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This episode is hosted by Trevor. Today we have RJ Koscielniak, Assistant Professor of Geology and Geography at Eastern Michigan University, in to talk about the concepts at large, and the concerns for modern cities created within the writings of Richard Florida. RJ Koscielniak is a scholar, educator, and activist specializing in the study of urban decline. His research critically examines the capitalist and racist determinants of contemporary urbanization. He focuses on the policies, pathways, and pipelines that undermine neighborhoods and the built environment. By concentrating on logistical and environmental processes, and how markets and institutions mobilize both to extract value, he has contributed to reinvigorated theoretical and empirical approaches to shrinking cities, depopulation, and disinvestment. He completed his dissertation – Ground Forces: Dirt, Demolition, and the Geography of Decline in Detroit, MI – at the University of Michigan. Employing mapping, qualitative, and quantitative methods, he investigated the Detroit Demolition Program and its relationship to regional environments, property regimes, and public policy. His Richard Florida parody twitter account can be found at https://twitter.com/Dick_Florida.
Co-produced & edited by Aaron C. Schroeder / Pierced Ears Recording Co, Seattle WA (www.piercedearsrec.com). Opening theme composed by T. Beaulieu. Closing theme composed by Dustfingaz (https://www.youtube.com/user/TheRazhu_)