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Housing from the Homeless to Our Workforce City Voice Podcast 041

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In past episodes of the City Voice Podcast, we have discussed housing for the homeless with our friends at The Lords Place and with others. We are going to discuss homelessness today.

First I want to talk about what’s most often referred to as workforce housing i.e. housing for your average working person within a certain economic range.

Lately, I find myself referring to it as housing for the missing middle.

For a while now I have been talking with talented young people in WPB and in other cities who went to college, go to work every day, are single, and are looking out at their lives and saying how will I get married, have kids, and raise a family here. Is there an area where I can afford a house, in a reasonably safe area, have a decent school, and be able to put down roots? This is an issue in many areas of the country.

The issue doesn’t just affect the young professionals who want all those things. It affects every one of us.

How does that affect me you ask??? I’m doing fine you say??? Well, just one way is talent i.e. intellectual capital and energy. Those things equate to a more resilient dynamic economy wherever you live. Economies are driven in part by the talent or lack thereof that drives it.

This week’s Conversation

I’m joined by Armando Fana, Director of Housing and Community Development for the City of West Palm Beach.

Among other things… Armando over the last 20 years has been program manager for the Broward County Workforce Development Board, where he was part of welfare reform implementation and workforce housing programs. He was also the Director of the Hollywood Florida Workforce One Center, and went on to be the field office director for HUD’s (as in dept of Housing and Urban Development)  Miami office…which covers 10 Florida Counties.

Armando has been with the city of West Palm Beach since 2015.

Show links and notes:

West Palm Beach Department of Housing and Community Development

Housing and Community Development phone number. (561)822-1250

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Joe Chase On The Chamber The Marathon Walkability And Public Service City Voice Podcast 040

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One of my favorite people to have coffee and conversation with is Joe Chase.

Joe is The Chairman of The Chamber of Commerce of The Palm Beaches an accomplished business and corporate attorney

for the Gunster Law Office. He is also husband to Alexandra Chase and Father to Joe Jr.

In this episode of The City Voice Podcast we discuss:

Why he personally chose West Palm Beach over Chicago.

The Chamber of Commerce of The Palm Beaches and if it delivers value to its members and community.

The Palm Beaches Marathon, it’s evolution, its business opportunities, and community building potential. 

The Chambers efforts in the areas of homelessness and the opioid epidemic.

The benefits of efforts that improve cycling and walkability in West Palm Beach.

How public service and leadership opportunities are there.

Show links:

Palm Beaches Marathon

The Chamber of Commerce of The Palm Beaches

Flagler Shore

Joe Chase

 

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Live From Flagler Drive City Voice Podcast 039

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This week was the opening of The West Palm Beach Green Market.

It seems that this year is the biggest and most interesting Green Market yet.

One of the most interesting new aspects of downtown West Palm Beach this year is the Flagler Shore experiment along

Flagler Drive from Lakeview to Banyan. 

This weeks episode of City Voice is some of my thoughts on the Green Market and Flagler Shore and a conversation

with Juan Orellana of SkyBike and Sherryl Muriente of the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority.

We spoke while they were volunteering at the free bike valet. Our conversation was sitting at a table in the middle of Flagler Drive.

Episode links:

Flagler Shore

Bike WPB

 West Palm Beach DDA 

City of West Palm Beach

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Innovative Pedestrian and Retail Ideas In Downtown West Palm Beach City Voice Podcast 038

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The City of West Palm Beach, it’s CRA, and the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority are rolling out an innovative idea on Flager Drive.

Six-tenths of a mile between Banyan Blvd and Lakeview Ave will go from two northbound and two southbound lanes to one north and one southbound lane.

The two easternmost lanes will be turned into a sort of linear park for pedestrians. The “Flagler Shore” Pedestrian experiment will be ongoing to encourage people to ride their bikes, walk, picnic, be creative, and communicate with each other along Flagler Drive. It’s a way for the city to try on new concepts before committing to large expenditures of funds.

This temporary 5-month experiment will take place from October 7, 2017, through March 1, 2018.

