Changing Gears Presents: Live Call-In and Chat FRIDAY


Does the future of the Midwest depend on reviving our big cities? Or should the focus be to support our successful smaller places?

Tune in Friday at 3 pm ET/2 pm CT when Katherine Lanpher hosts “Big vs. Small: The Future of Our Cities” on Chicago Public Radio, Michigan Radio and ideastream in Cleveland.

Lanpher will be joined by Changing Gears Senior Editor Micki Maynard, as well as guests Kevin Boyle, professor of history at Ohio State; Donald Grimes, University of Michigan economist and Richard Longworth, a veteran Chicago journalist.

Tune in, visit our partners on the Web and come to for live chat. Tweet your thoughts to @chgears while you’re listening.

15 Replies to “Changing Gears Presents: Live Call-In and Chat FRIDAY”

  1. OK…I don't think we're going to get the “Coveritlive” to work, so let's go to plan B and have a discussion here. So what do you think? Should we be investing in our large cities in the Midwest, or invest more in the smaller and sometimes more successful communities?

  2. i think michigan is unlikely to become 'urban' so needs to find another way to be cool. even a city like detroit is more spread out than chicago ( which is approaching the limit of feasible spread for a city) . i think michigan ( and lansing especially) should focus on the charms of being flat, cyclable, and green. everyone gets a backyard and access to a community garden. we have the worst sprawl of any region, and while we can fix that a bit, a la Dan Kildee, we have to surrender to it a bit and learn to love it.

  3. But Liz…when we look towards creating a better future in Michigan, should we invest in Detroit or ignore it? It isn't going to go away, and it probably fits the definition of urban.

  4. Why have we given away the best market in the world to the far east and India?

    Seems for the very few in the US to get very rich.

    Lets take back our market for USA worker!

  5. VPC – how do you propose we do that. Should we require US manufacturers to make stuff here? Should we try to curtail international trade?

  6. I'm wondering how the freelance economy – some all it the “gig” economy might be able to create new jobs for white collar workers in the Great Lakes region.

  7. All communities still need well trained plumbers, electricians and mechanics. Schools used to offer vocational training to many of the non-college bound students. Our high schools no longer offer much of this traingin and with so many students going on to college, there will be far too few properly trained people in vocational jobs.

  8. Hi Karen – Can folks really make a living as a freelancer? There are no benefits – no vacation – no security. It's gotta be tough.

  9. Has anyone had difficulty finding a plumber, electrician or mechanic lately? Maybe you can only find bad ones? What has your experience been?

  10. One truth we have to face in Michigan ~

    We have the reputation of a union state. We need to ask ourselves why

    No new auto plants are being built in Michigan.

    Why are they going south?

    Maybe we need to be a right to work state. If a union is doing its job people will want to be in it.

    I have been in a union for 14 years.

  11. We need to take back our market because we own it not the CEO or CFO of any US company.

    We move jobs so the few at the top can make a lot at the cost of the many.

    China and other foreign traders do not play fair, currency, environment, human rights, …

    If you run for office with this plan you will see a Sea Change in the voters.

  12. As of 4:00 pm ET, this chat will no longer be actively monitored, but please feel free to continue the conversation.

  13. We gave away our markets we can take them back. We can do what these other countries do and this is make it very hard to sell here – say without the standards we carefully enforce in the US. Wages, Unions, Environment, Human Rights, …

    Our future is at risk with these other countries running rough shod over most of our standards and we welcome their products at our own long term cost.

    Virtually all the pills we all now take contain ingredients from China and India, with has proven to be very dangerous. We had to stop taking a common pill made in India and switched to a US made one because the India factory had 100's of violations without and real ramifications. We happen to hear a story on NPR. Yes cheep but whats the real cost.

    This is not MBA stuff just common sense, and an interest in the human being not just outrageous profits for the very very few.

    We need politicians not beholding to these very few rich dictating US policy, so they can get mills on the Millions to pay for campaigning on TV.

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