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Category Archives: Research

May 30, 2017
Review of the U.S DOT Operations and Organization
Transportation Research Board

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has released a report that examines how well the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)’s organizational structure enables the DOT to address transportation challenges.

Centralization or Decentralization in OECD Cities?
Papers in Regional Science (abstract)

This paper presents an analysis of urban spatial structure and its trends in the OECD between 2001 and 2011, by using a standardized definition of functional urban areas (FUAs) in 29 OECD countries.

Landscape Care of Urban Vacant Properties and Health Implications
Health & Place (abstract)

Care of vacant properties in urban environments is of particular interest to planners and residents. We report on a photovoice project completed by community leaders, researchers, and residents in two Detroit neighborhoods experiencing longtime systemic disinvestment.

May 29, 2017
Isochrone Mapping of Urban Transport
Planning Practice & Research (abstract)

Within a framework of complex adaptive systems and assemblage thinking we develop isochrone mapping of urban transport access in four transport modes: walking, cycling, public transport and cars.

Next-Phase Greenhouse Gas Regulations for Cars in Mexico
Transportation Research Board

The International Council on Clean Transportation has released a report that evaluates the costs and benefits of extending Mexico’s program for passenger vehicle standards to 2025 by fully aligning with U.S. standards.

Managing Extreme Weather at Bus Stops
Transportation Research Board

This report documents current practices of transit systems to determine methods and procedures used for maintaining transit stops and associated infrastructure during and following such weather events.

Australian Toll Roads: A View After 25 Years
Transport Reviews (abstract)

Tolled roads in Australia have been around now for over 25 years and have created camps of supporters and dissenters. Have they delivered value for money (to whom?) and have they reached their use by date as a preferred way to fund and deliver road infrastructure?

Shrinking Cities: An Unfit Term For American Urban Policy?
Cities (abstract)

Using the notion of spatial or territorial stigma, this paper raises the question of whether the term “shrinking cities” may be unbefitting to the policy discourse of planning and community development, at least in the American context.

Urban Streets: The Interface of Public Space and Mobility
Cities (abstract)

Today’s urban streets are usually planned for purposes of mobility: pedestrians, as well as a variety of vehicles such as cars, trucks, and sometimes bicycles, are usually factored into an urban street plan.

May 25, 2017
Transfer of Development Rights For Urban Growth Containment
Papers in Regional Science (abstract)

In this paper we compared the criteria successfully adopted by the US Transfer of Development Rights programmes to the specifications adopted by the municipal plans of three important Italian cities and we discussed their efficacy to control the urban growth.

Aesthetic Zoning and Residential Property Values
Real Estate Economics (abstract)

This paper empirically confirms one core motivation for architectural zoning: Shape homogeneity among neighboring homes increases the value of residential buildings.

Attitudes Toward Transit-Oriented Development
Journal of Transport Geography (abstract)

The question addressed here is how, if at all, TOD and TOD-proximate residents’ perceptions of the benefits and shortcomings of TOD are perceived and addressed by professionals involved with TOD planning and development.

Estimating Activity Patterns Using Cell Phone Networks
International Journal of Urban Sciences (abstract)

This paper discusses ways to process cell phone spatio-temporal data in a manner that makes it comprehensible for traffic interpretations and proposes methods on how to infer urban mobility and activity patterns from the aforementioned data.

Using Social Media in Travel and Activity Choice Models
International Journal of Urban Sciences (abstract)

This paper presents an exploration of social network based dynamics of choice set generation in the context of activity and travel choice behaviour, especially destination choice.

How Anxiety Over Future Causes Political Gridlock
Chicago Policy Review

A new paper by Wioletta Dziuda from the University of Chicago and Antoine Loeper from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid seeks to explain the reasons behind political gridlock and why even sympathetic legislators can fail to achieve consensus.

How Housing Values Impact Labor Mobility
Chicago Policy Review

The terms “economic mobility” and “social mobility” are used figuratively to describe ascending the wealth ladder, usually by accruing income. But such mobility can take on a more literal connotation.

May 15, 2017
Diesel Vehicles Pollute More Than Lab Tests Show
Science Daily

Because of testing inefficiencies, maintenance inadequacies and other factors, cars, trucks and buses worldwide emit 4.6 million tons more harmful nitrogen oxide (NOx) than standards allow, according to a new study.


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