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March 7, 2017
Preservation Treatments for Bicycle Routes
Transportation Research Board

The University of California Pavement Research Center at the University of California at Davis has released a report that examines preservation treatment aggregate gradations and the mechanistic responses of bicycles to pavement macrotexture and roughness.

The Creative Economies of Texas Metropolitan Regions
Growth & Change (abstract)

This article utilizes an industrial approach to examine the creative economies of the four most populous metropolitan regions of Texas—Austin, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston, and San Antonio—and detail their scale, scope, and change between 2005 and 2015.

Why Definitions of Resilience Matter
Urban Policy & Research (abstract)

Land transport funding in New Zealand is examined from a climate change perspective and demonstrates policies applying resilience in the sense of maintaining or improving current levels of service despite perturbations, with elements of medium term adaptation.

Urban Design In An Age Of Recessions
Journal of Urban Design (abstract)

American cities are deeply imbedded in an unforgiving system of forces, relationships and patterns that frustrate urban designers and architects across the country.

Urban Shrinkage in Germany
Cities (abstract)

Interest in urban shrinkage has steadily grown among scholars worldwide and Germany has received great attention in shrinkage-related research. Little has been written, however, about how the discussion of urban shrinkage has shaped policy responses and vice versa.

Installing Large-Scale Community Infrastructure
Community Development (abstract)

Large-scale infrastructure siting comes with few manuals about breaking bad news and offering recourse to affected communities. This article analyzes notification to affected parties and their pathways to advice.

March 6, 2017
Informal Housing in the United States
International Journal of Urban & Regional Research (abstract)

Research on informal housing tends to focus overwhelmingly on less developed countries, downplaying or ignoring entirely the presence of informality in United States housing markets. In actuality, a longstanding and widespread tradition of informal housing exists in the U.S.

Study Sparks Debate Over Compact Development And Driving
Taylor & Francis

Compact development is often recommended as a way to get people to drive less and create more sustainable communities. However, different studies over the years have yielded different outcomes, leading to a muddled understanding about the true impact of compact development.

Different Cities Have Similar Potential for Ride Sharing
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Urban ride-sharing is feasible in a wide variety of cities around the globe, say researchers, and indeed that the potential ‘shareability’ of autos in those places is more similar, from place to place, than previously expected.

From Pedestrianisation to Commercial Gentrification
Cities (abstract)

Through the implementation of pedestrianisation projects, it is possible to create economically competitive and liveable urban areas, while the security and attractiveness of city centres are significantly increased by the improved accessibility provided by these schemes.

March 2, 2017
Piketty, Inequality and Housing
Housing, Theory & Society (abstract)

Piketty’s monumental Capital in the Twentieth Century has shaken up political economy, and has aided in understanding inequality in capitalism and the growth in social inequality. It’s sway has also shaken up the housing world.

Residential Land Damage of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident
Journal of Urban Economics (abstract)

This paper is the first to estimate such a willingness to pay by observing the change in transaction prices before and after the Fukushima nuclear accident with the degree of radioactive contamination.

Visualizations for Environmental Flows and Pollutant Dispersion
International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health (abstract)

In the present study, we address the development and application of an efficient tool for conversion of results obtained by an integrated computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and computational reaction dynamics (CRD) approach and their visualization in the Google Earth.

Difficult Development Areas and the Supply of Subsidized Housing
Regional Science & Urban Economics (abstract)

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) provides a subsidy to developers who construct housing with maximum tenant incomes and contributions towards rent. How does this effect both low-income and high-income areas?

Reimagining Planning as ‘Market Maker’
Planning Theory & Practice (abstract)

In this paper we hope to show that the analyses that support planning as development hinderance are incomplete because of the theoretical limitations of the neoclassical tradition from which they emerge.

Shaping An Urban Amazonia
Planning Perspectives (abstract)

This paper discusses the massive colonization plan and settlement scheme implemented in the early 1970s by the Brazilian government as part of the development of the Amazonian territory, and accounts for some of the reasons for its failure.

March 1, 2017
The Great Migration: An Economic Perspective

Boustan applied a quantitative framework of population data, wage data, housing prices and tax information for the 70 largest cities in America to spotlight the makeup and economic impetus of this migration that changed the fabric of the country.

Improving the Competitiveness of Port Cities
Journal of Transport Geography (abstract)

This paper uses the Quadratic Assignment Procedure (QAP) and related regression models to test this relationship as well as identify the determinants of urban competitiveness.

Does Access to Alcohol Stores Influence Consumption?
Health & Place (abstract)

We examined associations between liquor licenses and alcohol consumption at 20-years and 22-years, and whether changes in the licenses between time-points influenced alcohol consumption.

Should The Public Sector Redevelop Brownfields?
International Planning Studies (abstract)

In the US and Germany, various public funding tools are available to make brownfield redevelopment projects financially feasible. The practices of private or public sector involvement differ from an international perspective: we explore the US and Germany.


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