podcast thank youThis certainly is not a fun news item to share.

After careful consideration, we have decided to stop production of new episodes of The Downtown Phoenix Podcast. Our final episode will be released on Wednesday July 23 and will feature excerpts of Edward Jensen’s conversation with Jon Talton from March.

When we set out to do the Podcast, we had one objective: to create a grand space for dialogue and action on issues vital to the urban resurgence in Phoenix. Our conversation set out to be in very high quality and something that made accessible the issues facing our community. After an eight-episode initial run, it became evident that while the Podcast is a great project and whose reception surpassed our wildest expectations, there are different and more creative ways to advance our mission of making Phoenix “the serious city.”

To that end, our presenting firm (Edward Jensen urban productions) is working with community leaders and members of the urban academy on a new initiative. While we can’t share too many details of that project at this moment, the work of the Podcast will certainly inform our work both here in Phoenix and wherever this new experiment goes. Rest assured that THE URBAN BOOK CLUB is still happening and we will share some news both on our website and on our Facebook page (facebook.com/downtownphoenixpodcast) when we have a venue and specific meeting dates.

We will keep our current set of episodes online at least through the end of 2014 and probably longer. Our website will continue to be updated with news about this and kindred projects. Do stay subscribed to the Podcast‘s feed in iTunes or whatever podcast receiving app you use because we will be releasing small vignettes and announcements as required there. And, please check out our host’s website and blog at edwardjensen.net for the latest essays and commentary on urban issues.

Thank you for your support of the Podcast…and stay tuned for what’s to come. We am excited and we hope you will be, too.

Series 2 Announcement

dtphxpodcast_1400pxPHOENIX, ARIZONA (21 May 2014) — The Downtown Phoenix Podcast, a podcast on urban action hosted by Edward Jensen, has announced its Series 2 focus and release schedule. The theme of Series 2 will be urban civics with a focus on how the government of the City of Phoenix works.

“When advocating for an issue at Phoenix City Hall, it’s important to know how that system works so your advocacy is that much more effective,” said Jensen. “There are a lot of misconceptions and, frankly, misinformation about the structure of the City government and its place in our civic life and in governments in general.”

Series 2 episodes will begin production in early June 2014. Episode 1 of Series 2, the ninth episode in toto of the Podcast, will be released on 7 July 2014. Specific episode content will be announced to the Podcast’s website, downtownphoenixpodcast.com.

Our Series 1 sign-off

[Ed. note: We’ve been asked to share the sign-off from this week’s episode of the Podcast, which was our Series 1 finale episode. This also outlines some of where we’ll be going next with the Podcast.]

ep8r_coverWEBAs we come to the end of this inaugural series of The Downtown Phoenix Podcast, we have been doing a lot of thinking about what will come next. But before I get to that, it has been no small task to produce these weekly episodes and a lot of thank-yous are in order:

Thanks to R.J. Price and Anna Consie at Downtown Phoenix, Inc., whose partnership with The Downtown Phoenix Podcast and whose hospitality made this initial series possible. Thanks, also, to T.W. Lawrence. Great thanks go to my guests who have spent some time out of their day to join me: David Krietor, G.G. George, Ann Wheat, Kris Floor, Phil Weddle, Lillian Habeich, Jon Talton, Paul Loomans, Mark Melnychenko, Feliciano Vera, Jennifer Longdon, Judy Butzine, and Malissa Geer. Their conversations inspired us, called us to action, and reminded us of the power of this community and this place that we call home.

And thank you, our listeners, for making the Podcast a part of your weekly routine and your toolkit for community advocacy.

So what’s next for this project? We are going to take some time off to rethink what we will do here in future series. We are planning to take a deeper dive into the processes and goings-on in urban Phoenix and learn how those all work. We’ll look into civics, civil conversation, a community public square, and an assessment of what makes good urban policy. We’ll also start to look at having our first community conversation event, which will be in late August or early September. We are definitely not going away!

With that, we will wrap up this episode and this inaugural series of The Downtown Phoenix Podcast. Please stay subscribed to the Podcast’s feed in iTunes or in your podcast receiving app because we’ll update it with miniature features as we get closer to our Series 2 launch. We’ll be back in June for Series 2…thank you for being a part of this journey.

Friday Housekeeping, March 28 edition

dtphxpodcast_1400pxSome Friday housekeeping for The Downtown Phoenix Podcast for March 28…

Episodes 5 and 6 will look at the City of Phoenix budget. Episode 5 will objectively look at what’s in the City’s budget and how it might impact issues of importance to urban communities. In Episode 6, we’ll talk to individuals and groups that have successfully spoke in favor of their projects and initiatives, even in economically lean times. (Episode 5 will be released Monday March 31 and Episode 6 will be released Monday April 7.)

Episode 7, to be released Monday April 14, will look at transportation issues in downtown. We’ll also look at issues of accessibility for our downtown neighbors and colleagues that have mobility issues. How can we go beyond what ADA requires to be inclusive of all?

Finally, Episode 8, our inaugural series finale (Monday April 21), we’ll talk about the under-represented communities and constituencies that aren’t always included in the downtown conversation.

What will happen after Episode 8? Stay tuned…

Statement on SB 1062

interim podcast logo copyPHOENIX, ARIZONA (22 February 2014) — The Downtown Phoenix Podcast released this statement on SB1062:

“The Downtown Phoenix Podcast is opposed to SB1062, legislation that we feel discriminates against our friends, colleagues, and neighbors in the LGBTQ community. We have conveyed to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer our opposition to this legislation and our hopes that she will veto it.

As we see it, cities are at their best when the laws overseeing that city promote equality for all instead of discriminate against some.

Last year, the City of Phoenix passed an LGBTQ non-discrimination ordinance at what we felt was an unnecessarily contentious meeting of the Phoenix City Council. The ill effects that were promised by the opponents of non-discrimination? They didn’t happen; instead, Phoenix was celebrated by many groups for its efforts to promote equality.

We call upon our Mayor and Council — and the Mayors and members of City Councils of all of Arizona’s cities — to urge the Governor and State Legislature to stop this bad legislation from advancing any further.”

First up on the Podcast…

Our first episode nears and we’re very excited to begin production of the inaugural series of The Downtown Phoenix Podcast! Our first episode will go live on March 3 and we’ll be in conversation with David Krietor of Downtown Phoenix, Inc., to learn about his group and how it will help advance the downtown Phoenix narrative.

Once we have our next guests finalized, we’ll certainly be sure to share the programming of our next episodes with you. We’re excited and we certainly hope you are!

Welcome to The Downtown Phoenix Podcast!

podcast logoWe will have the press release to go soon but we thought we should welcome you to the website for The Downtown Phoenix Podcast!

What are we, you ask? We’re a 30-minute (give or take a few) weekly podcast that is about community and neighborhood engagement as much as it is about news and events.  Our host is Edward Jensen, hailed as one of downtown’s leading thinkers and doers and a member of many downtown community boards. He hosted four live one-on-one conversations with the then-City Council candidates in October 2013 and he thought that this is a good continuation of that.

Production of new episodes begins next week and our first episode will be online on March 3 in the morning. We’re working to line up some awesome guests and some compelling programming for you. Our initial run will be eight episodes (weekly on Mondays until April 21). After then, we’ll be thinking how we can re-tool the program to make it even better.

We encourage you to check out our list of our Ten Editorial Principles. We think that we’re one of a few podcast series to have such a set of principles. And check out the other pages as well. We’ll be tweaking this website this week so if something’s not fully right, wait an hour until we’re back online.

Welcome! And please give us a listen beginning March 3. We think you’ll be pleased.