Interviews with the Experts

Talk of the Town is a 1-hour radio show in Gainesville, Florida, hosted by Jake Fuller and Ed Braddy, who before being elected mayor of Gainesville, Florida, was the executive director of the ADC. They interview leading experts about the major trends in cities and metropolitan regions all across the country.  These interviews, therefore, are really the Talk of Your Town!

Lawrence Reed, Foundation for Economic Education (December 9 ,2009)

  • Part 1 (9:44) Competition in education; outsourcing & teachers unions
  • Part 2 (13:07) Right to work laws; principles of sound policy; short term v long run; voters & accountability; govt spending & learning from history; high speed rail
  • Part 3 (13:32) Economic concepts & their absence in education; elitism & control; rarity of freedom; spreading freedom through high school debating
  • Part 4 (11:40) Caller & co-host comments: “enlightening to the extreme”; Florida’s special session on rail

Ronald Utt, Heritage Foundation (November 19, 2009)

  • Part 1 (10:16) Feds view of livability; origins of Smart Growth, lifestyle modification; bias against automobiles
  • Part 2 (13.12) Transit’s market share; incentives v coercion; European examples; hobbit homes
  • Part 3 (14:04) Regulatory impacts on land costs; EPA tactics; local impacts of federal force; Congressional distractions
  • Part 4 (9:32) Local roads & level of service; desirable congestion; urban elitism; grassroots & the drive for change

Tom Rubin, American Dream Coalition (October 22, 2009)

  • Part 1 (9:58) Transit effectiveness – perception v reality; limitations & opportunities; right-sizing public transportation
  • Part 2 (14:29) Travel market shares; realistic assessments; pollution & mobility; intentions v outcomes; real rail costs; replicate trolleys & sensible strategies
  • Part 3 (11:28) Trolley car ridership; misguided planning visions & political decision-making; bus rapid transit & its variations; where transit works; chicken fried tofu?
  • Part 4 (11:51) Commentary by the co-hosts

Randal O’Toole, Cato Institute (October 8, 2009)

  • Part 1 (10:47) Local factors behind housing bubble, growth management & volatility, urban growth & housing prices
  • Part 2 (12:38) Smart Growth & strategic misrepresentation, planners v. economists, mixed-use, transportation & Portland
  • Part 3 (11:54) Automobiles as equalizer, high speed rail, environmental impacts
  • Part 4 (12:30) Caller for rail, durability of autos, free choice, the high price of planning

Sam Staley, Reason Foundation (Sept. 25, 2009)

  • Part 1 (9:46) Congestion, sustainability, growth & productivity, New Urbanism
  • Part 2 (12:23) Land-use & transportation connection, complex travel patterns, federal transit subsidies, auto-mobility & jobs
  • Part 3 (14:33) Road diets, solutions & strategies, people preferences, technology advances, ideology of urban form
  • Part 4 (11:21) Who serves who?, callers comment