Parklets Toolkit Receives National Recognition

Reclaiming the Right-of-Way, a comprehensive toolkit on planning methods to encourage walkability and complete streets design in neighborhoods, has been named a recipient of a National Planning Achievement Award for Best Practice, presented by the American Planning Association. The award is the latest in a string of honors for the toolkit, which is led by program manager Madeline Brozen and UCLA Luskin Urban Planning professor Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris through UCLA Luskin’s Complete Streets Initiative. Local and regional APA chapters had previously recognized the project’s contributions to planning theory and practice. In a letter supporting the project’s nomination, Los Angeles City Councilmember José Huizar called the toolkit “invaluable,” saying the toolkit encouraged the city to try new ideas and “helped the shift toward a healthier, more walkable and enriching public realm gain a stronger foothold in Los Angeles.” Similar letters of support came from the L.A. Department of Transportation and the City of Cincinnati. Though focused specifically on parklet development in Los Angeles, the toolkit provides methodologies and guidelines that can be applied to other communities and cities. The city of Pasadena, for example, just announced the possibility of parklets being installed alongside their Colorado Boulevard; additionally, LADOT launched a website titled that [...]

By | 2017-10-09T12:18:25+00:00 January 22nd, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|

ACCESS Magazine Wins National Planning Award

ACCESS Magazine, the publication housed at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs that reports on research funded by the University of California Transportation Center, has been named the recipient of a National Planning Excellence Award by the American Planning Association. The award celebrates efforts to increase awareness and understanding about the planning profession, and "tell the planning story.” Launched 21 years ago by Berkeley planning professor Mel Webber, ACCESS has consistently made transportation research useful for policymakers and planning practitioners. With a goal of translating academic research into readable articles intended for a lay audience, ACCESS helps bring academic research into the public policy debate. ACCESS is currently housed within UCLA Luskin’s Institute of Transportation Studies, and is managed by editor in chief Urban Planning professor Donald Shoup and managing editor John Mathews. The biannual magazine has more than 8,500 subscribers and 1,000 website visitors per month from more than 60 countries. Its ease of reading and widespread fan based has led to numerous reprint requests and articles being translated by international publications, including the leading Chinese journal, Urban Transport of China. “As a teacher, I regularly assign ACCESS articles because students love them,” said Joe Grengs, associate professor at the University of Michigan’s College of Architecture and Urban Planning. “In both [...]

By | 2014-11-10T13:01:34+00:00 January 22nd, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|

UCLA in DC 2014

The Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington, D.C. is always a reunion of sorts for UCLA students, faculty, and alumni who study transportation. The program is quite extensive, with nearly 800 sessions throughout the five-day meeting and over 12,000 transportation professionals in attendance. Amid these crowds, one could almost always find a fellow UCLA scholar within eyesight. UCLA sent presenters to 20 sessions this year, including a standing-room-only panel discussion on millenials and travel behavior, at which Professors Brian Taylor and Evelyn Blumenberg spoke. Over 150 guests packed into the annual “UCLA in DC” reception hosted by the Lewis Center and the Institute of Transportation Studies at La Tomate Bistro. Director Brian Taylor gave the door prizes, including the prize for most TRBs attended, which went to Professor Emeritus Martin Wachs, who has attended 50 TRBs. UCLA also had a cameo at the packed Six Minute Pitch session. In this competition, transportation entrepreneurs pitched their businesses to investors, and then fielded a live Q&A from the investors in a format similar to the television show Shark Tank. When one of the investors tried to pass off a photo of UCLA’s Royce Hall as another university, investor Gabe Klein corrected them after reading one [...]

By | 2014-11-10T13:01:35+00:00 January 21st, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|

Q&A: UCLA’s parking guru Donald Shoup

Donald Shoup, distinguished professor of urban planning in the Luskin School of Public Affairs, has become the nation’s oft-quoted, go-to expert on parking.  He was recently named one of the world's Top 100 City Innovators Worldwide by UBM Future Cities. The author of “The High Cost of Free Parking,” Shoup has inspired a growing number of cities to charge fair market prices for on-street parking and remove off-street parking requirements.   He recently sat down with Matt Hurst, a writer at the Luskin School, to talk briefly about his favorite subject. Here is an edited Q&A.    How did you get interested in parking?   I backed in. Initially, I did research on land economics, and I realized that parking is a land market few academics had studied, perhaps because parking has such low status. In academia, international affairs have the most prestige, national affairs are a step down, state government is even lower, and local government seems parochial. Then, within local government, parking is probably the lowest rung on the status ladder.So I was a bottom feeder, but there was a lot of food down there.   Why is parking an important land market?   In most cities, the [...]

By | 2014-11-10T13:01:34+00:00 January 21st, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|