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Housing blight — concentrated areas of vacant properties in cities, rural areas and suburbs — is associated with everything from poverty to crime to health disparities. But governments seem powerless to turn it around. We're finding out why. A special 10-part podcast series by American Banker.
 
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A powerful interview with three Hamilton Councillors on the role elected leaders play in combatting hate, racism and bigotry. Ward 1 Councillor Maureen Wilson, Ward 3 Councillor Nrinder Nann and Ward 9 Councillor Brad Clark. ___________________________________________________________________ Host, Graham Crawford Alex Zafer, producer…
 
In an ongoing series discussing Hate in The Hammer, we feature two very special guests, Cameron Kroetsch and Lyla Miklos discussing the relationship between our 2SLGBTQIA+ communities and our civic institutions. Both Cameron and Lyla are active and engaged citizens of Hamilton as well as the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. Police, Power, Politics are on the …
 
Listen to Graham's audio op-ed on Cardus. Our City Council is about to vote to enter into negotiations with Cardus on their use of Balfour House, and blocking any other groups from consideration. If you haven't looked at some of the content Cardus publishes on their website, you should. Here's Graham's thoughts on what he found. The Graham Crawford…
 
Poverty. Crime. Vacant housing isn't just about empty homes and abandoned lots. It's a problem that is blighting communities across the United States. Nowhere is it more apparent, however, than Baltimore. With 16,000 vacant properties and another 14,000 vacant lots, some residents think they have a solution. But the challenge facing them and other …
 
A special edition of the Cityist. Civic Panel regular, Maureen Wilson, joins Graham to discuss the future of the Discovery Centre on our waterfront. City Council is considering selling this public building and the 8 acres on which it sits to a private developer. We think there are ways to re-imagine the building’s use and keep it in public hands. J…
 
Our Civic Panel sinks their teeth into 3 very current topics on this edition of the podcast. 1. Downtown Densification - High Anxiety Link from The Hamilton Spectator: "Beasley neighbours back development, but not at any price Hamilton’s new downtown plan makes arbitrary changes without adequate consultation" https://www.thespec.com/opinion-story/8…
 
There was a time when all members of the senior leadership team at the City of Hamilton were men. What was the most recent year that was true? Was it 1990? 2000? 2005? If you picked any of those years, you’d be wrong. The correct answer is 2018. That’s right, the unstoppable City of Hamilton is once again run by men. Next to the City Manager, the m…
 
On this edition of the Graham Crawford Show we talk with Paul Wilson about the bright neon lights of Hamilton, those that once were and those that still light the night sky. Cultural Heritage is defined as an expression of the ways of living developed by a community and passed on from generation to generation, including customs, practices, places, …
 
We’re very pleased to have Jason Thorne, General Manager of Planning & Economic Development for the City of Hamilton join us for an in-depth, one-on-one discussion about urban design in Hamilton, from how demographics affect planning, to what is excellent urban design, to how the Planning Department contributes to the achievement of our Vision, to …
 
On this edition of the Cityist, like many boys and girls throughout Hamilton, I sent Santa a note that began: Dear Santa, I know you’re a pretty busy person, but I’d really appreciate it if you could take a look at my list of 8 Civic Gifts I’d love for you to bring to my town….. Listen to what I asked for from Santa for Hamilton. __________________…
 
"Driving us Crazy" - A very lively discussion from several points of views. Our featured panelists Peter Graefe, Maureen Wilson and Tom Flood discuss with Graham the attitudes around urban design and roads. Do drivers in Hamilton own more than the road? _________________________________________________ The Graham Crawford Show, with your host Graha…
 
Associate Executive Director Jessica Love sits down with Indy Chamber's Mark Fisher, Chief Policy Officer, and Matt Impink, Director of Policy and Civic Engagement, to discuss the outgrowth of research conducted by The Brookings Institution: a new conversation and emphasis on removing barriers to economic mobility and prosperity. For more on their …
 
Architectural gems on Wentworth sit empty Paul Wilson discusses two boarded up beauties on Wentworth Street South, one a mansion, the other a lovely apartment building. Both in need of some attention. The original link to the Hamilton Spectator article can be found here: https://www.thespec.com/opinion-story/7563034-paul-wilson-architectural-gems-o…
 
The City of Hamilton spent half a million dollars on a proposal to Amazon for Hamilton to become the site of its second headquarters for up to 50,000 employees. I hate to be the party pooper, but I think our senior bureaucrats and elected officials need to have a drink of reality. Chasing expensive rainbows is one way to spend our money and our ene…
 
Mark Richardson joins us to talk about his experience challenging the City of Hamilton about their decision to ignore the recommendations of the consultants they hired to redefine the 15 Ward boundaries to create a more balanced distribution of Wards and population. Problem is, when Watson & Associates presented their findings and their recommendat…
 
