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Lewis Center & SCAG Launch Regional Data Analysis & Visualization Application

January 8th, 2016|Comments Off on Lewis Center & SCAG Launch Regional Data Analysis & Visualization Application

Southern California is in a perpetual state of change.  In recent years, regional planners have sought to focus growth near existing jobs and transit, in areas where people drive less for commutes and have more transportation options.  

REVISION is a new web application dedicated to understanding community change in Southern California.  With a range of metrics related to accessibility, livability, employment, and health, REVISION helps both professional planners and stakeholders without a technical background monitor the progress of the region’s Sustainable Communities Strategy, a plan to improve environmental sustainability, social equity, and public health.  Users can use the site to answer hundreds of questions about regional and neighborhood change, including:

UCLA Partners with Caltrans to Deliver California Transportation Planning Conference

December 2nd, 2015|Comments Off on UCLA Partners with Caltrans to Deliver California Transportation Planning Conference

This week, 200 attendees meet in Downtown Los Angeles to discuss the future of transportation planning in California

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The last time Caltrans hosted a statewide transportation planning conference, in 2008, transportation in California was very different. Fastforwarding a short seven years later, California is hosting the first cap-and-trade system in the U.S., all of the state’s regions have Sustainable Communities Strategies linking transportation and land use, and public health at the center of the conversation. These changes, among others, are what bring together over 200 transportation professionals to the 2015 California Transportation Planning Conference hosted in Downtown Los Angeles December 2 through 4.

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Refocusing Planning: The Mainstreaming of Public Health and Environmental Goals

November 24th, 2015|Comments Off on Refocusing Planning: The Mainstreaming of Public Health and Environmental Goals

California is a national and international climate action leader. In 2015, the state further charted its course towards an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The state is pursuing a series of reforms to transportation planning in order to hit that long-term target.

However, California is also on the leading edges of impacts from climate change. Drought has fundamentally changed a state that has so long depended on imported water and being America’s fruit, vegetable, and nut basket. As public health becomes a national focus, local agencies must respond by incorporating elements of health in their planning and design.

Our three Arrowhead Symposium panelists discussed aspects of water, transit access, and public health reminding […]

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Managing Transportation Change

November 24th, 2015|Comments Off on Managing Transportation Change

The Monday afternoon panel on Managing Transportation Change brought together a unique group of transportation planning experts. Staying true to the Arrowhead theme, the panelists zeroed in on different elements of change in California’s growing transportation system, including infrastructure, policy, and management.

In 2013, Senate Bill 743 forever changed the way California agencies looked at automobile congestion under the California Environmental Quality Act. Fred Dock, Transportation Director at the City of Pasadena, kicked off the panel by reflecting on his experience implementing SB 743 in Pasadena. Dock, who brings over 35 years of transportation planning and engineering experience to the table, discussed the ups and downs that come with implementing such drastic changes at the municipal level, specifically focusing on changing […]

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Changes Facing Urban and Regional Planning

November 23rd, 2015|Comments Off on Changes Facing Urban and Regional Planning

What strategies can planners and other urban managers use to envision, communicate, and implement change in cities? Both the general public and individuals within an organization have a tendency to be averse to change and risk.

Compensating for risk aversion and uncertainty is often necessary for a single actor to successfully implement change, but what happens when change is brought by a multitude of forces?

In this session, John Keisler, Innovation Team Director with the City of Long Beach and Paul Moore, Principal at Nelson Nygaard discuss the need for change in urban environments.

John Keisler introduced organizations and people as organisms that must change to survive. Both require leaders to help them change when they either cannot or will not. Keisler argued that […]

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2015 Arrowhead Symposium: Planning for Change, from Fragile to Agile

November 23rd, 2015|Comments Off on 2015 Arrowhead Symposium: Planning for Change, from Fragile to Agile

As we conclude the many engaging and thought-provoking discussions had at the 2015 Arrowhead Symposium, we cannot help but share a bit of this year’s magic with you. This year we explored how policy, technological, and environmental change will shape the future of urban and regional planning. We considered three themes: civic innovation, open data, and an accelerating pace of change. It was the 25th annual installment of the Arrowhead Symposium, which is always an intimate, invite-only gathering and a deep dive into some aspect of the transportation-land use-environment connection.

