KunstlerCast #105: Virtual Tour of Baltimore – Part 2

Google Street Views of B’more

Released: April 1, 2010.


James Howard Kunstler continues his virtual “walking” tour/commentary of Baltimore, Maryland. In this tour, he inspects the light rail system, the water taxi and market place in historic Fell’s Point neighborhood, and a new urbanist-influenced condo-harbor district. He concludes the tour at the Legg Mason building, a particularly bad skyscraper where JHK delivered a breakfast talk recently to a group of community stakeholders. Kunstler considers buildings like this to be a future liability as energy supplies grow scarce.

Direct Download:
KunstlerCast_105.mp3

(20 MB | 31:27 mins.)

INSTRUCTIONS: Hover your mouse over the Google Street View windows below. Click the arrows on the window to move up and down the street. Click the window and move your mouse to change your perspective. Use the +/- symbols to zoom in our out. Click the box in the right-hand corner for full screen view. Specific instructions are beneath each window.

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Destination 1: W. Baltimore St & N. Howard St.

Start: 2:00 Mins.


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ABOVE: Head north on N. Howard St. The building with the blank wall facing the street is listed as 79 N. Howard St., next to the Bank of America. Inspect the Light Rail past intersectin with W. Fayette St.

Destination 2: Condo/Harbor District – Corner of S. Eden Street and Lancaster St.

Start: 7:27 mins.


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ABOVE: Head east on Lancaster St. Inspect condo buildings on left side, and waterway on right. Turn right at S Caroline St., inspect “green” rooftop on building on right side of street.

Destination 3: Fell’s Point – 906 S. Broadway to Aliceanna St

Start: 13:27 mins.


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ABOVE: Head north on S. Broadway, turn left on Thames St., turn right on S. Broadway and head north. Turn right on Lancaster St. Turn left on S. Broadway and head north. Remaining market building is in median to left.

Destination 3: (Continued) Lancaster St.

Start: 18:03 Mins


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ABOVE: Head east on Lancaster St. inspect the buildings on left and right.

Destination 4: Legg Mason Building

Start: 20:32 Mins


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ABOVE: Approach the Legg Mason building on the right, grab the screen with the mouse, scroll up and behold the monotony grandiosity of this stupid building.

Sponsor:

Support for this program comes from the Congress for the New Urbanism, the nation’s leading forum dedicated to advancing urbanism and promoting alternatives to sprawl. CNU’s 18th annual Congress,”New Urbanism: Prescription for Healthy Places” will be held in Atlanta, May 19 – 22, organized with help from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It will
feature 90 plus sessions, tours, and immersive experiences with world’s leading thinkers and builders of good urbanism, and prominent researchers into the health impacts of how places are built, including the CDC’s Dr. Howard Frumkin, co-author of “Urban Sprawl and Public Health.” Register today, at: www.cnu18.org

KunstlerCast #104: Virtual Tour of Baltimore – Part 1

Google Street Views of B’more

Released: March 25, 2010.


James Howard Kunstler sometimes thinks of Baltimore, Maryland as the poster child for how cities are going to contract in this country and around the world as we enter into a new energy era. In many ways, Kunstler says Baltimore is a very damaged city, but there are some parts of it that are quite interesting fun and heartening. During this episode, JHK gives a virtual tour of B’more using Google Street view. Before zooming in, however, he takes a moment to appreciate the geography of the Chesapeake Bay system and to discuss the history and possible future of shipping in that region.

Direct Download:
KunstlerCast_104.mp3

(27 MB | 42:20 mins.)

INSTRUCTIONS: Hover your mouse over the Google Street View windows below. Click the arrows on the window to move up and down the street. Click the window and move your mouse to change your perspective. Use the +/- symbols to zoom in our out. Click the box in the right-hand corner for full screen view. Specific instructions are beneath each window.

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Viewing Window 1: Chesapeake Bay

Start: 8:00 Mins.


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ABOVE: Explore the Chesapeake and Delaware bay systems. Use the tabs in upper right-hand corner to switch to satalite or terrain views.

