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

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

Memo: Sustainable Transportation 4

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 12 (transit station and station area design) from Jeffrey Tumlin's Sustainable Transportation Planning. Summary Transit stations can be designed to be much more than just a quick stop for passengers … Continue reading Memo: Sustainable Transportation 4

Memo: Sustainable Cities 3

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 6 and 12 of Planning for Sustainability by Stephen Wheeler. Summary Planners and citizens have a large toolbox of strategies for promoting sustainability, including: Plan-making (i.e., General, Specific, and functional … Continue reading Memo: Sustainable Cities 3

Road to a Master’s Thesis: Idealog 4

This is the fourth in a series of posts documenting my journey towards a Masters in Urban Planning research project. This one dives into one idea (exploring the travel demand impact of remote work in the tech industry) more deeply, including some thoughts on potential methodology. Post-COVID-19 Remote Work Travel Patterns Motivation The COVID-19 pandemic … Continue reading Road to a Master’s Thesis: Idealog 4

Memo: Sustainable Transportation 3.2

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 8 from Jeffrey Tumlin's Sustainable Transportation Planning. Summary The author introduces the wide variety of vehicle modes (combinations of right-of-way design/management, stop/station area design, service model, and vehicle type) that … Continue reading Memo: Sustainable Transportation 3.2