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Sustainable Rotterdam

The city is re-inventing itself

What makes a city thick?

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Picture credits Boston.com

We will be visiting Boston in the upcoming weeks and I'm planning to post any interesting observation, and this one it is a great discovery.

While reviewing the list of participants at PodCamp I encounter the podcast of Adam Weiss, Boston Behind the Scenes; a delicious collection of short interviews with the people that make the "city thick". Haymarket sellers, Duck Truck drivers, street vendors, or Bob the Evangelist.

With his blog, Adam addresses an interesting question; what makes a city thick? Citizens are at the core of any livable city where everyone contributes to the "social thickness" by their character and attitudes. Moreover, within the social network there are reference points, citizen-hubs that connect with larger audiences at the street level by means of their work, and their contribution to what makes a city stand for is very valuable. Boston Behind the Scenes captures this value in fifteen minute long portable conversations.

Even if you're not a Bostonian, or plan to visit the city, I'd recommend you to download any of BBTS episodes (even better, subscribe to the podcast via iTunes) to get a flavor of what it is like to spend all day long preaching at the street, or working on a public market since age of eight.

If anyone out there is aware of similar podcast, leave a comment for everyone to know.

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posted by Oriol P., 4:37 PM


Thank you for the great write-up! I'm glad you found and enjoyed my show. I'd love to know if any of your readers find anything else like it out there.

It is such a simple idea -- I can't be the only one!

Adam Weiss
Boston Behind the Scenes
commented by Anonymous Adam Weiss, 6:04 PM  

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