This episode features the work of Prosperity Indiana member Area IV Area Agency on Aging and Community Action Programs. Learn how Area IV provides vital services in the communities it serves and strives to maintain the highest quality, meet community needs, and provide opportunities for community action.…
 
After a long summer break The Graham Crawford Show returns with our regular Civic Panel where we discuss a melange of topics. Our featured panelists include Ryan McGreal, Peter Graefe and Maureen Wilson. Pier 8 Design Competition - The Process & the Results Redefining Ward Boundaries - How we got to where we are now Assigning resources (time, money…
 
Hear Prosperity Indiana members Julia Kathary and Whitley Wynns share their takeaways from the 2017 People & Places Conference. This conference was a joint effort of several associations that brought together placemakers from across the nation to discuss local solutions for community revitalization and advancing racial equity.…
 
Job readiness involves more than gaining vocational skills. In this episode, learn how LSSI Works motivates and prepares individuals for employment. Hear snippets from Motivations and get a glimpse into this transformational program of Prosperity Indiana member Lutheran Social Services of Indiana in Fort Wayne.…
 
Prosperity Indiana Director of Sustainability, Allyson Mitchell, discusses community climate resiliency with Jim Poyser and John Gibson of Earth Charter Indiana. They discuss what challenges and opportunities communities can prepare for and capitalize upon in the face of climate change. Additionally, they preview the Mayor’s Climate Leadership Summ…
 
Prosperity Indiana's Director of Sustainability, Allyson Mitchell, discusses the Solar Uniting Neighbors (SUN) program, which will provide limited funding for the installation of solar panels on community organizations that serve low-income residents and are customers of Duke Energy. Mitchell explains the SUN funding application process in detail, …
 
Like many others have, I’ve accused Councillors of being tone deaf on these sorts of issues that are completely within their control to remedy. Why is it that they try to ignore us? I have a theory. I think they ignore us for as long as possible because they don’t really want to be seen as reacting to feedback about their own behaviours. You got a …
 
Transportation systems have a big impact on our environment and physical well-being, specifically through it's contributing role to air quality. In this episode we speak with Ryan Wilhite, Senior Planner for Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization, about the role of the organization and it's planning efforts for this region of Indiana.…
 
First of all, a small confession. I’m a member of the Board of Directors of the Westdale Cinema Group, the non-profit organization that has purchased the old Westdale Theatre and that will be restoring it to its 1935 glory. That makes me, and this edition of the Cityist, less than objective. But this project is so exciting that I feel more than com…
 
We talk to Paul about a column he called: New mayor can’t sit on this throne that appeared in the Hamilton Spectator on October 21, 2014.It’s a story about the City of Hamilton’s secret warehouse full of Hamilton artifacts the City has been collecting throughout its history that it doesn’t have the space to put on permanent display. While Paul does…
 
Just when you didn’t think it was possible for Councillors to be more tone deaf, they prove us wrong. I’m talking about the recent recommendation by Councillors at a Governance Review Subcommittee to spend $5000 for service rings for themselves. Apparently, rings have been given in the past to Councillors who are either retiring or who have died. N…
 
This time, we talk to Paul about a column he called: Harmony’s proud, but sad, story to be unveiled that appeared in the Hamilton Spectator on September 2, 2014. It’s about the Harmony Apartments at Bay and Barton. If you haven’t been by the building, it’s worth taking a look if you’re in the area. Located on the west side of Bay Street, one buildi…
 
"Experiencing arts and culture helps us to connect to each other and ideas in ways that are impossible otherwise." In this episode, hear Joanna Taft share ways that the Harrison Center for the Arts is creating opportunities for students and members of the community to experience "spectacles of wonder" and imagine a better world to start living out …
 
One year, and tens of thousands of downloads after this adventure began, I sit down with the mastermind of The Graham Crawford Show - Executive Producer Alex Zafer to discuss the original vision for the show, what we’ve accomplished and where we go from here. And we talk about Dave Beatty, the owner of QED Media in Hamilton where we record the how …
 
I’m joined by an artist and satirist I’ve admired for years. I admire his wit. His artistry. His ability to boil oceans of issues to their essence and to present what he sees in ways that leave us smiling or even, dare I say, LOL’ing. His name is Graeme MacKay and he’s the editorial cartoonist for the Hamilton Spectator. I think you’ll really enjoy…
 
Paige Sharp and Anna Tragesser of the Indiana Arts Commission join us for an exploration of what can happen when a community taps into its creative assets. Also learn what to expect at From the Ground Up, a creative placemaking workshop happening on June 8-9, 2017. Visit www.in.gov/arts for more information and to register.…
 
We talk to Paul about a column he called: Storied House Amid Highrises Has a Future Again. It appeared in the Hamilton Spectator on May 17, 2016. It’s a story about tenacity. In this case, the tenacity of a beautiful house and the tenacity of a dedicated owner. The house was built in 1860, just 7 years after Central School was built on Hunter. Toda…
 
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