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Complete Streets Initiative Manager Madeline Brozen Participates in UCLA’s GIS Day 2013 Program

Madeline Brozen, Manager of the Lewis Center’s Complete Streets Initiative, delivered a presentation entitled Bicycle Count Data Clearinghouse at UCLA’s GIS Day 2013 program at the Charles E. Young Research Library on Wednesday, November 20. The program also featured the following presentations:

Looking for Asokan Edicts with GIS – Thomas Gillespie
A Map for the Future: Measuring Radiation Levels in Fukushima, Japan – Yoh Kawano and David Shepard
TextMapper: Visualizing Locations Stored in Bodies of Text – Michael Shin
Exploring Social Media Users in Los Angeles with SimplyMap – Steven Swartz

For more information on the Bicycle Data Clearinghouse project, click here.

By |November 21st, 2013|Categories: Complete Streets, Transportation|

Latest Issue of Access Magazine Now Available

 

The latest issue of Access Magazine is now available online. You can view and download the issue here,
or click on the titles below to be taken directly to each article.    

In This Issue:

Going Mental: Everyday Travel and the
Cognitive Map

Andrew Mondschein,
Evelyn Blumenberg, and Brian D. Taylor

Driving Down Diesel Emissions

Robert Harley

From Fuel Taxes to Mileage Fees

Paul Sorensen

SFpark: Pricing Parking by Demand

Gregory Pierce and
Donald Shoup

Parking Reform Made Easy

Richard Willson

The Access Almanac: Vehicular ad hoc
Networks – Storms on the Horizon

Amelia Regan

By |November 21st, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|

Lecture Recap: Measuring the Economic Impact of Street Improvements in New York City

Eric Lee, the president of management consulting firm Bennett Midland LLC, visited the Lewis Center this week to present his firm’s innovative work regarding the economic impacts of reallocation of street space in New York City for dedicated bikeways, pedestrian improvements, and bus lanes.

Mr. Lee first set the stage by showing pictures of the types of projects considered in the study. Quite dramatic changes, such as parking-protected bikeways and the conversion of parking into pedestrian plazas, have taken place in New York City in recent years. Mr. Lee’s research concerns the question, “Will these changes hurt economic activity?”

Mr. Lee’s presentation was an overview of the study methodology and findings. Sales tax receipts provided a direct and impartial measure of economic activity. Mr. Lee’s firm compared sales tax receipts on 11 study corridors with comparison corridors — chosen by a typology to have similar scale and use — as well as with borough-wide sales tax data. Only retail and service-oriented businesses were included in the analysis, because these businesses depend upon customer access (whether by private vehicle, bus, bike, or walking). Mr. Lee displayed some examples of graphs showing retail sales tax receipts over the course of the study. Tax receipts on a study corridor, a comparison corridor, and borough-wide receipts would be shown on the graph, offering the audience an immediate visual of how the corridor’s economic activity compared. These graphs included a data point for every quarter and extended for several years. Mr. Lee emphasized the ultimate finding of the study: 8 out of 11 study corridors outperformed comparison sites, which indicates that street improvements “do no harm” to economic activity.

A long and lively question-and-answer session followed Mr. Lee’s talk. Attendees included a member […]

By |November 19th, 2013|Categories: Community Development and Housing, Complete Streets, Transportation|

Lecture Recap: Measuring the Economic Impact of Street Improvements in New York City

Eric Lee, the president of management consulting firm Bennett Midland LLC, visited ITS this week to present his firm’s innovative work regarding the economic impacts of reallocation of street space in New York City for dedicated bikeways, pedestrian improvements, and bus lanes.

Mr. Lee first set the stage by showing pictures of the types of projects considered in the study. Quite dramatic changes, such as parking-protected bikeways and the conversion of parking into pedestrian plazas, have taken place in New York City in recent years. Mr. Lee’s research concerns the question, “Will these changes hurt economic activity?”

Mr. Lee’s presentation was an overview of the study methodology and findings. Sales tax receipts provided a direct and impartial measure of economic activity. Mr. Lee’s firm compared sales tax receipts on 11 study corridors with comparison corridors — chosen by a typology to have similar scale and use — as well as with borough-wide sales tax data. Only retail and service-oriented businesses were included in the analysis, because these businesses depend upon customer access (whether by private vehicle, bus, bike, or walking). Mr. Lee displayed some examples of graphs showing retail sales tax receipts over the course of the study. Tax receipts on a study corridor, a comparison corridor, and borough-wide receipts would be shown on the graph, offering the audience an immediate visual of how the corridor’s economic activity compared. These graphs included a data point for every quarter and extended for several years. Mr. Lee emphasized the ultimate finding of the study: 8 out of 11 study corridors outperformed comparison sites, which indicates that street improvements “do no harm” to economic activity.

A long and lively question-and-answer session followed Mr. Lee’s talk. Attendees included a member of the […]

By |November 19th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|

2013 Lake Arrowhead Symposium Focused on Smart Technologies, Smart Policies

 

On Sunday, October 20, policymakers and thought leaders from around the country convened in Lake Arrowhead, CA for a three-day symposium on the relationship between technology, data, transportation and land use planning, and the environment. The event, entitled Smart Technologies, Smart Policies is the 23rd annual installment in a series of relatively intimate, carefully curated symposia convened by the UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies. This year, the panels dealt with such questions as: How can the public sector be responsive to the fast-pace and great uncertainty that technological change presents? How are city governments using more data and new technologies to plan and manage transportation systems in innovative ways, from smart parking meters to taxicab GPS to open transit data feeds? What new institutions, regulations, and systems are needed to deal with a changing technological world?

