polis: a collective blog about cities worldwide


Produced in collaboration with CoLab Radio, Polis podcasts feature interviews, reporting, sound art, archival explorations, stories and much more. Contact us at info@thepolisblog.org if you’d like to add to the collection.

A Walk Through London’s East End
by Cristiana Strava | January 20, 2015

London’s East End needs little introduction. Though nestled between the largest financial hubs in Europe (Central London to the west and Canary Wharf to the south), it has traditionally been one of the city’s least affluent areas ...

California’s High-Speed Rail
by Alex Schafran | October 7, 2012

California’s High-Speed Rail is one of the nation’s most important and controversial urban projects in recent memory. Some hail it as a critical step toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions in a state of 40 million people, a stabilizing ...

The ‘Teeming Silence’ of Condemned Social Housing
by Cristiana Strava | May 22, 2012

In the words of its most passionate biographer Peter Ackroyd, London is never silent. Even in its hushed hours, the city “teems” with the very present absence of people or business. This teeming silence can be felt and heard most acutely ...

A Beloved Boston Food Truck
by Alexa Mills | February 16, 2012

“Love at (and for) the Food Truck” is a conversation with Tiffany Pham, third-generation owner of the Momogoose food truck in Boston. Tiffany shares stories of romance, competition and service (free of charge at Occupy ...

God’s Plan: On Faith and City Planning
by Alexa Mills | January 6, 2012

The connections between faith and city planning are undeniable. Faith-based groups rebuild areas after disasters, they develop affordable housing plans, and they help the poor. Additionally, social movements that have profoundly changed ...

Civil Rights Leaders Discuss Contemporary Social Change
by Alexa Mills | December 15, 2011

How do you work toward a more just world when the systems that hold it up are crumbling before your eyes? “In this period, imagination is more important than education,” said the Reverend Nelson Johnson of Greensboro ...

Social Justice in Amsterdam
by Alex Schafran | November 17, 2011

Together with our partners at CoLab Radio, Polis is happy to present our newest project, the Polis Podcast on CoLab Radio. Our goal is to bring you a stimulating series of discussions, debates and interviews on a wide range of subjects ...