Episode 16

Celebration

Looking at how we celebrate cities, some offer fabulous fairgrounds, others host world famous festivals and a few boast historic national parks all right in the heart of town.

All is Fair

While most major fairgrounds are temporary and ultimately meet the wrecking ball, we look at three cities and how they are dealing with keeping current and former fairgrounds alive.

  • Fair Park: Dallas

  • Hemisfair: San Antonio

  • Seattle Center: Seattle¬†

Festival Culture

We explore how wildly popular and heavily promoted festivals help shape what we think about particular places.

  • SXSW: Austin

  • Art Prize: Grand Rapids

  • Mardi Gras: New Orleans

National Parks

We wander through three urban national parks taking stock of how Federal control intersects with local desires.

  • Civil: Birmingham

  • Revolutionary: Philadelphia

  • Gateway: St Louis

  • Fair Park: Dallas
  • Hemisfair: San Antonio
  • Seattle Center: Seattle
  • SXSW: Austin
  • Art Prize: Grand Rapids
  • Mardi Gras: New Orleans
  • Civil: Birmingham
  • Revolutionary: Philadelphia
  • Gateway: St Louis