July 2, 2012
Cara Philbin, NPR
THE FUTURE OF URBAN LIFE WITH "NPR CITIES PROJECT"
SUMMER-LONG SERIES BEGINS TODAY, WILL
TRAVEL TO NOLA, OAKLAND, SYRACUSE, PHOENIX
SHARE AND HEART (AND SOUND) OF YOUR
CITY AT NPR.ORG/NPRCITIES AND @NPRCITIES
The Cities Project will air throughout the summer and into the fall on All Things Considered. NPR.org is the home base for digital components and additional elements, including a listener-driven photo interactive based on a call-out to show NPR the "Heart of Your City." Further online features include an interactive map characterized by audio, visual, and written contributions from listeners; statistical info-graphs displaying urban patterns; and a flowchart to help determine whether you do, in fact, live in a city. Listeners can visit www.npr.org/nprcities to weigh in with their own experiences, or follow the series @NPRCities and #NPRCities.
The Cities series features topic-driven, regionally-based stories examining how the places where we live are affected by development, transportation, the environment, technology, health and the economy. Taking street-level views of these complex issues, reports will provide a comprehensive look at the state of cities big and small and ways to improve their overall vibrancy and vitality.
Cities kicks off today with a profile of a new web platform called Neighborland, co-created by a New Orleans-based artist looking for creative ways of gathering civic feedback about what residents want in their neighborhoods. Another report, airing July 3, highlights how the closing of city redevelopment agencies in California poses new challenges for transforming blighted places. On July 5, the Cities Project turns its focus to South Bend, IN, with a look at the industry gap plaguing small American cities. Formerly a 'company town' before Studebaker closed in 1963, city officials and university staff are working to bring commerce back to the Midwestern city.
Later this summer, the Cities Project will cover the merits of reconfiguring highway layouts - like I-81 in Syracuse - that manifested in harmful social consequences; how designers in Phoenix are building for an age of even more intense desert heat; and how a park deficit has forced people in the city of Miami to contemplate the value of green spaces. Another report examines how technology can help break harmful social patterns in affected cities. City officials in New Haven, CT are trying to address the fact that a shockingly high proportion of inmates hail from just a few, specific neighborhoods - and break the cycle of multiple incarcerations.
All Things Considered, NPR's signature afternoon newsmagazine, is hosted by Melissa Block, Robert Siegel, and Audie Cornish and reaches more than 12 million listeners weekly. To find local stations and broadcast times for the program, visit www.npr.org/stations