Apr 14, 2017
A concept plan for a special wellness district in Ventura has earned Cal Poly city and regional planning graduate students accolades from the American Planning Association’s (APA) California Chapter.
The City and Regional Planning (CRP) Department’s graduate studio received the State Academic Award of Excellence on Sept. 24 at the APA’s state conference in Sacramento. The Wellness District Urban Design Concept Plan was also chosen in April for the Best Student Project Award from the APA’s Central Coast Section.
The city of Ventura’s Planning Department hired Cal Poly’s spring 2016 graduate project planning studio to explore the potential for a special district anchored by the expansion of two important hospital campuses located in proximity to each other: the Community Memorial Hospital and the Ventura County Medical Center. The Wellness District concept plan recognizes the critical link between the built environment and public health, and aims to change land uses, transportation options and physical design in order to reverse downward trends in people’s overall wellness and life span.
The graduate studio’s work included a report, several posters, visual presentations and a presentation to the community depicting the plan development process and final proposal. Based on in-depth field studies and surveys, the project included a higher-density mixed-use core to act as a catalyst for neighborhood development, redesigned sidewalks and intersections, a new roundabout, more ground-level uses, and other improvements to enhance walkability and a sense of community, all consistent with Ventura’s General Plan and the city’s economic strategy. The studio instructors were Professor Vicente del Rio and Assistant Professor Amir Hajrasouliha.
“I’m very proud of our faculty members and students and delighted they are recognized by the planning professionals of California for the quality of their work,” said CRP Professor and Department Head Michael Boswell. “Their creativity and expertise is evident in this plan to enhance the wellness of the people of Ventura.”
Read the full report at http://digitalcommons.calpoly.edu/crp_wpp/40/.
Apr 14, 2017
The American Planning Association has awarded Professor Emeritus Paul Wack, AICP (CRP) the inaugural 2017 Central Coast Section Impact Award for his dedication and commitment to the planning profession as a professor, colleague, professional, mentor, volunteer, contributor, and friend. In the future, this new award will be known as the “Paul Wack Impact Award” and will be given to recipients, as warranted, that have demonstrated an extraordinary impact to the Central Coast APACA Section.
Paul Wack was a CRP faculty member at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo from 1979-2011.
Oct 14, 2015
This Fall and Winter quarter, 14 masters students in the City and Regional Planning program will be working with the City of Lemon Grove to update the City's General Plan and work with community members in Lemon Grove to envision and create a healthier, safer, and thriving community. The students, under the direction of Professor Kelly Main, come from diverse backgrounds and educational disciplines, and are excited to develop a General Plan document that will help shape the future of Lemon Grove.
Jul 23, 2015
Over the past 3 months City & Regional Planning faculty member William Riggs has had his research featured in over 20 news outlets including Planetizen, Curbed, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic / CityLab. Dr. Riggs' work focuses on the potential urban regeneration benefits of converting multi-lane, one-way street corridors to two-way. His full publication is available for download from the Journal of Planning Education and Research.
May 29, 2015
Master's students in the Cal Poly, City and Regional Planning program recently presented their studio work on the campus Master Plan to Cal Poly President Armstrong. The students worked on the plan as a part of their 2nd year studio sequence 552-554. President Armstrong spent over an hour with the team going over the Master Plan policy proposals developed in the studio, in a robust discussion. The project demonstrates the capacity of both CRP students and faculty to make a difference on campus, and to use education to influence policy. Congratulations team!
May 28, 2015
Assistant Professor of City & Regional Planning William Riggs recently had his work featured in an article in The Atlantic by Richard Florida. The article focused on Riggs' work to evaluate the inclusivity of the most walkable areas in cities, using a case study of the San Francisco Bay Area. Riggs found that areas with the fewest concentration of black residents, are some of the least walkable in the Bay Area - a factor not wholly tied to housing values when controlling for price.
The article underscored Dr. Riggs' findings that there were many push and pull factors other than walkability influencing residential choice other than neighborhood, and that more research was needed to understand and address the equity issues in access to walkable areas. The full paper is available open access at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13549839.2014.982080.
Apr 24, 2015
The work of CRP lecturer, Ken Topping is featured in the Winter 2015 issue of Evidence Matters, US Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Office of Policy Development and Research quarterly bulletin.
Apr 20, 2015
Faculty member William Riggs was recently featured in the Washington for his work on two-way street conversions. The article entitled, "Why one-way streets are bad for everyone but speeding cars," focuses on research that tracked neighborhood conditions for 3 years after the conversion of a multi-lane, one-way street to two-ways. Riggs and his co-author Dr. John Gilderbloom from University of Louisville found that traffic collisions dropped steeply following the conversion. More details can be found at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/04/17/why-one-way-streets-really-are-the-worst/
Feb 18, 2015
Adding to recent awards from the Central Coast Chapter and State, the BSCRP third year studio in Milpitas (completed by current seniors in the BSCRP) recently won the national AICP Honor Award, given in recognition of special achievement by undergraduate planning student. The plan was the only award recipent from an undergraduate program, and was advised by Dr. Hemalata Dandekar and Dr. Vicente Del Rio. More on the Milpitas project and this prestigious award can be found at: https://www.planning.org/awards/studentproject.htm
Feb 18, 2015
UN-Habitat recently invited Dr. Michael Boswell to participate in an expert group meeting on 'Guidelines for City Climate Action Plans', taking palce in Oslo, Norway in conjunction with the 2015 Cities & Climate Change Initiative Advisory Committee Meeting. Dr. Boswell recently authored the leading text on Local Climate Action Planning with CRP faculty member Adrienne Greve and subject area expert Tammy Seale. More on their book can be found at climateactionplanning.com or from the publisher at Island Press.