In this episode of Downtown Depot, host Austin Meek speaks with J.B. Smith, Staff Writer at The Waco Tribune-Herald. Smith talks about the development he's seen in Waco since he started covering the city in 1997, the highlights of his two decades at The Trib, and his aspirations for Waco's future. Meek also covers the Cotton Belt Bridge, a public structure whose future is undecided, and the opening of a new entertainment option downtown called Waco Escape Rooms.
Inside the Episode:
0:40: What to do with the Cotton Belt Bridge?
3:19: Waco Escape Rooms opens downtown
5:25: J.B. Smith's Waco history
6:45: What sold him on the city
7:55: A blank slate
8:33: Two types of journalists
10:15: Hired to cover City Hall
11:01: Breaking the West Chemical Fertilizer story
12:48: Waco as a "news town"
14:02: A typical day on the beat
14:41: Advice to young journalists: cultivate sources
15:42: Interviewing techniques
17:01: "This is the time to be covering downtown"'
17:35: Downtown living in the 90s
19:37: Changes he'd like to see: more walkability, fewer parking lots
22:49: Thoughts on Kyle Deaver as Mayor
23:15: Unprecedented unity on City Council
23:59: Highway 84 landfill debate
24:45: Limits of dualistic thinking