About This Show
UpZones podcast features stories from the people building a richer, more cosmopolitan new Seattle. Host Ian Martinez, a former journalist and Obama Administration adviser, brings his unique conversational manner to long-form interviews with community leaders in the arts, politics & activism, business, and general civic life.
Most Recent Episode
Episode 12: Roger Valdez
6 days ago
Ever-present at Seattle City Council events, planning meetings, and social media posts, Seattle for Growth's Roger Valdez visits the bookstore and takes Ian through the history of zoning in the US -- which he calls "a 20th-Century solution to a 19th-Century problem." His critiques of the unnecessary bureaucracy implicit in Seattle's -- and other cities' governments -- sparks a debate about the value of growth regulation. Also, a full-fledged concert rages in the background, because that's how Horizon Books rolls.