Also on this episode of City Voice, we discuss what a prestigious $180,000 Grant from the Knight Foundation will be used for on Clematis Street.

THE INTERVIEW:

My conversation is with Sherryl Muriente. She is the new Manager of Urban Placemaking for the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority.

She is an Urban Designer who specializes in “Urban Acupuncture” designs. 

Show links:

Flagler Shore Information

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Is Building a Roadway Through Our Drinking Water a Good Idea? City Voice Podcast 034 REPOST

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This Podcast was originally sent out just before Hurricane Irma arrived in West Palm Beach.

Understandably, many of you were busy with Irma. I feel our drinking water is a very important issue

worthy of your consideration. Hence the repost.

In a recent West Palm Beach City Commission meeting, I heard residents urge the City to keep fighting

the construction of a State Rd 7 Extension (hear their comments) in our water catchment area (where we catch rainwater that becomes our drinking water).

I thought it was too late for residents to work against this issue (listen and find out if that is correct)

I wanted to confirm where the City of West Palm Beach stands on this issue as of now. So I spoke to Mayor Jeri Muoio. (hear her comments)

I also wasn’t clear that our Grassy Waters Preserve / West Palm Beach Water Catchment Area supplies the drinking water to the entire

City Of West Palm Beach, Town of Palm Beach, and South Palm Beach.

I needed an expert on this issue.

THE CITY VOICE PODCAST INTERVIEW

Lisa Interlandi: She is Senior Staff Council at the Everglades Law Center

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Some Mostly Useless Thoughts On Hurricane Irma City Voice Podcast 036

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Some Mostly Useless thoughts on Hurricane Irma. 

Spaghetti Model Zombie Stare

Windshield Wiper Fluid

Fear

Not underestimating the power of…

 

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Hurricane Irma Update from West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio City Voice Podcast 035

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The latest on West Palm Beach from Mayor Jeri Muoio.

Know Your Zone http://pbcgov.com/knowurzone

City of West Palm Beach Storm info http://www.wpb.org/storm

 

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Is Building a Roadway Through Our Drinking Water a Good Idea? City Voice Podcast 034

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In a recent West Palm Beach City Commission meeting, I heard residents urge the City to keep fighting

the construction of a State Rd 7 Extension (hear their comments) in our water catchment area (where we catch rainwater that becomes our drinking water).

I thought it was too late to work against this issue (listen and find out if that is correct)

I wanted to confirm where the City of West Palm Beach stands on this issue as of now. So I spoke to Mayor Jeri Muoio. (hear her comments)

I also wasn’t clear that our Grassy Waters Preserve / West Palm Beach Water Catchment Area supplies the drinking water to

the entire City Of West Palm Beach, Town of Palm Beach, and South Palm Beach.

I needed an expert on this issue.

THE CITY VOICE PODCAST INTERVIEW

Lisa Interlandi: She is Senior Staff Council at the Everglades Law Center

 

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Lets Be Our Best Without Waiting For The Worst City Voice 033

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Doesn’t it ever seem to you that we don’t see the best in others or ourselves until the worst happens?

Without fail when a storm like Harvey, Sandi or Andrew hit we the best in people.

Of course, we can never forget how America and much of the world stood together after 911.

People give, they show up, they rescue, and they do this for complete strangers.

I love it and I’m always inspired by it.

Understood, it’s not likely to be that kind togetherness and US attitude all the time every day.

But, it does seem we could do much better in finding ways to be more US and less US and Them.

This podcast is my thoughts on US.

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WPB Bicycle Master Plan Is WPB Working Toward Bicycle World Domination? City Voice 032

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The City of West Palm Beach has been working on a Bicycle Master Plan. It may be a game changer.

It’s part of an overall effort to improve mobility, create a sense of place, and generally improve quality of life.

THE INTERVIEW:

Uyen Dang is the City of West Palm Beach Transportation Engineer who is heading up the Bicycle Master Plan work.

