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Category Archives: Research

June 25, 2017
Do Subsidies to Low-income Individuals Affect Interstate Migration?
Regional Science & Urban Economics (abstract)

Following the passage of the Affordable Care Act, many states decided to expand their Medicaid program in line with provisions of the new law. Will low-income individuals respond to the incentives of living in a state with better health subsidies by relocating to the state?

Urban Segregation and Unemployment in Marseille
Regional Science & Urban Economics (abstract)

In this paper, we study the effects of differences in the characteristics of the residential population induce urban stratification with the result that urban structure may affect the probability of employment in the urban area of Marseille – Aix-en-Provence.

Cycling Toward a Sustainable Transport Future
Transport Reviews (abstract)

Cycling causes virtually no environmental damage, promotes health through physical activity, takes up little space and is economical, both in direct user costs and public infrastructure costs. In short, cycling is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.

The Role of Nonprofits in the U.S.’s Housing Challenge
Urban Research and Practice (abstract)

After providing relevant background about affordable rental housing programs in the United States; the overall size of the U.S. social housing sector; and the level of subsidies for housing, the article focuses on the key challenges facing the nonprofit housing sector.

June 22, 2017
Protecting Critical Infrastructure
Homeland Security's Science Array Technology Directorate

Experts have provided a solution for stopping flooding in subway tunnels in the form of a giant inflatable plug that will seal them off and stop water from flowing throughout the subway system into stations and other subway lines.

Benefits of Urban Agriculture in NE U.S. Very Small
American Chemical Society

‘Buy local’ sounds like a great environmental slogan, epitomized for city dwellers by urban agriculture. But when it comes to growing fruits and vegetables in vacant lots and on rooftops in cities, is the practice really better for the planet than conventional farming?

June 21, 2017
America’s Most Vulnerable Communities
Louisiana State University

Floods are the natural disaster that kill the most people. They are also the most common natural disaster. As the threat of flooding increases worldwide, a group of scientists have gathered valuable information on flood hazard, exposure and vulnerability in counties throughout the US.

The ‘Clubification’ of Urban Public Spaces?
Journal of Urban Design (abstract)

This paper reports on a case study on the forms of urban public spaces governance that are emerging in the UK out of a rearrangement of governance responsibilities between local government, communities and private interests.

New Urbanism and Toronto’s Development Pattern
Journal of Urban Design (abstract)

This paper includes a detailed comparison of the design features and urban form characteristics of 10 urban fringe neighborhoods in the Toronto region, and examines the extent to which a new suburban development pattern has been created under the influence of the New Urbanism movement.

Architecture Competitions in an Urban Planning Context
Journal of Urban Design (abstract)

This paper analyzes discussions and controversy surrounding the architecture competitions that have been part of a large-scale waterfront redevelopment plan called the Fjord City plan in Oslo, Norway.

June 20, 2017
New Algorithms for Evaluating Satellite Data Can Track City Growth
Technical University of Munich (TUM)

Thanks to new algorithms, the researchers succeeded in making four-dimensional point clouds of Berlin, Las Vegas, Paris and Washington, D.C. from images stacks of the TerraSAR-X radar satellite. Next the scientists plan to create four-dimensional models of all the world’s cities.

Synthetic Household Travel Data Using Phone Data
Transportation Research Board (abstract)

This document explores the development of a method that fuses consumer data with anonymous, passive location data to create synthetic populations with individual-level synthetic travel diaries.

Cycling Toward a Sustainable Transport Future
Transport Reviews (abstract)

Until recent decades, cycling was largely neglected by most European, North American and Australian transport planners and academics, not even considered a legitimate mode of transport, and thus excluded from most travel surveys and studies. Fortunately, that has changed.

Rapid Transit Announcements and Commercial Property Prices
Regional Science and Urban Economics (abstract)

Using a rail rapid transit line announcement in Vancouver, BC, Canada, we estimate the net capitalization effect for each individual commercial property price resulting from expected improved urban center access.

Urban Operating Systems: Diagramming the City
International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (abstract)

The article traces the ways in which the city has been diagrammed as a space of power since the nineteenth century and highlights the antecedents of Urban OS present across different domains of life—particularly in military and corporate enterprises.

June 19, 2017

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