Episode 10: That’s A Wrap

podcast thank you

The final episode (for now!) of The Downtown Phoenix Podcast. Thank you for making this a part of your advocacy and urbanism toolkit.

Show Notes:

You can read the essays of our host, Edward Jensen, at edwardjensen.net.

We say ‘thank you.’ See you around downtown Phoenix!


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.

Episode 9: Catching Our Breath

With apologies to our listeners, as we were editing our actual Episode 9, we realized that it didn’t meet the high standard of excellence to which we hold ourselves at The Downtown Phoenix Podcast. Our Series 2 première will be Monday July 21.

In the meantime, here is a replay of our conversation with Feliciano Vera from Episode 7 of the Podcast. Please enjoy!

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.

Episode 8: Assessing the Health of Our Communities


Episode 8: Assessing the Health of Our Communities

release date: 22 April 2014

Show Notes

While this is the inaugural series finale, please stay subscribed to The Downtown Phoenix Podcast! We will be back in June with Series 2. Thank you for listening to us and making our program a part of your toolkit to make our communities better.

Stay up-to-date with the Podcast on Facebook (facebook.com/downtownphoenixpodcast) and Twitter (@dtphxpodcast).

Episode 7: From Point A to Point B


Episode 7: “From Point A to Point B (and everywhere in between)”

Release Date: 14 April 2014

Show Notes

City of Phoenix Budget Hearings: http://www.phoenix.gov/budget/calendar/index.html

Follow The Downtown Phoenix Podcast on Facebook and Twitter (@dtphxpodcast)!

Episode 6: The Phoenix Budget 102


Episode 6: The Phoenix Budget 102

Release Date: 7 April 2014

Conversation Guest: Paul Loomans, Phoenix Spokes People

Show Notes:

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Episode 5: The Phoenix Budget 101


Episode 5: “The Phoenix Budget 101″

Release Date: March 31, 2014

Recommended Reading:

  • Managing Urban America by David R. Morgan, Robert E. England, and John P. Pelissero
  • Public Administration: Power and Politics in the Fourth Branch of Government by Kevin B. Smith and Michael J. Licari

Show Notes

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…

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