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Lecture Series: Urban Goods Movement

How is the goods movement industry shaping transportation and land use in our region? What are the environmental and economic consequences of goods movement, and what are the implications for pollution and human health, jobs and wages? These questions and more are the subject of our lecture series, which comprises five lectures this winter and spring. The Urban Goods Movement lecture series is supported by a happy coincidence of circumstances. This year the Harvey Perloff Professorship at the Department of Urban Planning in the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs is held by Dr. Genevieve Giuliano, noted urban planner and economist. Dr. Giuliano has excelled at bringing to the field of urban planning a growing understanding of the importance of goods movement and of addressing freight in urban policymaking. At the same time, the Community Scholars program with its accompanying Master's Comprehensive Project is this year entitled "Goods Movement: The Case of the Los Angeles/Long Beach Ports." It should be noted [...]

By | March 24th, 2016|Environment, events, Transportation|Comments Off on Lecture Series: Urban Goods Movement

Book Launch: The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs Professor Michael Storper gave a talk on his recently-published book, The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies. It explores reasons why, over the past 40 years, the economic standings of California's two largest urban regions, Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, have diverged so considerably. In terms of traditional economic theory, divergence is a surprise that requires explanation, and the story of Los Angeles serves as a natural experiment of history akin to the ones explored in Guns, Germs and Steel by UCLA Professor of Geography Jared Diamond.In the 1970s, Los Angeles and San Francisco stood on relatively equal footing in terms of per capita income as two top-tier cities in the U.S. -- 4th and 1st respectively. Since then, Los Angeles has come to resemble middle-tier metropolitan areas like Detroit and Cleveland, whereas San Francisco continues to be 1st in the nation in per capita income. San Francisco residents enjoy [...]

By | February 16th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Book Launch: The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies

Lewis Center & SCAG Launch Regional Data Analysis & Visualization Application

Southern California is in a perpetual state of change.  In recent years, regional planners have sought to focus growth near existing jobs and transit, in areas where people drive less for commutes and have more transportation options.   REVISION is a new web application dedicated to understanding community change in Southern California.  With a range of metrics related to accessibility, livability, employment, and health, REVISION helps both professional planners and stakeholders without a technical background monitor the progress of the region’s Sustainable Communities Strategy, a plan to improve environmental sustainability, social equity, and public health.  Users can use the site to answer hundreds of questions about regional and neighborhood change, including: Are more people near Metrolink stations using public transit to get to work versus 5 years ago? Where are there redevelopment opportunities in walkable areas near jobs and high quality transit? In which areas is poverty increasing? Which areas are [...]

By | January 8th, 2016|Environment, Housing, Spatial Analysis Group, Transportation|Comments Off on Lewis Center & SCAG Launch Regional Data Analysis & Visualization Application

UCLA Partners with Caltrans to Deliver California Transportation Planning Conference

This week, 200 attendees meet in Downtown Los Angeles to discuss the future of transportation planning in California The last time Caltrans hosted a statewide transportation planning conference, in 2008, transportation in California was very different. Fastforwarding a short seven years later, California is hosting the first cap-and-trade system in the U.S., all of the state’s regions have Sustainable Communities Strategies linking transportation and land use, and public health at the center of the conversation. These changes, among others, are what bring together over 200 transportation professionals to the 2015 California Transportation Planning Conference hosted in Downtown Los Angeles December 2 through 4. The conference covers various topics. Wednesday begins with a discussion on how transportation planning must evolve in order to maintain an effective transportation system for everyone. Questions of funding and aging infrastructure are on the agenda, including a discussion of system preservation featuring speakers from the Federal Highway Administration, the City of Los Angeles, Southern California Association of [...]

By | December 2nd, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on UCLA Partners with Caltrans to Deliver California Transportation Planning Conference

Refocusing Planning: The Mainstreaming of Public Health and Environmental Goals

California is a national and international climate action leader. In 2015, the state further charted its course towards an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The state is pursuing a series of reforms to transportation planning in order to hit that long-term target.However, California is also on the leading edges of impacts from climate change. Drought has fundamentally changed a state that has so long depended on imported water and being America’s fruit, vegetable, and nut basket. As public health becomes a national focus, local agencies must respond by incorporating elements of health in their planning and design.Our three Arrowhead Symposium panelists discussed aspects of water, transit access, and public health reminding us of our civic responsibility as planners and architects of the built environment.  Mark Gold spoke of the importance of water policy, reminding us, that “we are currently experiencing the biggest drought California has had in over 800 years.” Steven Cliff, spoke of how Caltrans has [...]

