BONUS EPISODE No. 1, SEASON 3:
In this episode, I am connected with
Scott Epstein, An Urbanist and Active Mobility Advocate who is a candidate for LA City Council District 5

I was introduced to Scott via a mutual friend and urbanism colleague Josh Paget of the Better Cities Film Festival. In this conversation, we discuss the necessity to build more housing near meaningful destinations, reclaiming our public realm that has been given over to cars, and the buildout of a safe and inviting active mobility network.
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The other day my good friend Josh Paget of the Better Cities Film Festival (formerly known as the New Urbanism Film Fest) reached out and said ‘you have got to interview my buddy Scott, he’s passionate about cities for people, and he’s running for city council in LA.’

I didn’t hesitate for a moment and I’m so happy about that, enjoy my conversation here with Scott Epstein. and if you are in his district I hope you’ll consider getting on the #ScottForLA bandwagon.

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Helpful Links (note that some may include affiliate links to help me support the channel):

– Scott’s campaign
– Better Cities Film Festival
– My Pocket Neighborhoods video
– My Designing Healthy Communities vid w/ Dick Jackson

Donald Shoup:
– The High Cost of Free Parking book
– Parking and The City
– My Parking Reform interview w/ Donald Shoup

Resources used during the production of this episode:
– My awesome recording platform is Ecamm
– Adobe Creative Cloud Suite

Studio Equipment:
– Microphone – Shure MV7
– Camera – Sony ZV-E10 (currently sold out)
– Lens – Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens
– Elgato Cam Link 4k
– Elgato Streamdeck XL*
– Elgato Streamdeck (*you may not need the XL)

Editing Computer System:
– Apple MacBook Pro 16″ 2021 M1 Pro
– LG 34WP88C-B 34-inch Curved 21:9 UltraWide QHD (3440×1440) IPS Display with Ergo Stand

All video, audio, and music production by me, John Simmerman

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Background:
Hi Everyone, my name is John Simmerman. I’m a health promotion professional with over 30 years of experience and my area of concentration has evolved into a specialization of how the built environment influences human behavior related to active living and especially active mobility.

In 2012 I launched the non-profit Advocates for Healthy Communities as an effort to help promote and create healthy, active places.

Since that time I’ve been exploring, documenting, and profiling established, emerging, and aspiring Active Towns wherever they might be, in order to produce high-quality multimedia content to help inspire the creation of more safe and inviting, environments that promote a “Culture of Activity” for “All Ages & Abilities”.

My Active Towns suite of channels feature my original video and audio content and reflections, including a selection of podcast episodes and short films profiling the positive and inspiring efforts happening around the world as I am able to experience and document them.

Thanks for tuning in, I hope you find this content helpful.

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Advocates for Healthy Communities, Inc. is a nonprofit 501c3 organization (EIN 45-3802508) dedicated to helping communities create a Culture of Activity. Any donations collected are used specifically to support the organization’s mission.

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