Episode 13: Teens in the Streets

One of the kids in Philadelphia who perform tricks on BMX bikes (Photo by Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman)

What happens when young boys take the streets? In Philadelphia a recent informal “critical mass” event sparked outrage from a local news anchor who even went so far as to criticize their “manliness” due to riding a bike.

Personally, we love these guys (so long as their staying out of serious trouble). In this episode we touch on teens using streets as their public space, how to keep youth out of trouble through things like after-school programs, and even how the media should be thinking about these kinds of deeper urban issues.

This is also the first episode introducing our new outro Urbanist Women at Work! We’re looking forward to sharing your advice as women in urbanism on social media by using the hashtag #urbanistwomenatwork, or you can email us your anonymous submission at thirdwaveurbanism@gmail.com.

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Katrina can be found at @think_katrina
Kristen can be found at @blackurbanist

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Here are the references in this episode:

Streetsblog USA: The Backstory and Aftermath of Philly’s Teen Bicycle Freeway Takeover

Spoke Magazine: One Way to Glory

Atlantic Magazine: How Iceland Got Teens to Say No to Drugs

Philly.com: Teen Mob in Center City

Wikipedia: Critical Mass

Intro and closing music is “Urban Life” by Gustavs Strazdin used under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license: creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/legalcode

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