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Latest Issue Of ACCESS Magazine Now Available; New Website Launched!

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:

Phantom Trips

Adam Millard-Ball

When you see a new development being constructed, the first thing you might think is how much traffic it might bring to your neighborhood. (Well, that and will there be a good coffee shop there.) You may not be aware that developers pay more in costs based on the estimated number of new trips their developments create. But when that new coffee shop gets put into your neighborhood, how many new trips are really created?

Trip Generation for Smart Growth Projects

Robert J. Schneider, […]

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GIS Day 2014: Celebrating our GIS contest winners

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 “few significant differences between the demographic, economic, transportation and housing shifts in station and control areas between 2000 and 2012.” […]

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Arrowhead Redux: Resilient Cities and Regions

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 mountain. We put together six stories to offer a glimpse of what this year’s symposium […]

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What are Resilient Cities, and Why Should We Care?

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 in meaningful, concrete ways to the world of public policy and planning practice.  

 Opening speakers Aidan Hughes and Alexandra Norton proved well-suited to answering this challenge and both brought impressive backgrounds and vivid case studies to make the concept of resilience come alive. […]

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Bill Fulton: Planning for Resilience

Fulton began with the basic question everyone came to discuss: How does resilience relate to planning? Resilience is usually thought of in economic or environmental terms, and the resiliency of the built environment and social fabric of the city receive much less attention.   Bill Fulton argued that we should think about how cities and the people within them respond to disturbances.

The built environment must be adaptable and redundant. Fulton cited some examples of built things that have transformed or adapted over the decades: Fanueil Hall in […]

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Soft Infrastructure and the Vulnerability and Adaptive Capacity of Cities and Regions

Most people are familiar with hard infrastructure- perhaps images of roads, bridges, buildings, and sewers immediately come to mind. Yet many may not be as familiar with the concept of soft infrastructure, which refers to human capital and the social and cultural resources that cultivate healthy communities. Nurit Katz, Chief Sustainability Officer at UCLA, moderated a panel of presentations that looked at this idea of soft infrastructure and its relationship to resilient cities.  

First up was Sunaree Marshall […]

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Ray Quay: Anticipatory Governance, a Framework for Resilience Planning

The Sonoran Desert covers large parts of California and Arizona, and is the hottest desert in North America. Yet the desert area also hosts Phoenix, AZ, a metropolitan area of 4.3 million and one of America’s fastest-growing cities. Roughly two decades ago Phoenix decided to prioritize the preservation of desert land in the northern part of the city and sought to acquire 20,000 acres of Sonora Desert. The city faced a number of obstacles: a lack of funding to acquire land, pressure from the real estate industry to pursue development, and little public understanding of the issue. What is a city  agency to do in such circumstances? […]

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Shaken, but not Stirred (to Action)?

Both of California’s major regions, Los Angeles and the Bay Area, sit on active earthquake faults. How resilient will they be when the next one hits? Together, three panelists offered insights on just how many systems and approaches come together to form earthquake preparedness — or lack thereof — in California. Consider the wide range of activities currently underway: buying and selling insurance, funding and constructing building reinforcements made of plywood and nails, political strategizing about water bonds, retrofitting large public infrastructure like highways, airports, and water pipes; general plan and zoning updates; housing inventories. […]

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Closing Comments from Director Brian Taylor

As is tradition, Lewis Center Director Brian Taylor closed the symposium with an impromptu synthesis of the past few days. He spoke about what he thought were some of the most compelling and provocative themes:

Yin and Yang

Taylor noted a pattern of yin and yang throughout the event. Hope for the best, but plan for the worst. The world is complex, but keep it simple: people need things to be simple in order to take action. Without simplicity, the big data that offer the potential to help us understand complex systems can actually […]

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Urban Planning Grad Student Casey Osborn on Transportation’s Best Ideas for National Parks

When the first road was built to Yosemite in 1856, entry to the park cost $1 by foot and $2 by horse. The November ITS Brown Bag seminar saw 2nd year student Casey Osborn, whose passion for the outdoors is longstanding (see photo), provide this and other delightful insights in a talk that tackled the tense relationship between some of our most beloved wilderness locations and the cars we need to get there.  Osborn also offered several sharp ideas for applying pricing and public transit to better manage access to our National Parks in the present-day. […]

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Madeline Brozen will be speaking at this event on Day ONE of the conference, January 15, 2015. 

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