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, [...]

By | 2017-05-19T16:05:47+00:00 August 16th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Luskin PhD Student Attends Prestigious DC Conference

PhD Student Jaimee Lederman  Current urban planning PhD  student, Jaimee Lederman,  recently attended the Eno  Center for Transportation’s  Future Leaders Development  Conference (LDC) in  Washington, DC. The Eno  Center is a nationwide  transportation research center;  annually, they select the top 20  graduate students nationwide  studying transportation issues  to come to the center for a  weeklong conference to learn how transportation policy is made. Students attended a diverse variety of panels on issues such as transportation policy, funding, planning, and technology from federal officials, members of business, and non-profit organizations. Commenting on the experience, Ms. Lederman noted that “the caliber of panelists and other students was exceptional, and our discussions were engaging and illuminating. Overall, the program was inspiring and reinforced that the study and practice of transportation policy changes the world for the better.”Not only was Ms. Lederman selected to attend the conference, but she also received financial support to attend from the Galen and Ruth Roush Foundation of Akron, OH, which is a charitable trust that supports education, the arts, social services, and other causes that improve the community. Being accepted to attend the conference and receiving the Galen and Ruth Roush Award are both highly competitive. We [...]

By | 2017-05-19T16:05:47+00:00 August 8th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Redesigning a New York City Icon

The Port Authority Bus Terminal of New York traces its roots back to the late 1930s, an era characterized by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, a skyline already filled with iconic skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building, and city streets crowded with interstate bus traffic. Since its opening in 1950, and expansion in 1979, demand for the aging icon’s services has continued to grow beyond its capacity.The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has announced the selection of eight experts who will serve as the jury for a two-phase Port Authority Bus Terminal Design and Deliverability Competition. Helping the Port Authority realize its vision of transportation needs through 2040 — nearly a century after its founding — will be Martin Wachs, professor emeritus in the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs’ Department of Urban Planning and faculty fellow in the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS).“The opportunity to play a role in the development of one of the nation’s most important transportation terminals is enormously satisfying because I have always tried to relate teaching and research to current policy challenges,” said Wachs, who will chair the design jury. “This is a complex project, the jury is composed of wise and experienced people, [...]

By | 2017-05-19T16:05:47+00:00 August 1st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|