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 .

Episodes

June 19, 2024 45 secs
This is Lucas Grindley from Next City, a show about changemakers and their stories. We’re off this week for Juneteenth, but we’ll be back next Wednesday with more inspiring and workable ideas that move our society toward justice and equity. 

If you can’t wait for the next story, head to NextCity.org for the latest coverage. 


As always, we’d love to hear any feedback from our listeners. Please feel free to email us at info@nextcity.or...
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The documentary film “How to Power A City” looks across communities in the United States to uncover multiple approaches, big and small, for mitigating climate change. In this episode, writer and director Melanie LaRosa outlines what she found and why she chose to focus on solutions.

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Just over a year ago, we delved into a groundbreaking initiative by a foundation in Vancouver. Their question was: What if we gave people experiencing homelessness a lump sum of cash, no strings attached? The results were nothing short of remarkable — though they probably shouldn’t be surprising. Now, two years after that experiment ended, the idea is spreading to cities across the United States. So let’s revisit that initial episo...
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Leaders from Lexington, Kentucky share lessons about what’s working as they foster collaboration and nonpartisanship in a city that’s solving problems like community engagement and closing the racial wealth gap.
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May 8, 2024 34 mins
We’re going to hear about how looking at transit from the human perspective almost always serves the greatest number of people and how it's really us who should be making decisions about the future of transit.
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America’s biggest test of a “mobility wallet” is in South L.A. where residents were given cash each month to cover their transit needs.
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A future with plentiful affordable housing won’t come from an industry where fewer than 5% of the real estate developers are minorities. Here’s what’s being done to change.

This episode is part of our series, CDFI Futures, which explores the community development finance industry through the lenses of equity, public policy and inclusive community development. The series is generously supported by Partners for the Common Good. Sign u...
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March 27, 2024 29 mins
Today, we will hear from multiple Chinatown organizers who are fighting to ensure their neighborhoods remain for generations to come.
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Too often cities are answering mental health problems with systems of punishment. One alternative is proving that being accessible means when people need help, they’ll reach out earlier in their crisis, allowing for more options in problem-solving.
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In light of the Academy Awards ceremony, we're re-highlighting our episode featuring Arlo Washington, the Black barber-turned-visionary behind People Trust Community Federal Credit Union and the central figure of the Oscar-nominated short documentary, "The Barber of Little Rock." 

When neighbors started coming to his Little Rock barbershop to borrow money, Arlo Washington went a step further and chartered Arkansas’ newest credit uni...
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Meet the author of a new book on how to achieve inclusive transportation that repairs divided communities.
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February 28, 2024 24 mins
Baltimore buried these hidden streams, and an installation is a reminder of the visible costs of trying to control our urban waterways.
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What makes this particular credit union so special, how did it come to be – and what if there were more of them?
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February 8, 2024 26 mins
Experts have a long list of solutions that we’ve known about for a long time. But the old ways of doing things are keeping changemakers apart and the status quo in place.
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Strengthening the “cooperativas” in Puerto Rico might be the key to rebuilding after a string of disasters.
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A nonprofit in Richmond, Virginia is the nation’s first combination of a community land trust with a land bank, and it’s trying to shrink the racial homeownership gap.
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If you're not familiar, community fridges are exactly what they sound like. They're refrigerators where you can come and take whatever food you need for free. They're stocked by donations and managed usually by a small group of volunteers. Today, we'll hear from Taylor Scott who -- when she couldn't find that community fridge -- started RVA Community Fridges.
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Next City is turning 20! And our journalists are publishing a special 20th-anniversary edition of our annual Solutions of the Year magazine in which we’re talking about the solutions we want to see expand in cities over the next 20 years.

As part of the celebration, we’re re-airing some of the stories that we’ve covered here on the podcast. Today, two community organizers in Atlanta who won legal protections for themselves and other...
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Next City is turning 20! And our journalists are publishing a special 20th-anniversary edition of our annual Solutions of the Year magazine in which we’re talking about the solutions we want to see expand in cities over the next 20 years.


As part of the celebration, we’re re-airing some of the stories that we’ve covered here on the podcast. Today, how community-owned real estate in East Boston is keeping rents affordable.
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Next City is turning 20! And our journalists are publishing a special 20th-anniversary edition of our annual Solutions of the Year magazine in which we’re talking about the solutions we want to see expand in cities over the next 20 years.

As part of the celebration, we’re re-airing some of the stories that we’ve covered here on the podcast. Today, how a Kentucky non-profit increased participation in Lexington’s local government.
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