Coast to Coast

Coast to Coast is a conversation which will take a deep dive into cities and explore ideas and insights on building engaged communities in a time of rapid change.

Hosted by Lilly Weinberg, Knight director in the Community and National Initiatives program.


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Previous episodes

Ep. 20: Election 2020: Register, learn, mobilize

Cities are grappling with engaging community members during a time of major distrust. We know our communities care deeply about local issues —such as education, safety, parks and transit — but how can we turn their interest into an actual vote? On Episode 20 of “Coast to […]
Ep. 20: Election 2020: Register, learn, mobilize

Ep. 19: Universities + cities during COVID-19

Universities across the country are dealing with significant decisions around whether to remain open or closed during COVID-19. How are universities grappling with these decisions while remaining relevant? […]
Ep. 19: Universities + cities during COVID-19

EP. 18: Driving Social Impact During Crisis

How can city leaders quantify the costs and benefits of social services to drive impact in their communities? In times of budget constraints, how can we think through new revenue generation measures while supporting more inclusive and equitable budget allocations? On Episode 18 of “Coast to Coast,” we’ll hear from Gabe Klein, co-founder and […]
EP. 18: Driving Social Impact During Crisis

Ep. 17: Leveraging parks and public spaces for schools during COVID-19

How can schools leverage greenspaces during COVID-19? How can parks and public spaces provide a safer space for outdoor learning? On Episode 17 of Coast to Coast, we’ll hear from Sharon Danks, CEO and Founder of Green Schoolyards America, a nonprofit  that supports schools […]
Ep. 17: Leveraging parks and public spaces for schools during COVID-19

Ep. 16: Resiliency and Innovation during COVID-19

How does a non-profit organization stay resilient during a pandemic? How do you even begin to think about innovation with budget constraints? We’ll chat with Meg Daly, founder and president of Friends of the Underline, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization leading the initiative […]
Ep. 16: Resiliency and Innovation during COVID-19

Ep. 15: Community Engagement during Covid-19

How are organizations engaging with community during a pandemic? How can community groups think creatively in the way they reach out to residents both virtually and in person? We’ll chat with […]
Ep. 15: Community Engagement during Covid-19

Ep. 14: Placemaking during a pandemic

How can communities activate and program public spaces during a pandemic? How can urban spaces think creatively about redevelopment, operations and sustainability during major financial cuts? We’ll chat with word renowned urban redevelopment expert and public space management consultant Dan Biederman, President of Biederman Redevelopment Ventures about the future […]
Ep. 14: Placemaking during a pandemic

Ep. 13: Building equitable public spaces

How can communities use data to inform decision making for investing in more equitable parks? What community driven best practices can cities use for the equitable rebuild of their public spaces? We’ll chat with Trust for Public Land’s 10 Minute Walk Director Benita Hussain, […]

Ep. 13: Building equitable public spaces

Ep. 12: The revitalization of our city centers

What should communities measure as they map out their road to recovery for downtowns and public spaces? What experiments and interventions are currently working for the economic recovery of city centers across the country? On Coast to Coast, […]
Ep. 12: The revitalization of our city centers

Ep. 11: Bridging the digital divide

How can the millions of Americans who urgently need internet access get it as we transition to a digitally connected world where we engage, learn and play online? We’ll talk with leaders from three Knight cities who are who are leading work […]
Ep. 11: Bridging the digital divide

Ep. 10: Building equitable public spaces

How do communities rebuild their public spaces in an equitable, inclusive way? How does history, culture and the arts play a role in the future of urban spaces? We’ll chat with Walter Hood, a world renowned landscape architect and Knight Public Spaces Fellow.

Ep. 10: Building equitable public spaces

Ep. 9: Navigating cities in a pandemic

During a pandemic, how do people and goods safely move about? What questions should we grapple with, as we think about helping people move around a city and have access to the essential resources they need to survive? On Episode 9 of Coast to Coast, we’ll be chatting with Anthony Townsend and Warren Logan […]

Ep. 9: Navigating cities in a pandemic

Ep. 8: Civic life in the digital public square

What does civic participation and activism look like during a time of social distancing? On Episode 8 of Coast to Coast, we’ll be chatting with Mona Sloane and Warren Flood to explore how COVID-19 has affected civic life. […]

Ep. 8: Civic life in the digital public square

Ep. 7: Bridging cultures amid unrest in communities

How can we better connect and engage across cultures during America’s moment of reckoning? We’ll hear first-hand from Jay Pitter, international placemaker, and Ana Sofia Pelaez from the Miami Freedom Project. They’ll help us think through tangible ways move the needle forward, […]

Ep. 7: Bridging cultures amid unrest in communities

Ep. 6: Placemaking for justice: examples from communities

In communities across the country, people and institutions are using placemaking to advance conversations around race, equity and justice. What are they doing, and what can other cities learn from their work? On the next episode of “Coast to Coast,” we’ll hear from Taiwo […]

Ep. 6: Placemaking for justice: examples from communities

Ep. 5: Rising to the moment

How can we rise to the moment and address the issues our communities are facing head on? How are cities addressing systemic racism? Jai Winston, Knight Foundation director for St. Paul and Toni Newborn, St. Paul chief equity officer, join us to discuss […]

Ep. 5: Rising to the moment

Ep. 4: Taking back our streets during COVID-19

How can we better leverage streets for people? How can streets be part of the solution for our economic recovery? We’ll talk with experts Chelina Odbert of KDI Design and Raphael Clemente of the […]

Ep. 4: Taking back our streets during COVID-19

Ep. 3: Rebuilding with new models for public spaces engagement

As our communities rebuild after the COVID-19 crisis, what new public space models will help cities engage communities, manage spaces and forge partnerships? Lilly and Lilian spoke with Knight Public Spaces Fellows Kathryn Ott Lovell, commissioner of Philadelphia Parks […]

Ep. 3: Rebuilding with new models for public spaces engagement

Ep. 2: Equity and public space

Hosted in partnership with the High Line Network and Reimagining the Civic Commons. Featuring special guests Carol Coletta (President and CEO of the Memphis River Parks Partnership), Alexa Bush (Director of Urban […]

Ep. 2: Equity and public space

Ep. 1: How can we rebuild our cities?

With special guest Eric Klinenberg, Knight Public Spaces Fellow, professor of social science at NYU and practitioner working on urban public spaces.

Ep. 1: How can we rebuild our cities?