Madeline Brozen, manager of the Complete Streets Initiative, joined a lively group of presenters and participants in the Open Streets Summit, held in Los Angeles the weekend of April 6. She joined Dr. Aaron Hipp of Washington University, the co-author of the report, Open Streets Initiatives: Measuring Success Toolkit and Ed Clancy of CicloSDias, to talk about how to collect data during open streets and how to use these data to evaluate the event. Brozen offered a variety of advice to the international audience, many of which [...]
On Tuesday, April 14, Dr. Ann Owens, Assistant Professor in the sociology department at USC, spoke to a full room of 60 about her research on the effects of federal housing policy on the deconcentration of poverty.
To establish some context for her research questions and methods, Dr. Owens explained that housing policy has become the major urban policy, tasked with addressing racial and class-based inequities and deconcentrating poverty. Since the end of urban renewal, scholars and policymakers have come to a consensus that poverty concentration contributes [...]
How is the ubiquity of smart phones, internet connectivity, and real-time information changing transportation? With innovators like Google and start-ups like Lyft entering the transportation arena, what role can government play? On March 20, 2014, planners, policymakers, and thought leaders convened at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown Los Angeles to explore these questions. The forum, entitled Digital Cities, Smarter Transportation, was arranged by the UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies and the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies. The forum’s audience was composed of a variety of [...]
An ongoing research project on teens and travel led by Lewis Center Faculty Fellow Evelyn Blumenberg and Lewis Center Director Brian Taylor was referenced in a recent CBS story about declining automobile usage. Blumenberg, Taylor, and their research team find that young Americans today are traveling much fewer miles than previous generations.
In support of the study, the CBS article mentions related research indicating that Americans overall are now driving less than in the past. Although the number of total trips taken by Americans rose in [...]
The Urban Institute recently released a report co-authored by Lewis Center affiliates Evelyn Blumenberg (Professor and Chair, UCLA Department of Urban Planning), Michael Smart (Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and former Lewis Center Post-Doctoral Researcher), and Gregory Pierce (Ph.D. candidate in the UCLA Department of Urban Planning).
The report, Driving to Opportunity: Understanding the Links among Transportation Access, Residential Outcomes, and Economic Opportunity for Housing Voucher Recipients examines differences in residential location and employment outcomes between voucher recipients with access to automobiles and those without. Overall, the [...]
Proposed changes by the Los Angeles Metro Board have cut a number of programs, including bus lines that potentially impacts the Bus Riders Union, the elderly, and the lower-income population. These routes, that potentially assist disadvantaged groups, were part of a discussion on KCRW’s local radio show Which Way LA? with Warren Olney. Urban Planning Professor and Institute of Transportation Studies Director Brian Taylor explained why the Metro Board of Directors is making cutback and drastic choices.
Listen to the complete story at KCRW.
UCLA Transportation Policy & Planning Ph.D. student Kelcie Ralph has been selected to participate in the 22nd Annual Eno Leadership Development Conference hosted by the Eno Center for Transportation in Washington, D.C. on June 1-5, 2014. The program allows graduate students pursuing transportation-related degrees the opportunity to participate in an intensive program with prominent transportation executives in government, public, private, and non-profit organizations.
The conference provides a first-hand look at the development and implementation of transportation policy, and will feature meetings with top government officials, leaders of associations, and members of Congress and their [...]
Recently, Lewis Center Director Brian Taylor was quoted in a Los Angeles Times story on a new Caltrans study showing that Californians are growing less reliant on automobiles while walking, biking, and transit trips are on the rise. Click here for the full story and Professor Taylor’s comments.
Students in Public Policy, Social Welfare and Urban Planning are taking their shows on the road this Spring Break. In pursuit of independently organized projects, groups of students are traveling to Detroit, Mexico City, and Tokyo. The trips are designed to encourage a broader understanding of issues of urbanization, governance, policy, and social service.
In Detroit, a group of 10 students will explore the consequences of the city’s bankruptcy on urban policy. During their time in the city they have meetings scheduled with a host of city officials, including agency heads, [...]
The UCLA Complete Streets Initiative’s work on the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (Metro) Bicycle Count Data Clearinghouse project received both federal and local attention this week.
Locally, the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) is seeking a way to improve how traffic counts are done for cyclists and pedestrians. In its report to the City Council, the Department wrote that traffic counts that include metrics for cyclists and pedestrians will better support the prioritization of future transportation and infrastructure projects. [...]