Plus, a house with a roller coaster in the backyard & some nonsense from the internet
I immediately came here to comment when I heard of another person who loved filling out forms as a kid! I’m sure there are others who went down the pipeline from form-lover in childhood to spreadsheet-lover (and recently, database-lover) in adulthood. I’m a naturally messy person; I take a lot of joy in creating order where I can.
Whenever I think about the housing shortage, and the building of affordable housing I always ask the question why are we building affordable housing in the most expensive places in the world. Does it make sense to build affordable apts in Malibu? I think everyone should have the right to be able to be housed but I don't know if everyone should have the right live in Malibu? So my thoughts generally go to why don't we build new cities anymore, I see people moving to less expensive cities but not a lot of new cities are being made.
In America we are not running out of space, if you ever have had to drive through Nebraska on a road trip you realize there is a LOT of empty space. We need the government to incentives business and people to take risks and make new cities, maybe ones that have good infrastructure plans to start with.
First, I love you PJ. One of my fave podcast hosts and so disappointed that reply all is over… didn’t know about this new show until I heard an excerpt from the episode about drinking airplane coffee. I’m here to tell you, as a flight attendant for 8 years, + married to a pilot of 26 years … I always drank the coffee. It’s not good, but it won’t hurt you. And yes! Wash your freakin hands in the lab! Gross! Yes it all comes from the same water tank. So does your home water! How often do you clean your water lines and hot water heater?!
Best episode so far! Congratulations. This one reminded me a little of Freakonimics Radio, another of my favorite shows
"Despite some evidence to the contrary, I think we usually tend to figure out problems out. And not in the big screaming places, but in meetings like this one, where bureaucrats try to hammer out solutions in uncomfortable chairs over bad coffee in meetings that go on too long."
I found this to be a beautiful way to think about the work done by the unseen and unthanked civil servants who try to make our society work better. Thanks for a great episode.
That bear does not look remotely human! Especially when it sits down!
I am a little late to the affordable housing episode, but was very interested in it and have appreciated the discourse found here. My question is how the home-rental-gig economy is affecting this issue, if at all. Is that just a nominal % of housing that wouldn’t move the scale on the larger lack of affordable housing issue or is the fact that some people who can afford to own one house are buying additional properties to rent out on a temp basis, and contributing to the lack of available homes in desirable areas? (Air B&B, VRBO and the like). I know I have have had misgivings of my own when I rent a home that is clearly just an income property, not the owner’s occasional residence.
I have thought this for years, especially old school buildings. Those classrooms probably would be ideal for a small family or a couple or a single person. You see all these old buildings in particular in low income neighborhoods, and it could easily make a huge difference for some people to have affordable housing that is still safe and in your community. You could even have it be like a communal space there’s a huge cafeteria and old school buildings there’s a gymnasium you could have you know a community kitchen I don’t know. It just seems to me that there are so many opportunities out there, that some brilliant business person could make it work. If you’re in an impoverished area, you would think that zoning would be open to non-traditional ideas.
So glad to find your new podcast. I'm loving it so far! However (comma) while the the bumper music / theme music is really cool, the volume is much louder than the rest of the podcast. If I'm listening in my car and forget to turn down the volume, it's almost painfully loud. Even in the end credits, talking over the music, as soon as the talking ends, the music cranks. Here's hoping you agree and can turn it down, even just a little. I'll keep listening regardless, though.
This is a super late comment but I just listened to the playlist put together for the music discovery episode and I would honestly pay for like a monthly Search Engine music playlist like that. I thought it was not only hot as fuck - but also reflected what I think the state of music is today really well. I loved it.
Valid points, thanks for this PJ!
Thank you for bringing back YesYesNo (even if by another name)!
The European Dance song link is broken for me (Through Twitter redirect antics or "foggy, be-cobwebbed brain")
This appears to be the correct -catchy- version: https://twitter.com/kylegordon101/status/1684963728427462656?utm_source=substack&utm_medium=email