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 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 […]
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 […]
“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 […]
The annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington DC boasts such a wide array of activities and gatherings that in this era of social media it is tempting to use tweets and photos to convey the considerable intellectual energy that permeates the week. We make no pretense of being any different at UCLA- you get your fill of such delights at the Twitter feed “@ucla_its” and peruse the photos in our slideshow. […]
The Fall 2014 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:
When you see a new development being constructed, the first thing you might think is how much traffic it might […]
We are proud to announce that Lewis Center Associate Director, Juan Matute will be participating in UCLA’s commitment to President Barack Obama’s Grand Challenges initiative. Juan will be serving on the Spatial and Discipline Integration Committee as part of UCLA’s Sustainable LA Grand Challenge Project, Thriving in a Hotter Los Angeles.
In order for UCLA to provide Los Angeles with a successful and efficient blueprint for achieving 100% sustainability by 2050, the project will first develop a work plan for the next five years. A call to campus […]
In honor of GIS Day, November 19, 2014, we would like to take the opportunity to celebrate the Lewis Center 2014 GIS contest winners and display their work.
1st place: Anne Brown “Neighborhood Change Along the Orange Line”
In this project, Anne examined how the Orange Line, a full-service bus rapid transit line in Los Angeles’s San Fernando Valley, influence on the surrounding area since the line began operations in 2005. Through advanced analysis and GIS skills such as proportionally adjusting the geographic boundaries, Anne found […]
Here at the Lewis Center, we’re still basking in the positive and thought-provoking glow of the 2014 Arrowhead Symposium, which this year took a deep dive into the topic of Resilient Cities and Regions. It was the 24th annual installment of the Arrowhead Symposium, which is always an intimate, invite-only look at some topic within the broader theme of the transportation-land use-environment connection.
This year, we thought we’d try to bring some of the magic down from the […]
The title of opening talk at the 24th annual Arrowhead symposium was brazen and even a touch combative: “What are Resilient Cities and Regions, and Why Should We Care?” In his introductory remarks, Symposium Director Brian Taylor quickly made clear the provocative tone was driven by urgency, since if resilience takes the form of a buzzword that means almost anything, then it may soon mean almost nothing. The central intellectual challenge of the symposium would thus be to apply this powerful yet elusive term […]