Posts tagged ‘Community Solutions’

Mind the Achievement Gap


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In this episode, Jason and Andrew address the “mysterious” achievement gap in our public school system. Is the achievement gap real, perceived, or manufactured? How can it best be measured? Is every child created the same? It is the go-to issue that our schools claim is holding back minorities and children raised in poverty. Is our current system of educating best serving our children or the public appearance of the school districts that claim to serve them? How much is actually aimed at helping our students verses some sort of territoriality to keep alternate forms of education in the shadows? For a group of folks that say they hate monopolies, their monopoly is among the most fierce. So what do we do? How do we better equip our kids to succeed, because the system most of them are in now is failing them. It’s antiquated and has no real answers other than raising more money, of which untold amounts go into facilities, pensions, and programs that don’t seem to provide any results. There has to be a better way. Join the conversation, and let’s give them a solution to make the future as bright as possible for our children.

Have you checked out our Spotify playlist? At the beginning of each episode Jason quotes some song lyrics that have to do with the subject matter of the podcast. Andrew never knows what they are, but now he can… and so can you! We just launched the Spotify playlist: “Community Solutions Music From the Podcast“! You can listen to Roundabout from Yes after listing to Episode 30 on Roundabouts… or kick back and enjoy a rocking playlist just for the thrill of it. We add a new song every week. Subscribe and enjoy!

Don’t forget that you can also subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify, or go out to the PodBabble Podcast Network!

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April 18, 2018 at 10:05 am Leave a comment

Home Sweet Home


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In this week’s episode, Jason and Andrew interview Tom Slupske from RE/MAX Results and Kim Edwards from CorTrust Bank. We’ve long contended that Crystal is one of the best cities in the metro to live in. It’s current city council has made life in the city more enjoyable for its residents, removed unnecessary regulations, and become more business friendly. Our guests have taken a liking to it as well. That is why they are hosting the inaugural Home, Life, and Family Expo in Crystal, MN on April 28th at the Crystal Community Center from 9am to 3pm. Why does this podcast apply to you? Well, the most obvious reasons are that you might be looking or know someone that is looking to buy an affordable home, close to the city, but with a small town/suburban feel. Another reason is that you’ve thought about purchasing a home, but don’t know where to start. Or… you don’t know how the MN Housing Finance Agency might be able to help you. These guys have some ambitious goals, and this expo is just the first step. So listen in. The information alone is well worth it.

Have you checked out our Spotify playlist? At the beginning of each episode Jason quotes some song lyrics that have to do with the subject matter of the podcast. Andrew never knows what they are, but now he can… and so can you! We just launched the Spotify playlist: “Community Solutions Music From the Podcast“! You can listen to Roundabout from Yes after listing to Episode 30 on Roundabouts… or kick back and enjoy a rocking playlist just for the thrill of it. We add a new song every week. Subscribe and enjoy!

Don’t forget that you can also subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify, or go out to the PodBabble Podcast Network!

April 11, 2018 at 10:57 am Leave a comment

Local or State Control?


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This week Jason and Andrew discuss some of the issues that both local and state government seem to be fighting over lately. In some instances, its a race to the bottom, and in other cases the state oversteps its bounds in putting regulations upon local entities. We talk about gun-free zones, school suspension/expulsion policies, Tobacco 21, and the looming omnibus bonding bill that funds a ton of local and regional projects that have no statewide implications.

Should these issues come from the state or be decided locally?  How much local control is gladly ceded for grant money, or being able to push the blame of failure on someone else?

Have you checked out our new Spotify playlist? At the beginning of each episode Jason quotes some song lyrics that have to do with the subject matter of the podcast. Andrew never knows what they are, but now he can… and so can you! We just launched the Spotify playlist: “Community Solutions Music From the Podcast“! You can listen to Roundabout from Yes after listing to Episode 30 on Roundabouts… or kick back and enjoy a rocking playlist just for the thrill of it. We add a new song every week. Subscribe and enjoy!

Don’t forget that you can also subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify, or go out to the PodBabble Podcast Network!

April 4, 2018 at 11:02 am Leave a comment

A Global Covenant of Mayors?


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In this episode, Jason and Andrew alert you to the recent IPCC Cities and Climate Change Science Conference, put on by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the invitation-only Mayor’s Summit, put on by the Global Covenant of Mayors. This event hosted mayors, city staff members, special interests, and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) from all over the world. They all descended on Edmonton, Alberta in March of 2018 to talk about the very thing we have been telling you is coming our way. With the inability of these groups to get legislation passed at the national or state level, they are going directly to the local level (cities and counties) to implement their unpopular legislation. These groups are well connected and well funded. We can’t just ignore them and hope they will go away. They will not stop until they have forced us into a future not unlike the novels “1985” or “A Brave New World”. They want a world where mobility is mostly limited to public transit and self-propelled transportation, carbon taxes regulate our behavior, and we live in mid-to-high density clusters. If you think we’re over-exaggerating, you can read their own words on their own websites. You can read their tweets. It’s all out in the open. So listen in and make sure your community isn’t beginning to move in this direction.