By | November 24th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Refocusing Planning: The Mainstreaming of Public Health and Environmental Goals

Managing Transportation Change

The Monday afternoon panel on Managing Transportation Change brought together a unique group of transportation planning experts. Staying true to the Arrowhead theme, the panelists zeroed in on different elements of change in California’s growing transportation system, including infrastructure, policy, and management.In 2013, Senate Bill 743 forever changed the way California agencies looked at automobile congestion under the California Environmental Quality Act. Fred Dock, Transportation Director at the City of Pasadena, kicked off the panel by reflecting on his experience implementing SB 743 in Pasadena. Dock, who brings over 35 years of transportation planning and engineering experience to the table, discussed the ups and downs that come with implementing such drastic changes at the municipal level, specifically focusing on changing congestion metrics from level of service (LOS) to vehicle miles traveled (VMT). Fred attributed Pasadena’s success to the City’s willingness to shift the emphasis from individual intersection performance and automobile dominated policies to greenhouse gas reduction strategies and alternative modes [...]

By | November 24th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Managing Transportation Change

Changes Facing Urban and Regional Planning

What strategies can planners and other urban managers use to envision, communicate, and implement change in cities? Both the general public and individuals within an organization have a tendency to be averse to change and risk.Compensating for risk aversion and uncertainty is often necessary for a single actor to successfully implement change, but what happens when change is brought by a multitude of forces?In this session, John Keisler, Innovation Team Director with the City of Long Beach and Paul Moore, Principal at Nelson Nygaard discuss the need for change in urban environments.John Keisler introduced organizations and people as organisms that must change to survive. Both require leaders to help them change when they either cannot or will not. Keisler argued that change requires a vision and a good leader to both shape and share a vision.To realize visions, organizations also need missions and objectives to identify key strategies to accomplish the overarching vision. Keisler identified two common barriers to change that [...]

By | November 23rd, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Changes Facing Urban and Regional Planning

2015 Arrowhead Symposium: Planning for Change, from Fragile to Agile

As we conclude the many engaging and thought-provoking discussions had at the 2015 Arrowhead Symposium, we cannot help but share a bit of this year's magic with you. This year we explored how policy, technological, and environmental change will shape the future of urban and regional planning. We considered three themes: civic innovation, open data, and an accelerating pace of change. It was the 25th annual installment of the Arrowhead Symposium, which is always an intimate, invite-only gathering and a deep dive into some aspect of the transportation-land use-environment connection.We've put together three stories to offer a glimpse into this year's Symposium discussion:1. Changes Facing Urban and Regional Planning2. Refocusing Planning: The Mainstreaming of Public Health and Environmental Goals3. Managing Transportation ChangeWe're quite grateful to all of our sponsors, speakers, and attendees for making it such a good experience.

By | November 23rd, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 2015 Arrowhead Symposium: Planning for Change, from Fragile to Agile

Presentations from our Housing And… Lecture Series

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 industry Presentation Slides Professor Michael Lens, UCLA Department of Urban Planning "Employment Accessibility Among Housing Subsidy Recipients" Dr. Greg Pierce, UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation "Transportation Access, Housing Relocation, and Economic Outcomes: Evidence from Moving to Opportunity" Joan Ling, [...]

By | November 12th, 2015|Housing|Comments Off on Presentations from our Housing And… Lecture Series

What’s Youth Got to Do with It? Exploring the Travel Behavior of Teens and Young Adults

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 more urban and car-free lifestyles, is hot off of the presses.What's Youth Got to Do with It? Exploring the Travel Behavior of Teens and Young Adults >>Typcasting Neighborhood and Travelers: Analyzing the Geography of Travel Behavior Among Teens and Young [...]

By | October 20th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on What’s Youth Got to Do with It? Exploring the Travel Behavior of Teens and Young Adults