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The Spot: Building Stories

Why aren't SF developers building new Victorians?

This week on KALW's showcase for the best stories from public radio podcasts and independent radio producers... 

Why Don’t Chicago’s New Buildings Look Like its Classics?,” produced by Curious City at WBEZ, originally aired March 2016.

Since 2012, Curious City, a reporting project and podcast based in Chicago, has been on the case to answer their community’s questions about the what, why, how, and when of the Windy City. Listeners pitch the Curious City reporters questions they have, like: "Why are ‘for sale’ signs banned in particular neighborhoods?" Or, "How did Chicago come to have so many alleys?"


In this episode, they answer the question, "Why don't Chicago's new buildings look like its Classics?" Though their findings pertain to Chicago, this investigation gives a new perspective on how to look at architecture around the Bay Area today, and probably for years to come.

Check out more of their stories at curiouscity.wbez.org, including directions on how to subscribe to their podcast. And just like WBEZ has Curious City, KALW has Hey Area. If you have a question about the Bay Area that you’ve always been curious about, ask us

Six Stories,” produced by Nate DiMeo for The Memory Palace, originally aired in April 2013. 

The next story focuses in on just one building. Past the brick walls and the windows, through the offices, down the hall, and then focuses on one set of doors. The historical podcast, The Memory Palace, has arranged passage for us on one special elevator, which stops for a story on every floor.

The Memory Palace is written and hosted by Nate DiMeo. He releases episodes on a weekly basis, and you can find out how to subscribe to the show at thememorypalace.us

This week's episode featured music from: Black Moth Super Rainbow, The Sea and Cake, Django Reinhardt, Jon Brion, Arcade Fire, and Sly & The Family Stone.

If you have a suggestion for a podcast or an audio project we should feature, please drop us a line at thespot@kalw.org.

Tune in next week for another episode of The Spot, only on KALW San Francisco.