Guardian, and Bloomberg CityLab. She lives in Austin, Texas. In this episode, they discuss...

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In this episode, Ned Resnikoff chats with Alexander Sahn. He is a Thomas J. Pearsall Fellow and an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he studies inequality in political participation, representation, and public policy, especially subnational governments in the United States. He was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Pri...

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April 12, 2024 141 mins

This week, Nolan Gray and Ned Resnikoff chat with Stan Oklobdzija.

Stan is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Tulane University and the Director of the Center for Public Policy Research at the Murphy Institute. His research focuses on housing policy, specifically how voters conceive of housing markets and how these perceptions influence the policies that local governments pursue. He previously served as Research Direct...

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March 21, 2024 55 mins

This week, Nolan Gray chats with Ben Raderstorf. Ben is vice president of House Sacramento, an all volunteer grassroots pro-housing group in the California Capital region. In his day job, he's a pro-democracy advocate, but on nights and weekends he works to make his adopted hometown more affordable, liveable, walkable, bikeable and resilient. Find him on twitter at @braderstorf.

In this episode, they chat about the exciting new...

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Welcome back to Abundance!

In this episode, Nolan Gray and Ned Resnikoff chat with Danielle Allen. Allen is a professor of political philosophy, ethics, and public policy at Harvard University, and director of the Allen Lab for Democracy Renovation. She is also the author of the recent book, Justice By Means of Democracy.

In this episode, they discuss power-sharing liberalism, abundance progressivism, and what it all means for the ...

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November 2, 2023 72 mins

Welcome back to Abundance!

In this episode, California YIMBY research director Nolan Gray chats with Henry Grabar. Henry is a journalist at Slate, where he writes about cities, and a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

In this episode, they discuss Grabar's brand new book, Paved Paradise: How Parking Explains the World, including why parking drives people nuts, the curious case of parking privatizati...

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Welcome back to Abundance!

In this episode, we discuss Housing Underproduction in California 2023, a new report published by the California YIMBY Research Fund in collaboration with MapCraft.

California YIMBY research director Nolan Gray is joined by Ian Carlton and Lacy Patterson, two members of the MapCraft team who helped to put this report together.

In this episode, they discuss which parts of California are building the least...

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August 25, 2023 54 mins

Welcome back to Abundance!

In this episode, California YIMBY research director Nolan Gray chats with Emily Hamilton. Emily is a Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Urbanity Project at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, where she researches urban economics and land-use policy. 

In this episode, they discuss the exciting reforms adopted in Montana this year, why small lots are a big deal, and how to legalize ADUs ...

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July 20, 2023 84 mins

Welcome back to Abundance!

In this episode, California YIMBY research director Nolan Gray chats with Sarah Anzia. She’s an associate professor of public policy and political science at the University of California Berkeley. Anzia is the author of Local Interests: Politics, Policy, and Interest Groups in US City Governments.

Along with California YIMBY policy director Ned Resnikoff, they discuss how local politics differs from fede...

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In this episode, California YIMBY research director Nolan Gray chats with Emily Jacobson. She’s the inaugural research fellow for the California YIMBY Education Fund and the author of The Dysfunctional Metropolis: Reforming Los Angeles's Land Use Planning and Entitlement. She recently earned a Master of Public Policy from UC Berkeley.


They’re joined in this episode by Sarah Karlinsky, a senior advisor at SPUR, a public pol...

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In this episode, California YIMBY research director Nolan Gray chats with Francis Fukuyama. He’s the Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, a faculty member of FSI's Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, and the also Director of Stanford's Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy.

They’re joined in this episode by California Y...

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June 1, 2023 39 mins

In this episode, California YIMBY research director M. Nolan Gray chats with Rick Cole. He’s the Chief Deputy Controller for the City of LA, where he oversees the key accounting, paymaster and audit functions of the nation's second largest city. 


Rick has been all over the place in Southern California governance—he was previously a Deputy Mayor in Los Angeles, the city manager of Azusa, Ventura, and Santa Monica, and was p...

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April 21, 2023 120 mins

In this episode, California YIMBY research director M. Nolan Gray chats with Bill Fulton. If you’ve been paying any attention to California planning over the past 30 years, Bill likely needs no introduction. Among his many roles, he’s currently a Senior Advisor to PFM Management and Budget consulting Group and a Fellow at the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at UC Berkeley. He’s also the author of the Guide to California Planni...

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In this episode, California YIMBY research director M. Nolan Gray chats with Luca Gattoni-Celli . Luca is the chief executive of YIMBYs of Northern Virginia, which just scored its first big win legalizing foruplexes and simplexes countywide in Arlington. In this episode, we discuss how a pro-housing coalition pulled off single-family zoning abolition in one of America’s richest suburbs, the ideological diversity of the YIMBY moveme...

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In this episode, California YIMBY research director M. Nolan Gray chats with Jerusalem Demsas. Jerusalem is a staff writer at The Atlantic and a widely published author on housing and city planning, among many topics. In this episode, we discuss how she became a YIMBY, the importance of the freedom to move, and why DC builds so much housing—even it could build more. We’re joined this week by California YIMBY policy director Ned Res...

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In this episode, California YIMBY research director M. Nolan Gray chats with Chris Elmendorf. He’s the Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of Law at the UC Davis School of Law and an expert on California housing law. In this episode, we take stock of where we’re at in the Regional Housing Needs Assessment process, explain tools like the builder’s remedy, and explore where we go from here. We're joined by Aaron Eckhouse. Aaron is t...

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February 9, 2023 57 mins

In this episode, California YIMBY research director M. Nolan Gray chats with Sonia Hirt. Hirt is a professor of architecture and urban planning at the University of Georgia and the author of Zoned in the USA. In this episode, we talk about the current zoning reform push, how other countries do zoning, and what we still have to learn from Jane Jacobs.

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January 27, 2023 189 mins

In this episode, California YIMBY research director M. Nolan Gray chats with Alain Bertaud. Alain’s a Senior Fellow at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management, a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, and a former principal urban planner with the World Bank, among many other titles. In the first half of this episode, we discuss the role of city planning, his optimism about micro mobi...

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January 11, 2023 84 mins

In this episode, California YIMBY research director M. Nolan Gray chats with legendary parking guru Donald Shoup. Shoup is a distinguished research professor at UCLA and the author of The High Cost of Free Parking. We talk about some of the 2022 parking reform victories, the man behind the legend, and where we go from here.

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