Posts Tagged ‘affordable housing’

car free kt and emil

Nick’s cousin Emil with Katie being creative in their car-free living.

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On this episode we give practical advice on living car-free, including:

  • Think of alternative transport options when you’re choosing where to live.
  • If possible you can choose to rent a furnished place to avoid having to move big items.
  • Wheels are your friend: use trolleys, bags with wheels etc to carry bulky/heavy stuff.
  • Use delivery services to buy in bulk (only occasionally or that will have a high environmental impact!). We do online orders through sites like Who Gives a Crap for toilet paper and Veganpet for vegan dog food.
  • Use a car share like Car Next Door for the rare times you do need access (not ownership) to a car.

We also discuss shitty Mercedes-Benz ads, Adam Ruins Cars and some recent stories from Media Watch.

We finish the episode by covering the Grattan Institute report on housing affordability in Australia, high rise apartments and population.

This episode is brought to you by Jason P – thanks a lot to Jason for donating to our Crowdfunding campaign!

Clips:

David Rovics ‘I’m a better anarchist than you’, Behind the Song: Lowkey discussing ‘Ahmed’, Bushwalla ‘Gangsta’.

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more of the same

You can listen to this episode above and subscribe to our podcast on iTunes. You can also listen to this episode on StitcherCyber Ears or download it on Archive.org (43mins, 34MB).

This time we’re joined by town planner and environmental activist Mark Allen to discuss the issue of urban sprawl, where urban development takes over previously undeveloped areas. This has a variety of negative impacts, including on humans, other animals and the environment as a whole.

Mark advocates an alternative approach to planning, including urban villages and cohousing as responses to these problems. He also argues that high rise is not the (only) response required to address urban sprawl.

If you’re interested in finding out more about and discussing these issues, join Mark’s Facebook group Population, Permaculture and Planning. If you’d like more from us on similar issues, check out our 25th episode: Get Out of Your Car! and you can also hear Nick discussing urban planning, transportation, environment and social justice on episode 47 of Critical Transit podcast.

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Clips:

Shock OctopusIn a Box’, Midnight OilYour Dream World’.

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