Latest Episodes

Monopoly Made Worse
April 07, 2022

On the latest pod, Chet and Jeff discuss how the real estate development process mirrors cooking without a meal in mind or playing the the world's worst game of Monopoly. The current setup of municipal building departments ensures everyone is miserab

Don't Hate the Player, Hate the Game
February 28, 2022

As we always suspected, Ice-T was talking about housing. We can't build the type of housing we need, not because a lack of demand, but because the game is rigged. Hosts Chet and Jeff discuss a recent bill in the New Hampshire Statehouse that allows f

The Dark Art of Real Estate
January 28, 2022

While vacancy may seem a mystery to most, there is a very real and rational reason behind an owners decision to leave a property empty. Understanding their position and the financials behind it is a city's key to addressing the problem. On this episo

Comcast City
January 14, 2022

Do utility fees increase every year with no improvement of service? Does the city ignore your phone calls? Do you get treated like you are living in a municipal monopoly? Welcome to Comcast City! On this episode, hosts Chet Clem and Jeff Siegler discuss w

If I had 10 Million Dollars
January 05, 2022

In this episode, hosts Chet and Jeff discuss why grant money rarely fixes what ails our cities and why monetary windfalls can often exacerbate civic self-confidence issues. Our cities and towns have to start thinking about short term progress and the ever

A City Walks into a Bar
December 01, 2021

This week, hosts Chet and Jeff are joined by Phil Eich of Storyville Social.  As a social media consultant for municipalities, Phil explains how when cities don't develop a cohesive communication strategy, they end up looking like the loneliest guy a

The Bullshit Machine
November 19, 2021

On this episode, hosts Jeff and Chet talk about the invention of the Bullshit Machine. This nefarious piece of city equipment ensures that no matter the quality input it receives, only turds are produced. By adopting sprawl based codes and misunderstandin

November 03, 2021

This week on the pod, hosts Jeff and Chet discuss how cities are the like the worst guys on Tinder.  First off, they are all cheating on their partners, add in the use of outdated profile photos, descriptions that aren't true and a penchant for one n

Welcome to Struggletown, We're Sorry You're Here.
September 28, 2021

Hosts Chet Clem and Jeff Siegler kick-off a new podcast series discussing why the world needs two more white guys with a podcast. Food has become a cultural obsession, fitness freaks are everywhere, we dump billions in to a broken healthcare system, yet n

Loving Wheeling with Mayor Glenn Elliott
February 14, 2021

On this week's episode, Jeff is joined by Bernice Radle of Buffalove Development and the Mayor of Wheeling, West Virginia, Glenn Elliott. The three discuss the role love plays in creating healthy communities and why focusing more on the emotions of r