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Urban renewal, and some goodbyes
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Are You Going to DC?

Let us know if you're planning to go to Washington for the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama.  We'll be talking with Connecticut residents who are there on the morning of January 20th.  Or, let us know if you plan a celebration closer to home.  Email [email protected], or leave a comment below.  

Our Urban Landscape 

Monday's show is about one of my favorite topics - how we develop our urban landscape.  It's driven by an interesting conversation with Timothy Rohan, curator of a new exhibition of the buildings of architect Paul Rudolph.  He had a hand in remaking New Haven into the "Model City" in the 1950s and 1960s.  It's a period that Rohan is much more enthusiastic about than others, who abhor the large-scale razing of neighborhoods to make way for big civic projects.  The jury's still out on the building design of the period, too - but there's a healthy tension between those who value the work of the mid-century modernists (like me) and those who don't. 

In a conversation after our interview (taped earlier this week), Rohan gave me some ammunition for our expanded talk on Monday.  He says that this is a great time for urban planners to sit back and think about what we really want our cities to look like - and not jump too quickly to the "new urbanist" bandwagon that prescribes "walkable" streetscapes, inevitably populated with Starbucks.  I'd love to get your comments in advance on this one...


Farewell to Colin

Ridiculous amount of web traffic about Colin McEnroe's departure from WTIC since I blogged about it a few days back.  These responses, taken from Courant blogs, suggest more listeners might tune our way:


  • Steve Brown  I've been a loyal listener for almost 40 years. I'm done. NPR here I come. I will miss Colins wit and his interest in hearing both sides of a point. 
  • Dee B  I will no longer be a WTIC listener.
    Colin was not always funny or right, but he was a fresh breath of air in the sea of Conservative talk radio shows. No offense to those taking his time slot, but really, who wants to listen to 3 hours of news from a couple of news guys?  Not a smart move WTIC, at 6pm tomorrow my new #1 preset will be NPR
  • docktorwu  I have listened to Colin since the mid-morning show and I will miss him. He inspired me to think about issues I used to care little about and I learned much. I did not care for Diane, but without her Ray is intolerable...I do not understand the logic. Why would management think we want more news in the afternoon..We have NPR for that. I will no longer listen to WTIC and it makes me sad. 
  • Foveator  If this, once the strongest voice in radio is in trouble, no radio station is safe. There are comments that AM radio as we know it will cease to exist within a decade. WTIC’s move will hasten its demise.  Perhaps this former super nova is about to become a white dwarf, but I probably won’t see it happening as I will be listening elsewhere...and yes, NPR will be one of those destinations.

You get the idea.  We hope to have Colin on soon to talk about the future of commercial talk radio. That should be fun...

Another Farewell

Finally...this year begins with a big change on Where We Live,the departure of our founding Technical Director, George Goodrich.  George is the guy who makes sure we all sound as good as we can - whether we're in our studios, in a small town library, a big city auditorium, or an art museum.

George came to us as an intern, after a career as a paramedic (we were always comforted by the fact that someone could save our lives if need be) and did just about anything we needed, from making sure we had the right equipment, to training interns in the ways of public radio.  

He lent his health care expertise to many of our conversations - and as a reporter, produced investigative reports about emergency response times.  He's been lured back to the world of helping people through medicine - and will enter nursing school.  We'll miss his steady hand at the controls of Where We Live.




Urban Renewal

"At its best, House Bill 3056 will result in cities sharpening their urban renewal plans, eliminating frills and investing more rigorously in roads, sewers and other basics to spark economic development. At its worst, however, the new law could undermine the most powerful tool for urban reinvigoration."
Martin from StraightSilver.