Coronacast 5: Max

Max Grinnell is a professor, speaker, artist, and former baker’s assistant, among other callings — all of which give him a unique perspective on what this moment might mean for cities. He goes by The Urbanologist on Twitter and Periscope.

“People make places,” Max said from his home in Boston. COVID-19 highlights many of the factors that shape the fabric of our places, like small businesses, automobile use, and outdoor spaces for humans. And we need to have tough conversations, he urged, that account for the lived experiences of our essential workers.

In a wide-ranging conversation, Max touched on what it’ll take to make change (spoiler alert: political restructuring and direct action), the daily rollercoaster of emotions that many of us are experiencing, and his affection for Providence. ⚓️