Conrad Benner is the creator of Streets Dept, an online platform that highlights street art. It includes a photoblog, a podcast, and an Instagram account with over 140,000 followers.
In this episode, you’ll hear how documenting street art wasn’t always the plan for Conrad. But, once a life-changing bike accident forced him to commute by foot, he began noticing the overflow of public art around him. And so, he began learning: about the street art scene, about the rules, about the people, about the ethics, about who the artists are.
As his platform grew in size and influence, Conrad began using it to fight for change in Philadelphia. For instance, back in 2014 when SEPTA made the subways run overnight on weekends - that was in large part thanks to him.
Today, he continues to drive progress in the city, with a focus on protecting our public spaces from corporate intrusion.
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