We’ve put together three stories to offer a glimpse into this year’s Symposium discussion:

1. Changes Facing Urban and Regional Planning

2. Refocusing Planning: The Mainstreaming of Public Health and Environmental Goals

3. Managing Transportation Change

We’re quite grateful to all of our sponsors, speakers, […]

Presentations from our Housing And… Lecture Series

November 12th, 2015|Comments Off on Presentations from our Housing And… Lecture Series

This fall, the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, in partnership with the Ziman Center for Real Estate, hosted a three part lecture series about housing. Over three weeks, we hosted nine participants spanning academia, advocacy and practice. The three topics included:

  • Job Accessibility : What is the relationship between allocation of housing and job accessibility, particularly for vulnerable populations?
  • Los Angeles Affordability Crisis : What is the scale of the housing supply crisis in Los Angeles? What are the causes and what can people do to address this issue?
  • Short-term rentals: Just how many units in Los Angeles are available for short term rentals? What effect, if any, is this having on the affordability crisis? How are cities regulating this rapidly growing […]

What’s Youth Got to Do with It? Exploring the Travel Behavior of Teens and Young Adults

October 20th, 2015|Comments Off on What’s Youth Got to Do with It? Exploring the Travel Behavior of Teens and Young Adults

What’s Behind the Decline in Driving Among Millennials?

This question has been hotly debated in the press and in policy circles, but mostly based on impressions and anecdotes and not solid evidence – until now. Two recent national studies by ITS researchers Evelyn Blumenberg, Anne Brown, Stephen Brumbaugh, Kelcie Ralph, Michael Smart, Brian Taylor, Carole Turley Voulgaris, and Madeline Wander shed considerable light on those mysterious Millennials and their travel behavior. The first study found that youth travel behavior was deviating remarkably little from that of adults, with economic factors like employment status and income predominating in determining the travel behavior of both youth and adults. The most recent of these, examining whether Millennials are turning their backs on suburbs for […]

ACCESS SPRING 2015 NEWS

August 27th, 2015|Comments Off on ACCESS SPRING 2015 NEWS

Latest Issue Of ACCESS Magazine Now Available!

The Spring/Summer issue of ACCESS magazine is hot off of the press and now available to view at the brand-new ACCESS website, accessmagazine.org. Here’s a taste of what you’ll find in the latest issue:

The Social Context of Travel

Michael J. Smart & Nicholas J. Klein

Imagine two couples living next door to each other in the Castro district of San Francisco.  They have similar jobs, interests, and incomes, but one couple is straight while the other is gay. Research now shows that the gay couple’s trips to work, shops, and everywhere in-between are more likely to be local than that of their straight neighbors.  But why would this be?

In “The […]

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UCLA Hosts US DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx

June 9th, 2015|Comments Off on UCLA Hosts US DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx

“Transportation connects us. It gives everyone a shot.”

For the final Luskin Lecture of the 2014-15 academic year, and the keynote of our Downtown LA Forum on Complete Streets / Competing Priorities, Anthony Foxx, who was appointed Transportation Secretary by President Obama in July 2013, spoke about the many ways that transportation can connect and integrate communities. The event was presented in partnership with Los Angeles Metro. Secretary Anthony Foxx highlighted the role of transportation in social justice. He described our transportation network as the binding fabric of our society – it enables opportunity and is a reflection of our values. Yet, while it can unify neighborhoods, transportation infrastructure can also divide communities. Mr. Foxx gave examples of […]

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Urban Goods Movement Lecture Series: Part II – Economic Development meets Environment – Communities, Jobs, Revenues, Cap & Trade Funds @ Downtown Los Angeles Labor Center
Feb 17 all-day

Tamanna Rahman, UCLA Dept. of Environmental Health Sciences: Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund Use by local CBOs

Christine Houston, Sustainability Mgr., Port of Long Beach: Sustainability Incentive Programs at the Port

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Transportation Planning Lecture Series: Michael Manville – The Driving Downturn: A Preliminary Assessment @ 2355 Public Affairs Building
Feb 18 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
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Downtown LA Forum @ The California Endowment
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