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Give or Take: Lewis Center’s Brian Taylor and Paavo Monkkonen Discuss the Sharing Economy

Lewis Center Director Brian Taylor and Faculty Fellow Paavo Monkkonen highlighted different aspects of the sharing economy at an October event held at the downtown LA workspace collective Maker City LA. The event was put on by the American Planning Association’s Los Angeles chapter, and saw Taylor discuss the implications of increasingly popular car-share services such as Uber and Lyft and housing expert Monkkonen […]

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PHD Student Kelcie Ralph Talks to NPR About Why More American Women Don’t Bike to Work

Urban Planning PHD student Kelcie Ralph talked to Chicago NPR affiliate WBEZ earlier this week about the unique obstacles facing American women from taking up bicycling. The interview covers ideas outlined in a Guardian op-ed that Ralph penned with Lewis Center researcher Herbie Huff, and builds off her research with UCLA colleagues on household travel and activities among students and non-traditional households. 

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Dr. Patricia Mokhtarian Resurrects the Joy of Travel in the 8th Annual Martin Wachs Lecture

The author Leo Tolstoy once wrote: “All great literature is one of two stories: a man goes on a journey, or a stranger comes to town.” Both of these archetypal stories involve travel, a subtle connection which may speak to an intrinsic link between travel and those experiences that bring meaning to our lives. Yet as Georgia Tech professor Patricia Mokhtarian pointed out in a masterful 8th Annual Martin Wachs lecture, the view of travel […]

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CTC Executive Director Andre Boutros Talks Transportation Funding and Project Delivery

On a recent October afternoon, California Transportation Commission (CTC) executive director Andre Boutros gave a crash course in California transportation finance for a group of UCLA students, faculty, and researchers. Boutros sketched an overview of the CTC’s role in allocating over $25 billion worth of state and federal transportation funds, and provided a window into the CTC’s decision-making process […]

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Janette Sadik-Khan Delivers Star Power and Data-Driven Innovation in UCLA Regents Lecture

Transportation talks don’t get much more electric than the UCLA Regents lecture delivered by Janette Sadik-Khan on a recent October evening at UCLA. Urban Planning Chair Evelyn Blumenberg and Lewis Center faculty fellow Martin Wachs both used the term “rock star” to describe Khan in their introductory remarks, and one fan following the event on Twitter requested someone get a DNA sample in order to clone her. […]

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Don Shoup, Buzzfeed, Cats and Squash Courts

Lewis Center and ITS Faculty Fellow Don Shoup sat down with BuzzFeed news to expand on his astute sound bite at CityLab this week, “It’s unfair to have cities where parking is free for cars and housing is expensive for people.” The article condenses Professor Shoup’s some 700-page tour de force “The High Cost of Free Parking” into a 4 point Buzzfeed piece. Frequent readers of BuzzFeed articles may notice something missing: […]

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Director Brian Taylor upends the conventional wisdom on empty toll lanes, rail on the 405, and traffic congestion at the Peterson Auto Museum

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a citizen of Los Angeles in possession of an automobile must be in want of traffic relief. On Sept. 29, Lewis Center Director Brian Taylor challenged this and other conventional wisdom about traffic congestion on a panel at the Zocalo Public Square event entitled: “What Could Speed Up Traffic?” […]

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Transportation Brown Bags: The History of Transportation Funding in National Parks and Sustainable Options for the Future – Casey Osborn @ 5391 Public Affairs Building
Nov 3 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Transportation Brown Bags: The History of Transportation Funding in National Parks and Sustainable Options for the Future - Casey Osborn @ 5391 Public Affairs Building

Join UCLA Transportation Faculty, Students, Staff, and Alumni the first Monday of each month for a lunchtime transportation seminar…bring your lunch!Speakers will share their transportation research and project work taking place in the school and beyond.

Nov. 3:
Casey Osborn, UP Master’s Student

“Transportation’s Best Ideas for America’s “Best Idea”: The History of Transportation Funding in National Parks and Sustainable Options for the Future”

Casey is a second year MURP interested in transportation finance, transportation challenges for national parks and public lands, and using data and technology in planning. She is also an active member of the UCLA Bike Coalition and UP curriculum committee, and has yet to meet her annual goal of spending 15 nights outside in the wilderness. The count is currently at 12.