Destination 1: Federal Hill Neighborhood – West Hamburg St. / S. Charles St

Start: 18:25 mins.


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ABOVE: Spin around. Click the screen and move your mouse from left to rigth. Use the +/- signs to zoom in on a feature.

Destination 2: Federal Hill Neighborhood – 53 Churchill St. to 808 S. Charles St.

Start: 24:40 mins.


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ABOVE: Click arrow to head east on Churchill Street. Click screen and move mouse from left to right to examine both sides of the street. Turn corner and head North on S. Charles St., then look left.

Destination 3: Washinton Monument – 570 N. Charles St to 14 W Mt Vernon Pl

Start: 31:12 Mins


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ABOVE: Click the arrows to head north to the monument. Head west on Mt Vernon Pl. Look at buildings on right and park to left.

Destination 3 (Continued): 700 Washington Place to 900 N. Charles St.

Start: 35:45 Mins


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Above: Use arrows to head north on Washington Pl. Click on screen and move mouse to change perspective.

Sponsor:

Support for this program comes from the Congress for the New Urbanism, the nation’s leading forum dedicated to advancing
urbanism and promoting alternatives to sprawl. CNU’s 18th annual Congress,”New Urbanism: Prescription for Healthy Places”
will be held in Atlanta, May 19 – 22, organized with help from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It will
feature 90 plus sessions, tours, and immersive experiences with world’s leading thinkers and builders of good urbanism,
and prominent researchers into the health impacts of how places are built, including the CD’s Dr. Howard Frumkin, co-author
of “Urban Sprawl and Public Health.” Register today, at: www.cnu18.org

KunstlerCast #100: Rochester

A Robust Little City

Released: Feb. 18, 2010.


Rochester PostcardJames Howard Kunstler is pleasantly surprised by Rochester, N.Y., a small industrial city in the Great Lakes region. The first portion of this program features two of JHK’s former classmates who share stories about Jim’s college days at SUNY Brockport. The bulk of the show includes a driving tour of Rochester NY with JHK. (Note: this episode contains some cursewords).

Direct Download:

KunstlerCast_100.mp3

(31 MB | 52:51 mins)

Listener Caller Line:

1-(866) 924-9499 toll-free

Google Street View:

Head west on East Ave. to get downtown. Then head west on Main St. E.


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Program Sponsor:

Next American City, a quarterly urban affairs magazine committed to creating sustainable cities. Check out our new monthly Metro Matters podcast.

KunstlerCast #65: Virtual Tour of Detroit

Google Street Views of the Motor City

Released: May, 21, 2009.


At the suggestion of a listener caller, James Howard Kunstler gives a virtual walking tour of Detroit, Michigan using Google Street View. Google Street View is an interactive photographic map that allows users to view photographs of streets and buildings in many cities throughout the world. Users can follow along with this program using the embedded Google Street View windows below. During this “walking” tour, Kunstler examines the Michigan Central Depot Train Station, Tiger Stadium, the Renaissance Center, the People Mover, The Joe Louis Arena (aka the Aztec Maw of Death), The Grand Circus, the Fillmore and Fox theaters, and the Detroit waterfront.

Direct Download:
KunstlerCast_65.mp3
(36.5 MB | 39:47 mins.)

INSTRUCTIONS: Hover your mouse over the Google Street View windows below. Click the arrows on the window to move up and down the street. Click the window to change your view. Double click to zoom in. Click the box in the right-hand corner for full screen view.

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Destination 1: Michigan Central Station, 2198 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI


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Instructions:

Look south for train station.

Head east on Michigan Ave.

(at Rosa Parks Blvd. there is a glitch. Switch to next viewing window)

Destination 1 (cont.): Michigan Ave to Tiger Stadium


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Instructions:

Continue east on Michigan Ave. to Tiger Stadium at 1676 Michigan Ave.

Continue east for a few clicks.

Destination 2: The Renaissance Center, 378 Beaubien St., Detroit, MI


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Instructions:

Look south for Renaissance Center

Look north for People Mover

Head north on Beaubien St. to E. Jefferson Ave.

