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Lake Arrowhead Symposium: How pricing and technology can improve transportation and climate impacts

By Jordan Fraade

The 27th Annual UCLA Lake Arrowhead Symposium - “Global Climate Change, Local Growing Pains” - tackles the connections and conflicts between sustainability goals and land use policy in California and beyond. Here's a dispatch from the opening night session and a summary video with the three panelists.

Users of our transportation system are accustomed to flat fees — a single fare per transit ride, a set per-hour rate for street parking, a fixed delivery fee for packages, and so on. [...]

By | 2017-10-20T11:44:45+00:00 October 18th, 2017|

Lake Arrowhead Symposium: Building our way to denser, greener, more affordable neighborhoods

By Eve Bachrach

The 27th Annual UCLA Lake Arrowhead Symposium - “Global Climate Change, Local Growing Pains” - tackles the connections and conflicts between sustainability goals and land use policy in California and beyond. Here's a dispatch from the opening night session and a summary video with the three panelists.

California is not building enough housing, and the denser, more walkable, more environmentally friendly neighborhoods that are being built are not affordable. [...]

By | 2017-10-20T11:45:04+00:00 October 16th, 2017|

Recapping our Housing and Activism series: Despite the contentious past, presenting hope for the future

Public Housing and Activism series brought together community members, activists, academics and public officials to discuss the thorny intersection of displacement, environmental justice, and housing policy.  The 2016-2017 Housing and Activism series, produced with our partners at the Ziman Center for Real Estate and the Institute on Inequality and Democracy,  strove to center stage the people that have lived and are living through the massive federal policy change away from public housing developments. The series started with a look back at the city considered the epicenter for public housing demolition, Chicago, hearing the perspective of former and current residents who witnessed the near wholesale displacement of their community at Cabrini Green. The second installment focused on LA’s own plans for demolition with a conversation on the much debated and awaited Jordan Downs redevelopment. The final event returned to another community that famously fought the loss of its public housing units, Boyle Heights with Pico Aliso, this time addressing the displacement by the private market that threatens the community today. Adding to the in-house academic researchers at UCLA, this series sought knowledge from the field. We heard from a filmmaker, an artist-activist, four community members, two community organizers, a Housing Authority [...]

By | 2017-10-10T12:27:15+00:00 August 1st, 2017|

Obama Administration Tackles Housing Affordability, Cites Lewis Center Scholars

In releasing a Housing Development Toolkit earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development amplified a growing chorus of voices calling for reform to regulations that limit housing production. The report states, “The increasing severity of under-supplied housing markets is jeopardizing housing affordability for working families, exacerbating income inequality by reducing workers’ access to higher-wage labor markets, and stifling GDP growth by driving labor migration away from the most productive regions.” In its opening discussion of the prevalence of local barriers to housing development, the report draws on UCLA Lewis Center scholars several times. First, the report cites PhD alumnus Greg Morrow’s work in a discussion of Los Angeles that is a case study for what local cities should not do. Morrow showed that in 1960, Los Angeles was zoned for 10 million people; after decades of increasingly stringent housing regulations, it is now zoned for only 4.3 million, a figure only slightly higher than the city's actual population of 4.1 million. This tightness in the housing market has led to spiraling price increases. The report also cites recently completed research by UCLA Lewis Center Faculty Fellows Michael Lens and Paavo Monkkonen. They showed that density restrictions [...]

By | 2017-07-05T10:08:37+00:00 September 29th, 2016|

Professor Manville Returns to UCLA

 It is with great excitement that the  UCLA Lewis Center welcomes Mike  Manville back to UCLA Luskin as an  assistant professor of Urban Planning.  Professor Manville received both his  MA and PhD in urban planning from  UCLA in 2003 and 2009 respectively  and afterward served as a post-doctoral  researcher with the Lewis Center.  Professor Manville is coming to UCLA  from the Department of City and  Regional Planning at Cornell University  where he taught courses on traffic  congestion, urban public finance, and  spatial economics from 2011-2016. Professor Manville specializes in two  main areas of research: the relationship between transportation and land use, and local public finance. On the first point, he has conducted research into the costs of parking requirements and the benefits of congestion pricing schemes. On the second point, he specifically studies the willingness of residents to finance public services as well as the tendency of local governments to increase the cost of housing through strict land-use restrictions. Professor Manville is widely published in academic journals such as the Journal of the American Planning Association, the Journal of Planning Education and Research, Urban Studies, and Transport Policy as well as more popular sources such as CityLab, Atlantic Cities, the Economist, [...]

By | 2017-05-19T16:01:48+00:00 August 16th, 2016|

Women Making Moves: Gender and the Changing Landscape of Transportation

(More photos below the article and on Google Photos). In March, women’s history month, the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies convened Women Making Moves: Gender and the Changing Nature of Transportation to celebrate the rise of strong women in the transportation field in Los Angeles, and to elevate the voices of three rising leaders: Lisa Schweitzer (UP Ph.D. ’04), Assistant Professor at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, Tamika Butler, Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, and Chanda Singh (M.A. UP ‘10), Policy Analyst at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. CicLAvia and the LA Cleantech Incubator co-sponsored the event.Herbie Huff (MURP ‘11), Research Associate at the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies began the evening by listing some of the many noted female alumni of UCLA’s transportation degree programs. Among them are the current chair of Urban Planning at UCLA Luskin, Evelyn Blumenberg (Ph.D. ’95 M.A. UP ’90), the director of transportation planning at the Port of Long Beach, Allison Yoh (UP Ph.D. ’08 M.A. UP ‘02), and the editor of the Journal of the American Planning Association, Sandra Rosenbloom (M.P.A. ‘67). “Transportation planning is [...]

By | 2017-05-19T16:01:49+00:00 April 20th, 2016|

Urban Goods Movement Lecture Series: Genevieve Giuliano

(see more photos and Dr. Giuliano's slides below) Dr. Genevieve Giuliano, this year's Perloff Speaker, gave a lecture titled, "Spatial Dynamics of the Logistics Industry in California Metropolitan Areas." This lecture was also part of the Urban Goods Movement Lecture Series, organized by the Lewis Center in partnership with the Community Scholars Program and Center, the UCLA Department of Urban Planning, Labor Occupational Safety & Health Program (LOSH), Downtown Labor Center, Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH), Institute of Transportation Studies, and Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE).Although dealing with urban sprawl has been an enduring urban planning problem, much less attention has been paid to "logistics sprawl," which is the relocation and deconcentration of logistics facilities such as warehouses outside city centers. The increased distance of the warehouse and distribution (W&D) sector from markets has a negative impact on quality of urban life, causing increased GHG emissions, air pollution, and noise. Some factors that may have changed location patterns include reduced transport costs, a shift from "push" to "pull" logistics that favor reduced dwell time, and favorable land zoning policies. There have been thousands of studies on passenger travel, but we have almost no understanding of freight movement. For example, while mode [...]

By | 2017-05-19T16:01:49+00:00 April 18th, 2016|