How do you find out what people want for their city? Sometimes, you just ask them.

John Lewis
is the president of Intelligent Futures and leader of Imagine Calgary. Imagine Calgary asked citizens four key questions to find out what Calgarians sought for the future of their city. The discussion took place in person, online, and more than 18,000 residents contributed their ideas. The result is a 100 year vision for Calgary.

Based on Calgary’s success, Portland, Ore., adopted a similar idea. Through the office of Mayor Tom Potter, Liesl Wendt helped create Vision PDX to help shape the future of Portland.

Smart City talks with John and Liesl to learn how looking into the long future, the 100-year future, is not an impossible reach for cities.

Smart City is a syndicated, weekly hour-long public radio talk show that takes an in-depth look at urban life: the people, places, ideas and trends that affect us all. Host Carol Coletta, president and CEO of CEOs for Cities, talks with national and international public policy experts, economists, business leaders, artists, developers, planners and others on the pulse of city life for a penetrating discussion on urban issues.

Smart City is broadcast at 6 a.m. Saturday and Sundays on WKNO-FM, but it is also webcast and podcast so you can listen to it anytime you like. For the webcast, times for the broadcast in other cities and to sign up for the podcast, visit our website.