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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

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 the significant 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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Carole Turley Kicks Off ITS Brown Bag Series with Talk on Transportation Utility Fees

On Monday, UCLA Urban Planning PhD student Carole Turley gave the first-ever Institute of Transportation Studies brown bag. She talked about Transportation Utility Fees, or TUFs.

What are TUFs? They are a charge for the use of the transportation system, and they are typically levied by cities on property owners. The concept is that the fee is proportional to a […]

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Congratulations to Madeline Brozen: 2014 Lee Schipper Scholar

We are proud to announce that Institute of Transportation Studies Assistant Director and Complete Streets Program Manager, Madeline Brozen, has been named a 2014 Lee Schipper Sustainable Transport Scholar.

Ms. Brozen was one of two scholars selected from among 82 applicants from 26 countries. As a Schipper scholar, she will conduct comparative international research on sustainable street design generally, and multi-modal level of service measures specifically.  Visit TheCityFix blog for a recent interview with Ms. Brozen about her work […]

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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

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
“CEQA and Transportation” – Juan Matute @ 2250 Public Affairs Building
Nov 3 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Growing Economic Inequality Through Multiple Lenses – Kathyrn Edin @ 2355 Public Affairs Building
Nov 4 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Please join us for the final FEC lecture, as part of the 2014 series, Growing Economic Inequality Through Multiple Lenses, featuring one of the nation’s superstar scholars, Kathryn Edin of Johns Hopkins University. She will be speaking on: Diverging Destinies of Dads: Growing Inequality’s Impact on the American Family

Tuesday, November 4th

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

2355 Public Affairs Building

Lunch will be served

Presented By: UCLA Luskin and the Center for the Study of Inequality Co-sponsors: The Ralph and Goldy Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, Institute of American Cultures, Bunche Center for African American Studies, California Center for Population Research, and Sociology Family Working Group*

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Speaker Biography

Kathryn Edin is one of the nation’s leading poverty researchers. The hallmark of her research is her direct, in-depth observations of the lives of low-income women and men and is particularly interested in questions about the urban poor that have not been fully answered by quantitative work: How do single mothers possibly survive on welfare? Why do they end up as single mothers in the first place? Where are the fathers and why do they disengage from their children’s lives?

Kathy is the author of six books and more than 50 journal articles. The most recent, Doing the Best I Can: Fathering in the Inner City, written with Timothy Nelson, will be published in May, 2013 by the University of California Press.  A strikingly rich, paradigm-shifting look at fatherhood among inner-city men, who are so often dismissed as “deadbeat dads,” Doing the Best I Can shows how mammoth economic and cultural changes have transformed the meaning of fatherhood among the urban poor. The book reveals a radical redefinition of family life, one that has revolutionized the meaning of fatherhood among inner-city men.

In the award-winning Promises I Can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood before Marriage, Kathy Edin and her co-author, Maria Kefalas, sought to answer the question of why so many low-income women were having children without marrying,  Based on in-depth interviews and observations, the authors found that, rather than undervaluing marriage, low-income women held marriage to a very high bar.  Child rearing was so central to their views of themselves that they were unwilling to postpone starting families until they could find suitable husbands, which could take years, if ever.  In its review, the Wall Street Journal said the authors, “overthrow decades of conventional wisdom.”

The Russell Sage Foundation published Kathy Edin’s first book, Making Ends Meet: How Single Mothers Survive Welfare and Low-Wage Work, written with Laura Lein. This work shed new light on a question that was central to the ongoing debate about welfare reform: Why weren’t single mothers working?  Edin and Lein found that most mothers were working – largely off-the-books – and combining resources from several sources (welfare, work, the fathers of their children, grandmothers) in order to make ends meet for themselves and their children. The book generated widespread interest and debate, and led to a profile of Edin in the New York Times Magazine.

A frequent commentator for print and broadcast media, Kathy Edin has also testified before the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate on welfare and marriage issues. She is chair of Harvard’s Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy.  She is a Trustee of the Russell Sage Foundation, a member of ASPE’s Self Sufficiency Working Group, and on HHS’s advisory committee for the poverty research centers at Michigan, Wisconsin, and Stanford. She is a founding member of the MacArthur Foundation-funded Network on Housing and Families with Young Children and a past member of the MacArthur Network on the Family and the Economy.

“The Current State of High-Speed Rail Planning in California” – Michelle Boehm @ 2232 Public Affairs Building
Nov 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
“Progressive Economic-Development Geographies in Practice? Islamic Charitable Infrastructure in East London” – Jane Pollard @ 2342 Public Affairs Building
Nov 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
“Buses and Rail Transit in LA: Conflict or Complementarity?” – Marlon Boarnet @ 2232 Public Affairs Building
Nov 17 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
“Buses and Rail Transit in LA: Conflict or Complementarity?” – Marlon Boarnet @ 2232 Public Affairs Building
Nov 17 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Transportation Brown Bags: Greg Pierce @ 5391 Public Affairs Building
Dec 1 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Transportation Brown Bags: Greg Pierce @ 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.

Dec. 1:

Greg Pierce, UP Doctoral Student

“Transportation Access, Residential Location, and Economic Opportunity: Evidence from Two Housing Voucher Experiments”

Greg Pierce is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Urban Planning. Greg’s transportation-related research, conducted in conjunction with UCLA faculty, has focused on the travel behavior of urban, low-income households, the relationship between housing, transportation and employment, and on the potential for dynamic management of municipal parking assets. A recently-initiated research project examines the impact of  traffic congestion on neighborhood and city-level economic outcomes. Greg also received an M.A. in Urban Planning from UCLA in June 2011.

Panel of Guest Speakers on Environmental Justice being organized by Martha Matsuoka of Occidental College and panelists not yet named @ 2250 Public Affairs Building
Dec 3 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

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