“Understanding Intercity passenger travel and its policy implications”– Martin Wachs @ 2232 Public Affairs Building
Nov 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
“CEQA and Transportation” – Juan Matute @ 2250 Public Affairs Building
Nov 3 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Growing Economic Inequality Through Multiple Lenses – Kathyrn Edin @ 2355 Public Affairs Building
Nov 4 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Please join us for the final FEC lecture, as part of the 2014 series, Growing Economic Inequality Through Multiple Lenses, featuring one of the nation’s superstar scholars, Kathryn Edin of Johns Hopkins University. She will be speaking on: Diverging Destinies of Dads: Growing Inequality’s Impact on the American Family

Tuesday, November 4th

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

2355 Public Affairs Building

Lunch will be served

Presented By: UCLA Luskin and the Center for the Study of Inequality Co-sponsors: The Ralph and Goldy Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, Institute of American Cultures, Bunche Center for African American Studies, California Center for Population Research, and Sociology Family Working Group*

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Speaker Biography

Kathryn Edin is one of the nation’s leading poverty researchers. The hallmark of her research is her direct, in-depth observations of the lives of low-income women and men and is particularly interested in questions about the urban poor that have not been fully answered by quantitative work: How do single mothers possibly survive on welfare? Why do they end up as single mothers in the first place? Where are the fathers and why do they disengage from their children’s lives?

Kathy is the author of six books and more than 50 journal articles. The most recent, Doing the Best I Can: Fathering in the Inner City, written with Timothy Nelson, will be published in May, 2013 by the University of California Press.  A strikingly rich, paradigm-shifting look at fatherhood among inner-city men, who are so often dismissed as “deadbeat dads,” Doing the Best I Can shows how mammoth economic and cultural changes have transformed the meaning of fatherhood among the urban poor. The book reveals a radical redefinition of family life, one that has revolutionized the meaning of fatherhood among inner-city men.

In the award-winning Promises I Can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood before Marriage, Kathy Edin and her co-author, Maria Kefalas, sought to answer the question of why so many low-income women were having children without marrying,  Based on in-depth interviews and observations, the authors found that, rather than undervaluing marriage, low-income women held marriage to a very high bar.  Child rearing was so central to their views of themselves that they were unwilling to postpone starting families until they could find suitable husbands, which could take years, if ever.  In its review, the Wall Street Journal said the authors, “overthrow decades of conventional wisdom.”

The Russell Sage Foundation published Kathy Edin’s first book, Making Ends Meet: How Single Mothers Survive Welfare and Low-Wage Work, written with Laura Lein. This work shed new light on a question that was central to the ongoing debate about welfare reform: Why weren’t single mothers working?  Edin and Lein found that most mothers were working – largely off-the-books – and combining resources from several sources (welfare, work, the fathers of their children, grandmothers) in order to make ends meet for themselves and their children. The book generated widespread interest and debate, and led to a profile of Edin in the New York Times Magazine.

A frequent commentator for print and broadcast media, Kathy Edin has also testified before the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate on welfare and marriage issues. She is chair of Harvard’s Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy.  She is a Trustee of the Russell Sage Foundation, a member of ASPE’s Self Sufficiency Working Group, and on HHS’s advisory committee for the poverty research centers at Michigan, Wisconsin, and Stanford. She is a founding member of the MacArthur Foundation-funded Network on Housing and Families with Young Children and a past member of the MacArthur Network on the Family and the Economy.

“The Current State of High-Speed Rail Planning in California” – Michelle Boehm @ 2232 Public Affairs Building
Nov 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Speaker Bio

Southern California Regional Director
California High-Speed Rail Authority

Michelle Boehm has a proven record of managing transportation planning and project development activities in Southern California. She most recently was a Vice President for engineering firm CH2M HILL’s Transportation Business Group where she was responsible for overseeing Business Development and Community Outreach for Southern California. Prior to that, Boehm served at the engineering firm URS and was responsible for small business outreach and strategy development for transportation along with other engineering practices. Boehm is an advisory board member of Mobility 21 a coalition which pursues solutions to transportation issues in Southern California and is also a board member of both the Los Angeles and Orange County Chapters of WTS International.

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