Next City

Next City

Join Lucas Grindley, executive director at Next City, where we believe journalists have the power to amplify solutions and spread workable ideas. Each week Lucas will sit down with trailblazers to discuss urban issues that get overlooked. At the end of the day, it's all about focusing the world's attention on the good ideas that we hope will grow. Grab a seat from the bus, subway, light-rail, or whatever your transit-love may be and listen on the go as we spread solutions from one city to the Next City.


December 1, 2021 29 min

A new monument is designed to showcase the rich cultural history and beauty of the predominantly Black community in Crenshaw. A stop for the metro line is being added and usually the comes with gentrification and eradication of culture. So maybe the most critical goal of the project might be this: to show Los Angelenos and visitors to the city that the Crenshaw community—most famously portrayed on film in Akeelah and the Bee and Bo...

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You’ve probably heard complaints about Uber and Lyft from drivers who spend all day working for the apps but who aren’t full-time employees. A group of drivers started asking, "Why don't we have our own app?" And from there, a new app that is 100% worker owned was born. It’s already live in the nation’s biggest competitive market — New York City.

This episode is part of The Bottom Line, a series exploring scalable soluti...

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ChiFresh Kitchen is a worker cooperative, which means the founders share equally in the management of the business and the profits. But those aren’t the only benefits they have in mind. The founders say they’re trying to empower formerly incarcerated women, give themselves a second chance, and show others they can do the same thing.

This episode is part of The Bottom Line, a series exploring scalable solutions for problems related t...

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Time is running out to reduce our carbon footprint. Did you know that 40% of carbon comes from buildings? Meanwhile there’s a startup called BlocPower that will replace your old heating and cooling systems with a new heat pump — even if you think the building can’t afford to pay for it.

This episode is part of The Bottom Line, a series exploring scalable solutions for problems related to affordability, inclusive economic growth and ...

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There is no one-size-fits-all solution for homelessness. But there is a by-name database. “Built for Zero” is solving chronic homelessness, one person at a time. The key is that organizers ask each person what they need to get off the street.

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October 8, 2021 1 min

Don’t listen to people who say our problems are too big to solve. We're here to set the narrative straight on a new podcast from Next City. 

Join us as we dive into the true tales of city-building superheroes like you. The ones care so much they HAVE to help their communities. 

Here at Next City, we cover stories straight from the streets about the issues that not enough people are talking about. 

Ever heard of a team of formerly ...

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