Head west on E. Jefferson Ave.

Google Street glitch. Switch viewing window to continue west on E. Jefferson Ave.

Destination 2 (cont.): East Jefferson Ave.


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Instructions:

Continue West on E. Jefferson St.

Destination 3: Joe Louis Arena, 678 CIvic Center Drive, Detroit, MI


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Instructions:

Head east on Civic Center Drive

At 546 Civic Center Drive, look at entrance to arena to north, river is to south.

Destination 4: The Grand Circus, 1556 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI


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Instructions:

Head north on Woodward Ave. (Grand Circus begins at 1588)

Note: Church at 2000 Woodward Ave.

Staduim to right at 2048 Woodward Ave.

Fillmore Theater on left at 2122 Woodward Ave.

Fox Theater on left at 2244 Woodward Ave.

Destination 5: Riverfront, 392 Atwater St., Detroit, MI


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Instructions:
Turn north to see backside of Renasaince Center and promonade.

Head east up Atwater St.

Parking deck at 484 Atwater St.

Surface parking at 626 Atwater St.

Cab drivers at 724 Atwater St.

Sponsor:

Support for this program comes from Audible. For a free audiobook download and 14-day trial, visit: www.audiblepodcast.com/kunstler

KunstlerCast #56: Virtual Walking Tour of Paris

JHK Gives a Walking tour of Paris using Google Street View

Released: March 19, 2009.

At the suggestion of a listener caller, James Howard Kunstler gives a virtual walking tour of Paris, France using Google Street View. Google Street View is an interactive photographic map that allows users to view photographs of streets and buildings in many cities throughout the world. Users can follow along with this program using the embedded Google Street View windows below. This installment of the KunstlerCast is sponsored by Audible.com. KunstlerCast listeners can receive a free audio book dowload by visiting: audiblepodcast.com/kunstler (restrictions may apply outside the U.S. and Canada).

Direct Download:

KunstlerCast_56.mp3

(42 MB | 45:14 mins.)

Promonet Music:

Thank You For The MusicDeborah Boily
“It Was Not Exactly Paris” (mp3)
from “Thank You For The Music”
(LML Music)
Buy at iTunes Music Store
More On This Album

Discuss this episode

INSTRUCTIONS: Hover your mouse over the Google Street View windows below. Click the arrows on the window to move up and down the street. Click the window to change your view. Double click to zoom in. Click the box in the right-hand corner for full screen view.

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Destination 1: 20 Rue Lepic, Paris, IDF, France

Note: Use the window below during 3:37 to 15:54 on the podcast. Head up the hill.

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Destination 2: 21 Avenue Kleber, Paris, IDF, France

Note: Use the window below during 15:55 to 32:23 on the podcast. Move up and down the street, looking at the buildings on the sides.

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Destination 3: Rue Lacépède / Place de la Contrescarpe, Paris, IDF, France

Note: Use the window below during 32:34 to 34:33 of the podcast.

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Destination 4: Place Jacques Rueff, Paris, IDF, France

Note: Use the window below during 35:47 to 40:33 of the podcast. Look into the park. (The Eiffel Tower is behind you.) Travel North to Avenue Joseph Bouvard to see more of the park.

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KunstlerCast #42: Victorian Stroll

19th Century Urbanism in 2008

Released: Dec. 11, 2008


Victorian SantaJames Howard Kunstler joins host Duncan Crary for the Victorian Stroll in downtown Troy, NY. During this annual event, the city evicts the automobile from the streets and 21st century people discover how pleasurable it is to explore this 19th century urban fabric on foot. Kunstler believes events like this are rehearsal for the times ahead when Americans will be forced to re-inhabit their small cities and classic main-street towns.

Direct Download:
KunstlerCast_42.mp3

( 37 MB | 42 mins.)

INSTRUCTIONS: Hover your mouse over the Google Street View windows below. Click the arrows on the window to move up and down the street. Click the window to change your view. Double click to zoom in. Click the box in the right-hand corner for full screen view.

