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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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“Is there an Emerging Science of Compete Streets?” – Madeline Brozen @ 2232 Public Affairs Building
Oct 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Jaime Lerner @ Public Affairs Building, 2355
Oct 28 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Jaime Lerner @ Public Affairs Building, 2355 | Los Angeles | California | United States

The UCLA Lewis Center and UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative are proud to present a special panel with Jaime Lerner, renowned architect/urban planner and political leader from Brazil, on Tuesday, October 28, 2014.  Seleta Reynolds, the new General Manager of the LA Department of Transportation and Paula Daniels, a local attorney specializing in food and water policy who has held several civic leadership positions in Los Angeles will also be participating in the panel.

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More on Jaime Lerner:

“The Rise of the Logistics Industry and Goods Movement in Southern California” – Hasan Ikhrata @ 2232 Public Affairs Building
Oct 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
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

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