Show Links:

Bicylce Master Plan Update pdf

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Mary Pinak Talks WPB Events and Tells All About Clematis By Night and Sandi The Christmas Tree City Voice 031

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The City of West Palm Beach has become known for it’s amazing year round downtown events.

Mary Pinak, City of West Palm Beach Community Events Manager, has been at the creative center of every Downtown West Palm Beach event for the last 28 years.

THE INTERVIEW:

In this episode of City Voice, Mary Pinak talks about downtown events and dates.

My favorite part of this episode is hearing Mary tell the inside back story of where Clematis by Night and Sandi The Christmas Tree

came from and how they got their names.

Episode Links:

West Palm Beach Community Events Calendar and Information

Clematis By Night

Want to be a part of it all and become a Sponsor?

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Resignation letter from The President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities City Voice 030

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This evening (08/18/17) all seventeen members of The President’s Committee On The Arts And Humanities have resigned.

This episode is the content of their powerful letter to the President.

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Jim Kovalsky on Trains from Brightline to TriRail

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How much do you know about trains?

Jim Kovalsky knows a great deal. I would call him an expert.

He is President of the Florida East Coast Railway Society and a former volunteer presenter with train crossing safety program Operation Life Saver.

Jim dispells myths, talks a little train history, and teaches me a few things about trains.

SHOW NOTES AND LINKS

Florida East Coast Railway Society 

Operation Life Saver

Tri-Rail

Brightline

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Charlottesville Commentary City Voice 029

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May thoughts about Charlottesville 

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Local Preparedness Reaction and Reality from Guam

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I record City Voice from West Palm Beach, Florida.

In my hometown, our big heightened awareness and preparedness issue shows up during hurricane season. Even then, mostly only when a storm is imminent. 

North Korean ICBM missiles are a threat to hit the US Territory of Guam, our allies in Japan, South Korea, and possibly even the West Coast of The United States.

That threat has ratcheted up significantly over the last week. 

Guam is a relatively small community of about One hundred and sixty-thousand people on a small island in the Pacific Ocean.

How are the locals handling this threat? How would we handle this threat? How would you handle this threat?

The Conversation:

My conversation is with Dana Williams, Executive Editor of the Pacific Daily News in Guam. The “PDN” is Guam’s newspaper.

SHOW NOTES and LINKS:

The Pacific Daily News

 

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Local Politics Fire and Fury City Voice Podcast 025

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This week I was struck by the stark contrast between two completely different events.

Either event can or could have ended up turning into “Fire and Fury”.

This is my point of view.

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City of West Palm Beach’ Scott Kelly on Mobility and What’s Next City Voice Podcast 024

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Did you know the City of West Palm Beach is not the “decider” on most issues that related to the Okeechobee Blvd. Corridor?

Who is and what can you do to support The City of West Palm Beach?

This weeks conversation:

Scott Kelly is the City of West Palm Beach Assitant City Administrator. He explains who is in charge of what, what’s the latest on Okeechobee Blvd. traffic improvements, and what you can do to support improvements in West Palm Beach.

Scott Kelly talks about everything from trees to traffic.

Show Notes and Links:

Contact info for Palm Beach County Commissioners.

 

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Ricky Aiken of Inner City Innovators Brings Hope to the Hood City Voice Podcast 023

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Ricky Aiken, Executive Director of Inner City Innovators grew up on the Tamarind Ave. Corridor in West Palm Beach.

He grew up tough. He grew up hopeless. That is until hope found him.

Ricky spent years figuring it out, being mentored, educating himself, and now he is back on Tamarind Ave. with a little hope.

This is my conversation with Ricky Aiken.

SHOW NOTES AND LINKS 

Inner City Innovators

Support Inner City Innovators

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Andrew Gillum Mayor of Tallahassee wants to be the next Governor of Florida

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Andrew Gillum is the Democratic Mayor of Tallahassee.

Gillum is campaigning to be the Democratic nominee and hopes to be the next Governor of Florida.

I had the chance to meet him while he was speaking at a Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches meeting.