Have you checked out our new Spotify playlist? At the beginning of each episode Jason quotes some song lyrics that have to do with the subject matter of the podcast. Andrew never knows what they are, but now he can… and so can you! We just launched the Spotify playlist: “Community Solutions Music From the Podcast“! You can listen to Roundabout from Yes after listing to Episode 30 on Roundabouts… or kick back and enjoy a rocking playlist just for the thrill of it. We add a new song every week. Subscribe and enjoy!

Don’t forget that you can also subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify, or go out to the PodBabble Podcast Network!

March 28, 2018 at 10:07 am Leave a comment

It is a Conspiracy!


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In this episode of the Community Solutions Podcast, Jason and Andrew delve into the topic of government conspiracies. How do they happen? Is there any truth to them? What can governments do differently to help prevent rumors and conspiracies from forming? We pick two popular conspiracies (the moon landing and JFK), tear them apart, and try to figure out why they remain mysteries to this day. We’d love to hear your take in the comments below. It’s all in fun this week, so please share!

Have you checked out our new Spotify playlist? At the beginning of each episode Jason quotes some song lyrics that have to do with the subject matter of the podcast. Andrew never knows what they are, but now he can… and so can you! We just launched the Spotify playlist: “Community Solutions Music From the Podcast“! You can listen to Roundabout from Yes after listing to Episode 30 on Roundabouts… or kick back and enjoy a rocking playlist just for the thrill of it. We add a new song every week. Subscribe and enjoy!

Don’t forget that you can also subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify, or go out to the PodBabble Podcast Network!

March 21, 2018 at 10:31 am Leave a comment

Community Solutions Podcast- The Gateway Corridor


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Jason and Andrew discuss the Gateway Corridor (or Gold Line) project along I-94, from St. Paul to Woodbury. Again, we see the same things proposed as the Blue Line Extension and Southwest Line: catering to big business, a huge price tag, Transit-Oriented Development (TOD)… and they are full steam ahead, no matter what the residents have to say. They have opted to use Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) over Light Rail Transit (LRT), but the tax bill will still be huge. Whether this is the right option for the right place or not, you need to see that these projects have to have the same things incorporated as the other lines. This is to meet the qualifications for Federal grant money. So if you hear about an upcoming transit corridor for your area, you had better pay attention! Even more so, search out their plans early in order to have a voice in the conversation.

Have you checked out our new Spotify playlist? At the beginning of each episode Jason quotes some song lyrics that have to do with the subject matter of the podcast. Andrew never knows what they are, but now he can… and so can you! We just launched the Spotify playlist: “Community Solutions Music From the Podcast“! You can listen to Roundabout from Yes after listing to Episode 30 on Roundabouts… or kick back and enjoy a rocking playlist just for the thrill of it. We add a new song every week. Subscribe and enjoy!

Don’t forget that you can also subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify, or go out to the PodBabble Podcast Network!

March 14, 2018 at 11:37 am Leave a comment

Community Solutions Podcast- The American Planning Association


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In this episode, Jason and Andrew introduce y’all to The American Planning Association (The APA). The APA is a 501(C)3 that is (frankly) quite partisan. It advises its members (found all around the world) on what are the best urban development trends to follow. The problem is, these trends are not suited for a particular community, but a one-size-fits-all solution to public planning. It’s taking the “sub” out of “suburban”, and is why you see bike lanes, roundabouts, complete streets, and the like in cities and towns of all shapes and sizes. Chances are good your city planner belongs to, or at least follows, the APA. If that’s the case, guess what kind of solutions they bring to your community. If you don’t have a strong city council that doesn’t let the staff run the city, you will be subject to many of the ideas that the APA pushes. They have pull at the federal, state, and local levels of government. No independent group should have this kind of pull over elected officials. Come get yourself acquainted!

Have you checked out our new Spotify playlist? At the beginning of each episode Jason quotes some song lyrics that have to do with the subject matter of the podcast. Andrew never knows what they are, but now he can… and so can you! We just launched the Spotify playlist: “Community Solutions Music From the Podcast“! You can listen to Roundabout from Yes after listing to Episode 30 on Roundabouts… or kick back and enjoy a rocking playlist just for the thrill of it. We add a new song every week. Subscribe and enjoy!

Don’t forget that you can also subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify, or go out to the PodBabble Podcast Network!

March 7, 2018 at 1:14 pm Leave a comment

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