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Note: You can change the camera view by grabbing the image with your mouse.
Start: 38 2nd St. Troy NY 12180

>>Head left (north)

>>Turn Right (northeast) onto River St.

>>Turn Right (south) onto 3rd St.

>>Continue (south) to State St.

>>Turn Right (west) on State St.

End

Points of interest from the show:

Market Block Books (corner of River Street and 3rd St.)

Frear’s Cash Bazaar/Uncle Sam Atrium (3rd St. across the street from Market Block Books)

Church with Louis Comfort Tiffany interior (3rd St. & State St)

Promo music featured in this episode courtesy of IODA Promonet:

24 Postcards In Full ColourMax Richter
“Berlin By Overnight” (mp3)
from “24 Postcards In Full Colour”
(Fat Cat Records)

Buy at iTunes Music Store
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More info about the KunstlerCast theme music

KunstlerCast #24: One City Block – Part 2

The Rise, Decline, Revitalization and Future of One American City

Released: July. 24, 2008.


James Howard Kunstler continues his walking tour of one city block in downtown Saratoga Springs, N.Y., a classic Main-street American town. We resume the tour on the corner of Division Street and Railroad Place, where a major urban infill project has produced a brand new urban street that is well defined on both sides by five-story high buildings, with dignified frontages, ground-level retail space and apartments above. Kunstler points out some architectural problems and weird transitions but he’s mostly pleased by the new buildings in this neighborhood. As we leave the new urban street, things completely fall apart when we encounter the results of the urban renewal schemes of the 1960s. Most of the 20 acres in front of us is surface parking, occupied on the fringe by inappropriate suburban buildings.

Direct Download:
KunstlerCast_24.mp3

(14 MB | 20 mins.)

Note: Use Google Street View to follow along with this program:

Map of our route:


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Google Street View of our Route:

INSTRUCTIONS: Hover your mouse over the Google Street View windows below. Click the arrows on the window to move up and down the street. Click the window to change your view. Double click to zoom in. Click the box in the right-hand corner for full screen view.

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Note: You can change the camera view by grabbing the image with your mouse. If you click the view larger map link above, the route will appear highlighted in blue.

Part 1 Start: 402 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

> Turn left (west) at Division St.

Continue west on Division St to Railroad Pl

End Part 1

> Part 2 Start: Turn left (southwest) on Railroad Pl

Continue southwest/south on Railroad Pl to RT-29/Washington St.

> Turn left (east) on RT-29/Washington St.

Continue east on Washington Street to Broadway

End Part 2

KunstlerCast #23: One City Block – Part 1

The Rise, Decline, Revitalization and Future of One American City

Released: July 17, 2008.


James Howard Kunstler often describes Saratoga Springs N.Y. as a classic Main Street American town. In part one of this special program, we take to the streets of Saratoga to experience the sense of place in this small city. Kunstler brings us from the busy sidewalks along Broadway to a sidestreet leading to a major urban infill project. He explains the urban sensibilities of the 19th century structures, points out the boneheaded decisions of the 1960s one-story development, and the promising efforts of mid-1990s new urbanism.

 

Direct Download:
KunstlerCast_23.mp3

( 21 MB | 30 mins.)

Kunstler Saratoga Springs
James Howard Kunstler on Broadway in Downtown Saratoga Springs

Map of our route:


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Google Street View of our Route:

INSTRUCTIONS: Hover your mouse over the Google Street View windows below. Click the arrows on the window to move up and down the street. Click the window to change your view. Double click to zoom in. Click the box in the right-hand corner for full screen view.

Google Street View Tutorial Video
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View Larger Map

Note: You can change the camera view by grabbing the image with your mouse. If you click the view larger map link above, the route will appear highlighted in blue.

Part 1 Start: 402 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

> Turn left (west) at Division St.

Continue west on Division St to Railroad Pl

End Part 1

> Part 2 Start: Turn left (southwest) on Railroad Pl

Continue southwest/south on Railroad Pl to RT-29/Washington St.

> Turn left (east) on RT-29/Washington St.

Continue east on Washington Street to Broadway

End Part 2