The Callie Crossley Show

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Thurs., 5/24/12
A Lot to Think About

A Lot to Think About

We’re talking about the parking lot and the role that parking and parking lots play in our urban landscapes. It’s the subject of MIT professor Eran Ben-Joseph’s new book, Rethinking A Lot, a book that looks at the peculiar institution that is American parking. Today there are three non-residential parking spaces for every car. In cities like Orlando and L.A., parking lots are estimated to cover one third of the city’s space. As Joni Mitchell put it in her song "Big Yellow Taxi": "They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

The design and function of parking lots- from the shopping mall, to the office park- have not been re-thought since the 1950’s. So is it time to push the parking lot into the 21st century? To turn these into beautiful public spaces that are also environmentally and architecturally responsible? 

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GUESTS:
  Eran Ben-Joseph, professor of landscape architecture and urban planning at MIT, author of ReThinking A Lot
  Jason Schrieber, pricipal at Nelson/Nygaard
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Thursday, July 5, 2012       Listen 897
*Originally aired 11/02/12
Walter Mosley on The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey


Walter MosleyLate last year, Walter Mosley joined us to talk about his latest novel, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. Mosley’s protagonist, Ptolemy Grey, is an old, ailing recluse living in a dump of a cluttered apartment. His mind, on a downward spiral of dementia, is equally cluttered with a mashup of memories: the death of his wife, the lynching of a friend, his service in World War II. Then everything changes when he’s offered a Faustian bargain—a drug that will restore his brain in exchange for a shorter life. He takes the plunge, hoping mental clarity will help him solve a murder. Though Mosley may be best known for detective novels, his writing spans all genres: literary fiction, science fiction, crime and social commentary. In The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Mosely uses threads from all of these styles to tell the story of mortality and morality. 

GUEST:
  Walter Mosley: writer

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