This an opportunity for you meet him and hear where he stands on a variety of issues.

NOTES and LINKS from our conversation.  

Here is Andrew Gillum’s campaign website

City of Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum 

Campaign To Defend Local Solutions

 

 

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Turo is a new Global Marketplace where You can rent a Car From or To Anyone City Voice Podcast 021

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Recently, I was watching “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” and I saw a segment on a company called Turo. Turo works in a similar way for cars that Airbnb does for houses. You can rent a car from high end to lower end for reasonable price. Or you can make your car available to “earn it’s keep” when it’s just sitting in the driveway costing you monthly money. 

My interest is also that America is very slowly shifting from an ownership to an access paradigm when it comes to cars. More and more people and choosing not own a car. Of course, this happens with much higher frequency where public transportation and walkable bikeable circumstances exist but it is happening.

The City Voice conversation this week is with Christin Di Scipio of Turo.

SHOW NOTES:

NBC Nightly News segment on Turo

Turo website

I recommend you go to your favorite “app store” and check out the Turo phone app. See what’s available where you live.

 

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Is There Something Wrong With Clematis Street? City Voice Podcast 020

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In a recent West Palm Beach Mayor / City Commission workshop, Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Raphael Clemente started his presentation by asking the question, “What’s wrong with Downtown”.

We explore that question.

Show notes, links, and discussion points:

What makes a place “sticky”?

How is Subculture Coffee a good example of creating a “sense of place”?

Large deep storefronts present unique difficulties. Can alleys behind those spaces be part of the solution? 

The current master plan is based on assumptions that have changed. Is it time to revisit it?

One of our greatest assets is _______?

Video of Mayor / Commission Work Session.

Downtown Development Authority

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Fourth of July Freedom Commentary City Voice Podcast 019

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A brief special Fourth of July commentary on freedom.

SHOW NOTES:

Declaration of Independence  

The Constitution of The United States

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WPTV 5 Weatherman Steve Weagle talks about Weagle and then Weather City Voice Podcast 018

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This week I talk with my favorite weatherman. Steve Weagle of WPTV TV 5 and WFLX TV 29.

I get a chance to know Steve a little and find out why and how he ended up in Florida, what he attributes his success to, and his forecasting style. 

Then I ask him why weathercasters don’t talk about climate change. He explains how the thinking on this question has evolved and gives us his thoughts on the issue. 

The current proposed federal budget makes big cuts to NOAA in areas that affect weather forecasting. Weagle ways in on that.

He tells us how exciting the new GOES-16 satellite is.

Then we get his perspective on the current hurricane season and why a busy hurricane season might be better for us in South Florida.

SHOW NOTES:

My Favorite weather map from WPTV

Steve Weagle’s WPTV bio

GOES-16 Satellite Images

NOAA

 

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Rick Gonzalez of REG Architects and Planners City Voice Podcast 017

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Rick Gonzalez is an advocate for the preservation of historic architecture and for the creation of great contextual architecture that will stand the test of time.

His firm REG Architects Interiors and Planners does all that and more and they have the resume to prove it.

I asked Rick to be on the City Voice Podcast because I have admired his work and service for years. 

I also think he helps to shine a light on the talent in and direction of the City of West Palm Beach.

SHOW NOTES:

REG Architects Interiors and Planners

Time Lapse video of The Historic 1916 Palm Beach County Courthouse (construction portion starts [2:00] in)

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Gabe Klein Post Okeechobee Blvd Public Meeting WRAP UP City Voice Podcast 016

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Four night of meetings. At least 600-700 people.

Tons of sophisticated ideas from the residents of West Palm Beach.

Now in the hands of urban planners, traffic engineers, and transit experts. 

This week: Gabe Klein of CityFi comes back on City Voice to give us all idea of where things go from here and his impressions of West Palm Beach.

If you missed any or all of the four nights of meetings fear not…..

You can visit the West Palm Beach Mobility website and leave your thoughts ideas and solutions in the hands of the mobility team by using the interactive map.

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