Podcast #67 – Public Housing for Dummies with Alex Bauman

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Kids at Sumner Field, Minneapolis’ first public housing project. (Photo MNHS.)

The podcast this week is a conversation with Alex Bauman, the vice president of the board for streets.mn and a sometimes prolific writer about Minneapolis transportation and urban policy on streets.mn and at his blog Getting Around Minneapolis.

Alex recently left his job at the Minneapolis Public Housing Agency, and so I managed to sit him down at Ngon Bistro on University Avenue last week to pick his brain about public housing policy in Minneapolis and around the country. I called it Public Housing for dummies, and in this case, I was the dummy. I asked Alex all about public housing policy, where it’s located, and the history of all different public housing programs as they’ve evolved through the 20th century. We had a great talk and I hope you enjoy the conversation.

The link to the audio is here.

Bill Lindeke

About Bill Lindeke

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Bill Lindeke has writing blogging about sidewalks and cities since 2005, ever since he read Jane Jacobs. He is a lecturer in Urban Studies at the University of Minnesota Geography Department, the Cityscape columnist at Minnpost, and has written multiple books on local urban history. He was born in Minneapolis, but has spent most of his time in St Paul. Check out Twitter @BillLindeke or on Facebook.