The event program, along with speaker presentations, can be accessed here. To view images from the event, click here.

By |November 15th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|

2013 Lake Arrowhead Symposium Focused on Smart Technologies, Smart Policies

On Sunday, October 19, policymakers and thought leaders from around the country convened in Lake Arrowhead, CA for a three-day symposium on the relationship between technology, data, transportation and land use planning, and the environment. The event, entitled “Smart Technologies, Smart Policies” is the 23rd annual installment in a series of relatively intimate, carefully curated symposia convened by the UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies. This year, the panels dealt with such questions as: How can the public sector be responsive to the fast-pace and great uncertainty that technological change presents? How are city governments using more data and new technologies to plan and manage transportation systems in innovative ways, from smart parking meters to taxicab GPS to open transit data feeds? What new institutions, regulations, and systems are needed to deal with a changing technological world?

 

To view the entire photo set, please visit our Arrowhead Flickr gallery

 

By |November 12th, 2013|Categories: Community Development and Housing, Environment, Transportation|

Teens & Travel Study Profiled on TheAtlanticCities.com

In a recent article posted on TheAtlanticCities.com, Evelyn Blumenberg, Professor and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and a Lewis Center Faculty Fellow, discusses her research on teens and travel, What’s Youth Got to Do with It? Exploring the Travel Behavior of Teens and Young Adults. To view the article, click here.

By |November 5th, 2013|Categories: Transportation|

Teens & Travel Study Profiled on TheAtlanticCities.com

In a recent article posted on TheAtlanticCities.com, Evelyn Blumenberg, Professor and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, discusses her research on teens and travel, What’s Youth Got to Do with It? Exploring the Travel Behavior of Teens and Young Adults. To view the article, click here. 

By |November 5th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|

Lecture Recap: Driving Detroit: The Quest For Respect In The Motor City

Professor George Galster, of Wayne State University, visited the Lewis Center this week to present a vibrant summary of his new book, “Driving Detroit: The Quest for Respect in the Motor City.” Speaking to a full room of students, faculty, staff and Luskin School guests, Galster offered his insight into how Detroit arrived at its current dysfunctional metropolis. His analytical framework used basic psychological principals to examine how Detroit’s residents quest for securing physical, social and psychological resources contributed to this deterioration. Galster demonstrated this framework with a series of examples, including the “chain of moves” whereby developers continually built new housing on the ever-expanding urban fringes, encouraging residents to persistently purchase a home in a nicer neighborhood than where they currently live. As this cycle continues, the urban core is left to decay, creating an environment where 30% of land is now vacant, leaving dire consequences to the physical and economic environment. He attested this and other rational choices made by individuals, when combined, are collectively irrational.

Throughout his talk, Galster demonstrated moving use of language, once describing an abandoned automotive assembly plant as the “fossilized bones of an industrialized dinosaur.” The question and answer session, following an excellent lecture, expanded the discussion to cover gender struggles, pension issues, urban agriculture and a slew of other topics, which Galster continued to address in a thoughtful and informative matter.

The Lewis Center would like to extend our gratitude to Associate Director and Urban Planning Professor, Michael Lens, for bringing Professor Galster to speak at the Luskin School of Public Affairs. Professor Galster’s book “Driving Detroit: The Quest for Respect in the Motor City” is available now.

By |November 1st, 2013|Categories: Community Development and Housing, Transportation|

Lecture Recap: Driving Detroit: The Quest For Respect In The Motor City

Professor George Galster, of Wayne State University,
visited the Lewis Center this week to present a vibrant summary of his new book, “Driving Detroit: The Quest for Respect in the Motor
City.” Speaking to a full room of students, faculty, staff and Luskin School
guests, Galster offered his insight into how Detroit arrived at its current
dysfunctional metropolis. His analytical framework used basic psychological
principals to examine how Detroit’s residents quest for securing physical,
social and psychological resources contributed to this deterioration. Galster demonstrated
this framework with a series of examples, including the “chain of moves”
whereby developers continually built new housing on the ever-expanding urban
fringes, encouraging residents to persistently purchase a home in a nicer
neighborhood than where they currently live. As this cycle continues, the urban
core is left to decay, creating an environment where 30% of land is now vacant,
leaving dire consequences to the physical and economic environment. He attested
this and other rational choices made by individuals, when combined, are
collectively irrational.

Throughout his talk, Galster demonstrated moving use
of language, once describing an abandoned automotive assembly plant as the
“fossilized bones of an industrialized dinosaur.” The question and answer
session, following an excellent lecture, expanded the discussion to cover
gender struggles, pension issues, urban agriculture and a slew of other topics,
which Galster continued to address in a thoughtful and informative matter.

The Lewis Center
would like to extend our gratitude to Associate Director and Urban Planning
Professor, Michael Lens, for bringing Professor Galster to speak at the Luskin
School of Public Affairs. Professor Galster’s book “Driving Detroit: The Quest
for Respect in the Motor City” is available now.

By |November 1st, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|