Memo: Regional Transport 1

Part of a series of "reading memos" that offer a brief summary of interesting academic content along with my personal reflections. This one covers Chapters 1 and 3 of Giuliano & Hanson's The Geography of Urban Transportation. Introducing Urban Transportation The author begins by distinguishing between accessibility (the ease of reaching activities/opportunities) and mobility (the … Continue reading Memo: Regional Transport 1

The Color of Law

This is a review of The Color of Law, fairly established as required reading in most American urban planning graduate programs these days. Overview In the United States, a common viewpoint is that racial discrimination only comes in the form of individual prejudice or bias, as opposed to being something more systemic or pervasive across … Continue reading The Color of Law

California’s Push for Sustainable Communities (SB 375)

1      Introduction In 2006, the California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) was passed – requiring that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the state be reduced to 1990 levels by 2020. An executive order called for emissions to be reduced even further to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. These landmark climate actions necessitated many … Continue reading California’s Push for Sustainable Communities (SB 375)

How to Regulate Ridesourcing

1      Introduction Between 2010 and 2012, companies such as Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar were pivoting from their original business models (on-demand limousine service, closed-network ridesharing, and peer-to-peer carsharing respectively) towards a new type of service that would match any person looking for a ride to an informal network of non-professional drivers willing to provide one. … Continue reading How to Regulate Ridesourcing

Memo: Sustainable Transportation 7

Part of a series of "reading memos" that offer a brief summary of interesting academic content along with my personal reflections. This one covers Chapters 9, 11, and 13 (cars and transportation demand management) from Jeffrey Tumlin's Sustainable Transportation Planning. Summary People have strong emotional attachment to their cars, equating freedom of mobility with personal … Continue reading Memo: Sustainable Transportation 7

Memo: Sustainable Transportation 6

Part of a series of "reading memos" that offer a brief summary of interesting academic content along with my personal reflections. This one covers Dablanc & Rodrigue's chapter ("The Geography of Urban Freight") from The Geography of Urban Transportation. Summary Urban freight distribution is the transportation of goods by/for commercial entities in cities (including warehousing, … Continue reading Memo: Sustainable Transportation 6

Urbanized (Film)

I recently watched Gary Hustwit's film Urbanized - and then quickly realized I was watching it for the third or fourth time, since I keep forgetting it and then getting intrigued whenever I see it mentioned. 😅 Hence, I'm writing up a brief synopsis and some main takeaways from the film, so I don't forget … Continue reading Urbanized (Film)

Memo: Sustainable Transportation 5

Part of a series of "reading memos" that offer a brief summary of interesting academic content along with my personal reflections. This one covers Chapter 5 and 10 (streets and parking) from Jeffrey Tumlin's Sustainable Transportation Planning. Summary Streets need to accommodate a wide variety of uses (e.g., autos, pedestrians, bicyclists, transit, and goods delivery), … Continue reading Memo: Sustainable Transportation 5